TV crime shows have been popular over the years. We all enjoy being able to solve the clues and see if we can find out who did it and the best shows allow us to work alongside the detective to solve clues with them.
This show follows Patrick Jane who works alongside the California Bureau of Investigation to help them solve homicides. He is not an officer of law but uses skills form his former career as a psychic medium, which he faked because he knows no one has psychic powers. His wife and daughter were murdered and so he helps with crime solving in the hope he will eventually find their murderer.
Columbo was always recognisable form his mac and his old car. He was a homicide detective and the TV shows were always slightly different in that we watched the crime being committed at the beginning and then watched him find proof of who committed it. We did not have to guess who did it, but why they did it. His apparent lack of memory and his scruffy appearance made him seem an unlikely detective, which was always part of his appeal.
Adrian Monk is an ex-detective who stopped working after his wife was killed by a bomb. He suffered a nervous breakdown and then became a recluse. The series sees him with his nurse, starting to be able to leave home and work as a private detective. Much of the comedy is brought about by his obsessive compulsive disorder and phobias. These problems can also help him to solve cases.
This series ran from 1967 to 1975 and featured Robert T. Ironside who was a wheelchair bound detective. The show won many award nominations. Ironside was a former detective who had to retire due to his paralysis and became a special department consultant. He had to use his initiative and brans to solve crime, due to his immobility and this is why it became such a success. There were many guest appearances including some famous actors and actresses.
CSI is a popular crime series which following criminalists as they solve murders. They use a selection of technical equipment to get clues and the show became so popular that there have been two spin offs. The equipment used appeals to some of the watchers as it is quite different to that seen on other crime shows. However, it is the interesting plots and characters that keep many people watching.