LAST NAME ONLY COP SHOWS

by Bonehead-XL | created - 15 Jul 2014 | updated - 09 Feb 2017 | Public

I'm making a list of cop/detective/crime shows named after the last name of the main character.

Each listing is clarified with the shows distinguishing gimmick.

This list is focused on shows that only feature the character's last name in their title, thus excluding shows that use a full name, such as "T.J. Hooker," or shows that add clarifying titles to the name, such as "Magnum P.I.," "Quincy M.E.," or "The Rockford Files." Also excluded are partner shows, such as "Starsky and Hutch" and "Cagney and Lacey."

This list will primarily be focused on shows from the seventies and eighties, the time period when last name only cop shows flourished, and American television, as I'm not that familiar with British/European television. However, I have made a few exceptions for stuff I like/am otherwise familiar with. Suggestions are welcomed.

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1. Banacek (1972–1974)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The adventures of proud Polish-American freelance insurance investigator Thomas Banacek.

Stars: George Peppard, Ralph Manza, Murray Matheson, Christine Belford

Votes: 994

Detective is Polish.

2. Banyon (1971–1973)

60 min | Crime, Drama

The adventures of 1930's Los Angeles private eye Miles Banyon.

Stars: Robert Forster, Joan Blondell, Richard Jaeckel, Julie Gregg

Votes: 98

Detective show set in the 1930s.

3. Baretta (1975–1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama

The cases of maverick undercover New York City detective Tony Baretta.

Stars: Robert Blake, Tom Ewell, Michael D. Roberts, Edward Grover

Votes: 1,716

Detective doesn't wear a uniform.

4. Booker (1989–1990)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Dennis Booker, an ex-cop, is hired by the US office of a large Japanese company to investigate some suspect insurance claims. He is very anti-authority, resents being told what to do, and ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Grieco, Marcia Strassman, Katie Rich, Carmen Argenziano

Votes: 559

"21 Jump Street" spin-off starring Richard Grieco, otherwise known as the other guy from "21 Jump Street."

5. Castle (2009–2016)

TV-14 | 43 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

After a serial killer imitates the plots of his novels, successful mystery novelist Richard "Rick" Castle receives permission from the Mayor of New York City to tag along with an NYPD homicide investigation team for research purposes.

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Jon Huertas

Votes: 130,299

Detective is a murder-mystery novelist.

6. Cannon (1971–1976)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

Frank Cannon is an overweight, balding ex-cop with a deep voice and expensive tastes in culinary pleasures; he becomes a high-priced private investigator.

Stars: William Conrad, Patrick Culliton, Tom Pittman, Charles Bateman

Votes: 2,147

Detective is really fat.

7. Columbo (1971–2003)

TV-PG | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Los Angeles homicide detective Lieutenant Columbo uses his humble ways and ingenuous demeanor to winkle out even the most well-concealed of crimes.

Stars: Peter Falk, Mike Lally, John Finnegan, Bruce Kirby

Votes: 22,881

The audience already knows who committed the crime and the fun of the show is watching the detective, who merely pretends to be absent-minded, figure out whodunit.

8. Griff (1973–1974)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Wade Griffin quits the police force after three decades to become a private eye.

Stars: Lorne Greene, Ben Murphy, Patricia Stich, Vic Tayback

Votes: 27

Detective is a former cop.

9. Hawk (1966– )

60 min | Crime, Drama

The crimebusting techniques of Native American detective John Hawk of the New York City District Attorney's office.

Stars: Burt Reynolds, Wayne Grice, Leon Janney, John Marley

Votes: 91

Detective is a full-blooded American Indian.

10. Hawkins (1973–1974)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

The cases of slow-talking West Virginia attorney Billy Jim Hawkins.

Stars: James Stewart, Strother Martin, Mayf Nutter, James Hampton

Votes: 88

Country lawyer solves crimes using folksy wisdom.

11. Hunter (I) (1984–1991)

48 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Rick Hunter is a renegade cop who breaks the rules and takes justice into his own hands. Partnered with the equally stunning and rebellious Sgt. McCall, the tough-minded duo set out to crack down on L.A.'s slimiest criminals.

Stars: Fred Dryer, Stepfanie Kramer, Charles Hallahan, Perry Cook

Votes: 3,048

Detective is played by former football player and has obnoxious unresolved sexual tension with his female sidekick.

12. Ironside (1967–1975)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Wheelchair-bound detective Robert T. Ironside battles the bad guys on the streets of San Francisco.

Stars: Raymond Burr, Don Galloway, Don Mitchell, Barbara Anderson

Votes: 2,551

Detective is in a wheelchair.

13. Kaz (1978–1979)

60 min | Crime, Drama

The cases of former car thief-turned-criminal attorney Martin "Kaz" Kazinsky.

Stars: Ron Leibman, Patrick O'Neal, Mark Withers, Edith Atwater

Votes: 67

Ex-con becomes criminal defense lawyer.

14. Kojak (1973–1978)

TV-PG | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A bald, lollipop sucking police detective with a fiery righteous attitude battles crime in his city.

Stars: Telly Savalas, Dan Frazer, Kevin Dobson, George Savalas

Votes: 5,357

Detective is bald and sucks on lollypops all the time.

15. Longmire (2012–2017)

TV-14 | 60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Walt Longmire is the dedicated and unflappable sheriff of Absaroka County, Wyoming. Widowed only a year, he is a man in psychic repair but buries his pain behind his brave face, unassuming grin and dry wit.

Stars: Robert Taylor, Katee Sackhoff, Lou Diamond Phillips, Cassidy Freeman

Votes: 24,810

Cop investigates crime in rural Wyoming.

16. Longstreet (1971–1972)

90 min | Action, Crime, Drama

The cases of a blind insurance investigator.

Stars: James Franciscus, Marlyn Mason, Peter Mark Richman, Ann Doran

Votes: 342

Detective is blind.

17. Luther (2010–2019)

TV-MA | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

DCI John Luther is a near-genius murder detective whose brilliant mind can't always save him from the dangerous violence of his passions.

Stars: Idris Elba, Dermot Crowley, Michael Smiley, Warren Brown

Votes: 94,696

Detective is a genius.

18. MacGyver (1985–1992)

TV-PG | 48 min | Action, Adventure, Crime

The adventures of a secret Agent armed with almost infinite scientific resourcefulness.

Stars: Richard Dean Anderson, Dana Elcar, Bruce McGill, Robin Mossley

Votes: 31,773

Detective makes plot-resolving inventions out of random crap lying around.

19. Madigan (1972–1973)

90 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Richard Widmark reprises his big screen role of Detective Dan Madigan in this single-season entry from "The NBC Mystery Movie." A tough, dogged cop, Madigan chases down crooks in his native... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Widmark, George Cole, Rossano Brazzi, Peter Vaughan

Votes: 88

New York cop investigates crimes in Europe.

20. Mannix (1967–1975)

60 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Mannix worked originally for Wickersham at Intertect and then struck out on his own, assisted by Peggy Fair (whose cop-husband had been killed) and Police Department contact Tobias.

Stars: Mike Connors, Gail Fisher, Ward Wood, Ron Nyman

Votes: 2,105

Detective gets beat up a lot.

21. Markham (1959–1960)

30 min | Crime, Drama

Roy Markham, a former successful New York attorney, becomes a private detective and his cases take him worldwide. For the first two months of the show, Markham had an assistant, John Riggs,... See full summary »

Stars: Ray Milland, Simon Scott, Henry Corden, Gail Bonney

Votes: 47

Detective used to be a rich lawyer.

22. Matlock (1986–1995)

TV-PG | 60 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney, who charges one hundred thousand dollars to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny, as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

Stars: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday, Nancy Stafford

Votes: 5,312

Country lawyer solves crimes using folksy wisdom.

23. McCloud (1970–1977)

TV-PG | 120 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Sam McCloud is a Marshal from Taos, New Mexico, who takes a temporary assignment in the New York City Police Department. His keen sense of detail and detecting subtle clues, learned from his experience, enable him to nab unsuspecting criminals despite his unbelieving boss.

Stars: Dennis Weaver, J.D. Cannon, Terry Carter, Ken Lynch

Votes: 2,181

Country cop moves to the city.

24. McCoy (1975–1976)

90 min | Drama

McCoy has expensive tastes with an equally costly lifestyle offset with a gambling problem. To make ends meet he becomes a con man relieving others of their ill gotten gains with the aid of Gideon, a nightclub comedian.

Stars: Tony Curtis, Roscoe Lee Browne, Philip Chapin, Vito Scotti

Votes: 41

Good con man cons bad con men.

25. Monk (2002–2009)

TV-PG | 47 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama

Adrian Monk is a brilliant San Francisco detective, whose obsessive compulsive disorder just happens to get in the way.

Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Jason Gray-Stanford, Ted Levine, Traylor Howard

Votes: 57,467

Detective has obsessive-compulsive disorder.

26. Ohara (1987–1988)

60 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

About an American-Asian cop in LAPD investigating crimes.

Stars: Pat Morita, Robert Clohessy, Rachel Ticotin, Meagen Fay

Votes: 103

Japanese-American detective uses Asian mysticism to solve crimes.

27. Petrocelli (1974–1976)

60 min | Crime, Drama

Tony Petrocelli is an Italian-American Harvard-educated lawyer who gave up the big money and frenetic pace of major-metropolitan life to practice in a sleepy city in the American Southwest.... See full summary »

Stars: Barry Newman, Susan Howard, Albert Salmi, Arnold Jeffers

Votes: 575

Big city lawyer moves to the country.

28. Tenafly (1973–1974)

90 min | Crime, Drama

African-American private eye Harry Tenafly was a happily married, middle-class family man who had given up being a cop to work for a better paying position at a big L.A. detective agency. ... See full summary »

Stars: James McEachin, David Huddleston, Rosanna Huffman, Lillian Lehman

Votes: 53

Detective is black.

29. Toma (1973–1974)

60 min | Crime, Drama

This series Is based on the real-life story of New Jersey detective David Toma. Toma was a master of disguise and undercover work. Toma himself made a cameo appearance in many episodes.

Stars: Tony Musante, Simon Oakland, Susan Strasberg, David Toma

Votes: 127

Detective is a master of disguise.

30. Shaft (1973–1974)

73 min | Action, Crime, Drama

Based on the movies of the same name, John Shaft is a two-fisted black private eye along the lines of Mike Hammer and Phillip Marlowe. Each week presents a different case and a different ... See full summary »

Stars: Richard Roundtree, Eddie Barth, Judie Stein, Paul Burke

Votes: 188

Detective is black.

31. Sherlock (2010– )

TV-14 | 88 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

A modern update finds the famous sleuth and his doctor partner solving crime in 21st century London.

Stars: Benedict Cumberbatch, Martin Freeman, Una Stubbs, Rupert Graves

Votes: 669,130

Detective is Sherlock Holmes.

32. Wolf (1989–1990)

60 min | Drama

Tony Wolf, a San Francisco cop, is framed on a drug charge by the criminals he has been pursuing. Thrown off the force, he gets a job as a private detective working for the attorney, Dylan ... See full summary »

Stars: Jack Scalia, Joseph Sirola, Judith Hoag, Mimi Kuzyk

Votes: 36

Wrongfully disgraced cop makes peace with fisherman dad.



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