Great buddy-cop pairings dominate movies and TV

Here's a look at some past police partners from movies and television:

Dragnet: The 1950s version of the TV series paired Jack Webb's Joe Friday with officer Frank Smith (Ben Alexander), while the late '60s incarnation had officer Bill Gannon (Harry Morgan) riding shotgun for Friday.

Adam-12: The show that debuted in 1968 presented Martin Milner and Kent McCord as uniformed cops cruising through beat-patrol scenarios more realistic than most Hollywood police offerings.

The French Connection: Gene Hackman's Popeye Doyle and Roy Scheider's Buddy Russo were the ultimate bad-cop, good-cop partnership -- Doyle's coarse bigotry offset by Russo's nice-guy demeanor.

Starsky & Hutch: Three words that define "buddy cops." The 1970s series depicted two undercover detectives who seemingly could not exist without one another -- Paul Michael Glaser's Starsky and David Soul's Hutch.

Hill Street Blues: Bobby Hill and Andrew Renko, Neil Washington and J.D. LaRue, Lucy Bates and Joe Coffey. The 1980s series produced a parade of great cop partnerships.

Beverly Hills Cop: Eddie Murphy's streetwise Detroit detective headed west in the 1984 action comedy and its two sequels, forming an unlikely buddy-cop trio with two mannerly local detectives (Judge Reinhold and John Ashton).

Lethal Weapon: The 1987 caper and its three sequels established Mel Gibson and Danny Glover as THE buddy cops. Gibson's initially suicidal Martin Riggs and Glover's conservative Roger Murtaugh proved an inseparable opposites-attract friendship.

NYPD Blue: Since the series debuted in 1993, it seems as if Dennis Franz's Andy Sipowicz has gone through more partners than Elizabeth Taylor. He's had four sidekicks, played by David Caruso, Jimmy Smits, Rick Schroder and Mark-Paul Gosselaar.

Bad Boys: Will Smith's flashy, womanizing detective Mike Lowrey and Martin Lawrence's solid family man Marcus Burnett swapped identities in the 1995 action comedy. Smith and Lawrence were back on the beat last year's "Bad Boys II."

Rush Hour: East met West in Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker's 1998 action comedy and its sequel. Chan played Hong Kong inspector Lee, reluctantly teamed with Tucker's motor-mouthed Los Angeles detective James Carter.


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