Television is a huge pack of impeccable detectives. They carry different kinds of skills. Steet smart, intuitive, or just plain brilliant. This is a list of the smartest TV detectives, including some of the greatest crime-solving sleuths in the history of television.
5. Saga Noren
Saga Noren is played by Sofia Helin in Scandinavian crime drama The Bridge. She is a fine example of a post-modern detective.
While being a very eccentric female detective Saga is “emotionally detached, socially awkward, and absurdedly blunt,” says Telegraph UK. She suffers from Asperger’s Syndrome.
She is a memorable character, with leather trousers and her 1970s Porsche.
4. Will Graham
Will Graham is the main protagonist played by Hugh Dancy in NBC’s Hannibal. He is a criminal profiler for the FBI.
He hunts serial killers and has an intricate ability to identify and understand the killers he tracks. He is capable of assuming the state of mind of a murderer, after interpreting the evidence.
Graham can empathise and so can recreate the thinking of killers. He is one of those detectives, who has an artistic approach.
3. Sarah Linden
Although it was based on the Danish police series Forbrydelsen, AMC’s The Killing was a hit. Mereille Enos had the lead role as Detective Sarah Linden of Seattle Police Department in all four seasons.
Linden’s character was kept as original as possible by creator Veena Sud. While being a smart detective, Linden is obsessive and slightly annoying.
She is extremely human who can make mistakes, a quality TV protagonists lack.
2. Jason Gideon
Another FBI profiler on this list is Jason Gideon from Criminal Minds. Played by Mandy Patinkin, Gideon was a Senior Supervisory Agent and criminal profiler of FBI’s Behavioural Analysis Unit.
According to Ranker, Gideon was the best profiler in BAU. His nature of “thinking outside the box” has made him understand all sorts of human behaviour.
His behavioural reasonings were absolute and perfect. He left the Bureau after a serial killer called Frank killed his college friend.
According to Gideon, Frank was the most prolific serial killer.
1. Rustin Cohle
Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey was brilliant as the brooding and enigmatic Rustin “Rust” Cohle in HBO’s True Detective season 1. The show was created and written by author Nic Pizzolatto.
Rust Cohle can be termed as the post-modernist approach towards Sherlock Holmes. Cohle could smell people’s weaknesses just by one glimpse.
He can break someone guilty, for a confession in seconds, by just talking. Cohle’s daughter was three when she met with an accident and died.
Pizzolato developed Cohle as an existential nihilist, who often made philosophical rants. McConaughey won best actor for True Detective at the Critics’ Choice TV awards.