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Poll: The Female Detective

The role of the female detective in film and television has developed over many years. Female cops, agents and investigators are more common on screen than ever, but they must often deal with a male-dominated law-enforcement environment.

Which of these essential female detective figures is your favorite?

Discuss this poll here

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    Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect (1991)

    Jane Tennison
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    Elisabeth Moss in Top of the Lake (2013)

    Robin Griffin
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    Taraji P. Henson in Person of Interest (2011)

    Joss Carter
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    Kyra Sedgwick in The Closer (2005)

    Brenda Leigh Johnson
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    Jodie Foster in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Clarice Starling
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    Emma Roberts in Nancy Drew (2007)

    Nancy Drew
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    Angela Lansbury in Murder, She Wrote (1984)

    Jessica Fletcher
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    Joan Hickson in Miss Marple: The Murder at the Vicarage (1986)

    Miss Marple
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    Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless in Cagney & Lacey (1981)

    Christine Cagney and Mary Beth Lacy
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    Kristen Bell in Veronica Mars (2004)

    Veronica Mars
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    Kathryn Morris in Cold Case (2003)

    Lilly Rush
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    Gillian Anderson in The X-Files (1993)

    Dana Scully
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    Angie Harmon and Sasha Alexander in Rizzoli & Isles (2010)

    Jane Rizzoli and Maura Isles
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    Jennifer Carpenter in Dexter (2006)

    Debra Morgan
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    Regina King in Southland (2009)

    Detective Lydia Adams
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    Cybill Shepherd in Moonlighting (1985)

    Maddie Hayes
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    Emily Deschanel in Bones (2005)

    Dr. Temperance Brennan
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    Sonja Sohn in The Wire (2002)

    Det. Shakima 'Kima' Greggs
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    S. Epatha Merkerson in Law & Order (1990)

    Anita Van Buren
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    Mariska Hargitay in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999)

    Olivia Benson
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    Gillian Anderson in The Fall (2013)

    Stella Gibson
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    Sofie Gråbøl in Forbrydelsen (2007)

    Sarah Lund
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    Sofia Helin in Bron/Broen (2011)

    Saga Norén
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    Anna Torv in Fringe (2008)

    Olivia Dunham
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    Patricia Arquette in Medium (2005)

    Allison Dubois
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    Krysten Ritter in Jessica Jones (2015)

    Jessica Jones
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    Diana Rigg in The Avengers (1961)

    Emma Peel
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    Frances McDormand in Fargo (1996)

    Marge Gunderson
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    Anne Francis and Bruce in Honey West (1965)

    Honey West
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    Teresa Graves in Get Christie Love! (1974)

    Christie Love

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