Television: The Snoopers

They are on the side of justice, but not always of the law. Some are rough and tough, others are ingenious and devious. Though there are no rating toppers among them, TV's private sleuths have as hard-cored a group of addicts as a Bangkok opium den. Their perverse charm lies, often as not, in their bland amorality; there is no nonsense about fair play, the

Marquis of Queensberry rules, or the letter of the law. Their most common offenses: simple assault, breaking and entering, petty larceny. The most conspicuous sleuth programs:

The Adventures of...

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