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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 Drama series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (95 episodes). The series first aired on September 28, 1991. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1.

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5 Seasons, 95 Episodes
September 28, 1991
Cast: Michael Chiklis
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The Commish Full Episode Guide

  • 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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Tony's old mentor joins him in a case to stop a female serial killer with fractured personalities

  • 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

  • Tony and Connie Muldoon close in on the serial killer, Connie's daughter might be the next victim.

  • While investigating the murder of his friend's daughter, tony gets help from a New York police officer.

  • A hopeless teenager gets a help from Tony and Paulie.

  • Tony and Rachel are in emotional turmoil awaiting results of Rachel's breast cancer test results.

  • A murder of a fellow cop, make Tony and Paulie travel to Brooklyn to help investigate the case.

  • While trying to solve a major gold robbery, Tony must reply for help from a con man.

  • Tony dreams of a film noir mystery, mean while a man holds a mock trail.

  • Tony is accused of sexual harassment by an computer technician.

  • A gangster who Tony's mother was dating is found killed. The main suspect is Tony's father.

  • David is caught shoplifting, mean while Tony finds out that a accident victim was in debt to a loan shark.

  • A mob boss keeps watch over Tony who is helping a man find his wife and son and also while he is protecting witnesses who saw a gang slaying.

  • An old friend of Tony gets his life back on track with help from a retirement hotel resident.

  • Tony was forced to suspend a cop when the cop was found guility for the unprovoked killing of a thief. Things gets stranger when Tony sees the thief alive.

  • An old student of Rachel starts hinting at people that his seem his stepmother commit murder.

  • Tony uncovers a plot to frame an innocent man for a murder of a patient which he didn't commit, because of his discovery Tony gets drugged and held in a psychiatric clinic.

  • A corrupt ex-officer that Tony imprisoned seeks revenge upon his release.

  • While working on an embezzlement and a kinapping case Paulie starts to becomes to emotionally involved.

  • While an officer who is posing as a crooked cop in order to expose a crime ring which be be the genuine article who has problems as tony also suspects him.

  • Isaac and Grace Caldwell are illegal immigrants who own and operate a small electrical shop. After they witness a murder, Tony has to convince the two to testify, which he does by promising them citizenship. They agree, happy that the child Grace is carrying can be born in America, but joy turns to tragedy when Isaac is shot.

  • Tony's attempts at physical therapy are proving unsuccessful, and despite the love and support of his family he is beginning to lose hope that he will ever walk again, and is preparing to spend the rest of his life in the wheelchair. Cyd has the chance to take a job out of Eastbridge, but doesn't want to leave Tony in a noose. While she considers her decision, she continues to work on the Joe Ratowski murder case, which is looking more and more like an 'inside job'.

  • After being struck with a ball, Tony is hospitalized and it looks like he is going to be permanently paralyzed. But his family refuses to give up on him, and enlists the help of physiotherapist Dan Boylan to help him walk again. With Tony out of commission, Cyd is put in charge of the murder investigation of officer Joe Ratowski.