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
Michelle Forbes
Jonathan LaPaglia
Jaclyn Smith
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 89 (list of episodes)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Di Novi Pictures
Studios USA (2000-2002) (seasons 1-2)
Universal Network Television (2002-2004) (seasons 3-4)
CBS Productions
Original network CBS
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Dolby Surround 2.0
Original release 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 City 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]

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

Recurring cast[edit]

Character Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
Det. Sherry Regan
Jean Smart
Sgt. Phil Brander
Wayne Duvall
U.S. Attorney Bruce Logan
Richard Fancy
Ricky Alvarez
Segun Ajaga (2000-2001)
William Turner (2001-2003)
Vanessa Cavanaugh N/A
Jaclyn Smith
Mayor Ethan Baker
John Amos
Sgt. Ray Cutter N/A
Christopher B. Duncan
Clive Rodgers N/A
Gregory Alan Williams
Attorney General Troy Hatch N/A
Ving Rhames
Melinda Lockhart N/A
Kelly Rutherford
Carol Bodine N/A
Carol Bodine
Mayor Morgan Douglas N/A
Joseph C. Phillips
Kendall Truman
Kristen Wilson
Ferris Gluck N/A
Rita S. Jett
Gwen Hendrix N/A
Vanessa Bell Callaway
Maria Rodriguez N/A
Alexandra Barreto

Cast notes[edit]


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.

International broadcasts[edit]

  • In Australia, The District aired on the Nine Network in late night slots throughout its run.
  • In Bulgaria, the first two seasons aired on Nova Television. The whole series was aired on AXN with subtitles and later on AXN Crime. Later Fox Crime repeated the first two seasons and the dub was rerecorded with the same actors. The third season started in October 2010.
  • In Sweden, The District airs Monday through Thursday at 12:30am on TV4.
  • In Poland, The District aired on the Universal Channel.
  • In Germany, The District airs on VOX.
  • In the United Kingdom, it airs on CBS Action (Sky channel 148), Monday to Friday at 2pm, 6pm and 10pm. It was also previously broadcast in late night slots on ITV1
  • In Serbia, it aired on Radio Television of Serbia.
  • In Slovenia, it aired on the now defunct Prva TV, later it aired on Fox Life (Bulgaria & Balkans region).
  • In Jamaica, The District airs on CVM TV, every Thursday At approx. 12:00am. as of April,2012.
  • In Romania it aired on TVR1 and TVR2


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