I have always been a big fan of mystery and crime solving. From Encyclopedia Brown to Sherlock Holmes … oh, wait, this is a TV post not a book post *shifting gears* … From Murder She Wrote to Sherlock, I’m an avid fan. I’ve watched most TV Crime show, or at the very least a lot of them. Watching the last season of White Collar and now Psych, one of the last crime solving TV that I’m following (Sherlock on BBC is still going, thankfully, even if it’s only three 1 1/2 episodes per season), I’ve gone a little nostalgic and started pondering some of my crime time favorites. So, list time!
Top 5 Favorite Crime Solving TV of the 90s (that’s long title!)
In order of the least watched to the most watched
Midsomer Murders (1997-present) – I really enjoy this show and don’t get to watch it as often as I like to, even with all these OnDemand options. I watched this a lot in it’s early years and tapered off around 2000. I watched it here and there through out 2003-2005, but haven’t watched any of the new ones. Which is a bit sad to me. Which I am now putting back on my TBW list. This was one of the first shows, if not the first, mystery TV I watched that was British TV and not American.
Poirot (1989-2013) – Oh, gosh, Agatha Christie. Maybe this shouldn’t count on my TV list since it’s based on a book character … ah, what the heck. I love him. Sherlock will always be my first love as far as detectives go (actually, if I’m honest, it was Encyclopedia Brown. Discovered in the 3rd grade) but Poirot is the next. And I didn’t realize the show ran as long as it did! Work is so inconvenient 😉 . But, I watched it when I could and enjoyed all the episodes I did. His style is … awesome!
Matlock (1986-1995) – Ah, Matlock. This was one of the shows I’d watch over the weekend. I’m not quite sure why I remember watching this show over the weekend, whether or not they had a special slot on Saturdays, but I remember I could watch their marathons all day. It was funny as heck and I loved that the investigation ended in the courtroom. I really did.
Diagnosis Murder (1993-2001) – And if Saturday mornings was full with Matlock instead of cartoons, Diagnosis Murder was the show I’d actually leave the playground to watch. Call me crazy for leaving my friends playing outside to run home and watch this every Thursday evening, but crazy I was. There was TGIF and then there was Diagnosis Murder. And my grandmother supported this crazy obsession by actually changing the channel a few minutes prior to it starting so I could come in straight from the playground to the living room and not missing a thing. Crazy I tell ya!
Murder She Wrote (1984-1996) – Watched every. single. marathon. For some reason, this show wasn’t one of those shows that I remember a time slot for, but I remember the marathons. And I remember the in-between shows that would play at random slot times. This was one of the shows I learned about Venice, Italy and fell in love with it. This is where I learned that the book publishing world is a little askew. This is where I learned not to be friends with a mystery writer because her friends always seem to be in danger or end up dead, except for that doctor dude. Oh, and this is where I wanted to move to Cabot Cove because it seemed like such an awesome place to live. And the fact that this show is based on a writer and a book-lover is irrelevant!
And only honorable mentions because I didn’t watch them as frequently as my Top 5 and while I love watching them more than those shows that didn’t make my list, I would change the channel on a couple of episodes, unlike my top 5 where I watched every minute.
Father Downing Investigations (1989-1991) – Crime solving nuns and priests? What’s not to love about that?
Columbo (1971-2003) – I loved this cross-eyed detective, but for some reason, it was hard for me to catch an episode. I remember watching when I could, but there were times when I just couldn’t get interested in one or two of them. I loved his character though.