Gay men and strong female characters go together like vodka and triple sec. Like many gays, these no-nonsense ladies have had to eschew society’s expectations and develop thick skins to handle harsh realities.
So it’s natural we have a special place in our hearts for the crime-fighting female. From classic whodunnits like Murder, She Wrote to the current hits such as Rizzoli & Isles, not only do these ladies operate in traditionally male-dominated universes, they also use their powers for good. Their strength and determination become weapons for affecting change — an idea we could all learn a little something from.
Here are our top 10 kick-ass female detectives.
Angela Lansbury as Jessica Fletcher, Murder, She Wrote
Tyne Daly and Sharon Gless as Cagney and Lacey, Cagney and Lacey
Mariska Hargitay as Olivia Benson, Law & Order: SVU
Helen Mirren as Jane Tennison, Prime Suspect, UK
Angie Harmon as Jane Rizzoli, Rizzoli & Isles
Sonja Sohn as Kima Greggs, The Wire
Peggy Lipton as Julie Barnes, Mod Squad
Heather Locklear as Stacey Sheridan, T.J. Hooker
Glenn Close as Captain Monica Rawling, The Shield
Poppy Montgomery as Samantha Spade, Without a Trace