In 2010, TNT aired “Rizzoli & Isles,” a crime drama series based on the written works of Tess Gerritsen, which ran for seven seasons and ended in 2016. The story follows Jane Rizzoli (Angie Harmon), a homicide detective, and Maura Dorothea (Sasha Alexander), a medical examiner, as they combine their skill sets to solve cases. They also butt heads because Rizzoli is kind of a tool, and Isles is kind of a goody-goody. After all, sometimes, the conflict has to be softer than the actual murder.
In “Rizzoli & Isles,” Bruce McGill portrays Vincent Walter Korsak, an aging police detective who spends the entire show careening towards retirement. As a former Marine and later Rizzoli’s former field partner, Korsak is a guy stuck in the past. But his career takes off when he finally learns how to move forward. He becomes a Sergeant-Detective, then shortly after, a Lieutenant. And then he gets married, and when he finally retires, he takes over ownership of a bar that his friends and family frequent. Out of all the characters on this list, Korsak easily gets the happiest ending. Good for him.