01/23/2012 10:32 am ET | Updated Jan 23, 2012

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

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.