The Job (2001 TV series)

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The Job
Created by Denis Leary
Peter Tolan
Starring Denis Leary
Bill Nunn
Lenny Clarke
Diane Farr
Adam Ferrara
John Ortiz
Julian Acosta
Keith David
Wendy Makkena
Karyn Parsons
Composer(s) Christopher Tyng
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 19 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Lauren Corrao
Jim Serpico
Denis Leary
Peter Tolan
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) The Cloudland Company
Touchstone Television
DreamWorks Television
Original network ABC
Original release March 14, 2001 (2001-03-14) – April 24, 2002 (2002-04-24)

The Job is an American single-camera sitcom that aired on ABC between March 14, 2001 and April 24, 2002. The show was filmed entirely on location in New York City.[citation needed] Many of the principal actors went on to either star or guest star in the FX network's Denis Leary-produced Rescue Me. In Rescue Me, the lead character (played by Leary) is very similar to Mike McNeil, but is a fireman rather than a police officer.


The series follows a New York City police officer named Mike McNeil (Denis Leary) – who indulges in adultery, alcohol, cigarettes, and prescription drug abuse – and his fellow bumbling detective pals. The show, which appeared to borrow the tone and look of NYPD Blue for semi-satirical purposes, was built around the Mike McNeil character, but relied on a strong ensemble cast.



Season 1 (2001)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Pilot"Dean ParisotDenis Leary & Peter TolanMarch 14, 2001 (2001-03-14)
The main precinct characters are introduced, and Detective Mike McNeil (Denis Leary), the protagonist, tries to juggle his career, wife and girlfriend. The precinct catches a murderer by making him believe that they are beating his grandmother.
22"Elizabeth"Tucker GatesDenis Leary & Peter TolanMarch 21, 2001 (2001-03-21)
All the men at the precinct want to work on a harassment call from Elizabeth Hurley. Mike believes she is attracted to him when she kisses him after the two have dinner, but she uses him to make her boyfriend, Jason Laramie, jealous. Detective Terrence "Pip" Phillips' wife, Adina, believes McNeil, his partner, is a bad influence.
33"Bathroom"Tucker GatesDenis Leary and Peter TolanMarch 28, 2001 (2001-03-28)
McNeil is taken hostage in the bathroom by Detective Frank Harrigan's runaway suspect.
44"Foot"Tucker GatesDaphne Pollon, Denis Leary & Peter TolanApril 4, 2001 (2001-04-04)
The precinct has to solve a case involving severed feet being left at a podiatrist's office. McNeil hunts down Detective Jan Fendrich's new boyfriend.
55"Massage"Tucker GatesDenis Leary & Peter TolanApril 11, 2001 (2001-04-11)
The precinct has to investigate a massage parlor that is giving handjobs to male customers. Ruben Sommariba's victim makes advances on him despite his attempts to avoid her. Jan has a suspect that made fun of her in high school. Pip tries to face his wife after he is at the massage parlor when it is shut down.
66"Anger"Tucker GatesMike MartineauApril 18, 2001 (2001-04-18)
McNeil is forced to take anger management classes for ripping a taxi driver out of his car for disrupting an arrest. Ruben feels guilty about shooting a man in self-defense.

Season 2 (2002)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
71"Sacrilege"Peter TolanTeleplay by: Peter Tolan & Denis Leary
Story by: Bartow Church
January 16, 2002 (2002-01-16)
McNeil and Pip have to take the DA's daughter on a ride-along for a school newspaper article. Frank impersonates a monsignor in order to confront a man who is stealing money from the collection plate. The other members of the precinct have to confront a stripper dressed as a nun.
82"Soup"Tucker GatesDenis Leary & Peter TolanJanuary 23, 2002 (2002-01-23)
McNeil, Pip and Jan has to investigate a case involving a missing ballerina. Frank is on a soup diet, and they later find a soup cook has killed the ballerina. Ruben and Al have to confront a drunk Native American man living in Central Park.
93"Telescope"Tucker GatesTeleplay by: Richard Dresser
Story by: Richard Dresser & Denis Leary
January 30, 2002 (2002-01-30)
Tommy steals a telescope from a suicide victim, and he, Frank and McNeil dress up as maintenance men in order to peep on a woman who does yoga topless in her apartment room. The woman finds out that they are detectives and sues the police department. Jan meets a man who turns out to be a criminal. Frank and Tommy have to keep dumping a dead body in a rival detective's, Hennessey, precinct. McNeil gives the telescope as a present for his son's birthday.
104"Gina"Adam BernsteinPeter Tolan & Denis LearyFebruary 6, 2002 (2002-02-06)
Ruben is moonlighting Gina Gershon and Frank does so with Catherine McCord. A lesbian from Jan's case beats up McNeil and he has to face her again when he scams his way into protecting Gina. Pip has to face his wife after she finds out he had a run-in with an old girlfriend. Jan finds out that Al is a stripper.
115"Quitter"Tucker GatesPeter Tolan & Denis LearyFebruary 27, 2002 (2002-02-27)
McNeil tries to give up drinking alcohol and starts to abuse cold medicine. The doctor who gives him pain killers is arrested. He uses male enhancement pills to help his sex life, but his girlfriend and wife will not sleep with him. McNeil lets a marijuana house continue using, but Garrity, a rival detective, busts it.
126"Gay"Tucker GatesPeter Tolan & Denis LearyApril 17, 2002 (2002-04-17)
McNeil thinks Frank is homosexual and he follows him around. Jan and Pip try to get free scales and wind up busting a drug deal. Ruben believes McNeil finds him attractive because McNeil said he would be if he were gay. Frank is actually busting a sex club suspect and meeting with his niece's wedding planner.
137"Vacation"Peter TolanPeter Tolan & Denis LearyApril 17, 2002 (2002-04-17)
McNeil, along with Toni, is sent to Florida in order to avoid being caught for impersonating a firefighter to make a drug bust. After being severely sunburned, McNeil is confined to his room. He believes Toni is flirting with a hotel employee and wants to take down a runaway criminal from New York City. The man is only planning a wedding for his daughter in New York.
148"Neighbor"Tucker GatesDavid WalpertApril 10, 2002 (2002-04-10)
McNeil thinks his neighbor, Ron, is trying to flirt with his wife and sends Ruben and Al to spy on them. Tommy takes Frank with him to try to find Robert De Niro's dog. McNeil and Pip have to investigate a case involving dying pigeons. Karen sees Ruben and Al, and Mike has to compensate for his actions by giving his wife a nice night. Tommy picks up a devilish dog, but when he gets to De Niro's trailer, the dog has already been found.
159"Boss"Adam BernsteinMike MartineauFebruary 13, 2002 (2002-02-13)
Frank listens in on a crime boss and gets a tip on a horse race. Mike believes Toni is sleeping with her boss. Frank gets everyone to go in for the bet. He talks an evidence clerk, Ozzy, into putting $10,000 into the bet also. Jan and Ruben fight over an apartment that has just opened up because the owner has been killed. Mike nearly beats up Dave, Toni's boss, and fights with Toni because she slept with him. Ruben and Jan make an agreement over the apartment, but the victim's neighbor has already taken it. The two go to try to convict the neighbor of the crime.
1610"Dad"Tucker GatesRichard DresserApril 24, 2002 (2002-04-24)
Mike and Pip have to go on a stakeout and Mike steals Ruben's portable television. A person seems to be stalking Frank and Tommy. Jan has a lump in her breast and Mike cannot keep her secret. Frank's stalker, Doug, turns out to be his son, who he left because he knew he could not handle raising. Mike and Pip's police car is stolen by some school kids. Ruben buys a better portable television and Mike is stuck with the poor one. Mike and Jan have dinner together to discuss how her life was affected by the false alarm.
1711"Parents"Adam BernsteinMike MartineauMarch 6, 2002 (2002-03-06)
Toni forces Mike to have dinner with her and her parents by threatening him about telling Karen about their relationship. Tommy is interested in an aggressive convict. Jan dates a cop who dresses up as a prostitute. Mike feels pressured to lie about his lifestyle in front of Toni's parents, but the truths are found out. He pretends to give up his wife and his "old life."
1812"Barbecue"Tucker GatesMike MartineauMarch 13, 2002 (2002-03-13)
The Phillips have a 25th anniversary barbecue and Toni wants to go, still believing Karen has been told about her relationship with Mike. He devises a plan to have both Karen and Toni show up without seeing each other. Alcohol is being served in the back, without Adina's knowledge. Adina eventually finds out and Mike must leave. While he is leaving, Toni figures out that he has not told Karen about their relationship, and Toni vows to tell her sometime in the future.
1913"Betrayal"Tucker GatesPeter Tolan & Denis LearyMarch 20, 2002 (2002-03-20)
Al broke his jaw and has to have it wired shut. Toni continually calls the house and hangs up. Frank tells the other precinct members that he has had a heart attack and when they arrive at the hospital the doctor reveals that it was only gas. The precinct investigates a missing persons call. Toni goes to Mike's house, and Mike sends Karen to her mother's house. Frank tries to start a new diet. Pip was thrown out of his house because he met with a woman from his past. Mike watches over the crime scene which discovers the missing woman. Toni goes to Mike's house, but leaves when she sees Karen kissing the neighbor, Ron. Pip visits his old friend. Frank caves in and eats a cake. Karen does not admit to Mike that she was with Ron.


In the United States, the series aired on ABC from 2001 until its cancellation in 2002. ABC heavily promoted the formula-defying show in the beginning, but its ratings plunged very soon after its debut. The series debuted in the spring of 2001 with 6 episodes, and was renewed for the following season. However, in the wake of the attacks of September 11, 2001, the show's second-season premiere was pulled, and the second season did not air until the spring of 2002. At the time, the ABC network was trying to modify its schedule to reflect the more family-friendly programming its parent corporation, Disney, was known for.[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

The complete series (19 episodes) was released on DVD in the United States in May 2005.


The show was respected by many TV critics anyway, due to its 'real life'-like dialogue, multi-dimensional characters, and understated-yet-sharp wit.[citation needed]


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