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‘Rockford’ tops list of best TV gumshoes

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Jim Rockford tops TV Guide's list of the top 25 television detectives from the past 50 years.

The character played by James Garner on "The Rockford Files" belongs in the top spot because he was sly, charming and irresistible to fans, TV Guide says in its issue hitting newsstands Monday.

Colombo, the rumpled Los Angeles detective played by Peter Falk, came in second.

Rounding out the top five are: Frank Pembleton, played by Andre Braugher in NBC's now-canceled "Homicide: Life on the Street"; Mary Beth Lacey and Chris Cagney, played by Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless in "Cagney & Lacey"; and Theo Kojak, played by Telly Savalas on "Kojak."