Those "Angels" set a heck of a bar. "Charlie's," I mean. There was really no turning back once those three lovely ladies began sprinting in heels after bad guys, weapons drawn, having been undercover for a good 45 minutes or so. The ABC series, created by none other than Aaron Spelling, turned Farrah Fawcett (then Majors) into a star and paved the way for the likes of Heather Locklear and Holly Robinson to become gun-toting detectives themselves. NYPD Blue took it to the next level by the time the 1990s rolled around, coughing up cuties and promising nudity on network television, but we only ever got Dennis Franz's ass. In any event, here is where you can find some of today's hottest.
1. Melissa Fumero: Weren't expecting me to lead off with a comedy? Well, then you haven't seen Fumero. As Detective Amy Santiago on Brooklyn Nine-Nine, the Andy Samberg sitcom, Fumero's got the chops—both as a comedic actress and a looker. The former soap opera actress only makes herself more appealing, more attractive, as she makes an art form out of one not taking him or herself too seriously. Samberg's made a name for himself with his wide-eyed goofiness, but Fumero's eyes are wider, and you can just get lost in them. Photo: Getty Images/Jon Kopaloff
2. Krysten Ritter: She used to be "The B---- In Apt. 23," and now she's one of "The Defenders" on Netflix. In either role Ritter's goth hotness could not be resisted, but leather-clad and in the tightest of jeans as the Marvel superhero Jessica Jones she is simply... well... a marvel. At a loss as to what to do with her "gift" and really just in general, Jones opened her own detective agency, but hardly ever graces the largely empty office. Even so, on The Defenders she fights just as hard as the boys, drinks harder than them, and is so not hard on the eyes, she almost single-handedly justifies the popularization of binge-watching. Photo: Getty Images/Michael Stewart
3. Cynthia Addai-Robinson: This obscenely sexy actress knows her way around a crime drama. She's guest-starred on everything from Law & Order to CSI: Miami to Numb3ers and even Arrow. On Shooter she does a whole lot more heavy-lifting, as her character investigates Ryan Phillippe's elusive Marine/Sniper. The British-born babe took over the lead in the USA Network hit and is running away with the series, both due to her intuitive character's charm and simply disarming good looks. Photo: Getty Images/Cynthia Addai-Robinson
4. Jennifer Lopez: Does J-Lo even technically play a detective on Shades of Blue, her hit series co-starring Ray Liotta? Does it even matter? The hardest-working girl in showbiz shoots this series, tours tirelessly - including a residency in Vegas—does American Idol (when it's on), all while raising two children and clearly working out every day. Jenny from the block is hotter than ever, in every way: Her career has never been more hectic and she's never looked better. Is she even aging? Photo: Getty Images/Kevin Mazur
5. Daniela Ruah: She spends her days resisting LL Cool J on NCIS: Los Angeles, where the Portuguese-American actress plays Kensi Blye, a character "often undercover and not afraid to use her sexuality to get results." Seriously. That's how Blye is described on the CBS website. Blye is a popular enough character that she did a crossover episode of Hawaii 5-0, where Scot Caan no doubt was the one doing the resisting. Photo: Getty Images/JB Lacroix
6. Mariska Hargitay: How do you not include the award-winning, groundbreaking, most ass-kicking female on television today on the list? On Law & Order: Special Victims Unit her Detective Olivia Benson is positively a work of art, a woman whose beauty is eclipsed maybe only by her strength. For a lot of guys out there, that is the desired combination, myself included. Hell, she's over 50 and living, breathing proof that it just might be "the new 40." Photo: Getty Images/Eugene Gologursky