Manhattan, AZ

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Manhattan, AZ
Created by David Richardson
Starring Brian McNamara
Vincent Berry
Chad Hodge
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) David Richardson
Bill Freiberger
David Silverman
Stephen Sustarsic
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Bats Left Throws Left Productions
Distributor USA Network
Broadcast
Original channel USA Network
Original run July 23, 2000 (2000-07-23) – September 24, 2000 (2000-09-24)

Manhattan, AZ is a short-lived Comedy off-beat television show that aired on the USA Network during the Summer of 2000. Considered to be ahead of its time.

Premise[edit]

An undercover Los Angeles, California Vice Cop, Daniel Henderson, loses his loving wife in a bizarre sea accident. While working for Greenpeace cutting dolphins out of tuna nets, she is herself swept up and canned in spring light water. In his despair he decides to move to Manhattan, AZ along with his son, to become sheriff and start a new life. Daniel likes the peace and quiet the desert has to offer while Atticus hates its small town ways. Described by critics as "Andy Griffith on acid," Manhattan, AZ is composed of many colorful characters and Area 61, an eerie Air Force base that officially doesn't exist and is the cause of many mysterious events nearby. The situations seem over the top but are cut from the headlines of the day. The hilarious dialogue is delivered deadpan. The episodes end with one of the actors speaking directly to the audience describing something in the episode with the end line of "We work in Television and we know better than you."

Main Characters[edit]

  • Brian McNamara as Sheriff Daniel Henderson - Sheriff of very small Manhattan, AZ desert town. Former undercover Los Angeles vice cop. Former soldier in US Army in Panama.
  • Vincent Berry as Atticus Finch Henderson - Son of Sheriff Daniel Henderson. Named after character from "To Kill A Mocking Bird". Atticus is portrayed by Chace Paddack during the first half of the episode as a chubby version. Episodes end with his voiceover that says "This Place Really Sucks".
  • Chad Everett as Jake Manahttan - Mayor of his namesake town where he runs the town bar. He charges "His cost plus ten percent" for everything. He is a former Hollywood TV star.

Recurring Characters[edit]

  • Mindy Sterling as Lona, wife of Lon, a pair of sex crazed, gun toting senior citizens.
  • Robin Gammell as Lon, husband of Lona.
  • Kate Hodge as Jane Pentowski - An Air Force airmen who likes Sheriff Henderson and wears very skimpy outfits while off duty.
  • Stephen Tobolowsky as Dr. Bob - The town vet that doubles as the towns medical Doctor.

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