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All right, people… the Fall schedule is up and running and there have been some excellent shows that have really struck my fancy (Hawaii 5-0) and some that are a real yawn ($#&$* My Dad Says).  We have seen established shows come out swinging and strutting their stuff (House and The Big Bang Theory).

This article isn’t about these shows, though. This is for a show that is riding the fine line between gracing our airwaves and going to the land of dead TV dreams and shattered TV hopes.

Let’s talk about  The Good Guys!

Okay… look at the picture. We ARE NOT talking about another NYPD Blue or The Shield. What we ARE talking about, though, is one of the funniest shows that I have watched in a long…. long…. time. From the minute Jack Bailey, Dan Stark and Dan Stark’s mustache flickered across my TV screen, I was hooked.

I remember when I first reviewed this show. Very first words out of my mouth were that it was:

“one of those shows that takes the best of Starsky and Hutch, mixes it with Robert Rodriguez and adds the coolest pornstache this side of the 1970′s to give us an uproariously funny show that reminds us why we like the buddy cop genre so much.”

Yep. I still stand by those words.

I laugh 20 times if I laugh once when this show is on. The writing on this show is superb, with a wonderful amount of joyous and –yes, I am going to say it– SMART wit.

Don’t roll your eyes at me… I know Dan is not the sharpest knife in the drawer. At least not concerning 21st century attitudes and technology. If this show took place IN the 1970’s, early 80’s, Dan would be the ass kicking-ist cop out there… and this is where the wit comes in.

Putting this show in current times with a cop that is decidedly NOT with current times is smart. The dialog the and situations that the writers come up with for Dan… and the others in response to Dan is smart. Any time I see a cannister of pepper spray, all I think is “SPICY! SPICY IN MY EYES!!!” That and I have caught myself calling my computer the “computer machine,” and I have hung my head in shame every single time.  I’m not the only one, either. This show gets quoted on Twitter…too many great lines to pass up.

I must also give Kudos to the bad guys of this show. They are funny, and stupid and unique. From Andrew Divoff’s funny as hell turn as Pedro, to the Georgian duo (Republic of and State of), the writers have given us some insanely funny (no pun intended) punks for Jack and Dan to bust.

Also, talking about angels with rusty halos, let us tip our hat to Julius, Dan’t snitch. Best pairing on this show, right after Jack and Dan. You know if Julius shows up, there is going to be some hella funny plot twists and dialog in the episode. RonReaco Lee has great timing and it is time he become a regular member of the show.

And this is The Good Guys greatest asset: the cast. This is a killer cast, from Colin Hanks as Jack to Diana Maria Riva, who plays Lt. Ruiz, the cast is chalk full of wonderful actors who bring life to these amusing characters. I literally could not see any other actors in these roles. The casting in impeccable here, and the relationships between these characters is funny and natural. I enjoy seeing every one on screen. That doesn’t happen too often in a show, and The Good Guys struck gold with this great cast.

There is one (well, one and a half) actor who has truly lit me fan girl flame, though:

The 'stache has lit my fan-girl flame...

I admit it… I have such a crush on Bradley Whitford. Loved him in The West Wing and was slightly worried about how he would handle this polar opposite of Josh Lyman. Well… silly me to worry like that. Whitford is remarkable as Dan Stark. There have been some complaints about him being too over the top in his performance, but I call B.S. on that. Dan IS over the top… he IS more retro than metro, and Whitford plays it perfectly. He goes from stubbornly stupid to a broken hearted school boy to one helluva ladies man and PULLS IT OFF every time. That, and he can work a pornstache… oh, yes… man can work the ‘stache.

Let’s face it… that damn ‘stache has become a character on this show. It is part of a drinking game… hell, it even has a Twitter account (@DanStarksStache and the ladies love it…).  There hasn’t been such a fascination with facial hair since… well, I don’t know.  Typically I am not a big fan of facial hair (sensitive skin), but the way Dan Stark works it, I’d even risk a little ‘stache burn.

Look people, this is a funny as hell show and needs to stick around. It is very different than what is on right now… and that is a good thing. It is a show that you know is going to have a happy ending– and in this world, who ISN’T for the security of some happy endings (heaven knows Dan is). I am just saying that this show deserves to be seen and it DESERVES to stick around for another season. It truly brightens my night when I know that I am going to be laughing heartily when this show comes on; and I am not the only one who feels this way. Many people online feel just as strongly as I do and would truly appreciate it if this show stayed on the air.

I tweeted to some of the writers, Colin Hanks and show creator Matt Nix that I was writing this article. I asked them if there was anything they wanted to tell the fans out there regarding the show. Well, Mr. Nix was kind enough to tweet back to me:

“@Alexis_Rueal Just that the episodes get better and better. Also we don’t cost much so we don’t need THAT many more viewers. Thx!”

I know I can vouch that every episode thus far has improved upon the one before. The team has really hit their creative stride with this. So people, you are really missing out if you don’t tune in and watch.  And FOX (I know you are out there…. ), come on! It doesn’t cost that much… we can find the viewers… we’re working on it. GIVE THE GOOD GUYS A CHANCE!!!!! Save this show, readers, viewers and FOX. Save this show and make me a truly proud and happy fan girl. The Good Guys deserves to be back for a second season.

The Good Guys airs on Friday Nights at 9pm on FOX.


Whitford and Hanks (courtesy of Fox)

Fox’s new show, “The Good Guys” is one of those shows that takes the best of “Starsky and Hutch”, mixes it with Robert Rodriguez and adds the coolest pornstache this side of the 1970’s to give us an uproariously funny show that reminds us why we like the buddy cop genre so much.

I was looking forward to this show since I saw the previews for it. I love Bradley Whitford and foster a slight fan-girly crush on Colin Hanks, so seeing them together gave me high hopes for this show.  Playing two completely opposite Dallas detectives who have a knack for finding BIG trouble while investigating itsty-bitsy teeny tiny crimes, these two play off each other with humor and aplomb.  Hanks finds the humor in the straighter role of the two,young Jack Bailey; while Whitford joyously sheds his Josh Lyman persona from “The West Wing” and plays Detective Dan Stark as a drunk, old-school bad-ass who won’t turn down a roll in the hay or a gun fight.

As I watched the pilot, I was overcome by the  cheesy, schlocky 70’s throwbacks that fueled this monster.  From the music, to the earnest way everyone performed their dialogue  to the arrival of the bitchin’ Trans Am– this show WAS cheese whiz, and damn if I didn’t find it tasty as hell.  I have to give a shout out to one of my favorite character actors of all time, Andrew Divoff, who played his assassin character (second best, then first), Pedro,  with a lovely combination of humor and steeliness.  I highly suggest watching and re-watching the end with the letter…. pure delectable cornball goodness.  Oh, and as the cherry on this sundae… Erik Estrada’s name is lifted on high throughout the episode… we must pay homage when we can, you know.

The break-out star of this show, though, is not human… it is “THE FEATHER OF GOD.”  Oh, yes, Stark’s pornstache is EPIC.  It steals scene after scene,  showing a wide range of emotions– from lust to anger. There was literally one part where I thought the ‘stache was going to jump off Stark’s face and beat the snot out of young Detective Bailey. You don’t mess with the FEATHER OF GOD. The FEATHER OF GOD messes with you.  I have a feeling this ‘stache is going to achieve cult status… I am waiting on him to start a twitter page and rain down his wisdom to the masses (I will SO follow that).

Starting June 7th, “The Good Guys” will be moving to its regular time slot on Fox.  I know I will be settling in for the ride… I hope you do, too.

EDIT: I have to give credit where credit is due… the “FEATHER OF GOD” is courtesy of my new friend, HyperionEmpire from Twitter. Thank you, my friend.