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After an excess of youthful television viewing a list arises spontaneously. Namely, detectives in film and broadcast, arranged by their salient features. Of course, these are idiosyncratic perceptions. I invite identification, improvements and additions:

Addict HOLMES
Alcoholic FURILLO
Bald KOJAK
Blind LONGSTREET
Cosmopolitan(s)
Disabled IRONSIDE
Esthete
Obese CANNON
Phobic
Psychic
Rigid
Sloppy COLUMBO
Unfashionable MANNIX

CHINESE SAMMO
ELDERLY BARNABY JONES
INEPT CLOUSEAU

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Elderly
Foreign (I could list their countries, such as China, France, etc.)


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"I invite identification"

Having the gift of a poor memory of the hours I wasted in front of the vidiot box, I can only identify a few, and those but tentatively.

Bald: Kojak
Disabled: Ironside
Sloppy: Columbo
 
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Hic et ubique is right on the mark.

I in turn would hazard that Arnie's elderly detective was Barnaby Jones, played by Buddy Ebsen (or was it the reverse?)

Also recall a portly Chinese detective, Sammo Law, whose size made his martial acrobatics all the more impressive. Of course with that show, I spent more time watching Kelly Hu than him.


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Blind: Longstreet. I can't remember anything about the show, but after Ironside it seemed they were making each one more unusual. That said, there were an awful lot of them round then and I can't recall any specific personal gimmicks for Mannix, Petrocelli, Banacek, or Rockford. Well, 'Armenian', 'doesn't like name mispronounced', etc.
 
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Updated list credits Hic and Arnie for their identifications and additions.

Arnie remembers even more names than I did. Based on loud sports coats, I had Mannix as "unfashionable."

New Hint -- Two adjacent names on the list are on TV this season, and have appeared together on a combined ad for their respective shows.


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Arnie remembers even more names than I did.
I think you mean aput here.

How about Inspector Clouseau (The Pink Panther) for the French detective? For an alcoholic there was Capt. Furillo in Hill Street Blues. The obese guy must be Frank Cannon.

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Thanks arnie. I meant to credit you for new descriptors, and aput for names.

List updated accordingly.

Next, I shall risk starting a philosophy war. I believe the French, derailed by Descartes, are dedicated to deduction, from initial axioms. Good for cafe' conversation, bad for police work. Thus Clouseau...

Give me the English empiricists any day.


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Is the addict Sherlock Holmes? I've heard (alhough the stories I've read have yet to mention it), that he was fond of coke.
 
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Kudos to kat!

(With apologies -- less of an orthographic wrench than 'Cudos to cat')

The list is updated accordingly.

But now -- who are the current, adjacent, and amusingly-advertising pair?


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Holmes is certainly the addict. Although whether it was cocaine or heroin I don't recall offhand. I remember a television show where he injected himself with a needle with some sort of drug.
 
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The Straight Dope on Holmes' cocaine usage. Short answer, canonic tale in which usage occurred: A Study in Scarlet.
 
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