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A smart alecky San Francisco, California cop and his get rich quick scheme of a partner keep tabs on crime and take down the bad guys in the Bay Area.

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...  Insp. Nash Bridges 122 episodes, 1996-2001
...  Cassidy Bridges 122 episodes, 1996-2001
...  Insp. Harvey Leek 122 episodes, 1996-2001
...  Officer Peggy 122 episodes, 1996-2001
...  Insp. Joe Dominguez 120 episodes, 1996-2001
...  Insp. Evan Cortez / ... 100 episodes, 1996-2000
...  Nick Bridges 96 episodes, 1996-2001
Ronald Russell ...  Officer Ronnie / ... 65 episodes, 1997-2001
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Nash (Don Johnson) is a smart-alecky police inspector, who's seen fighting crime on the streets of San Francisco, California, while driving around in his screaming yellow 1970ish Plymouth Hemi Barracuda. He's the typical super-cop on the beat, who always wins in the end. Unfortunately, his personal relationships leave much to be desired. He has two ex-wives, a sixteen-year-old daughter needing a lot of supervision, and a father with Alzheimer's disease who keeps getting kicked out of retirement homes and dropping by to visit. Written by NASH-B Discussion List Moderators <nash-b-request@bayne.com>

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He's a San Francisco cop with two ex-wives and a rebellious teenage daughter. Compared to the women in his life... the criminals are nothing. See more »


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Cheech Marin starred in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996), and Don Johnson appeared 7 times in Don Johnson. See more »

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Nash Bridges 1971 Plymouth Barracuda "Hemicuda" was at the time and has been the most expensive production vehicle on the classic muscle car market. The vehicle was worth at least $450-700k in the 1990s and is now $2-3 million USD for the 15 known models.

The San Francisco Police Department (nor any police department) would allow its employees to drive such an expensive vehicle for routine police work. See more »

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[Antoine breaks into a car to dispose of the bomb in the trunk]
Nash Bridges: Antoine, what are you doing?
Antoine Babcock: Misspent youth!
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #18.108 (2010) See more »

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great characters rescue a standard crime drama
29 April 2002 | by See all my reviews

Nash Bridges is a more or less routine crime/police drama series, the usual suspects, the usual plots and so on. Its nowhere near as good as the original "Spenser" series, nor as flashy as "Miami Vice".

What rescues this series from mediocrity is the cast. Don Johnson - as Nash Bridges - is just ok as the Infinitely Wise and Wonderful cop who Solves Every Case in the last five minutes of the show. The one human touch to Bridges is his oddly busy but not overly successful love life.

What makes this show fun, and very worth watching is the supporting cast - in particular Cheech Marin (playing Joe Dominguez) as the sidekick. But unlike many sidekicks, he is a real character - played for humour, it is true, but not just one dimensional. It may not sound right to say that Johnson and Marin have "chemistry" on screen, but they very definitely do. This adds a nice quirky touch when they are repeatedly taken for a gay couple (in odd situations) by a gay man.

Toss in a few more excellent supporting actors - especially Jeff Perry as Harvey Leek, a detective and James Gammon as Bridges father (though the continuity on his Alzheimers is seriously missed) and the show really starts to work.

The finishing touches are added in by some continuing plot elements - Mr Woody the racehorse somehow acquired by Domingues and Bridges father, Dominguez' marriage to Inger - a swedish woman - is romantic and successful - but with both sides seeing the others problems. Leek's fascination with the Grateful Dead. Angel the Angel. The ghostly disco music in the police station (which is in a boat that was evidently used for raves). Dominguez' schemes for making money.

The show manages to maintain a sense that the people involved had fun, and dont take it too seriously. One fun episode paired Don Johnson with his partner in Miami vice (Philip Michael Thomas) and Cheech Marin with his ex-comedy partner (Tommy Chong) and a wonderful scene takes place in a marijuana buyers club - playing off the "Cheech and Chong" drug themes.

In another episode, Dominguez directs traffic in grand style on Halloween to the sound of the Village People song "YMCA" (all the funnier if you've seen people dancing to the song and making the letters "Y", "M", "C" "A" as they dance).

If you want serious crime drama - go for something else - if you want a relaxed, easy to watch show with the requisite Car Chases, Guns and Nasties and with fun characters, tongue in cheek humour and a cast that rarely lets you down, this is made to order.


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