Live Poll: Most Iconic Detective

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Here's my first toss at a poll, so I'm welcoming all advice.

List: https://www.imdb.com/list/ls090365348/
Poll: https://www.imdb.com/poll/sKqOm-Q2CBM/
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Since all of them are from the TV it might be a good idea to rename it Most Iconic TV Director. 

Ottherwise a great first stab at a poll! 
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Then Upload one.

Image result for columbo
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Ed you're so demanding :) I changed to a different one, but I'll look for yours to pop up.
I also added Barnaby Jones. I originally excluded him because my best recollection was that he was helped out quite a bit although I'm not sure I'd say he had a "partner". Magnum for example, used TJ, Mac, and Orville regularly which is why I excluded him and his mustache.
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No....... add Magnum! People would wonder why you left him out!

https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0081873/mediaviewer/rm3230256640

Det. Sgt. Mick Belker (He was always undercover)


Bruce Weitz in Hill Street Blues 1981
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I'll have to ponder a little on magnum because of the partner thing. I'll scan episodes and see how many I can recall was him alone vs getting help.
I LOVED Mick. I don't think he fits though as I was trying to go for detectives that went thru the process and I don't think he fits but I'll ponder that as well.
I'm worried about expanding too much which then would open up too many new entries.
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After voting, [link=https://getsatisfaction.com/imdb/topics/poll-suggestion-most-iconic-detective]please discuss here.[/link]


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Haven't you forgotten Sherlock Holmes? Either played by Jeremy Brett or Benedict Cumberbatch

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I'm a big Holmes fan, but he had Watson. I intentionally want to limit it to those detectives that didn't have partners. Unfortunately Holmes did.
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So you should remove Poirot, because he had  Arthur Hasting:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Hastings

He appears in 8 of the 33 Poirot's novels, and he appears in the TV Serie.
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TY. never watched it and never seen him beyond Murder on the Orient Express.
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FYC:
Poirot
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Definitely not to overlook - in my opinion one of the best 'Poirots' is David Suchet
 
I like Sherlock Holmes, Columbo,Poroit
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Didn't realize there was a Poirot series. thx. Holmes unfortunately had Watson so he's not eligible.
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I've made a few revisions. Reading the faq I'm supposed to watch for too many options.  So in the light, are there any that you think should be removed, or am I missing any.  (I did a search of all polls and found none like this. The closest I found were two that were for British titles, which because of that maybe I should trim those. Thoughts?)
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You don't have too many options, but you can stick to American TV if you prefer.

Frost, a policeman, doesn't really work alone either.
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The Last Detective....Dangerous Davies....Unfortunately it's 2003!
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I've changed it to US. I'm feeling nostalgic so I do want to stick to pre-2000. Although there are some great post-y2k. Monk comes to mind.
I'm actually surprised that no one has done a similar one before (or I'm not searching with the right terms).
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Please add a space before the (US) parenthesis in your list title. Or perhaps put it at the end:

Most Iconic TV Detective (US)
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I looked at the list of all polls and the few that specify US/UK have it before the poll's subject.
So I changed it to "Most Iconic US TV Detective".
How's that?
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That's fine, thanks.
Kojax,Columbo, Miss Maple, Frost,Sherlock Holmes,Poriot,The original Randall and Hopkirk Deceased,
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I'm limiting the titles to US TV.  There have been at least two polls that were just for British detectives.
https://www.imdb.com/poll/vBmi8JeXTsY/
https://www.imdb.com/poll/hSzPunO27G4/

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Great first poll!  I love how you include a lot of oldies.  :)  
My pick: Jessica Fletcher
Suggestions:
Adrian Monk
House
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Unfort monk is after the time period as I wanted to cut at 2000 and monk started in 2002. When I  looked at when to cut it off, if I let it past 2000 there would be a lot more and there are 20 as it is.
House although based on Holmes, does not solve crime.
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Oh, that's okay!  I think it's great how you're doing it for older, classic TV!  Perhaps you should specify that in the title or description.  Lots of polls now only focus on new crime shows.
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Great point. Any suggestion as how to name it?
Maybe something like
"Most Iconic pre-2000 US TV Detective"
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No Photos of this one.
The Law and Harry McGraw Poster
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I didn't know there was a spin-off.  Weird that it says rated M!  I didn't think TV shows back then could be M!  
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Interestingly Orbach was a spin-off but not from Law and Order. The character was a PI from Murder She Wrote. I wish I would have seen this as I really liked orbach.
Unfortunately this only lasted 1 season.
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MikeTheWhistle,

Welcome to poll making.

My vote:
This is Jim Rockford. At the tone leave your name and message, I'll get back to you.

FYI: Tom Selleck made his detective debut on The Rockford Files. He played a squeaky clean by-the book detective, a studied and at times infuriating contrast to Rockford.
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Richie Brockleman PI too
Wasn't his name Lance something or other? (Sellick)
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Yes, Lance White.
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unfortunately Richie Brockleman Private Eye only lasted 5 ep when I'm restricting my list to having lasted at least 2 seasons.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0077070/
Have to admit I don't think I ever saw Selleck on Rockford. Have to see if either ep is upcoming.
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0688097
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0688026

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Just look for a big white Cadillac Eldorado Convertible. Sellick will be driving it!
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Was not suggesting Richie. He was on the Rockford Files too along with Lance White
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lol. I've watched a fair amount of tv but some things just missed. For a long time only had 1 tv at home and I was the low person on the totem to select anything to watch. I still remember the first tv I had of my own. bowtie and rabbit ears. I think it was about 10" and I still have the remote-it's attached to my arm.
btw added harry o (whcih I do actually remember) and frank black.
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I was an electronics wiz at 11. I had color TV in my room before my parents had Color TV! A 1960 Philco 21" console that was left out for trash pickup after a TV repairman said it would cost $250 to fix it! Cost me $18 in tubes from Radio Shack! 1966 vs 1968 for Mom and Dad
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Ed,
Thanks for the Twin Peaks submission. Right now it's #3 and without your suggestion I would never have included it.
I know it's hard to believe, but I truly don't think I've ever seen it. I'll have to see if I have access to it.  I'm surprised though as I really like the actor Kyle MacLachlan mostly from Desp Housewives.
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I know. I looked last night.
Be prepared for weird!
My newly submitted Columbo pic is #1 too
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Yep I appreciate that image as well. I'm a tad surprised how far ahead Columbo is. He is truly one that it either loved or hated. I've not met too many people that were in-between on him. I actually expected Magnum or Rockford to be near the top. It'd be neat to have the demographics of voters.
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Good Work MtW
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TY. It was fun and I appreciate all the help.
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Congrats!  Love how you put their quotes by their pics.
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Congratulations MiketheWhistle on your first live poll! As of 5-Sep-2019 6:34 AM Pacific your poll has 287 or more votes.

Most Iconic US TV Detective
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Oh MAN, this is a TOUGH poll... I don't think I can choose just one.  Columbo, James Rockford, Kojak, Cannon, even Quincy and Mrs. Fletcher... all are part of American TV lore!