In Backstrom, Lieutenant Everett Backstrom (Rainn Wilson) is a crotchety yet brilliant policeman who heads the Special Crimes Unit. Always armed with a cigar and coffee, he is self-destructive and offensive. While he is not everyone’s cup of tea, he is everyone’s first choice to solve crimes.
In the HBO series True Detective, Detective Rustin Spencer “Rusty” Cohle (Matthew McConaughey) is brought in as partner of Detective Martin Hart (Woody Harrelson) to solve a ritualistic murder in rural Louisiana. Dress up as either the buttoned-up 1995 Cohle or the broken-down 2012 version who’s now a suspect.
Detective Chief Inspector John Luther (Idris Elba) works for the Serious and Serial Crime Unit on the BBC show Luther. He’s a brilliant, gritty detective who often toes the line between following the law and breaking it. Either way, tweed’s never looked better than it does on him.
Life in California can be tough for a teen, especially when you spend your free time investigating various crimes, including the murder of your best friend. When she’s not spending time in her dark room, you’ll find Veronica hanging with biker gangs or her bestie, Wallace. If you find yourself in trouble, you better enlist the help of the former popular girl turned private eye.
The American response to Sherlock, Elementary’s Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) is more into T-shirts and tattoos than Savile Row suits. But despite his troubled history with drug abuse and a move to New York, this Holmes still retains all of the wit and brilliance of his counterpart from across the pond.
BBC’s Sherlock transports the eponymous detective from his Victorian-era home to the 21st century. While that may mean he’s solving crime with the assistance of modern technology and sending messages via text instead of telegram, his vast intelligence, deductive reasoning and gentleman’s dress sense all remain intact.