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

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28 September 1991 (USA)  »

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Creator Steve Kronish wanted to cast Michael Chiklis after working with him on Wiseguy (1987). But CBS rejected him because they felt Chiklis was too young for the part. Kronish took the idea to ABC who was convinced to cast Chiklis after seeing him in the failed ABC pilot Maverick Square (1990). See more »

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Ricky Caruso: I got women lining up to me like a bakery. I'll admit it, I have no shame.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Dead Talk Back (1994) See more »

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Great show
21 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Commish was a slightly different cop show - the emphasis here was not on heavy violence but on "the commish" himself, played by that gifted actor, Michael Chiklis. Chiklis brought great likability to the role of Tony Scali, a good guy in a small town dedicated to family and his work as police commissioner. Teresa Saldana played his wife, and the two were totally believable together. The cop part of the show sported a fine cast including Geoffrey Nauffts, Melinda McGraw, and Gina Belafonte. The emphasis seemed to be on warmth, as you really looked forward to seeing the whole group. I never found the episodes as dark or as interesting as other police shows, but that was never the point of "The Commish." Like many Stephen Cannell shows, the series was driven by the personality of the main character and an excellent ensemble. "Wiseguy" may have had more hard-hitting scripts, and "Rockford Files" may have been more fun, but "The Commish" was comfortable and highly entertaining.

Michael Chiklis is one of those actors who can do anything. An accomplished stage performer, he did return to theater after the run of "The Commish" but came back to television as a policeman again - this one with a real dark side - on "The Shield," a big hit for F/X. "The Shield" was truly the evil brother of "The Commish," and it's the rare actor who could carry off both so perfectly. Though I'm a great admirer of "The Shield," I admit that TV isn't as bright without Tony Scali.


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