The Good Guys

FOX (ended 2010)
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  • The Good Guys is an action comedy about two detectives stuck in small crimes, though their "routine investigations" (Code 58s) often lead them into bigger cases and even bigger trouble. Jack Bailey (Colin Hanks), a cop who follows the rules but has an annoying habit of making enemies higher up, is paired with Dan Stark (Bradley Whitford), an unpredictable old-school cop whose heroic rescue of the Governor's son 30 years ago keeps him employed. Even so, Dan's drinking and antics leave him stuck with Jack in the Property Crimes Division. Jack's only ally is his ex, Assistant District Attorney Liz Traynor (Jenny Wade), who must balance chastising the troublesome duo with standing up for their unconventional police prowess to their boss Lieutenant Ana Ruiz (Dianna Maria Riva). Creator and Executive Producer Matt Nix (Burn Notice) originally conceived the series 10 years ago as a feature film script Jack & Dan to reinvent the buddy-cop comedy-action drama. The Good Guys ended after one season.moreless

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  • S 1 : Ep 20


    Aired 12/10/10

  • S 1 : Ep 19

    Cop Killer

    Aired 12/3/10

  • S 1 : Ep 18


    Aired 11/19/10

  • S 1 : Ep 17

    The Getaway

    Aired 11/12/10

  • S 1 : Ep 16

    Silence of the Dan

    Aired 11/5/10

  • Cast & Crew
  • Bradley Whitford

    Dan Stark

  • Diana-Maria Riva

    Lieutenant Ana Ruiz

  • Colin Hanks

    Jack Bailey

  • Jenny Wade

    Assistant D.A. Liz Traynor

  • RonReaco Lee

    Julius Grant

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  • Quotes (75)

    • Jack: I just want to know your professional opinion as a district attorney.
      Liz: Legally, the fact that you are not officially assigned a case should not hamper prosecution assuming all else is in order. But if you want my nonlegal opinion, and I'm sure you do, don't get involved in a case you're not assigned to. If you fail, you look stupid, and if you succeed, you make everybody else look stupid. I believe the legal concept here is "pissing into the wind".

    • Pedro: Mr. Julius, I was hoping you would call. ¿Cómo estás?
      Julius: "¿Cómo estás?" Yo soy enojado, man. Yo soy enojado!
      Pedro: You're angry? The verb ser is an identifier. Estoy refers to state of being. You mean to say "yo estoy enojado".

    • Dan: Bein' a cop is not about rules. It's about people. It's about being able to say to Eileen, "Hey, we caught the punk who stole your hudimidifinder."

    • Dan: You know what I think this is?
      : Don't start.
      : I think you're still ticked off about the time you and me blew up the taco truck! That's what this--
      : Don't you ever bring up that taco truck again! Do you understand me?
      : Yes, sir! (pause) Ma'am.

    • Dan: The lab results. (laughs) I'm not sure I believe that there's little things in your blood floatin' around, carrying this so-called, you know, DNA.
      Jack: You don't believe in blood cells.
      : I'm just sayin' the jury's out.

    • Jack: I've been going over cold cases. I-I got a stabbing here from 2002. I mean, look at this! It looks like it was done by a third grader.
      Ruiz: Yeah, you see this signature right here, this scribble?
      : Um-hum.
      : That's my name detective.

    • Jack: I know that I have rubbed some people the wrong way.
      : You corrected the captain's grammar in front of the chief.
      : And I regret that.
      : Good.
      : It's just that there's no such thing as a Statue of Limitations.

    • Dan: I was able to get a--a rough sketch out of her.
      : Ugh, Dan, that is a stick figure.
      : Yeah, it's rough!

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    Notes (67)

    • Original International Air Dates: Czech Republic: June 24, 2011 on Prima COOL

    • The show's title was originally released as Jack and Dan before a "working title" Code 58 (Dallas PD code for routine investigations) was announced. Another working title mentioned was Code Five Eight. The show finally landed on it's current title a little over two months before the pilot episode aired.

    • Featured Music: "I Fought The Law" - The Clash "She Does" - Locksley "20th Century Boy" - T. Rex "The Stroke" - Billy Squier "Thunderstruck" - AC/DC

    • This episode premiered as a "Special Preview" before moving to its regular night and time: Mondays at 9:00 PM.

    • International Episode Titles: Czech Republic - Jak napálit zloděje (How to Outsmart a Thief)

    • Featured Music: "Crazy Eights" - Tapes N' Tapes "Crazy On You" - Heart "Rock You Like A Hurricane" - The Scorpions

    • This episode was announced as the "Series Premiere" by Fox, with the pilot episode airing three weeks earlier as a "Series Preview".

    • Original International Air Dates: Canada: June 7, 2010 on Global Czech Republic: July 1, 2011 on Prima COOL

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    Trivia (6)

    • When Jack is waiting for Dan to privately "interview the victim" of the stolen humidifier, he is reading Quilt, "America's #1 Quilting Magazine", October/November 2009 issue. The front cover's titles include "Scrap Showcase Bear's Paw, Gather Your Harvest Prints, Color Play: Spinning Pinwheels, and 17 Fun Patterns."

    • Goof: When Mr. Spivey enters his "drug lab" to see if the chemical problem has been fixed, he is gesturing with his left hand. When he says, "I bought the chemicals" we see a behind shot of his left hand waving. But, when the camera shot cuts to his front, his left hand is on his hip, and his right hand is waving.

    • Goof: At the beginning of the show when the forensics expert is kneeling by the planter, he calls for his evidence kit, which is clearly visibly open beside him. Then, Jack goes to get the kit, which he then opens.

    • Goof: Both, Dan and Jack wear their badges when they approach the arson crime scene. Later a terrified home owner demands to see some ID from the detectives, but Dan claims that he left his badge in the car.

    • When Liz makes the rescue from the burning barn, she has a burn wound on her left forearm. After the criminals are arrested and Liz is checked out in the ambulance she has a bandage on her right arm and her left appears fine.

    • After Liz passes out and Jack moves to the closet to get Dan out, the camera pans over his shoulder. An almost full view of the bed is available and Liz is not on the bed. She's laying across the bed and should definitely be visible.

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    Allusions (3)

    • The character Steve Valentine plays is named Nigel. This is an allusion to the NBC television drama Crossing Jordan (2001-2007), starring Jill Hennessy as Boston medical examiner Jordan Cavanaugh, who helps solve crimes. Valentine played the character Dr. Nigel Townsend, a British criminologist known for his quirkiness and wise-cracks.

    • Dan: That's a sign. It's like, "Jack, I wanna climb your beanstalk." Dan is alluding to the popular fairytale Jack and the Beanstalk, in which a boy named Jack trades the family cow for some magic beans. His mother angrily throws them out. Jack climbs the beanstalk that sprouts from them, encountering many adventures in the realm of a giant. The earliest print version from 1807 by Benjamin Tabart was titled The History of Jack and the Bean-Stalk.

    • Dan: (shouting into the night to his car) I will find you! Dan alludes to Daniel Day-Lewis' character Hawkeye shouting these words to Cora, the woman he loves, played by Madeleine Stowe in the 1992 movie Last of the Mohicans.

  • Fan Reviews (19)
  • Gone way too soon!

    By Remo_Williams, Oct 17, 2015

  • Bomba

    By petrrericha39, Mar 01, 2013

  • Sad News

    By CarolMurrell, Aug 12, 2012

  • Tha Good Guys

    By CherylEvans1, Jun 08, 2012

  • Very good show, cut short on its way to being great.

    By praeda, Feb 19, 2011