Anna Lee

Created by Liza Cody Back in the early eighties, while everyone was huffing and puffing Stateside about Sharon, Kinsey and V.I., across the pond British author Liza Cody was writing an amazing story arc about a young female P.I.'s journey from innocence to a hard-fought world-weariness. One of the very best of the female investigators, … Continue reading Anna Lee

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

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)

Chris Tierney, Fabio Calvalcanti and Anna Holz (TECX)

Created by -- Supposedly ho-hum, this glossy but short-lived British TV show revolved around a trio of young, ambitious Brussels-based private eyes. CHRIS TIERNEY (played by Ron Spendlove), a former grape picker and teacher from the U.K., is convinced by an Italian wine businessman and Raymond Chandler junkie FABIO CAVALCANTI (Urbano Barberini) to help him … Continue reading Chris Tierney, Fabio Calvalcanti and Anna Holz (TECX)

Glenn Hall, Dana Plant, Roberta Young & Manny Lott (Snoops)

Created by David E. Kelley "So that's why you brought me here--TO WAX ME?" -- Glenn, to serial killer who wants to turn her into a mannequin. Snoops, TV hot shot David E. Kelley's short-lived series, about a high-priced female-owned and operated detective agency in Santa Monica, California, premiered the weekend of September 25, 1999, … Continue reading Glenn Hall, Dana Plant, Roberta Young & Manny Lott (Snoops)

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

Car Phones!

Six Private Eye Who Had Car Phones      Once upon a time, there were no cell phones... Okay, for those of you who haven't jumped out the window screaming and are still here, you should know that the early adapters were not geeks, nerds and even multi-millionaires. Nope, they were working guys, blue collar schlubs … Continue reading Car Phones!

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