- 27 Seasons
Taggart was a police procedural drama that aired on ITV from 1983 to 2010. The show was set in Glasgow, Scotland, and followed the work of the city's fictional Maryhill CID (Criminal Investigation Department). The show's titular character was originally played by actor Mark McManus, who portrayed the tough, no-nonsense Detective Chief Inspector (DCI) Jim Taggart until his untimely death in 1994. After McManus' passing, the show continued under a new lead character, DCI Mike Jardine (played by James MacPherson). Throughout its run, Taggart was known for its gritty realism and attention to detail in portraying the realities of police work. The show's storylines were often dark and complex, dealing with murder, gang violence, and other serious crimes. In addition to DCI Taggart and later DCI Jardine, the show featured a rotating cast of supporting characters, including other detectives, forensic scientists, and pathologists. These characters added depth and complexity to the show's world, and helped to create a sense of continuity across its many seasons. Despite its serious subject matter, Taggart was not without humor. The show's characters often used dry wit and sarcasm to lighten the mood, and the rapport between the officers of the Maryhill CID was a major part of the show's appeal. Over the years, Taggart underwent a number of changes both behind the scenes and onscreen. The show's producers experimented with different formats and story structures, and introduced new characters to keep things fresh. In 2010, however, after 27 years and 110 episodes, Taggart came to an end. Despite its long run, the impact of Taggart is still felt today. The show helped to establish Glasgow as a backdrop for high-quality television drama, and paved the way for other successful Scottish shows like Shetland and River City. Above all, Taggart was a testament to the power of compelling characters and engaging storytelling. Whether taking on petty criminals or unraveling deadly conspiracies, the officers of the Maryhill CID brought a sense of urgency and authenticity to every case they tackled.