The Good Cop (American TV series)
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|The Good Cop|
|Created by||Andy Breckman|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10 (list of episodes)|
|Production location||New York City|
|Running time||42–49 minutes|
|Original release||September 21, 2018|
The Good Cop is an American streaming television comedy-drama murder-mystery created by Andy Breckman. The ten-episode series premiered on Netflix on September 21, 2018. On November 13, 2018, Netflix canceled the series after one season.
- Tony Danza as Anthony "Tony" Caruso Sr., a streetwise ex-cop paroled from prison after serving seven years for a corruption conviction. He is tough and stubborn and knows the ins and outs of the criminal underworld. Although prohibited from interacting professionally with active police personnel, he is intent on proving that he still has what it takes to fight crime and solve homicide cases.
- Josh Groban as Anthony "TJ" Caruso Jr., Tony Sr.'s son, a by-the-book NYPD lieutenant who, in contrast to his father, goes to great lengths to avoid departmental infractions, even minor ones.
- Monica Barbaro as Cora Vasquez, an inspector turned homicide detective in the NYPD and Tony Sr.'s parole officer. She is a subordinate of Tony Jr.
- Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Burl Loomis, a veteran NYPD sergeant on the verge of retirement who coasts his way through investigations, making as little effort as possible. He refuses to chase suspects on foot or get out of his car during cold weather.
- Bill Kottkamp as Ryan Domki, a technical crime analyst for the NYPD. He is ultra-nerdy, technologically savvy, and obsessed with electronic devices.
- John Scurti as Wendell Kirk, a barber and Tony Sr.'s friend
- Frank Whaley as Joseph Privett
- John Carroll Lynch as Sherman Smalls (Episode 3, "Who Is the Ugly German Lady?")
Netflix announced the new series in June 2017. The show stars Tony Danza as "a disgraced, former NYPD officer who never followed the rules", and Josh Groban as his son, Tony Jr., "an earnest, obsessively honest NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules". The show was created and is written by Andy Breckman, who created and wrote the Emmy Award-winning USA Network series Monk.
The main characters are father and son policemen, Tony Caruso Sr. and Jr., who live together. Tony Sr. (Danza) was expelled from law enforcement and arrested for chronic violations of departmental policy, while his son, Tony Jr. (Groban) scrupulously obeys departmental procedures. During one scene in episode 1, two of Tony Jr.'s colleagues reveal that others in the department refer to him sarcastically as the "Choirboy" and "Nancy Drew." In the series, according to Netflix, "This 'odd couple' become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly-cautious son blunt, street-wise advice on everything from handling suspects to handling women."
Danza, a native New Yorker, is on the board of directors of the city's Police Athletic League, and "will be able to draw on his real-life connection to the NYPD" to develop his character and role. The first season is being filmed in various neighborhoods in Brooklyn.
About the series, Breckman said, "Many cop shows feature dark and provocative material: psycho-sexual killers, twisted, grim, flawed detectives. Many address the most controversial issues of the day. I watch a lot of them. God bless 'em all. But the show I want to produce is playful, family-friendly, and a celebration of old-fashioned puzzle-solving."
Season 1 (2018)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original release date|
|1||"Who Framed the Good Cop?"||Randy Zisk||Andy Breckman||September 21, 2018|
|Tony Caruso Jr. (Josh Groban) is a scrupulously honest, rule-abiding Detective Lieutenant, living in Queens, New York. His father, Tony Caruso Sr. (Tony Danza), is an ex-detective who served eight years in prison for a corruption conviction. Part of Tony Sr.'s parole terms require him to live with his son and stay out of trouble. A former colleague in the department, Jack Livingston, whose testimony was pivotal in sending Tony Sr. to prison and against whom Tony Sr. harbors a grudge, is found dead in a local park.|
|2||"What Is the Supermodel's Secret?"||Randy Zisk||Andy Breckman||September 21, 2018|
|While playing poker in a pub, Tony Sr. spies a famous supermodel, Belinda Mannix (Emma Ishta), sitting alone in a booth. He stops the game, goes over and introduces himself to her. After she fails to seem impressed, he saves his number in her phone. Tony Jr. is called to investigate the shooting murder of an aged man, Albert Monte, who is found dead in a hotel room. The investigation reveals that Monte hosted scandalous bachelor parties and was apparently shot by a hitman wearing a giant bunny head; the murderer was caught on a surveillance camera exiting a service elevator. The morning after the poker game, Belinda unexpectedly shows up at the Caruso home, flirts with Tony Sr., and asks to use his phone, which Caruso Sr lost the night before.|
|3||"Who Is the Ugly German Lady?"||Alex Hardcastle||David Breckman||September 21, 2018|
|A prison buddy of Tony Sr., Sherman Smalls, escapes from confinement. Around the time of his escape, a woman was murdered in a nearby cabin in the woods and her husband brutally beaten. From a photo, the husband identifies Smalls as the assailant, and a manhunt ensues. Smalls, unaware that the police are looking for him as a murder suspect, shows up at the Caruso home and asks for Tony Sr.'s help.|
|4||"Will the Good Cop Bowl 300?"||Rodrigo García||Andy Breckman||September 21, 2018|
|5||"Will Big Tony Roll Over?"||Kevin Hooks||Jonathan Collier||September 21, 2018|
|6||"Did the TV Star Do It?"||Silver Tree||Andy Breckman||September 21, 2018|
|7||"Who Killed the Guy on the Ski Lift?"||Kevin Hooks||Hy Conrad||September 21, 2018|
|8||"Will Cora Get Married?"||Neema Barnette||Andy Breckman||September 21, 2018|
|9||"Why Kill a Busboy?"||Rebecca Asher||Jonathan Collier||September 21, 2018|
|Tony Sr and Tony Jr open up a restaurant while the team investigates two murders who seem to be connected.|
|10||"Who Cut Mrs. Ackroyd in Half?"||Randy Zisk||Andy Breckman||September 21, 2018|
|An elderly resident of a senior living facility is killed in an elevator accident. Tony Sr. and Tony Jr. believe it was no accident, suspect foul play, and begin piecing together clues pointing to various residents and employees in the building.|
On November 13, 2018, it was announced that the series is canceled after one season.
In episode 6, "Did the TV Star Do It?," the murder victim is identified as "Beth Landau". The character is named after series creator Andy Breckman's wife. Breckman had previously named a murder victim after his wife (then-fiancée) in season 2, episode 1 of Monk, "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School". Beth Landau (spelled "Landow" in Monk) is the only character murdered twice in shows written by her real-life husband.
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