As ''Monk'' prepares to go off the air (sniffle! Purell!), we're rounding up our favorite small-screen gumshoes past and present
The Rockford Files (1974-1980)
A laid-back detective for the leisure-suit '70s, Jim Rockford avoided violence and left his gun in the cookie jar. In the process, he invented a whole new kind of private eye armed with one-liners, he'd take any case, so long as he got his $200 a day. Plus expenses.
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