The 10 Most Memorable Cop Partners Of All Time

There’s a certain unspoken bond between partners in any kind of speciality, but perhaps not one as intense as between police partners. Check out some of the best ones ever, then watch Common Law premiering on Friday, May 11 at 10pm only on USA.

1. Mel Gibson & Danny Glover, “Lethal Weapon” series

Martin Riggs (Gibson) just lost his wife and most of his will to live, while Roger Murtaugh (Glover) is just trying to make it to retirement so that he can hang out with his family. However, they’re teamed up in order to capture a drugs baron, “The General.”

2. Will Smith & Martin Lawrence, “Bad Boys” series

Two Miami cops on opposite sides of the spectrum—Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) is a family man, while Mike Lowry (Smith) is a bachelor—have 72 hours to figure out who stole drugs from their station, and in order to do it, they have to impersonate each other.

3. Jackie Chan & Chris Tucker, “Rush Hour” series

Detective Inspector Lee (Chan) and Detective James Carter (Tucker) are initially forced to team up in order to figure out who abducted Lee’s daughter, though they’re definitely not into it at first. Fortunately, though, they seem to have a natural ability to work together in order to get the job done.

4. Simon Pegg & Nick Frost, “Hot Fuzz”

Nicholas Angel (Pegg) is a London cop who’s actually too good at his job and is made to relocate to the small town of Sandford. There, he’s paired with Danny Butterman (Frost), who’s quite a bit less than competent. Together they have to solve the murder of two local actors, despite Nicholas’s extreme lack of respect for Danny.

5. Tom Hanks & Beasley, “Turner & Hooch”

Scott Turner (Tom Hanks) is just about to transfer police departments when he gets a last-minute murder case whose only witness is a dog, Hooch. In order to prevent him from being put down, Turner adopts Hooch and the two set out to find out who his owner’s murderer was.

6. Eddie Murphy & Nick Nolte, “48 Hrs.”

Jack Cates (Nolte) plays a tough, by-the-books cop who has to reluctantly team up with temporarily paroled criminal Reggie Hammond (Murphy), who’s the only one with the knowledge of where a murderer might be found.

7. Inspector Gadget & Penny, “Inspector Gadget”

Inspector Gadget doesn’t really know what’s going on—despite bionic enhancements—but thanks to the help of his niece Penny (and sometimes, his dog), he’s actually great at his job.

8. Sylvester Stallone & Kurt Russell, “Tango & Cash”

Ray Tango (Stallone) and Cash (Russell) are rival cops who are both extremely successful narcotics detectives who are framed for murder by the crime lord Yves Perret. Unfortunately for them, they’re the only two who can clear their names—together.

9. Gregory Hines & Billy Crystal, “Running Scared”

Danny (Billy Crystal) and Ray (Gregory Hines) are police partners in Chicago, who decide to take a vacation to Key West. When they return, they find out their biggest bust—a drug dealer named Julio—is out of jail and looking to land a huge drug deal. Then the two cops set out to finish up the job they started.

10. David Soul & Paul Michael Glaser, “Starsky and Hutch”

With the aid of police snitch “Huggy Bear,” Detective Ken “Hutch” Hutchinson (Soul) and Detective Dave Starsky (Glaser) cruise around in a red Ford Torino and solve crimes with a similar flare.

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Michael Ealy & Warren Kole, “Common Law”

Travis Marks (Ealy) and Wes Mitchell (Kole) are partners in the LAPD, but despite their success as homicide detectives, they hate each other. Taking a different response to the situation, their police chief makes them go to couples’ therapy, in an effort to keep them together as a team.

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