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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Michael Chiklis ...  Tony Scali 92 episodes, 1991-1996
Theresa Saldana ...  Rachel Scali 92 episodes, 1991-1996
Kaj-Erik Eriksen ...  David Scali 92 episodes, 1991-1996
Geoffrey Nauffts ...  Stan Kelly 66 episodes, 1991-1994
Melinda McGraw ...  Cyd Madison 46 episodes, 1992-1994
Jason Schombing ...  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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A desk job? Not the way HE does it. See more »

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Comedy | Crime | Drama | Mystery

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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The character of Tony Scali was supposed to be in his late thirties. Michael Chiklis was actually twenty-eight-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. Chiklis claimed he ran into problems later in his career due to casting directors assuming he was much older than he actually was due to the show. 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 The Larry Sanders Show: Nothing Personal (1995) See more »

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Great Underrated Show
12 August 2003 | by actionproSee all my reviews

"The Commish" was one of the best shows in the early 90s. Michael Chiklis was wonderful and extremely believable in the title role. Also, the supporting cast was always very good. The writing was excellent in the beginning until perhaps the 3rd season. Then, it turned into the usual Cannell fare. Mr. Cannell always wrote/produced excellent shows in the beginning, but once he and his production company ran out of ideas, they looked to current events and/or clichés to pull them through. This is true of "The A-Team," "Hunter," "Night Rider," "Rockford Files," and, of course, the cliché-in-and-of-itself, "21 Jump Street." "The Commish" was flying high until each episode became a carbon-copy of the last one. Of course, that is the fate of many a TV show and is to be disregarded. All this aside, it was an excellent show that made Saturday nights enjoyable for a few years.


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28 September 1991 (USA) See more »

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