I can’t remember the last time I actually watched a series premiere on TV. Too many great shows have been canceled in the television equivalent of a blink of an eye, without a chance to really gain the following that’s out there for them.
However, I couldn’t resist checking out the debut of The Good Guys, a new show on Fox starring Colin Hanks (son of Tom) and Bradley Whitford (THE WEST WING). The commercials have hinted at a quirky show with lots of action and humor, and the pilot delivered both.
Whitford plays Detective Dan Stark, who looks and acts like he’s time-warped straight from the 70s. His mindset is pre-CSI, pre-DNA and in cop terms, prehistoric. He’s a heavy drinker, a womanizer, more interested in the moment than his long-term career. A heroic act from 25 years prior has carried him and kept him in the department, despite his inability to adapt to the changes in policing over the decades.
Colin Hanks plays Detective Jack Bailey, the straight man to Whitford’s comic relief. There were a lot of laughs in the show, and the writing is really strong. The characters gel so well, and I totally bought the premise and the execution.
The show is still fresh in my brain, only over moments ago, and it feels like I’ve taken one of those sample teasers in Costco that’s going to make me turn my cart around and go buy the item because it was so good I have to have more. I’ll have to wait a couple weeks for the series to kick in for its summer run, but I can savor the promising pilot and look forward to at least one good show to follow in the coming months. If you haven’t yet, check it out.