It’s quite common for a mystery show to feature a brilliant detective and his sidekick; obviously Conan Doyle’s Holmes stories are the archetype. In tv-land in particular these tend to be either a pair of white males or a white male paired with a female of any race or a non-white male, and it’s almost always the white male who is the genius. I’m interested in talking about stories in which the genius is either the woman (regardless of race) or the non-white man.
Of the top of my head I can only think of one–a show called Unforgettable, in which Poppy Montgomery played a detective with a photographic memory–but I’m sure there must be others.
One show that I would say does NOT qualify is In the Heat of the Night. I don’t think TV!Tibbs is supposed to be a genius; he’s not exactly partners with TV!Gillespie; and anyway, TV!Gillespie is as apt to solve the case as TV!Tibbs is anyway.
And of course there’s also the fact that ItHofN is so incredibly bad that it makes me question my faith in Athena.
Ideas, anybody? Remember, this once I’m looking specifically for television shows, not novels, short stories, plays, or movies.