Poll: What’s Your Favorite American Cop Show?


From Dragnet to Hill Street Blues, Barney Miller to NYPD Blue and beyond, cop shows have been a staple of American television for decades. For this week’s poll we want you to vote for your favorite program featuring law enforcement officers. And if your fave isn’t listed, let us know what it is in the comments!

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  • http://themidnitedrive-in.blogspot.com Quiggy

    although Columbo was my favorite, I regularly watched the Mystery Movie whichever of the characters were the focus. (Columbo, as well as McCloud, Hec Ramsey and McMillan and Wife.) I also watched Kojak, Hawaii Five-O and others. I loved police shows when I was a kid.

  • Butch Knouse

    Nowadays they ruin good cop shows with THE BIG CONSPIRACY. Castle and Hawaii Five-O come to mind on that.

  • NJP

    Hunter was a great show the first 6 seasons when Stephanie Kramer was on the show.

  • Agingcourt

    My vote has to go to Kojak. Tough as nails, soft as butter, unbeatable catch phrase and a great cast. Series had it all and week to week, was unmissable.

  • Kevin

    I thought the original Hawaii Five-0 was great. It also had one of the all-time great theme songs and one of the all-time great villains (Wo Fat). But there were a lot of very good ones in that era.

  • peterheyes

    I hated Columbo and still do. He was annoying, looked dirty and lazy.

  • Jackie Burbridge-Casey

    Silent Witness

  • WDPjr

    It’s hard for me to believe that “The Wire” is polling so low. This is some of the best TV ever, in any genre, IMHO. I guess bcz it was on HBO so not as many people saw it as the series’ which ran on traditional (free) network TV channels? I highly, highly recommend it to anyone who has not seen it. Of course, it’s cable, so be ready for language, nudity, sex and violence not seen on “regular” TV. (It’s out on DVD)

  • chrijeff

    If you’re talking about regular cops with badges, “McCloud” wins hands down. (When is the whole series going to be available on DVD?!) If PI’s, “Simon & Simon”–I even named my cat after them!

  • Movie Fan

    Adam 12, with Martin Milner and Kent McCord, AKA Officers Pete Malloy and Jim Reed. It was feel-good TV with uncomplicated scripts and nice guy cops.

  • Timothy skop

    i think Bretta was the best tony Bretta could run the streets like no other cop could

  • Alexander Gavin

    Where’s Kojak?