TV review: "The Good Guys"

Staff Writer
Columbus Alive

"The Good Guys" is a send-up of buddy-cop shows from the '70s and '80s and nothing more.

The Fox pilot is rife with cop cliches - uptight, by-the book Joe Friday-type (Colin Hanks) is paired with a washed-up, alcoholic detective (Bradley Whitford) who prefers old-school methods to that damn "computer machine."

Lampooning this formula (with two capable actors) should garner some laughs here and there. Unfortunately, the intentionally dreadful dialogue trapped in a predictable story doesn't elicit as much as an ironic chuckle or sardonic snicker.

Whitford's detective is stuck reliving his glory days in the lowly property crimes division when he and his partner stumble upon a drug cartel battle while investigating a petty theft.

Connecting these guys to a crime spree replete with shootouts and corpses all over Dallas is a ridiculous bit of coincidental writing that requires a suspension of disbelief too big for me.

But the show's main downfall is it's too calculated, never cashing in on the unintentional humor and over-the-top acting of cop dramas from yesteryear. The best gag is a game called "Good cop, sick cop," which plays well because of its originality. If the pilot is any indication, originality will be sparse.

"The Good Guys"

Premieres 8 p.m. Wednesday on Fox

Grade: D+