The Good Guys (2010)

The Good GuysNetwork: FOX
Episodes: 20 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: May 19, — December 10, 2010
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Bradley Whitford, Colin Hanks, Jenny Wade, Diana-Maria Riva, Jennifer Besser, Kimberly Lynn Campbell, Kennith Edwards, Nathan Fane, Arthur Wooldridge, Steven Jeffers, and Mark McElroy.

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TV show description:
An old-school cop and a modern detective team up together in this comedy-drama series.

TV show supportDan Stark (Bradley Whitford) was a big-shot Dallas detective in the 1970s. Along with his old partner, Frank Savage, Dan was credited with saving the Governor’s son. But those times are now long gone and he spends his time rehashing the good old days and drinking heavily. He doesn’t want to rely on any of the new police methods, still preferring what he learned so long ago and his own instincts. He still solves an occasional crime here and there, but for the most part gets by on his past heroics.

Jack Bailey (Colin Hanks) is Dan’s new partner, and couldn’t be more different. Jack does everything by the book, always following the rules laid out for him. He is however known for his sarcasm and being a bit of an eager beaver. All of this often leaves him with cases like petty theft that the other detectives don’t want. To make things worse, he gets assigned to be Dan’s babysitter and has no chance of escaping this situation anytime soon.

Dan likes to be reminded of the excitement of his glory days and keeps breaking rules of the department, much to the frustration of their boss, Lieutenant Ana Ruiz (Diana Maria Riva). She can tell that the pair will be spending a lot more days in the Property Crimes Division.

When Jack needs help, he turns to bright Assistant District Attorney Liz Traynor (Jenny Wade). A quick wit, she was once his girlfriend, and he’s never quite been able to move past their relationship.

Series Finale:     
Episode 20 — Partners
A waitress alerts Jack and Dan to a dine-and-dasher, so Dan jumps through the restaurant’s window and gives chase. Jack follows, but he collides with a man exiting a doorway, and the culprit outruns Dan.

When newly promoted Deputy Chief George Jenkins tours the station, Jack hides his face, telling Dan that Jenkins was his first partner and that they were rivals for Liz’s affection, but Jack won her heart. However Jenkins sees Jack and suggests they meet for beers. Dan immediately dislikes Jenkins.

Back at the restaurant, Jack and Dan ask the waitress to describe the dine-and-dasher to Samantha, who’s been enlisted as their sketch artist. Then Jack notices a nearby ATM, noting the security camera inside might’ve caught the culprit on video. Dan believes that there’s something bigger going on. Jack doesn’t.

Meanwhile, mobster Jimmy Nichols greets a man named Mick. When Jimmy discovers Assistant D.A. Liz’s recently dialed number on Mick’s cellphone, he kills him for being an informant.

As Jack and Jenkins catch up over beers, Dan interrupts: his old partner, Frank Savage, just told him that the “Savage & Stark” TV movie about their saving the governor’s son in 1985 will be re-released and the Dallas Museum of Cultural History will be screening the film.

Later, Jack drops off Jenkins, who finds Nichols inside his house. Nichols reminds Jenkins that he’s been in his pocket for ten years—and he demands that Jenkins pin Mick’s murder on someone.

Jack asks Liz to subpoena the ATM camera footage, but she puts him off. Liz then tells Lt. Ruiz that an informant—who already said someone on the force is working for Nichols—didn’t show up for a scheduled meeting last night.

When Jack and Dan show snitch Julius the sketch Samantha drew, he notices an eyebrow scar, and he I.D.’s him as numbers runner Phil Nicks.

Meanwhile, Jenkins holds up a bloody gun he found next to Mick’s body—which has been moved across town—and orders tests to determine the time of death.

Liz sees the police photo of Mick’s body and tells Ruiz that he was her informant. Ruiz says that Phil Nicks is already a suspect.

As Jack and Dan arrive at Nicks’ home, so does Jenkins. Backed by carloads of officers, he makes the arrest.

At the station, Jack and Dan watch Jenkins telling TV reporters about the arrest, claiming that the murder took place at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday. Jack notes that’s when they were chasing Nicks and wonders if Jenkins arrested the wrong guy. Dan tells Jack to trust his gut. Then Frank arrives to take Dan to their movie’s screening.

After Liz tells Jenkins about her informant’s murder, Jack sees Jenkins showing Liz the door. Jack tells Jenkins that he’s caught the wrong guy, which Jenkins denies.

When the audience for the screening howls with laughter, Frank and Dan angrily exit the theater, get drunk, and destroy the exhibit’s “Oddities of the ’80s” sign, which gets them thrown into the county jail.

Meanwhile, Samantha tells Jack that she hacked into the ATM system; she shows him the video footage, which reveals the scar-faced Nicks. When Jack calls Jenkins about the video footage, Nichols is at Jenkins’ home and orders Nicks—who’s also in county jail—killed immediately.

When Dan and Frank awaken in jail, a cellmate says that they missed the excitement,—another prisoner is dead—and claims that Nichols ordered the murder.

Meanwhile, Liz tells Jack that Nicks hung himself in jail and left a note confessing to Mick’s murder. Case closed.

And when Nichols tells Jenkins that he’s concerned about a D.A. knowing there’s a dirty cop on the force, Jenkins says that Nicks is dead, so the case is closed. Besides, cops don’t like extra work.

But Samantha did some. She tells Jack that she discovered a DNA preservative that’s used in the police lab in the blood on the gun found at Mick’s murder scene; that means the blood was stolen from the lab. When Jack tells Jenkins about the stolen blood, Jenkins asks him to keep it between us—and he loads a pistol.

When Liz picks up Frank and Dan from jail, Dan commandeers Liz’s car and races them to the station. Meanwhile, Jenkins goes to the lab, asks Samantha to leave, and aims his gun at Jack, who realizes that Jenkins is the dirty cop. Jenkins asks Jack to join him in working for Nichols at double his salary. Jack agrees, they hug, and Jack knocks Jenkins’ gun aside. They exchange punches, and Jack grabs the gun. But he’s distracted by Samantha’s return, and Jenkins floors him, then aims the gun at Samantha.

Jenkins orders Samantha and Jack to kiss, thereby exchanging DNA. He plans to frame Jack as the dirty cop who was having an affair with Samantha—and killed her when she caught him stealing evidence, then killed himself. Jenkins sends Liz an email from Samantha’s cellphone supporting this lie.

When Liz gets Samantha’s email, Dan doesn’t buy it, and he and Frank head for the lab, where they repeat the dialogue and action from their movie: breaking a window, drawing Jenkins’ fire until he’s out of ammo. He reloads, takes Samantha hostage, and forces Dan and Frank to drop their weapons. Then Jack decks Jenkins from behind.

Afterward, Ruiz congratulates Dan, Jack, and Frank, who say goodbye. Then Jack and Dan speed off to investigate a stolen toaster.
First aired: December 10, 2010.


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  1. dkb says

    My husband and I love this show! Keeps us laughing and such a great part of Bradley Whitford. We liked him on West Wing, it’s great to see hime play such a funny part. Hope they don’t cancell…..we look forward to seeing mor episodes!

  2. IHATEFOX says

    This @#%$ING Show is good.
    G@ddamn networks are always canceling show s i like.
    FOX and NBC Suck. Life was my favorite show in years.

  3. kg says

    well, they are still filming it. We saw a scene in Dallas on Young Street actually being shot with the two star characters there. It was kinda cool to see.

  4. wendy davis says

    the good guys is an awesome show. there are too many drama’s on t.v. we get enough drama in real life. i watched this show religiously. the writers are witty and smart. it is so funny. hollywood better do something right and keep this show on the air.

  5. Pam says

    It’s a great show. Had to watch 2 episodes but then we were hooked. We love the characters. Just a fun show to watch. So sick of those crappy reality TV shows. If I want reality all I have to do is walk out my front door. I watch TV to be entertained and take my mind off reality. This show does that. We love all the characters and light and easy banter. Please keep them on at least one more season!!!!!

  6. Caroline says

    This is one of the most entertaining cop shows going. The humor, mixed with the wit and experience of years and the newness of a younger partner is a good combination. Bradley Whitford portrays the typical, loose cannon of the 70’s generation with all the grit, and zeal to conquer any “bad guy”..Reminds me of the attitudes of the law enforcement officers I had the opportunity to know and work with years ago in the ’80’s.. Keep them on!!!!

  7. Murphy Dowden says

    “The Good Guys” is a great mix of over the top silly-witty-humor and action with a little bit of desperately-hopeful romance. I became a fan of Bradley Whitford while watching him on “The West Wing” where he consistently delivered a great performance as an uptight, very sharp, no none sense white house politician. It’s great to see him play the role of the most politically incorrect, loose cannon and likeable Dallas police officer who is constantly trying to help his uptight and repressed partner to relax and enjoy life. The producers of the show also made a good call casting Jenny Wade in this comedy, because it doesn’t matter what kind of a role she is playing, she always comes across as friendly and likeable. I hope “The Good Guys” is renewed for years to come. Good job people!

  8. hi says

    omg i hope this show does get more seasons! i know ratings are lagging for the first episode but im sure theyre ok now! i am getting all my peeps to watch it and they all like it. this show may last a few years if it works out well

  9. Justme says

    I love this show. It is hilarious. FOX will end this,tho, when the regular season stuff comes back. Every time I start to like something the networks take it away. Well, except for Leverage on TNT. I didn’t think I’d like that one.

  10. Fox Jericho says

    This show is hilarious, and fun to watch. Colin definately has talent like his father Tom Hanks. Bradley Whitford is the perfect experienced idiot cop. I havent seen a good “buddy-cop” drama since those two guys in Beverly Hills Cop.

    • indilindi says

      8//4/: OMGoodness! The Good Guys does NOT suck. It is one of the smartest, funniest shows on the air right now. My 21 yr. g.son & I both were laughing out loud during it……. and I’m in the dreaded over 60 catagory…. you know, the age group that no one cares about……..

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