Fav Detectives: Nominate your Favorite TV Detectives! - Featured

Nominations are now closed. Come join in the voting round to determine the top dog TV detective on SideReel:

Fav Detectives: Vote for your Favorite TV Detectives!

Our very favorite USA Network detectives return this Friday, August 7th as Psych kicks off its 4th season, and Monk begins its 8th and final season!

As these mysterious and fun new seasons start up, we want to know if Adrian Monk, Shawn Spencer, Burton 'Gus' Guster, or another TV detective holds the high honor of SideReel's very favorite TV detective.

Do you prefer the silliness of Psych's beloved duo, the endearing neurosis of Monk's genius, the spunky, quirkiness of Veronica Mars, or maybe the seriousness of CSI: Miami's Horatio Caine?

Nominate your favorite TV detectives from classic to current, and choose as many as you like! Also, feel free to mention a detective already nominated by another Reeler as after this nominations round, we'll choose the top 10 nominated detectives to have a face-off for the title of SideReel's very favorite detective!



Default avatar cat
Aug 3, 2009 8:52PM EDT

Shawn and Gus!! They are the perfect crime fighting duo. They solve crimes while making obscure 80's references, creating sweet aliases, and generally being hilarious. And don't forget the sweet hair! Pysch is the best because it doesn't pretend to take itself seriously

Default avatar cat
Aug 3, 2009 9:48PM EDT

oh man veronica mars ftw but I absolutely adore Gus and Shawn as well as Monk. I don't know man I love VM because it was a kickass series but I have more LOL's with Gus and Shawn. And Monk is just good at anytime of day. This is a mean question!

Aug 3, 2009 10:01PM EDT

Shawn (Psych), hands down. after him comes Cal Lightman (lie to me), then Richard Castle (Castle), then Jack Carter (Eureka). and yea, i also believe House gets special mention in this category, but its not his profession, so he doesn't make the list. i like Monk too, but his eccentricities irritate me a little to much for me to really like him.

Default avatar cat
Aug 3, 2009 10:34PM EDT

Shawn and Gus definitely

Default avatar cat
Aug 3, 2009 11:24PM EDT

Veronica Mars and without a doubt Shawn and Gus! :)

Default avatar cat
Aug 3, 2009 11:41PM EDT

most of the cast of Pushing Daisies
its a lot easier to solve a murder when you can bring the dead back to life.

Hidden profile
Aug 3, 2009 11:57PM EDT

Rebus is great. Gotta love a Scottish Detective who's two-drinks to the wind all the time. Seriously, the first time I read one of the books, every second sentence seemed to be "and then he ordered another scotch." The show is really great though.But my other nomination would have to go to Angel. And Sam and Dean. Sure.. neither Angel, Sam or Dean is exactly a "detective" in the strictest legal sense of the word, but all of them have to do their homework and end up solving some sort of a case. And Angel really does have that classic film-noir detective style going for him most of the time. ... if only we could have seen David Boreanaz belting Peter Lorre around the room a little bit.

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 1:57AM EDT

definitely the duo from Bones, they look at bones and capture criminals.. dude thats a trip
then Criminal Mind... come on they basically predict wat the criminals are doin!!!!!
is Dexter a detective cuz if he is... awesome serial killer detective and i dont mean he arrest serial killers... he kills serial killers
Mentalist is tight the dude looks like his faded and he does magic tricks... and yea.... fights crime...
and hmmm yea psychs ok, monks better... if you want to laugh psychs for you if you want to see a dysfunctional detective monks for you...

Hidden profile
Aug 4, 2009 1:59AM EDT

I'm all for Crime-Fighting teams!
Shawn/Gus from PsychNed/Emerson/Chuck/Olive from Pushing DaisiesGibbs/Tony/Ziva/McGee from N.C.I.S.Booth/Bones from BonesKate Beckett/Richard Castle from Castle

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 2:02AM EDT

I like Shawn and Gus from Psych...its a really hard choice but they are my favorite :)

Aug 4, 2009 2:26AM EDT

Has to be Veronica Mars surely... I have never watched a show with a more intelligent and sassy lead character like her before. She is a crime busting genius who happens to be hilarious at the same time. If I was murdered, I would definitely want her on the case, simple as.
If I were to be realistic though, I guess I should nominate anyone who has ever been on Law and Order like the late Jerry Orbach who played Lennie Briscoe. Yeah it isn't as glamourous as CSI, and the funny's don't come a long as often but Law and Order pretty much rewrote the crime genre and it is still going today. A lot of shows owe their existence to L & O.

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 2:37AM EDT

Charlie Crews - LifeShawn and Gus, Lassiter and O'Hara - PsychRichard Castle, Kate Beckett - CastleCal Lightman - Lie to MeDon Eppes - Numb3rsJethro Gibbs, Tony DiNozzo, Timothy McGee, Ziva David - NCIS
(This list isn't really in order)

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 2:40AM EDT

Sorry for double post, but also
Sherlock Holmes (played by Jeremy Brett in the BBC series) and Dr. Watson (played by Edward Hardwicke)
Truly the best Holmes and Watson I've ever seen.
Lord Peter Wimsey (played by Edward Petherbridge) in the BBC mini series from the 80s based on Dorothy Sayers' novels Strong Poison, Have His Carcase, and Gaudy Night is also a very clever detective. Also, Harriet Vane (played by Harriet Walter) contributes.

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 3:30AM EDT


Hidden profile
Aug 4, 2009 3:30AM EDT

HouseShawn SpencerVeronica Mars

Aug 4, 2009 3:36AM EDT

ok here we go in no particular order

1/Hercule Poirot
2/Sherlock Holmes
3/ philip marlowe
4/perry mason
5/ lord peter wimsey
6/ miss jane marple
8/ sam spade
10/ inspector morse
the list is endless its who you like that really counts

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 3:37AM EDT

I have to agree with dude above me, Sherlock Holmes BBC i seen them all.
Also I want to nominate """Robert Goren""" from Law and Order Criminal Intent first 3 seasons, his knowledge about so many odd jet usefull aspect of life, the way he sneak up to people and slowly gets in their head, and his advers variet of never shown jet utterly usefull friend make him, make him in my opinion the best of all Law and Order series, and what would this contest be without Law and Order, the origin of Detective TV series of the last few years, lets face it, Monk deterctive techniek look alot like those of Goren, if you take away his fears odd behavior, you got Goren including an assisten.
Anyone who nominates Eppes must be a mentally disabled person, I wonder if he can tie his shoes, or if he needs help getting the TV on and to the right channel,and who typed in his nominations?
Sherlock HolmesRobert Goren

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 4:01AM EDT

John Steed + Emma PeelSherlock HolmesColumbo

Aug 4, 2009 4:45AM EDT

sherlock holmes, of course,charlie crews, rest in peace life...angel,olivia dunham,kate becket, and castle (does he count?!)lenny
and UUGGHH the one from law and order criminal intent, he was edgar in MIB and i totaly used to watch that show all the time and im totaly to lazy to imdb him... but that dude.

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 4:51AM EDT

Robert Goren is his name, he works with Eames,
I vote him to
Robert GorenDon EppesSherlock holmes
Has anyone trieded the voice convermation, i laughed my ass off, so funny

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 4:58AM EDT

definitely booth and bones!they rock so much!cant wait for the next season to start!

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 5:01AM EDT

Jane from the Mentalist <3

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 5:08AM EDT

1. Agent Booth & Dr Brennan from Bones
2. Agent Pete Lattimer & Agent Myka Bering from Warehouse 13
3. Inspector Mary Shannon & Inspector Marshall Mann from In Plain Sight

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 5:12AM EDT


Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 5:17AM EDT

Robert GorenHouseMonk

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 5:35AM EDT

Sam and Dean Winchester Supernatural
Robert Goren of Law and order C.I.
Man Shawn and gus rule man they got 10 votes, man i wonder what would have happend if they had chosen a different background?

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 5:55AM EDT

Robert Goren, stamge guy but good detective, p¨lays with people like they are puppets, but always fair.
Sam and Dean Winchester, The road to hell is paved with good intentions.
its sometimes hard to read te letters is seen a dubble dot behind some words, what is that one because i keep missing him

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 6:27AM EDT

1 Sam Dean2 House3 Monk4 Columbo

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 7:15AM EDT

Gus and Shawn are awesome.Have to say also Veronica Mars. And Patrick Jane from The Mentalist. And Charlie Crews from Life.Have to say im biased because I love all detective shows so think theyre all great. But those 4(5 technically) stand out :]

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 7:45AM EDT

Definitely Monk.Followed by Columbo.

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 7:59AM EDT

Monk rocks, he is funny as hell.Columbo ofcourse second.I think Robert Goren is good to, i saw him a few years ago, had to look him up, he seems to be quite popular here to.

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 8:04AM EDT

lol, i did think sam and dean would qualify, but they are sure good at what they do,i think they should count to.
sam and dean

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 10:19AM EDT

VERONICA MARS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The most intelligent/sassy and whitty character ever created!!!! and she isn't all prim and proper like some of the detectives, she toughens up and gets even!!!! not afraid of revenge
Then i suppose Angel cos he is great t look at when he's staring off in deep brooding thought........yum lol

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 10:36AM EDT

definitely booth and bones!they rock!cant wait for the next season to start!

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 10:39AM EDT

Dude the only thing you want her to investigate, is that thing under your pants, maybe she can give you hand with it. Not a murder investigation.
I would like to Nominate Winchester boys, sam and dean (if that is possible)Monk is cool, but my favorite is Robert Goren to LAO CI, man that guy is insane good.

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 11:13AM EDT

Too hard to just pick one!Veronica Mars for sure.Brenda Leigh Johnson--amazingOthers that I think are good:MonkColumboJessica FletcherRemington Steele and Laura HoltPatrick JaneQuincyHercule PoirotMiss MarpleSherlock Holmes

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 11:37AM EDT

Veronica MarsTemperance Brennan (Bones)Shawn Spencer

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 11:40AM EDT

Adrian MonkThomas Sullivan Magnum IV (Magnum P.I.)Quincy M.E.

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 12:02PM EDT

Veronica Mars and Hercule Poirot

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 12:15PM EDT

shawn spencerangelveronica marssam and dean winchester

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 1:01PM EDT

sam and deanmonkrobert gorenpatrick janecolumbo

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 1:04PM EDT

I love shaun and gus. but also monk. and house but shaun and gus win

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 1:07PM EDT

I have to go with Robert goren, and sam and dean, those guys are insane

Aug 4, 2009 1:11PM EDT

Definitely have to cajillion (since several people have already seconded and thirded) Veronica Mars.
And I second Sam and Dean Winchester
I'll also second Angel
And nominate Paul Ballard from DollhouseAnd Melinda Gordon from Ghost Whisperer

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 1:20PM EDT

Sam and Dean hands down, second robert goren

Large 1345777680 barney   robin how i met your mother 630541 393 324
Aug 4, 2009 1:22PM EDT

Shawn and Gus and Sam and Dean Winchester

Aug 4, 2009 1:47PM EDT

Booth and Bones!!

Aug 4, 2009 2:06PM EDT

Sookie Stackhouse from True Blood

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 2:14PM EDT

I have to agree that I'm curious to see if the results would be different if they hadn't chosen the psych boys as a backdrop. But as it is they did and it reminds me of how much I love them!! so...
the psych boys shaun and gusncis- dinozzo and gibbsthe winchester boys dean and samveronica mars was awesome as well

Large 1323470045 slips
Aug 4, 2009 2:43PM EDT

Dr. Cal Lightman (Lie to me)Richard Castle & Kate Beckett (Castle)Shawn Spencer & Carlton Lassiter (Psych)Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)Paul Ballard (Dollhouse)Robert Lewis ('Lewis' & 'Morse')Barneby (Midsummer Murders)House (House)Columbo (Columbo)and of course Sherlock Holmes!!

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 3:09PM EDT

Oh this is super hard but I would have to say Shawn and Gus. Patrick Jane is also really good. the NCIS team (Tony, Ziva, Gibbs, Mcgee, etc) are really good too. I also really love Castle. But for number 1 I'd def choose either Shawn and Gus or Jane.

Aug 4, 2009 3:44PM EDT

Everyone is choosing classic detectives! I didn't think they would stand a chance but as others are doing it I am going to do another post...
The original Charlies Angels. Ok so maybe not the BEST detectives in the world but for a time it was the number one detective show (in the world) so I definitely think they deserve a mention. And hey, have you ever seen them not solve a case? I don't think so...
Another of my faves has to be Jessica Fletcher from Murder She Wrote. However, after much deliberation I have decided not to nominate her as I always thought it was wierd LOTS of people seemed to meet a sticky demise when around her... Talk about cursed....
So that is...-Veronica Mars,-Lenny Briscoe (Law and Order)-Original Charlies Angels-and (not) Jessica Fletcher lol.

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 4:03PM EDT

Shawn and Gus

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 4:09PM EDT

debra morgan from dexter should win.second i choose shawn spencer

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 4:25PM EDT

Shawn and Gus baby!

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 4:32PM EDT

Robert GorenSam and DeanShawn and GusColumboHouseBarneby (south park)Chief wiggum (simpson)

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 4:50PM EDT

Do Mulder and Scully count? Cuz Mulder and Scully are definitely the best!
In order:1. Mulder & Scully2. Booth & Bones3. Angel & the gang4. The Pushing Daisies gang (Ned, Chuck, Emerson, Olive)5. Veronica Mars

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 4:58PM EDT

Det. Frank Pembleton (Homicide: Life on the Street) & Columbo

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 5:02PM EDT

Sam and Deen, Robbert Goren, Colombo

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 5:05PM EDT

To bad my votes dont reall matter any more,
Psyche or Veronica mars will win.made top 5 now1 Psyche 192 Veronica and Mars 183 Sam and Deen 154 Robbert Goren 135 Monk 11

Aug 4, 2009 5:07PM EDT

Supernatural ( Sam and Dean)ChuckPsych (Shawn and Gus)The Mentalist

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 5:17PM EDT

Veronica MarsBooth and BonesAngelSam and DeanHouse

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 6:53PM EDT

Shawn and Gus all the way

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 6:55PM EDT

Shawn Spencer & GusPatrick JaneKate Beckett & Richard CastleNed & Chuck & Emerson & OlivePaul BallardAngel

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 6:57PM EDT

and people need to stop nominating houseI can see their reasoning behind it, but he's not a real detective. He just figures things out he doesn't solves crimes.

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 7:46PM EDT

Veronica MarsHarry Dresden & Karrin Murphy (that show was waay too short, but still!)Paul Ballard (Dollhouse)Sam and Dean WinchesterJames Rockford (old, but hilarious :))The A-team (mercenaries who did a lot of detective work?)

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 8:14PM EDT

Veronica MarsSherlock HolmesShawn and Gus

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 8:21PM EDT

Seeley Booth and Temperance "Bones" Brennan from Bones.

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 8:57PM EDT

Agent Booth and Dr. Brennan from Bones

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 9:08PM EDT

Veronica MarsBooth & BonesSam & Dean from Supernatural

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 9:15PM EDT

I second:Sam and Dean (Supernatural)Angel, Wesley Wyndham-Pryce, Cordelia Chase, Winifred Burkle (Angel)Booth and Bones (Bones)Veronica Mars (Veronica Mars)Shawn and Gus (Psych)Kate Beckett and Richard Castle (Castle)Cal Lightman (Lie to Me)
But also, what about TORCHWOOD?Captain Jack Harkness and Gwen Cooper, anyone?

Large 1350954678 dscf0579
Aug 4, 2009 9:19PM EDT

shawn and gus from psych all the way!! wat a great show
the the patrick jane from the mentalist tat guy is hot and hilarious
then bones and booth! i mean david boreanaz and bones solving crimes plus its a deadly show!!!

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 10:37PM EDT

This is my list of the ones that come to mind. There must be more than this but these should all be included:
The Mentalist - Patrick Jane (Very Smart).House MD - Dr. HouseVeronica Mars - Keith Mars (as good a detective as his daughter but not quite as cute).Veronica Mars - Veronica MarsBones - Seely BoothPsych - Shawn SpencerSherlock Holmes - S. HolmesInspector Gadget - Penny (she was the smart one).Batman - Batman (It's Batman).Matlock - Conrad McMasters (responsible for Ben's impressive record).Eureka - Jack Carter (dumbest man in town but solves everything).Dexter - James Doakes (Only one able to figure out Dexter).Doctor WHO - The DoctorThe Wire - Lester Freaman (very smart in police matters)The Wire - Jimmy McNulty (willing to do anything to catch the bad guy).Due South - Benton FraserNew Amsterdam - John Amsterdam
plus others I'm sure...

Default avatar cat
Aug 4, 2009 11:36PM EDT

Booth and Brennan (BONES)Greg House (HOUSE)Jane (THE MENTALIST)Matlock (MATLOCK)COLOMBOBeckett and Caste (CASTLE)Deb Morgan (DEXTER)Don Eppes (NUMB3RS)Nick Vera (COLD CASE)
And if one was to go for a choice of CSI? I would pick the cast of Las Vegas. True, they are not detectives, only crime scene investigators, but come on! From Grissom to Nick, you cannot get enough of their reruns!
and one that everyone seems to forgetMARTY CRANE (FRASIER!)...who can forget the episode with the dead hooker?One word: CLASSIC!

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 1:17AM EDT

Ned/Emerson/Chuck from Pushing DaisiesRichard Castle - CastleShawn and Gus - PsychJessica Fletcher - Murder she Wrote, (Classic)Harry DresdenDoctor Who, he solves crimes/ saves worlds

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 1:35AM EDT

1. Booth and Bones2. Shawn and Gus3. Castle4. Whole cast of NCIS5. Stella (CSI : NY)6. Pushing Daisies Cast

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 2:51AM EDT

1. elliot stabler & olivia benson / Law & Order: SVU2. booth & bones / Bones3. patrick jane & teresa lisbon / The Mentalist4. Monk / Monk5. charlie crews & dani reese / Life [RIP]6. robert goren & alex eames / Law & Order: CI7. zach nichols & megan wheeler / Law & Order: CI
half of these that people are posting shouldn't even qualifyi would say sam & dean but they aren't really detectives and they solve paranormal "crimes" if anything

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 2:54AM EDT

oh also everyone else on the SVU cast; the captain, munch, odafin tutuola

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 3:20AM EDT


Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 3:47AM EDT

Robert GorenSherlock holmesHouseColumbo

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 4:04AM EDT

Det. Frank Pembleton-Homicide: Life on the Streets

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 9:13AM EDT

Harry Dresden - Even thought the books are way better than the tv show... Plus he can set things on fire with his mind.
Gibbs - Who doesn't love a good head slap.
House - Always(Mostly) finds the perpetrating malady.
Cal Lightman - Incorrigible, scary stare, can read you like a neon sign.
Dr. Who - The angels have the phonebox!
Brennen Booth - Ooo illiteration!
Angel - Season 1 before everyone went crazy and they sold out to Wolfram and Hart
Veronica Mars - Heard it was good(awesome)
That's all I can think of for now. I'm sure there are a whole lot more.

Aug 5, 2009 10:29AM EDT

Veronica Mars

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 10:59AM EDT

They whole of the NCIS team :-
Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Anthony DiNozzo, Ziva David, Timothy McGee, Abby Sciuto, Dr "Ducky" Mallard, Jimmy Palmer and former Special Agent Catlin Todd.
I was wondering if the people who are nominating people like Columbo and Miss Marple (ect) are doing so because they actually watch the show and think they're good or is it just because they are really famous detectives?

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 11:21AM EDT

I second Robert Goren

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 11:33AM EDT

robert goren, sam and dean, monk, columbo.

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 11:41AM EDT

PSYCH!!!! Psych is awesome!!! both crime and comedy!! who doesnt love that!

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 11:44AM EDT

but i also do have 2 say castle 2!! cuz psych and castle r kinda a like well i mean genres!! comedy and crime!!!

Aug 5, 2009 11:53AM EDT

I love shawn and gus. Psych is hysterical. Monk is great too, but he's got nothing on Gus. Monk needs a comic relief black guy too haha :D

Aug 5, 2009 11:54AM EDT

For me it's got to be The Doctor from "Doctor Who"The tenth doctor specficlyBest detective on any planet/time/galaxy/alternate dimension

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 2:26PM EDT

How quickly we forget Moonlight...
Mick St-John

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 3:23PM EDT

I want to second Goren

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 4:42PM EDT

booth and bones!!!cant wait for the next season to begin!

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 5:13PM EDT

- Charlie Crews- Veronica Mars

Aug 5, 2009 5:37PM EDT

of course shawn and gus, with a classic shout out to sherlock holmes, and with the local colour of inspector murdoch

Hidden profile
Aug 5, 2009 5:50PM EDT

how about everyone from Homicide?esp. Frank Pembletonand Reese and Crews from Life

Default avatar cat
Aug 5, 2009 5:52PM EDT

Psych, Hercule Poirot, Castle, Pushing Daisies, Bones

Aug 5, 2009 5:54PM EDT

Shawn and Gus! Who else?

Aug 5, 2009 7:39PM EDT

Gotta be Gil Grissom! The man is a legend, an absolute genius CSI would have been nothing without him he made the show and consequently there were spinoffs but no leader of a CSI team is as good as Grissom

Aug 5, 2009 8:12PM EDT

<3 <3 numb3rs <3 <3monkcriminal mindscold casepsych

Want to comment on this post? First, you must log in to your SideReel account!