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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.
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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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Suzieq March 18, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Well, I have to say that both my husband and myself are very disappointed that The Good Guys were cancelled. To me it was like a Beverly Hills Cop comedy with Eddie Murphy and Judge Reinhold–and that movie was very popular! Dan Stark, like Axel Foley, was the wild reckless one, always edgy and had unconventional ideas…that seemed to work in the end. Jack Bailey, like Detective Billy Rosewood, was the nerdy, straight laced cop, who while trying to catch criminals and thugs by the book, ended up ‘mixed up’ with Dan’s shenanigans–or silly, high spirited behavior and mischief. It was all good! What a shame!
The cop series, Southland, a terrific crime drama, was cancelled after a short season as well. Thank heaven TNT picked it up! maybe if we keep whining loudly enough, someone will hear our cries!

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VJ February 13, 2011 at 3:25 pm

You have to bring back this show. Every episode got better & better. It was a good addition to the friday night line-up.

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Don February 11, 2011 at 6:08 pm

I was really sorry to see the show was cancelled, I thought it was just on a short hiatus. I wish they would reconsider and bring the show back.

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StevieCat February 7, 2011 at 3:47 pm

The absolute funniest episode was “Don’t Taze Me Bro’” This series just needed time to develop. It finally got hilarious and now it’s canceled. Too bad. It was a funny show.

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april February 7, 2011 at 12:34 pm

OMG i had no idea this show was CANCELED?!? that really sucks. all i did was laugh throughout the whole show. it was hilarious! def gonna miss it!

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John January 24, 2011 at 7:46 pm

Keep The Good Guys. That’s the only show I look forward to!!

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LINDA January 13, 2011 at 7:51 pm

BEST SHOW ON TV

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RDuane December 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm

Don’t Break Up A Great Team. In another “time-zone” another executive clown has killed off another fav; Cold Case. Now this news. How sad! I must concur with the comments above. We need to laugh… and The Good Guys did just that.

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SAM December 11, 2010 at 7:47 am

Good Guys is the funniest show on TV. We look forward to every Friday night to laugh our asses off. I can’t think of another show on TV that makes us laugh so hard (for that matter the other comedies on TV now are are not even close to being this rediculously funny). This show is laugh outloud hilarious. I hope the Matt Nix & Bradley Whitford and all involved will go to USA or any other smart network with this very funny, funny show and keep Good Guys on the air. One season is not enough time to gain the audience numbers. Many other great shows did not have great numbers the first year. Have faith – the fans love this show and will watch it on another channel. People are not network fans people are fans of good, funny shows – no matter what channel they’re on. Comedy is the most difficult to write & perform. There’s far too little great comedy out there. We need to laugh – it’s good for our souls. Good Guys is the best comedy out there by a long shot!!! Keep Dan & Jack on the air we need to laugh & the Good Guys gives us what we need.

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Brian December 10, 2010 at 11:42 am

This is really a great show, actually the only show I watch on TV these days, it’s fresh and original and funny and now… thanks to FOX gone….I guess ratings prove that “reality shows” and fake “game/contest” shows are the only thing that can get ratings today… I guess people just don’t want to think or actually have to take the time to follow a plot line… why bother when we are spoonfed “entertainment” now….. such a waste, very sad

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Lisa December 8, 2010 at 7:08 pm

I must say that this is my favorite show!!!!

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Heather December 8, 2010 at 11:37 am

Please, please, PLEASE keep “The Good Guys!” My husband and I have highly stressful jobs and look forward to our “laugh until our bellies hurt Friday evenings” with Dan and Jack. :)

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Demented December 4, 2010 at 9:05 pm

I hope they don’t cancel this one. It’s one of the funniest thing on TV these days.

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good guys are the best!!! November 8, 2010 at 4:00 pm

The goodguys are the funniest thing on TV the reality shows and the news and the state our country is in has gotten to the point of WE NEED a show like the goodguys to laugh and enjoy a crazy funny combination of non SUPERSTARS who make this show great!! DONT BE A BADGUY Vote to keep the GOODGUYS !!!!

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Lisa K October 25, 2010 at 5:56 am

Keep The Good Guys. It is hilarious!

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