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The Job is a comedy-drama with a unique take on life in the New York City police force. Denis Leary stars as Mike McNeil, a detective with a chaotic home life and substance abuse problems. Serving with a team of smart-aleck and quirky co-workers, McNeil tries to balance his family, his girlfriend, and his job.

Both a satire of the television cop genre and an unconventional cop drama in its own right, the show walks the line between compelling emotional storytelling and unadulterated laughter.

The Job is a Comedy, Drama series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (19 episodes). The series first aired on March 14, 2001. It has mostly positive reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 8.2.

The Job is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Job on demand at Vudu, Google Play online.

Wednesday 9:30 PM et/pt on ABC
1 Season, 19 Episodes
March 14, 2001
Comedy, Drama
8.2/10
Cast: Denis Leary, Lenny Clarke, Diane Farr, Bill Nunn
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The Job Full Episode Guide

  • Toni informs McNeil that she's going to tell his wife about their affair, and sees something interesting when she goes to McNeil's house. Frank is taken to the hospital because he thinks he is having a heart attack. The detectives suspect a kindly old man of killing his own wife.

  • It's Pip and Adina's 25th wedding anniversary, and they throw a barbecue to celebrate. McNeil brings Karen but Toni wants to go too, so his affair is in danger of being revealed. Adina insists on a "proper" barbecue with no alcohol, smoking, or carousing, but with the precinct guys there it's unlikely Adina will have the kind of event she wants. Al opens a bar in the back, Tommy's violent girlfriend picks a fight with the next door neighbor, and McNeil spends the whole party trying to keep his women separated.

  • Toni gets McNeil to meet her parents for dinner by threatening to tell his wife about their relationship. Jan meets a man she thinks is perfect in every way, until she looks in his closet. Tommy lusts after a female suspect with a tendency toward violence.

  • Tommy thinks he's got a stalker, but the guy is actually following Frank - and he turns out to be Frank's long lost son. Pip and McNeil's police car is stolen, and McNeil tries to console Jan when she finds out she has a lump in her breast.

  • McNeil worries that his girlfriend is fooling around with her boss, completely ignoring the fact that he's fooling around on his wife. Frank and Tommy borrow money from the evidence room at work to make bets at the racetrack. Jan and Ruben finds their friendship suffers when they both want the same apartment, even though the previous owner was murdered inside.

  • McNeil thinks his good-looking neighbor, Ron, is hitting on Karen, so he sends Ruben and Al to spy on them while he investigates some dead pigeons. Tommy and Frank try to find a missing dog that belongs to Robert DeNiro.

  • McNeil gets caught pretending to be a firefighter during a drug bust, so his boss sends him to Miami on forced vacation to get him out of town. He should be relaxing and enjoying the pool with Toni, but first he gets a horrible sunburn, and then he thinks one of the hotel guests is a fugitive he's been trying to catch.

  • To prove to Karen that he doesn't actually have a drinking problem, McNeil swears to her that he'll quit drinking. While he doesn't buy any booze, he does start downing record amounts of cough syrup and taking some erectile dysfunction medications. Meanwhile, the gang is supposed to bust a group of weed users, but when they actually see the people involved and learn why the group is smoking pot, they no longer want to bust them.

  • McNeil discovers that Ruben is working as a security guard for actress Gina Gershon, and wants a piece of that action. Frank decides he needs to be in on this little opportunity also, so he and the rest of the guys take personal security jobs with other clients. Pip is in trouble when Adina finds a phone number in his pants pocket, and she worries that he is being unfaithful. Jan learns that Al has a naughty little secret.

  • Frank is obsessed with a new soup place, and can't get enough of the soup, until he learns what may be in it. McNeil, Jan, and Pip are trying to find a missing ballerina, and it seems her disappearance may be linked to the soup. Ruben meets a suspect in Central Park, who he thinks he could be a mystical Indian chief with spiritual powers.

  • The D.A.'s daughter wants to ride along with a couple of cops so she can write a feature for her school newspaper, and McNeil and Pip are the lucky cops. McNeil treats the whole thing as a joke until they lose her in the city. Frank pretends to be a priest to catch a thief. Jan and the guys try to assist a "hot nun," but she turns out to be a little TOO hot.

  • McNeil gets in a fight with a taxi driver, and the whole thing is videotaped and broadcast on TV. He is forced to take anger management classes before he can return to work. Unfortunately, this is also the week he decides to quit smoking and drinking. Ruben's mom is concerned about him, and wants him to apologize to a man he shot in the line of duty.

  • The detectives are investigating a local massage parlor, and McNeil is sent to try it out to see if the place offers more than just a massage - and of course, the other guys have to "get a massage" too. Jan arrests a homeless man, and discovers he was a friend from high school. A lusty older lady is hot for Ruben.

  • McNeil is suspicious of Jan's new boyfriend, and does a little background search on him. The detectives are alerted to a paper bag containing a foot, which along with being evidence in a case, comes in handy when playing practical jokes around the precinct. Meanwhile, McNeil's girlfriend gets groped on the subway, which leads to an argument over underwear.

  • Frank accidentally allows a suspect to escape while inside the precinct. McNeil desperately needs to use the bathroom, but when he goes in, the missing suspect is in there and holds him at gunpoint. Al and Ruben are sent off on an errand to collect "Iggy" and "Butch," as a favor to McNeil.

  • Someone seems to be harassing actress Elizabeth Hurley, and all the guys want to be head detective on her case. McNeil has dinner with her, and she flirts and kisses him as paparazzi photograph them, and McNeil isn't sure of her motives. Pip's wife comes to the precinct and stirs up trouble, still angry about McNeil's lifestyle.

  • In the show's pilot, we meet Detective Mike McNeil and his co-workers. McNeil has a difficult time trying to keep both his wife and his girlfriend happy. His partner, Pip, gives him a hard time about his lifestyle while they attempt to apprehend a suspect.