Another Top 10 Best Tv Cops of All Time.

Kendall Rivers
7 min readNov 19, 2023
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When I looked back at part 1 of my best fictional police officers of all time article from a while back, I decided that there were quite a few more great tv cops that deserved to get some attention and applause. So here’s ten more of the best tv cops who always got the job done and did it with style and intrepid skill.

10. Christine Cagney & Mary Beth Lacey. Cagney & Lacey.

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Cagney and Lacey were television’s first female cop duo on primetime television and their partnership is still being imitated by quite a few cop shows with female lead detectives to this day. They were as different as night and day but two things both had in common were their commitment to their job and their intrepid skills at doing that job. But beyond the badge, Cagney and Lacey were possibly tv’s most human cops. Going through rape, alcohol addiction, pregnancy scares and cancer, both Mary Beth and Christine gave viewers a real insight into the vulnerability of being a cop as well as being a woman that hadn’t been seen on television at that time. Frankly, had their not been a Cagney and Lacey there would be no Olivia Benson or Rizzoli and Isles, to name a few.

9. Wes Mitchell & Travis Marks. Common Law.

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This odd couple pair of cops were always good for a laugh, but going beyond their amusing bickering these two were a perfect team. Wes was the yin to Travis’ yang. One was strategic, straight laced and methodical while the other was uninhibited…



Kendall Rivers

Kendall is a screenwriter who’s a huge fan of classic tv and movies. He enjoys creating good stories and characters.