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TV’s weirdest detectives

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Television is populated by detectives of all types, but we do have a special place in our hearts for the really eccentric ones. And a newcomer in that department is landing on our small screens: Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency will be available to watch on Netflix from Sunday 11th December.

Based on books by Douglas Adams, (yup, the epic sci-fi author who penned the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and its sequels), the show will follow detective Dirk Gently (Samuel Barnett) and his reluctant acolyte Todd Brotzman (Elijah Wood, aka Frodo in Lord of the Rings). Everything is quirky about Dirk. His overall working principle is that everything is interconnected and so, as a result, he just follows fate in order to solve a crime. Curiouser and curiouser.

We can’t wait to see how it all pans out. But in the meantime, we thought we’d take a look at some of television’s other peculiar detectives:

 

Sherlock (Sherlock)

If you really think about it, television’s most popular investigator is a rather odd character. There’s his incredible memory, which only stores information that he deems useful; his utter lack of social skills (unless they’re useful to his investigation, that is); and his remarkable penchant for super-rapid deduction. Plus, he has zero personal boundaries. And a remarkable knack for coming back from the dead.

 

Shaggy (Scooby-Doo)

Okay, perhaps this is a silly one, but you know what? The whole Scooby-Doo group is kinda strange, which sort of makes sense, because their bread and butter is investigating supernatural phenomena. But Shaggy is definitely the oddest of the bunch. He doesn’t seem to like his job too much, and agrees to get paid in dog biscuits. At least he’s got good friends looking out for him.

 

Jessica Jones (Marvel’s Jessica Jones)

The Marvel hero has a lot of unusual about her, not least her super-human strength. She doesn’t seem to care too much about getting work, and isn’t too good with keeping friends. Although can you blame her? With someone like Kilgrave as a sworn enemy, we’d be keeping our loved ones away too.

 

Dexter (Dexter)

All right, Dexter isn’t strictly a detective, but he’s always sleuthing around to identify his next victim. That surely (definitely) counts. And while he’s great at tracking down killers well before his police colleagues can, it’s in part because he’s a skilled killer himself. Hence the weirdness. After all, which other detectives periodically murder the perpetrators of the crimes they investigate?

 

Saga Norén (The Bridge)

The character of Saga is in large part what makes The Bridge so utterly entrancing as a show. She’s an abrupt, socially maladroit cop who is really darn excellent at her job, and really, really cares about seeing justice done. 

 

Allison Dubois (Medium)

Believe it or not, this character is based on a real person by the same name. Allison is a medium who helps the police solve crimes thanks to her psychic abilities. Her powers involve being able to converse with the dead, as well as premonitory dreams. Creepy stuff.

 

Jessica Fletcher (Murder She Wrote)

Who knew that retirement from a career as a beloved English teacher could lead to a life of solving crimes? The widowed pensioner Jessica Fletcher is certainly ace at promptly finding the culprits of the surreal number of murders that occur in her small town (although if we were living there, we’d move away from that skyrocketing crime rate). Plus, once she solves the mysteries, she writes them up in amazing stories.

Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency will be available to watch on Netflix from Sunday 11th December