Perhaps, like me, you are concerned about what happens to television cop partnerships after their series come to an end. Do the policemen begin work with new buddies, and what happens if the by-the-book cops and mavericks end up paired together? Would Starsky and Makepeace constantly fail to apprehend criminals because of their unwillingness to deviate from procedure? Would Dempsey and Hutch bankrupt City Hall with endless lawsuits and ever-increasing car insurance premiums?
To calm your nerves, I have come up with a top 5 of spin-off series that would see our favourite cops happily into retirement.
Dempsey and William Makepeace Thackeray
Jim Dempsey is the hard-edged gun-toting foil to Thackeray’s ultimate “by the book” cop. Although he is unsuited to street work, the 19th-century bobby’s arrest reports consistently top the bestseller charts.
Zak Starkey and Hutch
Although constantly being yelled at by Captain Dobey for their scant knowledge of protocol, the pair are kept on the rails by Zak’s soothing rhythmical ability and anecdotes about growing up as the son of the second most interesting living Beatle and the time he appeared with Oasis at Glastonbury.
Cagney and Robert Lacey
When Mary Beth Lacey was reassigned to work with James Cagney, Chris Cagney teamed up with Robert Lacey, the royal biographer. Their oddball partnership inspired television executives to consider a return to the Cagney and Lacey formula, although the pilot, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang, Bang You’re Dead (Murder at the 21-Gun Salute), was not a success.
Bodie and Arthur Conan Doyle in The Professionals
A promising pairing that turned into a disaster as Doyle leapt to simplistic conclusions using his fallacious dictum: “Once you eliminate the impossible, whatever remains, no matter how improbable, must be the truth.” Suspects confessed after being roughed up by Bodie, but were acquitted on appeal when judges ruled that Doyle’s reasoning was flawed on a metaphysical level because it assumed that the observer was omniscient.
Ronald Reagan and Carter in The Sweeney
Carter doubts that the new boy has the stomach for the brutal style of interrogation he perfected with his former partner, Jack Regan. Indeed, during their first arrest Reagan fails to say “Shut iiiit” once. However, the couple soon bond as Reagan demonstrates his capacity for ethically-dubious arms deals and stern rhetoric backed up with nuclear force.