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'Columbo' (1971-2003)

In honor of the late Peter Falk, whose portrayal of a shabby Los Angeles Police Department homicide detective in "Columbo" helped popularize procedural detective dramas, here's a look at 20 of the best film and TV detectives. Detective name: Columbo (Peter Falk) in "Columbo" (1971-2003) Sleuthing style: Immediately identifying murderers and then spending the rest of the case making them squirm — complete with bumbling anecdotes about the elusive Mrs. Columbo. Claim to fame: The culprit is identified at the beginning of every episode, so instead of who-done-it drama, viewers tuned in for how-he-proves-it satisfaction. ABC
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