TV’s greatest cops

Senior Television Writer

Television has delivered viewers an array of police characters over the years, from Peter Falk”s rumpled but underestimated Lt. Columbo to always fashion-forward Sonny Crockett to the morally questionable Vic Mackey.

Ahead of next week”s season premiere of 1960s police drama “Public Morals” on TNT, we look back at 10 of TV”s most memorable cop characters. (NOTE: We're sticking only with cops, rather than private detectives, federal agents, etc. So no Magnum or Raylan Givens or Dana Scully.)

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Alan Sepinwall has been writing about television since the mid-'90s. He's the author of "The Revolution Was Televised," about the rise of TV's new golden age, and co-author of "TV (The Book): Two Experts Pick the Greatest American Shows of All Time."

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