The Commish

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  • TV-14
  • 1991
  • 5 Seasons
  • 7.1  (2,060)

The Commish is an American dramedy and police procedural that aired on the American ABC television network in the early 1990s. It stars Michael Chiklis as Tony Scali, a former detective for the New York Police Department who takes on the role of Commissioner for the upstate New York town of Eastbridge. His role is modeled after Anthony Schembri, a former Commissioner of New York City's Department of Corrections. Scali isn't your typical Police Commissioner. While tough when he needs to be, Scali uses conversation and humor to diffuse situations. He also relies on various members of his police force to keep things from escalating. This includes Officer Stan Kelly (Geoffrey Nauffts), Ricky Caruso (Nicholas Lea), and Carmela Pagan (Gina Belafonte). These officers reported to three different second-in-commands during The Commish's run. The first was Scali's long-time friend Irv Wallerstein, played by Alex Bruhanski. He was followed by Paulie Pentangeli, portrayed by John Cygan. Starting in the second season, Pentageli was replaced by Lieutenant Cyd Madison, played by Melinda McGraw. In addition to Scali's daily routines at the police station, The Commish focused on his home life with wife Rachel (Theresa Saldana) and teenage son David (Kaj-Erik Eriksen). In the second season the Scali's added another member to their family with the birth of daughter Sarah. Many situations that took place at the police station, such as investigations of racism or homophobic attacks, would end up being discussed at the Scali home. Created by Stephen J. Cannell and Stephen Kronish, The Commish premiered on ABC in September of 1991 and ended in January of 1996, running a total of 94 episodes. During its original run the show was broadcast internationally in places like Finland, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

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Redemption, Part 2
6. Redemption, Part 2
January 10, 1996
While the commish continues his investigation into the recent firebombings, he finds a link between recent white supremacist activity that might clear Rachel's deceased father of wrongdoing
Redemption, Part 1
5. Redemption, Part 1
January 11, 1996
The commish investigates an arsonist firebombing buildings. Meanwhile Rachel's strained relationship with her father becomes worse when all the clues point to him as a suspect.
Redemption
4. Redemption
January 11, 1996
Tony and his old mentor are hot on the trail of a disturbed female killer when Tony begins to suspect that his mentor is more deceitful than he first appeared.
Father Image (2)
3. Father Image (2)
December 14, 1995
Tony's old mentor joins him in a case to stop a female serial killer with fractured personalities
Father Image (1)
2. Father Image (1)
December 7, 1995
After a death-row inmate from Tony's past claimed that a recently executed killer was innocent, Tony has returned to the scene of the crime and begins to uncover a conspiracy between the local police and an Indian Casino
In the Shadow of the Gallows
1. In the Shadow of the Gallows
November 30, 1995
A death-row inmate from Tony's past claims that another man was executed for murders he committed. Now it is up to Tony to prove that the police and district attorney didn't make a terrible mistake.
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The Commish is an American dramedy and police procedural that aired on the American ABC television network in the early 1990s. It stars Michael Chiklis as Tony Scali, a former detective for the New York Police Department who takes on the role of Commissioner for the upstate New York town of Eastbridge. His role is modeled after Anthony Schembri, a former Commissioner of New York City's Department of Corrections.

Scali isn't your typical Police Commissioner. While tough when he needs to be, Scali uses conversation and humor to diffuse situations. He also relies on various members of his police force to keep things from escalating. This includes Officer Stan Kelly (Geoffrey Nauffts), Ricky Caruso (Nicholas Lea), and Carmela Pagan (Gina Belafonte). These officers reported to three different second-in-commands during The Commish's run. The first was Scali's long-time friend Irv Wallerstein, played by Alex Bruhanski. He was followed by Paulie Pentangeli, portrayed by John Cygan. Starting in the second season, Pentageli was replaced by Lieutenant Cyd Madison, played by Melinda McGraw.

In addition to Scali's daily routines at the police station, The Commish focused on his home life with wife Rachel (Theresa Saldana) and teenage son David (Kaj-Erik Eriksen). In the second season the Scali's added another member to their family with the birth of daughter Sarah. Many situations that took place at the police station, such as investigations of racism or homophobic attacks, would end up being discussed at the Scali home.

Created by Stephen J. Cannell and Stephen Kronish, The Commish premiered on ABC in September of 1991 and ended in January of 1996, running a total of 94 episodes. During its original run the show was broadcast internationally in places like Finland, Norway, Spain, and the United Kingdom.

The Commish is a series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (95 episodes). The series first aired on September 28, 1991.

Where to Watch The Commish

The Commish is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Commish on demand at Amazon, Vudu, The Roku Channel Free, Apple TV, Tubi TV, Pluto TV, IMDb TV and Peacock.

  • Premiere Date
    September 28, 1991
  • IMDB Rating
    7.1  (2,060)