20 Years of Sexy Cops

updated 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 11/28/2005 AT 01:00 AM EST

2005

MATHEWST. PATRICK
Detective Marjorino, FOX's Reunion

Wonder why he looks so natural as the tenacious Detective Marjorino? After four years as a cop on HBO's Six Feet Under (and a long-ago stint as a detective on General Hospital), St. Patrick, 37, has blood that practically runs blue. Here's what the single dad learned on the beat:

Always have backup: "If you are a woman and you are interested in me, my sister Tanya is gonna let you know that she is looking out for me. The first thing she'll say to you is. 'Don't hurt my little brother or you're gonna have to deal with me!' "

Don't bring the job home: "I'm reading a book, Daddy @Work, about loving your family and loving your job. I try to make sure my life is balanced between work and my son."

Trust your nose: "I love the smell of a woman—that perfumey, feminine fragrance. And I love the smell of food. Those two smells together, a woman and food—wow, now that's sexy"

SEXY TV COPS
A squad of very arresting officers

1985
DON JOHNSON
("Sonny" Crockett)
Miami Vice

1986
PHILIP MICHAEL THOMAS
(Ricardo Tubbs)
Miami Vice

1987
JOHNNY DEPP
(Tom Hanson)
21 Jump Street

1988
JOHN RITTER
(Harry Hooperman)
Hooperman

1989
FRED DRYER
(Rick Hunter)
Hunter

1990
MICHAEL ONTKEAN
(Harry S. Truman)
Twin Peaks

1991
CHRISTOPHER NOTH
(Mike Logan)
Law & Order: Criminal Intent

1992
COSTAS MANDYLOR
(Kenny Lacos)
Picket Fences

1993
DAVID CARUSO
(John Kelly)
NYPD Blue

1994
JIMMY SMITS
(Bobby Simone)
NYPD Blue

1995
MALIK YOBA
(James "J.C." Williams)
New York Undercover

1996
GARY COLE
(Lucas Buck)
American Gothic

1997
BENJAMIN BRATT
(Reynaldo "Rey" Curtis)
Law & Order

1998
RICK SCHRODER
(Danny Sorenson)
NYPD Blue

1999
JESSE L. MARTIN
(Ed Green)
Law & Order

2000
HENRY SIMMONS
(Baldwin Jones)
NYPD Blue

2001
MARK-PAUL GOSSELAAR
(John Clark Jr.)
NYPD Blue

2002
CHRISTOPHER MELONI
(Elliot Stabler)
Law & Order: SVU

2003
DANNY PINO
(Scotty Valens)
Cold Case

2004
BOBBY CANNAVALE
(Vince D'Angelo)
Will & Grace

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