Third-episode verdict: The Good Guys

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 4

Time for a third-episode verdict on Fox’s The Good Guys, in which Colin Hanks and Bradley Whitford play a pair of ill-matched cops in dead-end jobs, who somehow always manage to end up doing something ‘explosive’.

Not much’s changed since the first two episodes except that the third episode has aired and it was quite dull. While the first two episodes were lifted by the presence of a charismatic and fun guest character, the third episode relied on the two central characters for humour. And there ain’t much in them, beyond the obvious – Bradley Whitford is old, inappropriate, ignores the rules and can’t deal with computers; Colin Hanks is uptight and pining after his ex-girlfriend. Not much to work with, is there?

While there’s a certain fun to be had in seeing how the generic property crime of the week (this week, vending machine vandalism) escalates into machine-gun fights, car crashes, etc, the Hanks/ex- relationship does have an appeal, and the time-jumping narrative device is clever, there’s not enough to be found in the other aspects of the show to sustain interest.

So despite the talent of Bradley Whitford and his fabulous moustache, I’m quitting after three episodes. If it gets better, let me know.

Carusometer rating: 4
Rob’s prediction: Won’t make it to a second season, might even be cancelled sooner  




  • Toby O’B

    I may stick with it if only to have something to watch once I get home in the mornings on Tuesday. I watched it this week just for the lack of anything else on the tube Monday night and so I let the TV just flow from ‘Lie To Me’ into this. (Afterwards, it was ‘Persons Unknown’ on NBC and then the ‘Rubicon’ pilot – AMC via Hulu.)
    At least last night didn’t have anything as stupid as the “computer machine” tirade from last week, but there’s no praise in that. At least I got something of a “theory of relateeveety” from the ex-girlfriend to post on Inner Toob when I get back home from vacation….

  • The computer machine stuff is kind of indicative of the casting issues of Bradley Whitford – he’s just too young (even at 50) to be playing a character who was a big detective in the 70s and who doesn’t know how to work a computer at all. This week he was going on about mimeographs because he didn’t know about printers on computers. It’s just not feasible and even though it’s a comedy, there has to be some passing acquaintance with reality.
    Still got Rubicon and Persons Unknown to get through…

  • BOOTSIE

    ROB,
    ARE YOU SOBER? “GOOD GUYS” IS SO MUCH FUN. GOOD ACTING, GOOD CHEMISTRY.
    IT’S OVER THE TOP, BUT IT’S SUPPOSED TO BE! THAT’S PART OF THE CHARM OF IT….
    C’MON, DON’T KICK IT TO THE CURB. THEY’LL WORK OUT ANY KINKS; AND, THEN, MAY IT GO ON FOR MANY SEASONS!!!!!!

  • MediumRob

    “ROB,ARE YOU SOBER?”
    Yes. That’s the problem, isn’t it? Okay, The Good Guys: best watched drunk, then. Thanks for the recommendation!

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