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Who Was The BEST TV/Movie P.I. ?

sherlockIf you’ve read this blog for more that a couple of days, you probably remember one of the many ‘careers’ I had was that of Private Investigator.  Both working for others and myself.  I’ve written about some of my ‘adventures’ in these pages.

And, it got me to thinking.  Obviously, I wouldn’t have become a PI, had they not existed in literature, movies and television.  I was disabled, and didn’t make the cut as a cop, so I went to something related.  Using my college-learned investigative skills.


I grew up with numerous Hollywood PI influences:  Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe, Richard Diamond, Mike Hammer, Sherlock Holmes, Peter Gunn, Stu Bailey, Spenser, Jim Rockford, Harry Orwell, John Shaft, V.I. Warshawski, Lew Archer, Dirk Gently…

But, who was the BEST?  However you define best – most realistic representation, most clever, most cutting edge.

I have my answer, but I won’t post it until you vote.  And feel free to comment further, if you like.

Joe Mannix wouldn’t have it any other way.

About guffaw1952

I'm a child of the 50's. libertarian, now medically-retired. I've been a certified firearms trainer, a private investigator, and worked for a major credit card company for almost 22 years. I am a proud NRA Life Member. I am a limited-government, free-market capitalist, who believes in the U.S. Constitution and the Rule of Law.


13 thoughts on “Who Was The BEST TV/Movie P.I. ?

  1. Well, I need to gently correct you on one of these. I’ll forgive you for your error, as you’ve stated before that you are not a fan. 🙂
    Sherlock Holmes was not a private investigator, he was a consulting detective, so he is ineligible for this competition.

    But, in answer to your question, the clear winner is obviously Andy Richter in “Andy Barker, P.I.”

    Posted by Tomi | March 31, 2014, 7:53 am
    • Oh, puleez!
      You might as well have said ‘Richie Brockelman’…

      Posted by guffaw1952 | March 31, 2014, 9:24 am
      • Hahahaha!

        I knew that’d get a rise out of you!

        OK, well, my second choice for the honor goes to Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) for being the brains behind Remington Steele.


        Posted by Tomi | March 31, 2014, 9:36 am
      • Excellent choice! And, she was so cute! Sadly, he had no shoulders…

        Posted by guffaw1952 | March 31, 2014, 9:40 am
    • ‘Consulting detective?’ Did he have gov’t credentials? If not – PI.

      Posted by guffaw1952 | March 31, 2014, 9:25 am
      • Hmmm, well, that’s kind of a hard question to answer, since it was the 19th century and “gov’t credentials” was a whole different ball game.

        He regularly assisted the police, at their request (hence, “consulting”). He also worked for the British government on several occasions. In fact, he worked for several different governments over the course of his career.

        He didn’t run a business. He accepted cases if and when he felt like it, often unpaid.

        So, I really don’t feel he falls under the category of “P.I.”

        Posted by Tomi | March 31, 2014, 9:41 am
      • Well, okay (splitting hairs here)

        Posted by guffaw1952 | March 31, 2014, 12:42 pm
  2. Colombo – hands down.

    Posted by zinger3006 | March 31, 2014, 8:49 am
  3. Rockford only because that show was on when I was in my late teens/early twenties wasting time on the couch.
    (When I wasn’t at school, work, playing, chasing girls, etc.)

    Posted by KM | March 31, 2014, 9:48 am
  4. Interesting set of choices… 🙂

    Posted by oldnfo | April 1, 2014, 6:04 am

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