''The Job'' is a single-camera television comedy about a New York City police officer named Mike [=McNeil=] (Denis Leary), who indulges in adultery, alcohol, cigarettes and prescription drug abuse, and his fellow 'bumbling detective' pals. The show, which appeared to borrow the tone and look of ''NYPDBlue'' for semi-satirical purposes, was built around the Mike [=McNeil=] character, but relied on a strong ensemble cast. The show is filmed entirely on location in New York City.

Eventually, this morphed into Denis Leary's other TV project, the considerably grittier (if still funny) ''RescueMe''.

Not to be confused with the CBS reality show hosted by Creator/LisaLing.
This show contains examples of:
* TheAlcoholic: Mike
* BigFun: Frank
* ButtMonkey: Tommy
** Mike is also a butt monkey, if to a somewhat lesser extent
* CopShow
* DaChief
* FaceHeelTurn: Tommy, unexplained, halfway through season 1. Presumably he got tired of being the Butt Monkey.
** HeelFaceTurn: After he starts dating Connie, it becomes really hard not to feel sorry for him.
* HenpeckedHusband: Pip
* {{Jerkass}}: Mike.
** Also Tommy in the second half of season 1 and first half of season 2.
** It depends on the writer-in some episodes, Mike is just a jerkass but in other episodes, the show tries to hint he might have a heart.
* MistakenForGay: Frank, in the episode Gay.
* NaiveNewcomer: Ruben
* NobleBigotWithABadge: Mike. Although it is debatable how noble he actually is.
* NotSoAboveItAll: Karen
* OnlySaneMan: Jan, sometimes Ruben.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Mike.
* SilentBob: Al
* UnresolvedSexualTension: Jan, with both Mike and Ruben.
* UnsympatheticComedyProtagonist: Mike. He cheats on his wife, smokes, drinks, does drugs and treats his coworkers like crap. And has no reason to do so, other than that he is bored with his life.