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Broken Badges

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Broken Badges
GenrePolice procedural
Opening themeMike Post
Vocalist on opening theme uncredited
Ending themeMike Post
ComposersMike Post (1.1, "Westside Stories")
Velton Ray Bunch (1.2, "Argo the Venusian", 1.5, and 1.6 -- the finale)
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Running time60 minutes
Production companyStephen J. Cannell Productions
Original release
ReleaseNovember 24, 1990 (1990-11-24) –
June 20, 1991 (1991-06-20)

Broken Badges is an American-Canadian police procedural drama television series that aired on CBS from November 24, 1990, to December 22, 1990, and on June 20, 1991. The series was co-created by Stephen J. Cannell.[1]


Broken Badges followed three police officers, J.J "Bullet" Tingreedes, who was addicted to danger, Stanley "Whipusall" Jones, a small man who would explode when people would make comments about his size, and Toby Baker, a kleptomaniac. All were on psychiatric leave from the police department. Together, with former New Orleans cop Beau Jack Bowman and police psychiatrist Priscilla Mather, they formed a crime fighting team.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"Pilot"Kim MannersStephen J. Cannell & Randall WallaceNovember 24, 1990 (1990-11-24)
3"Westside Stories"James Whitmore Jr.Jack BernsteinDecember 1, 1990 (1990-12-01)
4"Strawberry"Jonathan SangerRandall WallaceDecember 8, 1990 (1990-12-08)
5"Chucky"Kim MannersStephen J. CannellDecember 22, 1990 (1990-12-22)
6"Meet Your Matchmaker"Tucker GatesJack BernsteinJune 6, 1991 (1991-06-06)
7"Argo the Venusian"Alan CookeRandall WallaceJune 13, 1991 (1991-06-13)
8"Can I Get a Witness?"David NutterJack BernsteinJune 20, 1991 (1991-06-20)


This show debuted on CBS on November 24, 1990, replacing E.A.R.T.H. Force, this was done as part of a realignment in CBS' programming lineup that involves other programming.[2] It did not fare well in the ratings, and it was quietly cancelled later that year.[3]

Home media[edit]

On July 27, 2010, Mill Creek Entertainment released Prime Time Crime: The Stephen J. Cannell Collection on DVD in Region 1. This special collection contained 54 episodes from 13 different shows produced by Stephen J. Cannell Productions including all seven episodes of Broken Badges.[4]


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 159. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ "If at first you don't succeed...new season cancellations and reshufflings began" (PDF). Broadcasting. 1990-10-08. Retrieved 2021-09-13.
  3. ^ "CBS Cancels Cannell Dramas 'Broken Badges,' 'Wiseguy'". Los Angeles Times. 1990-12-22. Retrieved 2021-09-13.
  4. ^ "Unsub DVD news: Announcement for Prime Time Crime: The Stephen J. Cannell Collection | TVShowsOnDVD.com". Archived from the original on 2012-10-13. Retrieved 2013-11-12.

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