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The Commish

2 Seasons

Season 1
4.0 out of 5 stars (23) IMDb 7.2/10

a no non-sense police commissioner revered by his officers and community for his unorthodox style and compassionate nature.

Starring:
Michael Chiklis, Theresa Saldana

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Season 1
1. In The Best Of Families
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Tony is threatened with criminal negligence after the son of a prominent lawyer hangs himself in his cell.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: September 28, 1991
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2. Do You See What I See

The commissioner sets out to trap a serial rapist in a Santa Claus mask who's been terrorizing the city.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 48 minutes Release date: October 5, 1991
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3. The Poisoned Tree

Rachel refuses to believe Tony when he tells her that her school teacher colleague, Jim Hollister, is a child molester.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: October 12, 1991
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4. Nothing To Fear...

After receiving a pair of baffling death threats, Tony initiates around-the-clock surveillance of his unsuspecting family

TV-14 CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: October 26, 1991
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5. The Commish (Pilot) 2 Hr

Tony initiates a sweep to find a pair of missing cops; devises an ingenious way of keeping an habitually drunk driver off the road; and deftly handles an "extraterrestrial," all the while being scrutinized by a committee searching for a new police commissioner for New York City.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 1 hour, 29 minutes Release date: November 2, 1991
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6. Behind The Screen Door

Tony is pursued by a woman he suspects is filing false complaints.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: November 9, 1991
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7. The Hatchet

Tony butts heads with both a tough cop who is overzealous in his handling of criminals, and a hard-nosed management consultant hired by the city in a cost-cutting effort.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: November 16, 1991
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8. Two Confessions

Tony is doubly stymied when identical twins both initially confess to the same murder, then, in a surprise about-face, accuse each other of the crime. Also, Arnie finds romance with a kindred soul, a phone-sex operator named Gloria.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 44 minutes Release date: November 30, 1991
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9. Commissioner's Ball

A serial killer has been mutilating the bodies of Eastbridge tradsients and homeless people -- and Tony begins to suspect the perpetrator's identity.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: December 7, 1991
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10. No Greater Gift

During the holiday season, Tony investigates the murder of an elderly woman allegedly killed in her home during a Christmas burglary; matches wits with a mugger, and defends a homeless woman who's been sleeping in the manger of a Holy Family creche.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: December 21, 1991
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11. The Fourth Man

After Commissioner Scali's friend and colleague, Chief of Detectives Irv Wallerstein, is struck down during a bloody encounter with hijackers, Tony becomes obsessed with finding the assailant!

TV-14 CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: January 4, 1992
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12. Charlie Don't Surf

Vietnamese gangs threaten Eastbridge and Tony steps in to help.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: January 18, 1992
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13. Skeletons

A mugging triggers a woman's repressed mernosy of her brother's murder, which she witnessed as a child. The suspect, free for the past 35 years, is tracked to the unlikeliest of hiding places by Tony and a visiting friend, L.A. homicide detective Paulie Pentangeli.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: February 8, 1992
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14. The Wicked Flee

After seeing his mother killed by a stranger, a boy withdraws deep into himself, prompting a sympathetic Tony to step up his efforts to catch the murderer.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: February 22, 1992
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15. True Believers

The unwelcome appearance in Eastbridge of white supremacists leads to a murder, with the suspicion soon arising that one or more of Tony's associates may be implicated.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: February 29, 1992
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16. Officer April

After he shoots a woman in a drunken domestic squabble, Officer Kelly becomes the victim of a terrorization campaign.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: March 7, 1992
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17. Sex, Lies, and Kerosene

Tony and Paulie investigate a puzzling arson case in which the husband of a beautiful woman appears to have been murdered.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 45 minutes Release date: March 21, 1992
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18. Judgement Day

Tony winds up in one of his own jail cells when he runs afoul of an imperious judge who's hiding a fearsome secret.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: April 4, 1992
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19. Shoot The Breeze

Tony attempts to protect an informant from a mysterious hit man, while Stan Kelly enjoys a romantic encounter with a beautiful new Eastbridge arrival.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: May 2, 1992
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20. Video Vigilante

Tony is embarrassed, then enraged, as a publicity-seeking "video vigilante" metes out even more bizarre and harsh punishment to offenders.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 46 minutes Release date: May 9, 1992
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21. The Puck Stops Here

Mike Cermak -- star high-school hockey player, recovering addict, and good friend of the Scali family - becomes a prime drug-ring suspect.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 47 minutes Release date: May 16, 1992
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By S. Fischer on December 2, 2006
Format: DVD
This DVD-set leaves me with very mixed emotions. On the one hand, the series was very nice. It's a cop-show with intelligent stories, a lot of humour and fine actors (with a great lead in Michael Chiklis, who has recently played a very different kind of cop in The Shield). It's particularly interesting since it depicts a cop who's trying to solve crimes and deal with people with compassion and intelligence instead of violence. That this character and some of the incidents depicted in the series are based on a real cop makes the show all the more fascinating to me. So if it were just for the series, I'd give it 4 points for being very enjoyable and nice in an "I'm having a good time" sort of way. But then there's the DVD set. I never had the chance to see the series on TV, but even so it's very obvious that it's been severely cut. In 2 episodes the complete teaser is missing, in 2 more the resolution. In one case that's already been described by another reviewer, that means that the lead, Scally, suspects a group of men of being criminals until they prove that they're singers by performing by the side of the road. In this DVD, he demands proof, then grins happily and tells them they can go. In another case, a cop's just explaining why they haven't kept a criminal in prison when the episode stops in the middle of his sentence. We never find out if the rapist the cops were looking for during the whole episode gets caught, what happens to the victim, or even the resolution to a gag in which Scally left a trap for his brother-in-law in the bathroom closet. With the missing teasers, I can only guess that the crimes these episodes deal with would have been shown. The cuts are up to approximately 4 minutes in length, so we're not talking about minor missing pieces.Read more ›
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I bought the first two seasons of The Commish because I really liked this show when it was on the air.

I wanted these DVD'S because they were a chance to relive the series again and while I have watched some of the episodes more than once I too was disappointed that these episodes are not uncut. I did write an emial to Anchor Bay expressing my disappointment at this but they just gave me the same tired company line about how they are only putting on dvd what is given to them by the licensor. Well okay I suppose I can understand that but they should at least but a disclaimer on the DVD packaging that states Some episodes may differ from that of the original broadcast versions so that the consumer can choose for themselves if they would like to purchase these dvd's. I for one will not be buying any future DVD releases of this show. Sorry for the long review and the lack of punctuation I have never understood when or where to use it in a sentence.
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I just about fell out of my chair when I saw this classic show from the eary 90's was going to be released on DVD, because while I hoped for it, I really never expected it to be released. There are plenty of reasons not to remember Michael Chicklis as "Tony Scali" of the Eastbride Police Department either because you were watching "Walker Texas Ranger" at the time, like so many other people, or you weren't home on Saturday nights where they stuck the series, but it was able to build up a fine and loyal fan base for five seasons, and ABC has not had a hit in that time slot since the Commish was cancelled in 1996 so that says something. Scali was a cop who solved problems with brains instead of braun, something totally different than his character does now on "The Shield." If you remember the show or are seeing it for the first time, either way it would be a great series to own and I can't wait until it comes out in November. Trust me, if you are tired of graphic, gruesome, cop shows, you will love this one and will not be disappointed.
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This is nothing more than a simple, no frills compilation of four episodes from the first season of "The Commish." True fans of the series will want to pick up the first two seasons of the series on DVD; but for those who want just a sampling of episodes, this single-disc release is fine. It's an interesting, early look at star Michael Chiklis. His character of "Tony Scali" in this show is far removed from "Vic Mackey" of "The Shield" . . . . . two law enforcement characters that are like night and day.

The presentation from Anchor Bay is nothing exceptional, but gets the job done. Whether the four episodes included are the "best of" is debatable; supposedly, they were selected by series co-creator Stephen J. Cannell. Reviews for the season sets indicate that some episodes on those sets are edited versions. That would also seem to be the case here based on the range of running times for each of the episodes.

In the Best of Families (46:21)
Do You See What I See? (48:08)
Sex, Lies and Kerosene (45:11)
The Puck Stops Here (47:06)

"The Commish" is a much better than average series and this DVD will serve as a nice introduction to the show, especially for those viewers like me who had not seen the show during its original broadcast or subsequent reruns. But those familiar with the show will probably want to skip this "introductory" DVD and go straight to the season sets, The Commish - Season 1 and The Commish - Season 2.
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