The Commish

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The Commish
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Premiere September 28, 1991
Finale January 11, 1996
Creator Stephen J. Cannell
Stephen Kronish
Network ABC
Style 60-minute crime drama / comedy
Company Stephen J. Cannell Productions
Three Putt Productions
aka Productions
ABC Productions
Seasons 5
Episodes 95
Origin USA

The Commish is a crime drama / comedy that aired on ABC.

The series stars Michael Chiklis as Tony Scali, a former NYPD detective who is now the police commissioner in the small upstate New York town of Eastbridge, and tends to work through problems with humor and creativity more often than with violence or force. Theresa Saldana plays Rachel Scali, Tony's wife, and Kaj-Erik Eriksen plays their young son, David. Also living with the family in the first season was Rachel's freeloading brother, Arnie Metzger, played by David Paymer. A daughter, Sarah, played by twins Justine and Dayna Cornborough, was born to Tony and Rachel in the second season. The show focused as much on family situations as it did on police drama. The series often deals with a wide range of topical social issues such as police corruption, racism, homophobia, drug addiction, disabilities, child abuse, illegal immigration, and sexual harassment. The series ran for five seasons.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Michael Chiklis Commissioner Tony Scali 1 2 3 4 5
Theresa Saldana Rachel Scali 1 2 3 4 5
Kaj-Erik Eriksen David Scali 1 2 3 4 5
Gina Belafonte Off. Carmela Pagan 1 2
John Cygan Det. Paulie Pentangeli 1 4 5
Melinda McGraw Det. Cyd Madison 2 3
Geoffrey Nauffts Off. Stan Kelly 1 2 3
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Jason Schombing Off. Ronnie Lopez 1 4 5
Nicholas Lea Off. Ricky Caruso 1 2 3
Pat Bermel Off. Mike Rose 1 2 3
David Paymer Arnie Metzger 1
William McManus Off. Jim McGinley 5
Dayna Cornbourough Sarah Scali 1 2 3 4 5
Justine Cornbourough 1 2 3 4 5

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
ABC
Season One September 21, 1991 May 16, 1992 22 + 1
Season Two September 26, 1992 May 15, 1993 22
Season Three September 25, 1993 May 14, 1994 22
Season Four September 24, 1994 May 20, 1995 22
Season Five November 30, 1995 January 11, 1996 6

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Complete Series
The Complete Series October 12, 2010 17

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Season Sets
Complete First Season November 16, 2004 6

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Complete Second Season February 22, 2005 6

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The Complete First Season March 9, 2010 4

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The Complete Second Season September 14, 2010 4

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