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Should 'The Good Guys' Get a Reboot or Just the Boot?

by Danny Gallagher, posted Aug 10th 2010 7:10PM
Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford on Fox's 'The Good Guys' 'The Good Guys,' Fox's procedural cop comedy, seemed like a perfect storm from the start. It had a fresh, funny take on one of television's most storied, copied and cloned genres and made it a hard sell for audiences who crave change as much as they crave a TV that requires them to get out of their chairs to change the channel.

Sure, audiences love new concepts and bright ideas, but TV is still a very passive medium and shows that require your full attention like 'The Good Guys' -- with its unique ability to jump forward and backward in time to throw new twists into the plot -- usually don't make it to the finish line (in their case, two episodes shy of the checkered flag).

This doesn't mean the show is down for the count, though. Deadline reports that Fox still hopes to save the show by giving it a major retooling for the fall season. It's a show worth saving. Here's how they're doing it -- and whether it might work.

Right now, the focus is on adding more characters to the canvas, which seemed relatively small from the beginning. Some interesting villains and partners-in-crime-stopping have wafted through the series, but they didn't stick around for long, which left all of the heavy lifting to stars Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford.

So far, plans include introducing another hot police tamale to the cast who works in criminal science to create a more interesting love triangle between Hanks and Jenny Wade, which should give her more to do other than look cute and scold the boys for making her job harder. It would also be nice for the show to take a few shots at 'CSI,' television's current cop serial giant, which needs be taken down a peg or two (or three).

Also, Julius, played by RonReaco Lee, will join the principal cast as Stark and Bailey's criminal insider, a smart move since the three episodes he starred in were among the best of the season.

However, casting should make even bigger changes. One of the biggest drawbacks of the show is it doesn't explore its space nearly enough. Most of the action, particularly in the police station, takes place at the dingy property crimes desk way back in the corner. The show practically ignores the other 90 percent of the station and the characters and obstacles it could provide. It's amazing to me that the show hasn't introduced a pair of police rivals for our main 'Good Guys,' whom Stark and Bailey can show up with their clearly superior albeit crazy policing skills.

It also wouldn't hurt if each case didn't resolve itself by the end of every episode, which feel more wrapped up than a Christmas present covered in duct tape. Since 'The Good Guys' is a time-shifting show, a couple of continuations into next week's episode could keep my attention longer and make me want to tune in the following week. It also wouldn't hurt if the bad guys won a couple for reasons other than criminal law procedure or legal technicalities.

Then, just maybe, the entire series wouldn't have to go out with its own downer ending.

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The Good Guys was one of the few TV shows I watch. Please put it back on.

January 14 2011 at 5:28 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I think that this one great show. I love those guys. You talk about a third cop to be a love triangle. They already have that in the new gal the put in. She's good , but the LT. should go. She's not interesting at all. A good & regular time slot would greatly help. Keep this show going Fox!!!!

December 13 2010 at 4:31 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

PLEASE don't cancel this show. I love these bumbling cops. It's like old time comedy. Maybe a different night would do the trick.


December 13 2010 at 3:50 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

it the only comedy i really watch ( my wife also)

December 13 2010 at 3:30 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

A munmer of friends, acquaintances, and I think Good Guys is hilarious. None of us would miss it, none of us are kids, and all of us have lots of $ to spend if the sponsors are interested in that.

October 23 2010 at 6:02 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I absolutely love this show and was extremely disappointed to hear that it was going to be cancelled. I really hope that FOX in its infinite "wisdom" (and I use the term lightly) will keep this show on the air. But it will probably be replaced by yet another God-awful "reality" show.

August 21 2010 at 2:39 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

The Good Guys is just what the doctor ordered. A very good comedy about two police guys. That it was taken off is sad, does another at Fox TV watch the programming?

August 16 2010 at 11:20 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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I agree 100%.

August 21 2010 at 2:59 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

I don't think this is a time jumping show. I think Fox just did what it always does, showed episodes out of order...

August 12 2010 at 4:46 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

Love the show but it could definitly use a little revamping. I hate those loud annoying gunshots everytime a new scene is labeled.

The scene when Dan was talking about sexting was hilarious.

August 12 2010 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

eh it's funny, but it is working way to hard to be.
I think the funniest episode thus far was the getaway driver episode. It seemed like they didn't work as hard to get the laugh in that one yet it was funnier than the others.
If they can get it together and things start to actually flow without stiffness and sad attempts at humor, it will be a great show. Just isn't yet.

August 12 2010 at 9:03 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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