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The Commish 

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

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
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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Canada | USA

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English

Release Date:

28 September 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El comisionado See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

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. See more »

Quotes

[Cyd and Tony are in a tattoo parlor]
Tony: A starburst would look perfect on you.
Cyd: Thanks, but I think one is enough.
[Long pause]
Cyd: It's on my shoulder, okay?
Tony: Did I ask?
Cyd: In a manner of speaking.
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: The Dead Talk Back (1994) See more »

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Could very well be the best show ever on television!
7 September 1999 | by slug-12See all my reviews

"The Commish" as hard-hitting, heartfelt, and brilliant ABC dramatic series found and home and met it's end in the early nineties. "The Commish" and "Matt Waters" were cancelled, while shows like "Caroline in the City" and "Suddenly Susan" continue. The world is anarchy.

There is nothing more I can say as I pull back the tears. I loved "The Commish," and I wasn't the only one. We all did. It kept us going.


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