The Good Cop

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The Good Cop
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Created byAndy Breckman
Composer(s)Pat Irwin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Executive producer(s)
Production location(s)New York City
CinematographyEric Moynier
Editor(s)Deborah Moran
Running time42-49 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkNetflix
Original releaseSeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)

The Good Cop is an American television comedy-drama murder-mystery created by Andy Breckman. The first season consists of ten episodes. The series premiered on Netflix on September 21, 2018.[1][2]

The program is based on an Israeli show of the same name created by Erez and Tomer Aviram and produced by Yoav Gross.[3]

On November 13, 2018, Netflix canceled the series after one season.[4]



  • Tony Danza as Anthony "Tony" Caruso Sr., a streetwise ex-cop paroled from prison after serving seven years for a corruption conviction. He's tough and stubborn and knows the ins and outs of the criminal underworld. Although prohibited from interacting professionally with active police personnel, he is intent on proving that he still has what it takes to fight crime and solve homicide cases.
  • Josh Groban as Anthony "TJ" Caruso Jr., Tony Sr.'s son, a by-the-book NYPD lieutenant who, in contrast to his father, goes to great lengths to avoid departmental infractions, even minor ones.[2]
  • Monica Barbaro as Cora Vasquez, an inspector turned homicide detective in the NYPD and Tony Sr.'s parole officer. She is a subordinate of Tony Jr.[5]
  • Isiah Whitlock Jr. as Burl Loomis, a veteran NYPD sergeant on the verge of retirement who coasts his way through investigations, making as little effort as possible. He refuses to chase suspects on foot or get out of his car during cold weather.[6]
  • Bill Kottkamp as Ryan, a technical crime analyst for the NYPD. He is ultra-nerdy, technologically savvy, and obsessed with electronic devices.


  • John Scurti as Wendell Kirk, a barber and Tony Sr.'s friend



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date
1"Who Framed the Good Cop?"Randy ZiskAndy BreckmanSeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)
Tony Caruso Jr. (Josh Groban) is a scrupulously honest, rule-abiding Detective Lieutenant, living in Queens, New York. His father, Tony Caruso Sr. (Tony Danza), is an ex-detective who served eight years in prison for a corruption conviction. Part of Tony Sr.'s parole terms require him to live with his son and stay out of trouble. A former colleague in the department, Jack Livingston, whose testimony was pivotal in sending Tony Sr. to prison and against whom Tony Sr. harbors a grudge, is found dead in a local park. Forensics determine he died of asphyxiation, but he was also shot six times. When the bullets are sent to the lab, ballistics tests reveal that Tony Jr.'s gun was used in the shooting, which makes son and father prime suspects, with a plausible revenge motive. Tony Jr. attends Jack's wake and spots Chet, a fellow officer, scratching a leg rash from a poisonous plant that grows in the park where Livingston's corpse was found. When he discovers that Chet and Livingston's widow are romantically involved, Tony Jr. assumes he's found Livingston's killer. However, he's informed that his father has confessed to the murder, and is back behind bars. Tony Jr. visits his father, who explains that he assumed his son killed Livingston to achieve revenge, and he, Tony Sr., decided to take the blame to spare his well-meaning son a homicide conviction. Back home, while having pizza for dinner, Tony Jr. begins removing olives from the pie and arranging them on a napkin. He begins to suspect that the shooting pattern from his firearms re-certification test of a week ago was identical to the pattern found on the victim's chest. He calls up Cora Vasquez (Monica Barbaro), his friend and his father's parole officer, and they break into a department office to compare bullet hole patterns. They discover that the matching bullet holes theory was correct. As they leave the premises, they're ambushed by Chet, who threatens them with a pistol. Tony Jr. is unarmed, having surrendered his weapon while the homicide investigation continues. Cora, however, has a gun, which she quickly pulls out. A shootout ensues, during which Tony Jr. borrows Cora's gun, which only has one remaining round. Caruso cleverly tricks Chet into believing the gun is fully discharged. When Chet puts his gun down, Tony fires the remaining round to immobilize Chet. Chet is arrested, along with Jack Livingston's wife, Donna, who was revealed to be an accomplice.
2"What Is the Supermodel's Secret?"Randy ZiskAndy BreckmanSeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)
While playing poker in a pub, Tony Sr. spies a famous supermodel, Belinda Mannix (Emma Ishta), sitting alone in a booth. He stops the game, goes over and introduces himself to her. After she fails to seem impressed, he saves his number in her phone. Tony Jr. is called to investigate the shooting murder of an aged man, Albert Monte, who is found dead in a hotel room. The investigation reveals that Monte hosted scandalous bachelor parties and was apparently shot by a hitman wearing a giant bunny head; the murderer was caught on a surveillance camera exiting a service elevator. The morning after the poker game, Belinda unexpectedly shows up at the Caruso home, flirts with Tony Sr., and asks to use his phone. However, the elder Caruso, hung over from the previous night's drinking, can't find his phone and can't recall where he left it. Mannix, feigning concern over the loss of the phone while pretending to express romantic attraction to Tony Sr., insists on helping him find it. Tony Jr., while interrogating the murder victim's business partner, discovers that Monte secretly filmed his parties with the intent of blackmailing the politicians, businessmen, and celebrities in attendance. Mannix meets the hitman in an underground garage, where it is disclosed that she arranged Monte's murder. She tells the hitman, who she had met with in the pub the night before, that she accidentally butt-dialed Tony Sr.'s phone at the pub while she and the hitman were discussing the murder. After the hitman threatens her, she tases him in the neck, grabs his gun and shoots him dead. She returns to Tony Sr. and the increasingly desperate phone search. When Tony finally finds his phone in a taxi office lost and found, he hears the voice mail, realizes he's being scammed, and lies to Belinda about finding his phone. Later that night, he goes over to Belinda's house for a purported romantic tryst, but when she finds out that he has his phone and that he had listened to her voicemail, they get into a violent fight over the phone. Tony Jr. arrives in time to save the phone from being destroyed and they arrest Mannix.
3"Who Is the Ugly German Lady?"Alex HardcastleDavid BreckmanSeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)
A prison buddy of Tony Sr., Sherman Smalls, escapes from confinement. Around the time of his escape, a woman was murdered in a nearby cabin in the woods and her husband brutally beaten. From a photo, the husband identifies Smalls as the assailant, and a manhunt ensues. Smalls, unaware that the police are looking for him as a murder suspect, shows up at the Caruso home and asks for Tony Sr.'s help. Tony Sr., who doesn't know Smalls is a murder suspect, extends a gesture of kindness by allowing his friend to live in the basement; they disguise Smalls as a German woman so Tony Jr. won't suspect that his dad is harboring a fugitive. When Tony Sr. learns that Smalls is a murder suspect, Smalls vehemently denies the crime. Tony Sr. believes his buddy is innocent, and decides to find the real killer. He begins to suspect the victim's husband, a used car dealer, of committing the murder and setting up Smalls to take the blame. Tony Sr. then discovers that the husband is having an affair with a woman who works at the prison from which Smalls escaped. Tony Sr. eventually pieces together the plot, which involved providing the tools for Smalls to escape just before the murder occurred and planting evidence that would implicate Smalls. The victim's husband and his girlfriend are arrested for the murder.
4"Will the Good Cop Bowl 300?"Rodrigo GarcíaAndy BreckmanSeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)
5"Will Big Tony Roll Over?"Kevin HooksJonathan CollierSeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)
6"Did the TV Star Do It?"Silver TreeAndy BreckmanSeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)
7"Who Killed the Guy on the Ski Lift?"Kevin HooksHy ConradSeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)
8"Will Cora Get Married?"Neema BarnetteAndy BreckmanSeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)
9"Why Kill a Busboy?"Rebecca AsherJonathan CollierSeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)
The patrons at an upscale Italian restaurant in New York are held up at gunpoint by two thugs, and a busboy is murdered. Tony Sr., who was having dinner there at the time of the crime, learns that the owner wants to sell the business. Tony Sr. decides to buy the place and enlists Tony Jr. as his reluctant partner and co-investor. The homicide squad can't figure out why the busboy was murdered. They suspect a hit job, then come to believe it was a case of mistaken identity after they learn of another shooting of a young man with the same name. After the Carusos incur numerous violations of the city health code and realize they're losing money on the restaurant, a wealthy hedge-fund manager who regularly eats there comes forward to invest in the business because he "loves the mushroom ravioli." It is soon revealed that the new investor and his girlfriend have planted a microphone near the restaurant's "Frank Sinatra table" to record conversations of business bigwigs so they can capitalize on financial information gleaned from eavesdropping on these private discussions. After the two learned that a busboy had discovered the planted mic, they concocted a scheme to murder him while making it look like he was killed during a robbery. They then tried to further confuse investigators with the attempted murder of someone else with the same name as the busboy, but that victim survives a shooting. When Tony Sr. notices the investor's girlfriend wearing a necklace that was stolen by the two thugs, he begins to piece together clues that reveal the motives behind the busboy's murder.
10"Who Cut Mrs. Ackroyd in Half?"Randy ZiskAndy BreckmanSeptember 21, 2018 (2018-09-21)
An elderly resident of a senior living facility is killed in an elevator accident. Tony Sr. and Tony Jr. believe it was no accident, suspect foul play, and begin piecing together clues pointing to various residents and employees in the building.


Netflix announced the new series in June 2017. The show stars Tony Danza as "a disgraced, former NYPD officer who never followed the rules",[8] and Josh Groban as his son, Tony Jr., "an earnest, obsessively honest NYPD detective who makes a point of always following the rules".[9] The show was created and is written by Andy Breckman, who created and wrote the Emmy Award-winning USA Network series Monk.

The main characters are father and son policemen, Tony Caruso Sr. and Jr., who live together. Tony Sr. (Danza) was expelled from law enforcement for chronic violations of departmental policy, while his son, Tony Jr. (Groban) scrupulously obeys departmental procedures. During one scene in episode 1, two of Tony Jr.'s colleagues reveal that others in the department refer to him sarcastically as the "Choir Boy" and "Nancy Drew." In the series, according to Netflix, "This 'odd couple' become unofficial partners as Tony Sr. offers his overly-cautious son blunt, street-wise advice on everything from handling suspects to handling women."[10]

Danza, a native New Yorker, is on the board of directors of the city's Police Athletic League, and "will be able to draw on his real-life connection to the NYPD" to develop his character and role.[11] The first season is being filmed in various neighborhoods in Brooklyn.[12]

About the series, Breckman said, "Many cop shows feature dark and provocative material: psycho-sexual killers, twisted, grim, flawed detectives. Many address the most controversial issues of the day. I watch a lot of them. God bless 'em all. But the show I want to produce is playful, family-friendly, and a celebration of old-fashioned puzzle-solving."[13]

Music for the series was composed by Pat Irwin.[14]

On November 13, 2018, it was announced that the series is canceled after one season.[4]


In episode 6, "Did the TV Star Do It?," the murder victim is identified as "Beth Landau". The character is named after series creator Andy Breckman's wife. Breckman had previously named a murder victim after his wife (then-fiancée) in season 2, episode 1 of Monk, "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School". Beth Landau (spelled "Landow" in Monk)[15] is the only character murdered twice in shows written by her real-life husband.[citation needed]


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  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-11-09). "'The Good Cop': Monica Barbaro To Star In Netflix Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-11-09.
  6. ^ Petski, Denise (2017-11-14). "'The Good Cop': Isiah Whitlock Jr. Cast In Netflix Series". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-11-14.
  7. ^ Petski, Denise (2018-04-06). "Frank Whaley Joins 'The Good Cop'; 'Suspicion' Casts Sofia Bryant". Deadline. Retrieved 2018-04-06.
  8. ^ Otterson, Joe, "Tony Danza to Star in Netflix Series ‘The Good Cop’," Variety, June 19, 2017
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie, "Josh Groban To Star Opposite Tony Danza In ‘The Good Cop’ Netflix Series", Deadline Hollywood, Nov. 8, 2017
  10. ^ Zuckerman, Esther,"Tony Danza to play a bad cop in Netflix’s The Good Cop," A.V. Club, June 19, 2017
  11. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2017-06-19). "Netflix Orders Tony Danza Dramedy Series 'The Good Cop' From 'Monk' Duo". Deadline. Retrieved 2017-06-19.
  12. ^ McGoldrick, Meaghan, "PHOTOS: 'The Good Cop,' starring Tony Danza, Josh Groban, seen shooting in Bay Ridge", The Brooklyn Reporter, January 22, 2018
  13. ^ Matthews, Liam, "A Tony Danza Cop Dramedy Is Coming to Netflix," TVGuide, June 19, 2017
  14. ^ Pat Irwin bio and credits at
  15. ^ "Mr. Monk Goes Back to School" plot summary at IMDB

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