The formula is simple: they make a good team, they complement each other, conflicts appear from time to time, but together they manage to solve difficult cases and bring criminals to justice. Let’s have a look at ten famous detective partners.
1. Dr. Daniel Pierce and FBI agent Kate in Perception
Dr. Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) is an eccentric neuroscientist who uses unique methods to help the federal government solve complex cases in the series Perception, whose third season is filming this week in Paris. Pierce’s mind is brilliant, but also seriously affected. He struggles with hallucinations and images, caused by paranoid schizophrenia.
Rachael Leigh Cook plays FBI agent Kate Moretti, Pierce’s former student who asks him to help her in some cases. Unlike her colleagues, Kate is willing to look beyond the oddities of Daniel.
2. Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson in Elementary
Based on the novels written by Arthur Conan Doyle, the producer Robert Doherty recreates Sherlock Holmes in his contemporary version and puts Dr. Watson in a female character. Sherlock Holmes is played by actor Jonny Lee Miller and Dr. Watson is played by the exotic Lucy Liu.
3. Dexter and Debra Morgan in Dexter
Without being actually a team, Dexter and Debra are working on the same cases and Dexter Morgan (Michael C. Hall) always gives his step sister tips (more or less with good intentions) who begins to doubt – during the show – about the nature of the affection she feels towards the genius model employee of the police crime lab in Miami.
4. Detective Sonya North and Marco Ruiz in The Bridge
Two policemen, one Mexican (Demian Bichir) and one American (Diane Kruger) must solve the case about a serial killer angry with the inequitable treatment towards Mexicans. Detective Sonya North has a brilliant mind, but she is affected by the Asperger Syndrome, while Mexican investigator has the wonderful ability to make people talk. The two complement each other.
5. Sarah Linden and Holder in The Killing
Sarah Linden (Mireille Enos) is very calculated, and not be deceived even when apparently all the evidence indicates a particular suspect as perpetrator. The public, and even her partner, Holder (Joel Kinnaman) are sometimes misled, but nothing fools Linden. She always puts solving a case before her family.
6. Detectives Alec Hardy and Ellie Miller in Broadchurch
David Tennant and Olivia Colman appear in the roles of two detectives working on discovering the murderer of a 12 year old boy. Broadchurch became the hit of the year in the UK, each of the eight episodes of the first season was watched by about eight million viewers.
7. Dana Scully and Fox Mulder in The X Files
We miss The X- Files, so we could not leave out some of the most famous detectives.The truth is beyond us, these are the words to which the X-Files series gave many meanings, episode by episode. X-Files is a department of the FBI, dedicated to resolving cases that seem to have paranormal elements. The name comes from the X files where they are stored.
8. Somerset and Mills in Se7en
A serial killer with a brilliant mind begins a game of cat and mouse with forensic detectives Somerset and Mills. The oldest of them, Somerset, will retire in a week, so he wants to catch the killer as soon as possible and to retire in full glory. The other, Mills, played by Brad Pitt, is a young and energetic new detective who bring a new perspective to an old and very much experienced partner. The two work together and they finally catch the killer, but with a price.
9. Starsky & Hutch in Starsky & Hutch
The film is inspired by the eponymous series from the 70s, in which David Starsky and Ken Hutchinson, police detectives, always solved successfully the most difficult tasks in all sectors with humor. They both show us the fun side of the law.
10. Allison and Devalos in Medium
The series is based on the experiences of the medium Allison Dubois, who claimed to have worked with authorities throughout the country, helping them solve forensic cases. Allison Dubois is a strong woman, a devoted wife and mother of three girls. She works part-time at the police station in Phoenix, where, using his psychic abilities, she help solve violent cases that often confuse authorities. Her partner in “crime” is Devalos, an older and more experienced detective who would resort to anything in order to solve the case, following the law at the same time.