Thursday, December 17, 2015

Cops And Robbers

I got to thinking about my favorite TV cops. I picked these because, for one reason or another, I just like them. Sadly, only one is a patrol officer. Detectives get all the glory anyway. Here they are in no particular order:

Dennis Franz - Det. Sal Benedetto and, later, Lt. Norman Buntz on Hill Street Blues. Also Det. Andy Sipowicz on NYPD Blue.

Abe Vigoda - Det. Sgt. Phil Fish on Barney Miller.

Jack Webb - Sgt. Joe Friday on Dragnet.

Jerry Orbach - Det. Lennie Briscoe on Law and Order.

Kathryn Erbe - Det. Alexandra Eames on Law and Order: Criminal Intent.

Michael Conrad - Sgt. Phil Esterhaus on Hill Street Blues.

Don Knotts - Dep. Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show.

Special Category Winner:
Roger the alien on American Dad!.


Anonymous said...

Always wondered, never asked, is there anything about TV cop shows that bear any resemblance to the life of a real officer at all?

Jono said...

Great choices!

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yarnwhore said...

My dad would get mistaken for Dennis Franz all the time when NYPD Blue was on. He would sign autographs in bars and had a whole backstory about location scouting. Luckily, nobody asked to see his butt for proof (while I was present).

Liz Harris said...

Thanks for the great memories. They don't make 'em like that any more.