'Cop Crushes' Round 2 Ends With Dexter vs. Criminal Minds, Cold Case vs. Third Watch

It’s a hot criminal mind against a Criminal Minds hottie as Round 2 of our Ultimate Law-Enforcement Crushes Bracket Tournament comes to a close. Plus, we’ve got a showdown between a couple of gone-but-hardly-forgotten hunks from Cold Case and Third Watch — because honestly, we love watching you make impossible choices.

No matter your preference, it’s time to sit down and vote in the polls below, then alert your friends and fellow TV junkies to do the same! As part of our single-elimination competition, only one from each bout will advance to our Round of 16.

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Every afternoon over the next few weeks, we’ll launch another set of faceoffs that will test the strength of your respective character crushes. So make sure the right choice is made by heading down to our polls to vote for your favorites (Round 2 voting will be open for 48 hours), and hit the comments to justify your picks.

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.)

Oh, and 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.

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55 Comments
  1. O says:

    Dexter and Bosco!!

  2. Lilith says:

    Ow, that wasnt that hard, go Scotty! he’s cute and Hotch is cool

  3. Monique says:

    Hotch forever!!!!

  4. MANDY says:

    I loved Third Watch! :)

    • Sally says:

      Still waiting for season 3 to come out on DVD, until the day I die!

    • MJ says:

      Me too and Bosco was my favorite character.
      I hate that he’s losing against Scotty. Bosco was an amazing character and one of my favorite 3 in this whole contest (the other ones were Jimmy McNulty and Raylan Givens, so yeah all my favorites are losing).

  5. sandra says:

    Dexter vs Hotch!!! way too hard

    • Alicia says:

      Morgan might be handy with a blade, but Hotch was stabbed NINE TIMES and is still kickin’. He also went on to beat that serial killer (who did the stabbing) to death with is bare hands. So, just sayin’…
      Hotch is a sexy beast–no competition!

      • Lisa says:

        YEEEES! It is Hotch all the way!!

      • Pat D. says:

        Dexter is also a master of hand to hand combat, some form of Jiu-Jitsu IIRC. Plus, he took out an ex-special forces cop (Doakes) AFTER getting shot in the leg. I’m sorry, but if this is all about who would beat who one on one, I dont see anybody in this contest who would take Dexter out.

        Maybe if Jack Bauer was in this, considering he was tortured mercilessly and still managed to not get bested in HTH combat right after escaping numerous times…LOL.

        • Alicia says:

          Nah, Hotch is scrappy and has grappled with many a dangerous perp still emerging victorious (escaped a garotte, survived an exploding SUV’s blast which paralyzed another). Not to mention he’s 6’2″ to Dexter’s 5’10” and carries a glock (plus a backup). If Hotch didn’t outright shoot Dexter (which he’s been doing a lot of lately) he’d still murk that sucka easy. Just ask Foyet…

          • Pat D. says:

            Well, yeah, if you bring guns into it, then things get different, since Dex doesnt use them =) . But Hotch better make sure he nails Dex right out, cause like I said…Dexter took out a ex-special forces cop–AFTER getting shot–in hand-to-hand. Doakes too, was larger than Dex, and that didnt help him any.

  6. Alicia says:

    Good lawd–Hotch is so fine! And better than all the Morgans ;)

  7. Julie says:

    Bosco!!!!!!!

  8. Liz says:

    I don’t know why I love a serial killer, but Dexter just makes it feel so right.

  9. Ashley says:

    Hotch and Scotty!

  10. Renee says:

    I love me some Hotch.

  11. darmeen says:

    It is so going to come down to DiNozzo vs. Gibbs in the quarter finals (or is it the semi-finals) for current characters!

    • Stacey says:

      I agree. I think it’s the quarter finals. The each have to win one more time to go against each other. I’m for Gibbs.

  12. Sally says:

    Shame on all of you voting Scotty over Bosco! >:(

    Hotch and Bosco all the way!

  13. V says:

    As much as I love Dexter and his inner monologues, Hotch makes me weak in the knees. Two examples:
    1) Hotch and his interactions with/about Jack.
    2) Bearded!Hotch with a thigh holster in Afghanistan.

    So for me, Hotch is winning this crush round.

    • Rachel says:

      ??? Hotch pretty much ignores Jack and always has – except now it’s even more offensive because his mother is dead (also Hotch’s fault). Also, he never smiles. Like ever. It’s just weird.

      • claire says:

        i’m pretty sure Hotch never ever asked anyone to kill his wife. not saying he’s 100% all-in dad but still.

        and he does smile! once, maybe twice in the whole show but it HAS happened.

        • jennrae says:

          Hotch had an out, he could have retired early and had plenty of time with Jack, but instead, only days after Hailey’s funeral, he chose work instead. He’s a terrible father.

  14. Suzie Q says:

    I don’t watch any of these shows so I just voted for the cutest guys.

  15. Dexterina says:

    Dexter, by far! Michael C. Hall is super, super, super hot! That bod, those long lashes, that voice… And he’s nice AND dangerous!

    • Lyria says:

      I totally agree! I do NOT understand how he’s losing right now. Whenever I look at Thomas Gibson on Criminal Minds, he just looks like a pissed off skull.

      • Rachel says:

        Oh man, if Thomas Gibson wins this poll like he beat Cat Deeley in most underappreciated TV personality, I am gonna be so pissed. (And his underappreciated title should be completely revoked!) – Dexter is WAY hotter than he is, and for a serial killer who doesn’t understand human emotion, he manages to show more range in that department than one-note Hotch.

  16. art says:

    I vote for Hatch.

  17. Susie says:

    As much as I love Dexter it’s Hotch all the way for me!!!

  18. Karen says:

    Dexter vs. Hotch are you insane??? That’s like Sophie’s choice!

  19. Lori says:

    Hotch all the way!!! If you think he’s too serious then you don’t know how much he has been through!! >:)

  20. sandee says:

    I had to go with Hotch only because Dexter is a bad boy and I like good but conflicted boys.

  21. Ann says:

    Michael Michael Michael Michael Michael!!!

  22. Tara says:

    Are you me?!

  23. Neeterz says:

    Go Hotch! Hotchityhotchhotch!! Subtle nuances to the character totally sells.

  24. Keionnie johnson marshall says:

    HOTCH HES TOUGH NO WHY BEACUSE CAUSE HE HAS BEEN THROUGH WAY MORE THEN A TYPICAL CRIME FIGHTING CHARACTER HES ABLE TO HANDEL MORE AND ITS NOT JUST HIM ITS ALL THE CHARACTERD IN CRIMINAL MINDS THAT SHOW IS NOT SOMETHING YOU WOULD ALWAYS SEE IN A CRIME TV SHOW EHICH IS WHY IT SHOULD BE RECONIGZED AS THE BEST AND THE CHARACTERS IN IT ARE THE gratest characters for the job SO IVOTE HOTCH

  25. Nadia says:

    Maurice Boscorelli all the way!!! I love you Bosco! I love third watch.

  26. ele says:

    Hotch all the way! Hotch is so handsome and cool. He is the leader of his team, takes care of his son ( coaching him at soccer he looked happy and relaxed) but he also can be a badass, if not sure ask Foyet and lots of others…Bearded hot is extra HOT.

  27. Tiffany says:

    As much as I love Dexter, there is NO one who can compete with Hotch! One note? Whatever! Thomas Gibson can convey a multitude of emotions with his expressive eyes, you just have to be discerning enough to notice the subtle nuances. That, his dry wit, and the 180 degree change in personality when he’s around Jack…need I say more? As for the “Underappreciated Actor” award. Everyone knows that Thomas deserved an Emmy for his performance in 100…so yeah…winning an award that was based on public opinion, was an understatement.

  28. Tineke says:

    Hotch Hotch Hotch Hotch Hotch!!!!!!!

  29. WrayM says:

    Love Me Some Hotch! He’s is Criminal Minds

  30. whitney says:

    Seeley Booth all day every day!!

  31. Callahan says:

    DEXTER MORGAN. <3 <3 <3

  32. Melanie Arison says:

    Dexter and Jhonny Depp 21 jumpstreet 100%

  33. Emily says:

    Criminal Minds…

  34. Katie says:

    Hotch all the way….all male criminal minds guys kick ass

  35. tamra says:

    Scotty and Hotch for me too

  36. pearlmelon says:

    Dexter! and bosco!

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