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Complete series cast summary:
 Tony Scali (92 episodes, 1991-1996)
 Rachel Scali (92 episodes, 1991-1996)
 David Scali (92 episodes, 1991-1996)
 Stan Kelly (66 episodes, 1991-1994)
 Cyd Madison (46 episodes, 1992-1994)
 Ronnie Lopez / ... (42 episodes, 1991-1996)


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 <>

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In a small town, crime is a big deal. See more »


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Release Date:

28 September 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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 »


Ricky Caruso: I got women lining up to me like a bakery. I'll admit it, I have no shame.
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18 November 2001 | by (Oregon) – See all my reviews

This show initially looked like another boring cop show, but proved to be exactly the opposite. I never saw this on ABC. I started watching reruns on cable. It is hard to explain why I loved this show so much. Maybe it was the small town. Maybe the irony, it was hard to predict the endings. Maybe it was Michael Chiklis? I don't know. I loved the entire cast, which is rare for me. I loved all the deputies especially Sid. I keep hoping it will be back on the air soon. Not my favorite show ever, but a GREAT one.

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