Slightly offbeat television police comedy/drama. Tony Scali is the police commissioner in a small town, where solutions to difficult situations often require considerable creativity. Tony's... See full summary »
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 Tony Scali (92 episodes, 1991-1996)
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 Rachel Scali (92 episodes, 1991-1996)
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 David Scali (92 episodes, 1991-1996)
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 Stan Kelly (66 episodes, 1991-1994)
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 Cyd Madison (46 episodes, 1992-1994)
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 Ronnie Lopez / ... (42 episodes, 1991-1996)
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Slightly offbeat television police comedy/drama. Tony Scali is the police commissioner in a small town, where solutions to difficult situations often require considerable creativity. Tony's easygoing manner and clever intellect are much more useful to him than weapons or brute force in his fight against crime Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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28 September 1991 (USA)  »

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El comisionado  »

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The character of Tony Scali was supposed to be in his late thirties. Michael Chiklis was actually 28 years old when cast as Scali, in part because he looked much older than his real age. When Chiklis lost weight during the course of the series, the network, fearing that such weight loss might negatively effect the ratings, reportedly had Chiklis stuff his clothing to appear older and heavy set. Chiklis was also discouraged from shaving his hair off to look still older. See more »

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[Cyd and Tony are in a tattoo parlor]
Tony: A starburst would look perfect on you.
Cyd: Thanks, but I think one is enough.
[Long pause]
Cyd: It's on my shoulder, okay?
Tony: Did I ask?
Cyd: In a manner of speaking.
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Great characterizations..
30 October 2010 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Thanks to NetFlix, we started watching the early 90's show 'The Commish' based on recommendations here at IMDb. Michael Chiklis is a very gifted actor, and the stories are pleasant, with some interesting twists. We also get to see the 'Commish' (small town police commissioner) interact with his family, and endure the lengthy 'stay' of his annoying, eccentric, and lazy brother-in-law played by the talented David Paymer.

The setting is the New York area, but the series was shot in Vancouver, B.C. giving the series a fresh look.

One thing we noted is that the supporting crew and guest actors are given time to contribute. They come ready to play and the casting guy seems to favor quirky-looking folk, which makes for compelling viewing. I was just contrasting the trend at the current show 'Lie to Me' to have the camera follow Tim Roth everywhere, and to barely give any other characters room to breathe. With Commish, you enjoy the story, and you feel as if you are getting closer to the characters every episode.

So, if you missed it, and you're looking for a quality series on web stream, or season-DVD, give Commish a try.


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