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Unconventional TV Detectives: From 'The Mentalist' To 'Veronica Mars' (PHOTOS)


First Posted: 01/23/2012 10:32 am Updated: 01/23/2012 3:29 pm

With so many police procedural dramas on TV, how do you keep things interesting? For starters, give your small screen detective more than a just a badge and mustache.

Over the course of the years, TV has seen its fair share of unconventional detectives. From fake psychic consultant Patrick Jane on "The Mentalist" to the blood-sucking title investigator on "Angel" to a feather-haired female trio, fighting for an unseen boss on "Charle's Angels," take a look at some of our favorite quirky crime busters below.

Patrick Jane, "The Mentalist"
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Patrick Jane (Simon Baker) is an independent consultant for the California Bureau of Investigation on "The Mentalist" (syndicated, Mondays, 8 p.m. EST on TNT), even though he's not at all an officer of the law. Despite his lack of legitimate paranormal abilities, the combination of his faux psychic medium skills and his previous gig as a con man leads to some unorthodox crime-solving techniques. But his efforts aren't all ill-intentioned: Patrick hopes to one day bring Red John, the murderer of his wife and daughter, to justice.
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