Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: September 14, 1993

Last Telecast: August 25, 1994

Broadcast History:

September 1993-January 1994, Tuesday 8:30-9:00 on FOX

July 1994-August 1994, Thursday 9:30-10:00 on FOX


Detective Wade Preston..... Ron Eldard

Detective Paul Gigante..... Giancarlo Esposito

Officer Denny Boyer..... Chris Mulkey

Officer Luke Ramirez..... Tony Plana

Captain Aldo Stiles..... Jack Hallett

Sergeant Phil Hampton..... Brian Doyle-Murray


Most of the episodes of this quirky police comedy opened with  morning roll call, as had the critically acclaimed Hill Street Blues, but this loony series more closely resembled Police Squad.

The central character was Detective Paul Gigante, a reserved officer who relocated from Washington, D.C. following a separation from his wife, to start a new life on the police force of Bakersfield, California.

Half Black and half Italian, Paul was the only black cop on the force and was often taken for a criminal simply because of his race. Wade, his partner, was a well-meaning redneck and a trivia freak. Sgt. Hampton, a 22-year veteran of the force, was the long-suffering aide to inept, indecisive Capt. Stiles. Hampton spent much of his time covering for Stile's mistakes and making decisions  for him.

Also seen were Officer Boyer, a hunky but incredibly dumb officer and his partner, Ramirez, who was highly emotional and sensitive.