Miles Banyon (Banyon)

Created by Ed Adamson "The private eye of the thirties returns." -- tag on the paperback novelization MILES C. BANYON (played Robert Forster) was an ex-cop turned lone-wolf private eye, working in 1930s Los Angeles, in Banyon, a short-lived NBC television show back in the seventies. (The very similar City of Angels and Manhunter, both period pieces, … Continue reading Miles Banyon (Banyon)

Johnny Midnight

Created by Liam O'Brien JOHNNY MIDNIGHT was the name and title character of an early sixties syndicated TV show (played by Edmond O'Brien), about an actor turned New York theater owner and private eye. His cases frequently brought him to the vicinity of Times Square and Broadway's theatre district, the same area where he had … Continue reading Johnny Midnight

Homer ‘Bulldog’ Pipsqueak

Created by Joseph Barbera and William Hanna I swear, this site is going to the dogs. This has just got to be about the lamest entry ever on the site, but here goes: During it's seemingly endless run of one-hour-long The New Scooby-Doo Movies on 1970s television, the Mystery, Inc. gang of Fred, Velma, Daphne, … Continue reading Homer ‘Bulldog’ Pipsqueak

Pearl Parker and Finn Gallagher (South of the Border)

Created by Susan Wilkins Good girl PEARL PARKER and punkette FINN GALLAGHER are two young besties from Deptford in South London who decide to become private eyes, in South of the Border, a British television show that ran for two seasons on BBC1 in the late eighties, and was notable at the time for its defiant … Continue reading Pearl Parker and Finn Gallagher (South of the Border)

Buddy Faro

Created by Mark Frost Hey, this cat has class! Playboy private eye BUDDY FARO (played to ring-a-ding perfection by Dennis Farina) is a swinging dick, the "quickest-thinking, hardest-hitting, wildest-loving investigator of them all." Problem is, he mysteriously dropped out of sight in 1978. It takes BOB JONES, a straight-arrow, decidedly small-time private eye, who's idolized Buddy … Continue reading Buddy Faro

Richard Diamond

Created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) "Diamond Detective Agency. A pleasant smile, a cheerful rhyme, and we'll keep you from doing time." -- Diamond answers his own phone. Babyfaced Dick Powell was considered pretty much a lightweight song-and-dance man until his rebirth as a movie tough guy in Murder My Sweet (1944, RKO), where he played … Continue reading Richard Diamond

Whispering Smith

Created by Frank H. Spearman (1859-1950) Cowboy and railroad detective GORDON "WHISPERING" SMITH first showed in in a 1906 novel by celebrated Western author Frank H. Spearman. Supposedly, Smith was modeled on real-life Union Pacific Railroad detectives Timothy Keliher and Joe Lefors (though his name was taken from another UPRR policeman, James L. "Whispering" Smith. … Continue reading Whispering Smith

Longsarge

Created by The Usual Gang of Idiots I'm not exactly sure who wrote this (I'm assuming the usual gang of idiots), but this MAD Magazine spoof of 1970s detective shows (and TV Guide itself) is pretty much spot-on. A long-haired, motorcycle-riding, deaf Trappist monk private eye? Why not? After all, this was the era of … Continue reading Longsarge

Georg Wilsberg

Created by Jürgen Kehrer (1956--) As popular and influential as the series of novels by German author Jürgen Kehrer about Münster private eye GEORG WILSBERG may be (the author consciously tried to avoid most of the tropes of American detective fiction, presenting an unassuming, decidedly German small town private eye who was neither heroic nor particularly tough), Wilsberg's biggest … Continue reading Georg Wilsberg