Ultimate Male Law-Enforcement Crushes Bracket Tourney Begins With Bones, NCIS, Psych and CSI

Their official mission is to serve and protect, but every TV fan knows that our favorite small-screen cops, detectives, and agents are also pretty adept at getting us to swoon on a regular basis.

That fact was never more evident than when TVLine asked its readers to nominate their favorite TV law-enforcement crushes as potential combatants in a 64-player bracket tournament. After more than 1,250 of you weighed in — with suggestions that ranged from the smoldering to the scorching, from current to classic — we were forced to split our contest into two separate groups — for male and female characters.

Today, we kick off the men’s side with current hotties from Bones, The Closer, The Mentalist, Psych, NCIS, and all three CSI franchises (NY, Miami, and original flavor). Tomorrow, the “classic” half of our bracket begins. And eventually, our battle will boil down to a finale that pits the ultimate old-school crime-fighter against the ultimate modern-day hero. (Their female counterparts will have their turn in November.)

Every afternoon over the next few weeks, we’ll launch another set of bouts that will have you dialing 911 with an emergency of lusty proportions. So make sure the right choice is made by heading down to our polls to vote for your favorites (Round 1 voting will be open for 72 hours), and hit the comments to justify your picks.

(Oh, and in case you’re wondering/fretting, we put a cap of two cast members per show for the bracket, which meant some fan favorites had to warm the bench this time around.)

What’s more, if you’re interested in the matchups we’ve got planned for the coming weeks, click here to check out the entire 64-player bracket (then click again for a zoomed-in view), and sign up to follow me on Twitter @MichaelSlezakTV.

Now ready, set, vote!

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  1. Professor Puffipants says:

    Psych: Shawn Spencer/James Roday

  2. Callie says:

    James (Shawn) is way hotter than Simon Baker. I can’t believe how close that race is. I mean, look at Shawn–THAT HAIR. And his hilarity is utterly sexy.

  3. Amanda says:

    James Roday obviously. HOTT!! <3

  4. Katy says:

    Think I’m missing something, can only see 4 sets of contenders – 8 people to vote for. :(

    • Renee says:

      Katy thats all I see to vote for as well, but I think that is correct because of this last paragraph.

      “What’s more, if you’re interested in the matchups we’ve got planned for the coming weeks, click here to check out the entire 64-player bracket…”

  5. Katy says:

    Sussed it! Sorry! :)

  6. Katy says:

    Booth, McGarrent (H50), Chuck, DiNozzo, Derek Morgan, are all EASY choices for me, the only hard one is Peter vs Pete – how can I choose? Guess my life long love affair with Mr Jackson will win though – liked him as a kid in Mighty Ducks, as a teen in Dawson’s Creek and as an adult in Fringe ;) In the oldies section, only Jack Bauer, Mulder and Michael Vaghn I’m interested in – LOVE Sawyer but think that his brief stint as sideways Sawyer shouldn’t really get him in here – his true character was a con man – the very opposite of law enforcement! But I’ll still vote for him! As for all the others, not a single other guy on there that I like, but most of my faves are here so no complaints from me :)

  7. Java says:

    Team DiNozzo, Tony hotness all the way :)

  8. Jess says:

    GIBBS!!! No frakkin’ contest.

  9. Dags says:

    No Patrick Jane Love?

  10. kimbrady says:

    Team DiNozzo all the way….

  11. rcwblessed says:

    Team Seeley Booth for the win!

  12. Morgan says:

    Booth vs. Fritz…unfair! I had to vote for Jon Tenney, but he doesn’t have a chance.

  13. MGL says:

    Where is Alex O’Loughlin and Steve McGarret?

  14. orpliecakes says:

    You guys better all vote for Patrick Jane. Or else.

  15. lacey says:

    So happy that most of my crushes are winning!

  16. Kathryn says:

    LOL, you have a pretty broad definition of “law enforcement” going here. Dexter? Michael is hot & a great actor, but a vigilante serial killer as law enforcement? LMAO!

  17. Janell says:

    Where is Ryan and Esposito from Castle????

  18. gidget says:

    silverfox Gibbs.

  19. Hillary says:

    Happy to see Sam Swarek made it into the bracket.

  20. gidget says:

    I guess the ones we are voting for tonight are these 8 fellas sheely Booth.Shawn Spencer.Anthony denozzio.Det stabler.David boranzes. James today.Micheal weatherly.Christopher meloni.

  21. MBR says:

    No Cyrus Lupo?
    No Spencer Reid?
    No John Casey?


  22. Tiffanie says:

    Carmine Giovinazzo is the best CSI on tv. I vote for him. Please vote.

  23. gidget says:

    oh I do got crush on patrick Jane but already voted this is hard they are all great looking like all their characters Its hard to choose we do best can.

  24. Renee says:

    OMG! Auggie against Sherlock?!! That is just…I have no words.

  25. Jensmail0804 says:

    James Roday is my #1 ultimate male law-enforcer

  26. Heather says:

    Ok, this has been stated before but I’ll say it again. In all caps: I CAN’T BELIEVE SPENCER REID IS NOT ON THIS LIST!!

  27. AngelMoonGirl says:

    Seeley Booth and Tony DiNozzo FTW.

  28. Kathia says:

    Oh this has to go to Danny Messer!! <3 Carmine all the way!!

  29. Grace says:

    Where’s Spencer Reid???????

  30. laurab says:

    I’m bummed that Wayne Rigsby from the Mentalist didn’t make the cut…Love him!

  31. Julie says:

    Are you kidding me…….no Donnie Wahlberg! That is blasphemous! Glad Tom made it, but seriously no Donnie! I am going to have to boycott Tvline:)! Do have a fondness for James Roday!

  32. Phoebi says:

    Might I suggest posting shirtless pictures instead of just head shots?

  33. Karen says:

    James Roday (Shawn Spencer) from Psych is the best! There is nothing sexier than a sense of humor! Just love this show and it’s cuz of James!

    • Melody says:

      I completely agree, although I love the show for both of the funny and sexy leads. Thank you Shawn and Gus for make swoon and giggle at the same time.

  34. AmyB says:

    James Roday had this one on a lock.

  35. Melody says:

    Today’s brackets were easy – Seeley Booth, Shawn Spencer, Tony Dinozzo, and Nick Stokes! Give up for these hot guys!! Yum.

  36. Charlotte says:

    As much as I love a lot of these guys, my biggest crush didn’t make it…Colby Granger from NUMB3RS!
    Guess I’m pulling for Steve McGarrett…
    Great group of guys though. :)

  37. sarah says:

    James Rodaaaaayyy….PSYCH!

  38. Katy says:

    Never have I had such strong feelings towards a TVLine post..I know these ‘characters’ won’t be upset if they lose, but you made me choose between Tony and Messer..I feel like I’ve been unfaithful!!!! :-O

  39. Emily says:

    Seeley Booth. He is defiantly going to win!!! Go Bones!!!

  40. Sophie says:

    All these guys are great, but Seeley Booth is the best!!! I love him depserately!!!<3<3<3

  41. Meg says:

    Slezak, my bracket isn’t loading. This is the only hope I have at surviving in the corporate world today.

  42. Samantha F says:

    I’m so so happy Jimmy McNulty and Ed Green made the bracket!

  43. Doris says:

    How about Michael Imperioli as Det. Louis Fitch from Detroit 1-8-7 or as Det. Nick Falco (only 6 episodes, but still. . .) on Law & Order or even as Det. Ray Carling in Life on Mars? Or Det. Len Fenerman in The Lovely Bones?

  44. Steven says:

    If you included someone from Santa Barbara in the classics, then I think all soaps operas should be given a chance to be on here. Given that, HOW is it possible Peter Reckell a.k.a. Bo Brady from Days of Our Lives didn’t make it on here? SO HOT

  45. keydazy says:

    Big ‘D’, little ‘i’, big ‘N’, little ‘ozzo’.

  46. Jen says:

    Gibbs vs. Frank Reagan? Neal vs. Sam? These are not fair! How am I supposed to make decisions like that?!

  47. ChellemaBelle says:

    Where is Jesse L. Martin? Please oh please include him in a round. How could you NOT have him? Seriously.

  48. JustineK says:

    It’s Booth, Patrick, Tony (a little problem here since Danny’s my favorite on CSI:NY) and Nick (not watching CSI really, but I always liked him best whenever I had a chance to watch the show) :)

  49. Tanya says:

    Where is Jim Longworth from the Glades? Or Don Flack from CSI-NY? How about Spencer Reid from Criminal Minds? These are some serious hotties that have been overlooked. Not cool TV Line!!