''New York Undercover'' is a DramaticHourLong Detective Drama created by Creator/DickWolf and Kevin Arkadie that ran from 1994 to 1998 (four seasons). Basic concept is that two undercover detectives in New York City's Fourth Precinct, Julius Clarence "J.C." Williams and Eduardo "Eddie" Torres were assigned to investigate various crimes and gang-related cases by their superior, Lt. Virginia Cooper. Joining them were Det. Nina Moreno in season two and Det. Tommy [=McNamara=] in season three.

Along with dealing with the cases themselves, there would also be sub-plots dealing with the personal lives of Williams and Torres. Williams dealing with his ex-girlfriend Chantel and visiting their son, Gregory (just usually called G). Torres usually interacting with his father Mike, a recovering heroin addict. Many episodes feature an R&B cafe called Natalie's, which is just an easy way for [[CelebrityStar musical guest stars]] to get on the show (Natalie herself being played by Gladys Knight).

By the end of the season three finale however, [=McNamara=] and Torres (the latter married to Nina and transferring to a new precinct) were KilledOffForReal. At the start of the fourth season, everything changed, Williams and Moreno transferred to New York's Special Investigations Division answering to Lt. Malcolm Barker (and ultimately writing Cooper out of the show). They also worked with Det. Nell Delaney and Det. Alec Stone. Natalie's and the musical guests that appeared were written out entirely as were any living reoccurring character from the past three seasons except for G. As a result of all these changes, ratings for the show dramatically dropped forcing Fox to cancel the series.
!!This show provides examples of:

* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Lt. Barker in the final season.
* BuddyCopShow: [[UrExample Notable for being the first police drama on American television to feature two people of color in the starring roles.]]
* CelebrityStar: The musical guests from the first three seasons.
* ComeOutComeOutWhereverYouAre: Said to an ex-con sex offender on the run by one of the cops.
* {{Crossover}}: When Nina seeks counseling for her PTSD after being shot, her therapist is none other than Elizabeth Olivet of LawAndOrder (which was also created by Dick Wolf), meaning the two exist in a SharedUniverse. Dr. Emil Skoda showed up occasionally as well.
** Which means recurring gangster-antagonist Danny-Up has a [[LawAndOrderSVU twin brother he never knew about]] on the force.
* DaChief: Lt. Cooper from seasons 1-3 and Lt. Barker in season 4.
* DroppedABridgeOnHim: Torres in the season 3 finale.
* FairCop: To varying degrees and more realistic than the model-types frequently seen on other police shows, but overall, a very good-looking collection of officers.
* FakeAmerican: Australian Johnathan [=LaPaglia=] does a very convincing New York accent as Tommy [=McNamara=].
* {{Flatline}} [=/=] MagicalDefibrillator: This happened to [[spoiler: Moreno]] in the season 2 finale and season 3 premiere.
* FiveTokenBand: Season 3 had Williams (a black man), Torres (a latino man), Lt. Cooper (a white woman), Moreno (a latino woman) and [=McNamara=] (a white man).
* ItsPersonal: Many of the cases.
* LikeGoesWithLike: Played straight. Despite the multiracial cast, there was hardly anyone dating outside of their race.
* TheInfiltration: The team's undercover assignments.
* MalcolmXerox: Minister Malik in the episode "''The Reckoning''".
* MamaBear: When Lt. Cooper finally catches up to the man who kidnapped and sexually abused her teenage daughter, [[spoiler: she shoots him before he can run her down in his car]].
* NewYorkCityCops
* TheRival: Williams and Danny Cort, oh so much and for ''very'' good reasons: Williams killed Danny's kid brother in self-defense and Danny killed [[spoiler: Williams' pregnant fiancée [[RevengeByProxy to even the score.]]]]
* StuffedInTheFridge: [[spoiler: Tommy [=McNamara=].]]
** [[spoiler: Sandy Gill, Williams' fiancee would count as well.]]
* TeaserOnlyCharacter: Most of the characters that are killed during the teaser.
* TrueCompanions: All of them, specifically J.C. and Eddie.
* UndercoverModel: In a change of pace, it was one of the guys who was a model, not Moreno.
* TheUnfavorite [=/=] YouShouldHaveDiedInstead: Danny Cort's mother felt this way about her elder son before and after his younger brother was murdered (as it was him who brought his brother into the world of drug dealing in the first place.)
* VisitByDivorcedDad: J.C. and G's relationship.