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22
Off Broadway (2)
1995-05-20
Tony and Connie Muldoon close in on the serial killer, Connie's daughter might be the next victim.

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21
Off Broadway (1)
1995-05-13
While investigating the murder of his friend's daughter, tony gets help from a New York police officer.

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20
The Kid
1995-03-30
A hopeless teenager gets a help from Tony and Paulie.

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19
Letting Go
1995-03-23
Tony and Rachel are in emotional turmoil awaiting results of Rachel's breast cancer test results.

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18
Brooklyn
1995-03-09
A murder of a fellow cop, make Tony and Paulie travel to Brooklyn to help investigate the case.

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17
Cry Wolf
1995-03-02
While trying to solve a major gold robbery, Tony must reply for help from a con man.

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16
The Trial
1995-02-16
Tony dreams of a film noir mystery, mean while a man holds a mock trail.

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15
Accused
1995-02-09
Tony is accused of sexual harassment by an computer technician.

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14
The Golden Years
1995-02-02
A gangster who Tony's mother was dating is found killed. The main suspect is Tony's father.

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13
The Johnny Club
1995-01-14
David is caught shoplifting, mean while Tony finds out that a accident victim was in debt to a loan shark.

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12
Hidden
1995-01-07
A mob boss keeps watch over Tony who is helping a man find his wife and son and also while he is protecting witnesses who saw a gang slaying.

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11
A Christmas Story
1994-12-17
An old friend of Tony gets his life back on track with help from a retirement hotel resident.

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10
Ghost
1994-12-03
Tony was forced to suspend a cop when the cop was found guility for the unprovoked killing of a thief. Things gets stranger when Tony sees the thief alive.

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9
The Lady Vanishes
1994-11-19
An old student of Rachel starts hinting at people that his seem his stepmother commit murder.

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8
Head Case
1994-11-12
Tony uncovers a plot to frame an innocent man for a murder of a patient which he didn't commit, because of his discovery Tony gets drugged and held in a psychiatric clinic.

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7
Revenge
1994-11-05
A corrupt ex-officer that Tony imprisoned seeks revenge upon his release.

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6
Nancy with the Laughing Face
1994-10-29
While working on an embezzlement and a kinapping case Paulie starts to becomes to emotionally involved.

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5
Who Do You Trust?
1994-10-22
While an officer who is posing as a crooked cop in order to expose a crime ring which be be the genuine article who has problems as tony also suspects him.

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4
Born in the USA
1994-10-15
Isaac and Grace Caldwell are illegal immigrants who own and operate a small electrical shop. After they witness a murder, Tony has to convince the two to testify, which he does by promising them citizenship.

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3
Working Girls
1994-10-08
While investigating an armed robbery, Tony goes undercover and hires an escort to get some important information. He is shocked to see his friend Ralph's daughter, who is barely 18, show up, preparing to spend the night with him.

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2
Against the Wind (2)
1994-10-01
Tony's attempts at physical therapy are proving unsuccessful, and despite the love and support of his family he is beginning to lose hope that he will ever walk again, and is preparing to spend the rest of his life in the wheelchair. Cyd has the chance to take a job out of Eastbridge, but doesn't want to leave Tony in a noose.

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1
Against the Wind (1)
1994-09-24
After being struck with a ball, Tony is hospitalized and it looks like he is going to be permanently paralyzed. But his family refuses to give up on him, and enlists the help of physiotherapist Dan Boylan to help him walk again.

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From 1991 to 1996, ABC brought us an endearing crime TV drama series known as "The Commish," featuring the remarkable Michael Chiklis in the starring role of Tony Scali, a police commissioner drumming to his own beat. Set in a fictional small town of Eastbridge located upstate New York, "The Commish" forms a perfect blend of procedural and character-based storytelling, showcasing that justice doesn't always follow the conventional path in black and white.

Michael Chiklis's character, Tony Scali, is a far cry from the hardline, steel-faced police officers often portrayed on the small screen. He, instead, is a caring, affable, and occasionally unconventional law enforcement official who uses his intelligence and wit, rather than physical force, to solve crimes and maintain justice in his jurisdiction. As the commissioner, Scali is shown as a man who is as comfortable chatting with local kids on the street as he is engaging in high-stakes negotiations with dangerous criminals.

At the show's heart lies a portrayal not just of law enforcement, but also of a deeply humane and emotional role model. Tony Scali is a devoted family man who frequently blends his professional and personal lives. His relationship with his wife, Rachel Scali, played by Theresa Saldana, and their children show him as a man of strong moral values and empathy. These personal elements lend a richness to the series and to the character that makes it more than a weekly crime drama; it forms a well-rounded look at the life of a unique cop.

Over its five-year run, "The Commish" maintained a good balance between police procedural elements and character-driven narratives, reserving ample time to explore Tony Scali's personal life and family dynamics. The show presents several daring thematic arcs addressing a range of social and ethical issues well ahead of their time, such as inequality, corruption, child abuse, and infidelity, with sensitivity and realism.

The narrative arc frequently explores Tony’s complex relationship with the various elements in his town, including his team of officers and the local community members. He often uses his affable nature and disarming charm to defuse tense situations or gain an upper hand in negotiations, a unique feature that sets the show apart from more conventional cop dramas. Despite being the titular "Commish", Tony Scali's approachable and compassionate demeanor fosters a genuine relationship between the police station and the community.

"The Commish" is also remembered for its compelling supporting cast that included Kaj-Erik Eriksen as David Scali, the often-lively teenager son of Tony, and Geoffrey Nauffts as Stan Kelly, his trusted right-hand officer. John Cygan as Detective Paulie Pentangeli also garnered considerable praise for his outstanding performance.

Behind the camera, the series boasted the backing of the then-fledgling creative powerhouse Stephen J. Cannell Productions, renowned for its series like "The A-Team," "21 Jump Street," and "The Rockford Files." Thanks to their robust storytelling framework, each episode of "The Commish" held its own as an insightful case study into the realities and struggles of maintaining law and order in a small town.

Despite its police procedural trappings, "The Commish" provides much more than a simple 'crime of the week' format. It takes a deep dive into its characters' lives, the nuance of policing at a grassroots level, and the complicated intersections of professional and personal boundaries that come with the role of being a police commissioner.

With its clever mix of drama, humor, emotion, and suspense, "The Commish", led by a robust performance by Michael Chiklis, provided viewers with a refreshing take on the classic police drama, underlining that strength isn't necessarily about muscles and might, but also about resilience, respectfulness, sternness, and an unwavering devotion to justice. Tony Scali, as "The Commish," truly personifies the human side of police work that many can relate to even today.

The Commish is a series categorized as a canceled. Spanning 5 seasons with a total of 95 episodes, the show debuted on 1991. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 7.1.

Genres
Drama
Channel
ABC
Rating
7.1/10
Cast
Michael Chiklis, Kaj-Erik Eriksen, Theresa Saldana, Geoffrey Nauffts, Melinda McGraw
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