Last week, we joined three other writers to share TV’s top 10 men with (and without) badges that we love to love. In order for Tele-Tuesday to not appear sexist, we’re including a few of television’s strong and beautiful female cops we love to love today.
Sadly, most female character roles are not written as well as their male counterparts. It’s actually quite predictable to determine which of the typical attributes the female stars on TV programs will have today: will they be weak and dependant on a man; or damaged beyond repair; or haunted by their past to the point of repetitiveness; or flat-out boring?
There are, however, a few female protagonists written today that could quite honestly kick their male co-star’s rears. Perhaps not because they are insanely muscular like the women of the WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment for those that don’t follow Raw), but because these ladies have an inner strength that makes them as enticing as any male star; these women have the intelligence and drive to support themselves in what is sadly a man’s world on TV, and we love them for it.
Oh, and did we mention they are beautiful too?
Brenda Leigh Johnson – The Closer
Brenda Leigh is a southern belle from Atlanta running the all-male major crime squad in Los Angeles. At the beginning, one may have wondered exactly how she landed the job as Deputy Chief (having had an affair with her boss and all), but she has proven herself in case after case after case.
No one can convince a criminal to confess the way that Brenda Leigh can, and she is about as polite as a she can be at the same time with her catch phrase, “Thank you, thank you very much.” We can always tell when Brenda Leigh is having a bad day or stressing out over the case when she opens her desk drawer full of chocolate. Who can relate, ladies?
Jane Rizzoli – Rizzoli & Isles
Detective Jane Rizzoli is about as tough as they come, even with her scarred hands as a reminder that she has come close to death on numerous occasions from the maniacs she chases around Boston. She hails from a working class family where she picked up just as many tricks of the trade as her younger brothers.
Despite her absolutely stunning good looks, Jane is quite the tomboy; she loves to play baseball, field hockey, or any other sport with a ball. Of course, these physical activities have to attribute to her long and lean body, one that all women wish they had (and men too, ha-ha).
Calleigh Duquesne – CSI: Miami
Another southern belle, with a to-die-for accent, Calleigh Duquesne is a brilliant criminologist working with other Crime Scene Investigators for the Miami-Dade Police Department. She is an expert in ballistics and she speaks fluent Spanish (a bonus for law enforcement in Miami).
Calleigh has escaped death numerous times; she has been stalked by a serial killer, she almost perished in a fire in the lab and another fire at a crime scene, and she nearly drowned when her Hummer was forced off the dirt roads in the Glades and into the swamps. Regardless of her day’s work, she always manages to smile – and capture the bad guy.
Jackie Curatola – Blue Bloods
Partnered with the Police Chief’s son, Detective Jackie Curatola is assigned most of the major cases for the great city of New York. Not only does she and her partner investigate the biggest cases of the squadron, they also manage to capture the bad guys under constant scrutiny from those that oppose the Police Chief.
Jackie left home when she was just a teenager and she has been on her own ever since. She made a few bad decisions in life (drugs, bad boys, etc), but she turned things around and put herself through school. Jackie has the looks of a classic beauty, and she has used this to her advantage to work undercover as a high-priced call girl where she arrested a team of serial killers despite having been drugged herself. Jackie holds her own…
Juliete O’Hara – Psych
Juliete O’Hara has proven herself to be more than a pretty face. Partnered with the head detective for the Santa Barbara Police department, Juliete has fought her way through the frustrations of her coworkers not believing her to be the best suited for the position. She faced similar scrutiny while also working as a rookie in Miami.
No one can believe that this petite, blonde girl can take on the bad guys roaming the streets. But she can; between her con-man father and her military trained brother, Juliet isn’t as fragile as she appears. With her aviator glasses and tailored suits, Juliete is one sharp-looking, yet tough, police officer.
Many other female TV cops deserved to make this list, including Jennifer “JJ” Jareau and Emily Prentiss from Criminal Minds, Annie Walker from Covert Affairs, and Kensi Blye from NCIS: LA….
What do you think? Are you a fan of these ladies? Which of TV’s female cops do you love to love – past or present? We’d love to hear from you!
Come back next week when we include a few of the female criminals we love to love….