The District

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This article is about a television program. For the place, see Washington, D.C.. For all other uses, see The District (disambiguation).
The District
Created by Terry George
Jack Maple
Starring Craig T. Nelson
Lynne Thigpen
Jayne Brook
Roger A. Brown
Sean Patrick Thomas
Justin Theroux
David O'Hara
Elizabeth Marvel
Jonathan LaPaglia
Jaclyn Smith
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 89
Running time 44 minutes.
Original channel CBS
Audio format Dolby Surround 2.0
Original run October 7, 2000 (2000-10-07) – May 1, 2004 (2004-05-01)

The District is a television police drama which aired on CBS from October 7, 2000 to May 1, 2004. The show followed the work and personal life of the chief of Washington, D.C.'s Police Department (MPDC).


Former Newark, New Jersey Police Commissioner and New York Transit Police Officer Jack Mannion is hired as the commissioner of the bureaucracy-laden D.C. Police Force. Together with his detectives and allies he must fight crime as well as internal corruption and the powers of Congress in order to reorganize and renovate the force.

The District was inspired by the real-life experience of former New York Deputy Police Commissioner Jack Maple. Along with Police Commissioner William Bratton they had reorganized the NYPD and one of the achievements was the CompStat program (comparative statistics) since 1994 that has its own major role in the TV series. After the success in New York the CompStat program has been adapted by other cities however Jack Maple himself chose to publish his experiences - along with Chris Mitchell he wrote a book (The Crime Fighter, 2000) and along with Terry George he prepared a TV series concept. His impact on the story line was limited as he died of colon cancer on August 4, 2001.

Primary filming was in Los Angeles, with some location shooting in Washington.

Cast and characters[edit]

Cast Character Seasons
Craig T. Nelson Chief Jack Mannion 1-4
Lynne Thigpen Ella Mae Farmer 1-3
Roger Aaron Brown Deputy Chief Joe Noland 1-4
Sean Patrick Thomas Det. Temple Page 1-4
Elizabeth Marvel Officer Nancy Parras 1-4
Justin Theroux Nick Pierce 1-2
David O'Hara Det. Danny McGregor 1
Jayne Brook Deputy Chief Mayor Mary Ann Mitchell 1
Jonathan LaPaglia Det. Kevin Debreno 2-4

On March 12, 2003, Thigpen died of a cerebral hemorrhage in her Marina del Rey, California home. The show's third season finale had a tribute to her character.

Recurring guests[edit]

  • Jaclyn Smith as Vanessa Cavanaugh (2002–2004)
  • John Amos as Mayor Ethan Baker (2000–2001)
  • In 2001, Jean Smart was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" for her performance as "Sherry Regan".


Season U.S. ratings Network Rank
1 2000-01 12.7 million CBS #35
2 2001-02 10.3 million CBS #49
3 2002-03 9.8 million CBS #60
4 2003-04 9.0 million CBS #65

Note: Throughout The District's entire run it was aired in a Saturday night timeslot.

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