TV Detective News: A Sex Change for 'McCloud'

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Columbo was No. 2, followed by Homicide: Life on the Street, Cagney and Lacey, and Kojak. Hawaii Five-O ranked No. 9 and Charlie's Angels was ranked 16th.

What separates Rockford from the pack? Perhaps it's that he always mentioned his rates at the start of the show: "I get $200 a day, plus expenses." That was pretty good money back in the 1970s. If Columbo were to charge as much, he'd have to buy some new duds, but then he wouldn't really be Columbo.

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