The Good Guys, Season 1
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From Matt Nix (Burn Notice), comes The Good Guys, a new action-packed and comedic look at what happens when a washed-up, old-school cop and a by-the-book, modern-day detective try to expose the big picture of small crime. Once upon the 1970s, Dan Stark (Bradley Whitford) and his partner, Frank Savage, were big-shot Dallas detectives. So big, in fact, that they were lauded as American heroes after saving the Governor's son. Thirty years later, Dan Stark is a washed-up detective who spends most of his time drunk or re-hashing his glory days. Dan's new partner, Jack Bailey (Colin Hanks), is an ambitious, by-the-book and overall good detective, but is sometimes a bit too snarky for his own good. His habit of undermining himself has earned him a dead-end position in the department, and he is stuck solving annoying petty theft cases that nobody else wants. Worse, he's been given the thankless task of babysitting Dan, the drunk pariah who can never keep partners for long.
|1||Closed CaptioningVideoPilot||In the special series preview of Matt Nix’s new action-comedy, The Good Guys, old-school cop Dan Stark and modern-day detective Jack Bailey expose the big picture of small crime. Pursuing a routine investigation of a stolen humidifier, Jack and Dan are inadvertently thrust into a much larger case involving drug smugglers, hired assassins and a stolen green golf bag. Reminded of the way he busted punks back in the good old days, Dan convinces Jack to go along for the ride, and in their reckless pursuit of justice, the two wind up risking their lives, breaking a flurry of department regulations and reminding their boss, Lieutenant Ana Ruiz, and Jack’s ex-girlfriend, Assistant District Attorney Liz Traynor, why these good guys will be spending many more days investigating seemingly minor crimes.||44:53||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|2||Closed CaptioningVideoBait & Switch||While investigating a vandalism case, Jack and Dan discover a pattern of stolen vintage cars around the city. Unable to set up a sting operation using a department “bait car,” Jack and Dan must go on their own to pursue the elusive car thieves.||42:35||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|3||Closed CaptioningVideoBroken Door Theory||Jack and Dan are assigned to investigate a damaged vending machine at an upscale hotel. When the case leads them to a high-class prostitution ring and a grisly murder, the detectives suddenly find themselves in the middle of a homicide investigation.||42:38||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|4||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Dim Knight||A string of dog poisonings in the suburbs puts Jack and Dan on the trail of a well-meaning yet oblivious vigilante whose plan to sabotage the meth labs operating throughout his neighborhood has attracted a dangerous amount of attention and a deadly out-of-town visitor.||42:49||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|5||Closed CaptioningVideoThree Dollars and Fifty-Two Cents||Dan vows to solve a crime with pocket change.||43:33||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|6||Closed CaptioningVideoSmall Rooms||In order to avoid another boring day at the office, Dan decides to spice up a routine auto theft investigation by secretly planting evidence from an unrelated cold case file. As a result, Jack and Dan end up in the middle of a massive gun-running ring involving a decade-old murder.||42:28||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|7||Closed CaptioningVideoHunches & Heists||Rumors of an upcoming bank heist have the entire police department on high alert, scouring the city for the suspected crooks. But only Jack and Dan, relying largely on their instincts, figure out that the bank heist is actually just a decoy for a much larger robbery across town.||43:46||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|8||Closed CaptioningVideoSilvio's Way||In order to bust mobsters that slipped through his fingers years ago, Dan goes undercover into the world of organized crime. However, as he plans a sting operation that will finally put the thugs behind bars, Dan unwittingly inspires two entirely new outfits of far more dangerous criminals.||43:36||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|9||Closed CaptioningVideoDon't Tase Me Bro||When Dan accidentally exposes a participant in the Witness Protection Program, it prompts a dangerous crime family to send a hitman after the witness to prevent him from testifying. In order to protect the man, Jack and Dan must join forces with a beautiful yet no-nonsense U.S. Marshal before time runs out.||43:29||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|10||Closed CaptioningVideoVacation||When Jack and Dan’s reckless police work gets them suspended, Dan “borrows” some money from the Narcotics Division to set up an off-the-books sting operation. However, the unauthorized detective work inadvertently finances a prison break, which Jack and Dan must put a stop to before the prisoners can get away and the department finds out.||43:43||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|11||Closed CaptioningVideoCommon Enemies||Jack and Dan are assigned to assist a pompous forensic specialist on an important burglary investigation, but when they quickly tire of his haughty attitude, decide to solve the case on their own. Meanwhile, Liz winds up in dangerous territory during a high-profile prostitution sting, forcing Jack and Dan to team up with an unlikely ally to save her.||43:53||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|12||Closed CaptioningVideoLittle Things||Jack and Dan get a tip from a neighborhood kid about a lowlife stealing mail. During the investigation, they come across two identity thieves forging documents for a murderous pair of Mexican drug-runners, killing their way to better lives in America.||42:47||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|13||Closed CaptioningVideoDan On the Run||After the ex-governor’s son (guest star Ethan Suplee), who was rescued by Dan and his former partner 25 years ago, is kidnapped by drug dealers, Dan is framed for the crime and forced into hiding. With Dan on the lam, Jack must find the real kidnappers and prove his partner’s innocence, while Dan, out of options, must turn to an old partner, the legendary Frank Savage (guest star Gary Cole), for help.||44:02||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|14||Closed CaptioningVideoOld Dogs||Jack’s uncle, Nate, a deceitful con man, witnesses an arson and goes to see Jack and Dan with information about the people behind it. With Nate as the only witness, the investigation forces Jack to work alongside his uncle, a man he barely knows or trusts.||43:05||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|15||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Whistleblower||Jack and Dan investigate a spurious inspection report at a corrupt oil company only to discover that they might have actually stumbled onto a deadly criminal conspiracy – with Liz’s boyfriend Kyle stuck right in the middle.||44:04||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|16||Closed CaptioningVideoSilence of the Dan||While investigating a stolen painting at a doctor’s house, Dan faints, and is restricted to desk duty until he recovers. Despite the handicap, Jack and Dan must find and capture the mysterious art thief, who may have left more at the crime scene than he intended.||44:11||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|17||Closed CaptioningVideoThe Getaway||Jack and Liz leave town for a romantic weekend away at a bed and breakfast, but the trip is short-lived when Jack instantly becomes suspicious of the owner’s (guest star Michael Weston) strange curiosity. Things heat up, however, when Dan rushes out to the once-quiet B&B after learning about Jack’s extracurricular investigation.||43:19||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|18||Closed CaptioningVideoSupercops||While following up on a stolen truck investigation, Jack and Dan wind up uncovering a major heist involving a shipment of high-profile diamonds. Meanwhile, tensions rise when Dan discovers Jack is interviewing for a position on an elite police unit.||44:09||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|19||Closed CaptioningVideoCop Killer||A ruthless Internal Affairs investigator re-opens a year-old case in hopes of putting an end to Dan’s irregular police methods. His investigation leads to the release of a deadly gang, hell-bent on murdering the ones who put them away and forcing Jack and Dan to stop them before they succeed.||44:14||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|20||Closed CaptioningVideoPartners||Jack and Dan investigate a simple dine-and-dash at a local restaurant, but things become complicated when Jack’s former partner, George Gluck (guest star Chris Klein), who is now the assistant chief of the department, shows up after Liz’s informant against a mafia kingpin is murdered. With a dirty cop behind the hit, and their lives on the line, everybody must learn that the only way to survive is to stay close to the ones they trust.||44:06||$1.99||View in iTunes|
|101||Video"The Big Picture" Featurette||A hilarious behind-the-scenes look at the making of The Good Guys, featuring commentary and insight from the cast!||2:55||Free||View in iTunes|
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I actually enjoyed this pilot more than I enjoyed the pilot for Burn Notice (Matt Nix's other show), which is now my absolute favorite show ever. So if this can maintain the momentum, I have very high hopes. Definitely worth a look!
Doesn't Even Try To Be Good
Who greenlit this disaster? This show is based off of the same formula employed by every other off-beat, quirky, trys-to-be-funny cop show:
1. Two cops are forced to work together that have different styles.
2. Both cops are continually after something bigger, and try to get it in unconventional ways.
3. People in charge disapprove of the unconventional methods being used.
4. Said two cops end up getting good results with unconventional methods.
5. People in charge turn a blind eye.
And each episode is inherently the same. With kooky guest stars and completely unrealistic situations. I realize it's television, and realism isn't key. But at least try for a shred of realism, just to pass off the rest of the ridiculous scenarios!
It's a shame, because, we all know Bradley Whitford has the talent. His dialouge is just too pathetic to do anything compelling with. On the other hand, Colin Hanks walks around with the one expression he has, that he basically borrowed from his brother: THERE'S NO CRYING IN BASEBALL. That's it. That's the only face Colin Hanks can make.
I predict it doesn't even run out the front 13.
An alcoholic aging cop does not make for good humor
I watched this with hopes of it being funny ... as it turned out it was just pathetic. There was a time when this type of humor was acceptable, but those days are long gone.