In reality, no investigator can solve every case that comes across their desk, but TV is far from real life. The following prolific sleuths never met a mystery from which they couldn't tease the truth or a bad actor they couldn’t bring down.
While clearance rates in New York City, for example, generally land between 30% and 60%, these fictional detectives close their cases 100% of the time. Sure, it’s satisfying for the viewer, but it sets an incredibly unrealistic standard. If only there really were a Dr. Cal Lightman, who can spot any untruth a mile away, or Veronica Mars, who looks beyond her teenage melodrama to get to the bottom of every mystery that comes her way - and boy, there are a lot of devious plots for these genius investigators to work out!
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