Top Ten Fictional Police Detectives
Unlike the Top Ten Fictional Private Eyes, the cop detectives are actually employed by the police department and have to answer to a higher authority. But these renegades rarely do. Instead, they do things their way, dishing out justice in an unorthodox style. Here are the Top Ten Fictional Cop Detectives.
Alex Cross gets a spot due to the popularity of James Patterson books, which I believe sell only because they’re so easy to read while sitting in an airport terminal. Morgan Freeman played the character in film.
Leastor Freamon is the most unassuming badass detective, which you wouldn’t know while watching him make model furniture. But once he gets a target, there ain’t no stopping him. He’s so good, Jimmy McNulty was chucked out to make room for him in Season 1. Most importantly, he nails a hooker half his age without having to pay her — sheer charm!
Sipowicz is described as a “drunken, racist goon with a heart of gold.” That right there makes him eligible to be a police detective.
“Go ahead, make my day.”
Mariska Hargitay – Law and Order: SVU
Frank Drebin – The Naked Gun
“Popeye” Doyle – The French Connection
Jimmy McNulty – The Wire
William Somerset – Seven