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New York detective Mike McNeil is well-known for his unconventional approach of fighting crime. But it also takes a toll in his personal life complicated by his wife and girlfriend on the side.
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Series cast summary:
Denis Leary ...  Mike McNeil 19 episodes, 2001-2002
Lenny Clarke ...  Frank Harrigan 19 episodes, 2001-2002
Diane Farr ...  Jan Fendrich 19 episodes, 2001-2002
Bill Nunn ...  Terrence 'Pip' Phillips 19 episodes, 2001-2002
John Ortiz ...  Ruben Somarriba 19 episodes, 2001-2002
Adam Ferrara ...  Tommy Manetti 19 episodes, 2001-2002
Julian Acosta ...  Al Rodriguez 19 episodes, 2001-2002
Karyn Parsons ...  Toni 10 episodes, 2001-2002
Wendy Makkena ...  Karen McNeil 9 episodes, 2001-2002
Keith David ...  Lt. Williams 9 episodes, 2001-2002
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New York detective Mike McNeil is well-known for his unconventional approach of fighting crime. But it also takes a toll in his personal life complicated by his wife and girlfriend on the side.

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ABC

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USA

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English

Release Date:

14 March 2001 (USA) See more »

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A meló See more »

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Runtime:

| (19 episodes)

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Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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After the series was cancelled, the remaining wardrobe was sold to the wardrobe department of In the Cut (2003) for $400. See more »

Quotes

Mike McNeil: Thank you for your time.
Restaurant employee: Are you really a cop?
Mike McNeil: Yeah.
Restaurant employee: So, you're like, in the "Bird Homicide" department.
[Mike begins to walk away]
Restaurant employee: See ya later, bird detective!
Mike McNeil: Ok, you want to know why I'm investigating this? This whole bird poisoning thing, it's a part of a much bigger conspiracy. Can you keep a secret?
Restaurant employee: Yeah, sure.
Mike McNeil: That is the biggest zit I've seen in my entire life.
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Series Defied Classification
26 February 2005 | by redryan64See all my reviews

This short lived half hour lasted for parts of two seasons. It has been called a Sitcom, but was it really? It had no added sound laugh track. It was not filmed in front of a live audience in order to get their reaction. All incidents portrayed, although some what exaggerated, could occur in one of our big cities.

The attitudes and interaction of characters were the greatest source of both the laughs and the heart of the stories. The characters ranged from being manic (Leary's character) to very lazy, as portrayed by the old,kinda paunchy detective. Whereas Leary was high strung and even overloaded in his life, the other guy would avoid work at all costs.

In our favourite episode, the older detective and his partner are wrapped up in trying to dump off a corpse that they think was dragged into their precinct by an equally lazy but highly conniving detective named Fennessey from an adjacent precinct.

Leary's Detective was burning the candle at both ends.He was high strung, edgy. It didn't take much to get his 'Irish' up.(loose his temper) He was married with family, but also had a girlfriend on the side. He exercised to keep in shape, yet was a chain smoker. It looked as though he was headed for a heart attack. It was only a matter of time.

But,alas! The network intervened and we can only wonder what was in store for this Detective Squad. "THE JOB" got the ax and has not been seen in re-runs or video since. It's too bad. A lot of cops* said the series was closer to real life than one would have thought.

* The author (now retired) is a 34 year veteran of the Chicago Police Department.He served his time in some of the most impoverished,crime ridden neighborhoods in the country, as well as in the Central Business District (The Loop). During his career he was assigned to Patrol Division, Traffic Division, Youth Division and The Missing Persons Bureau of The Detective Division.


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