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-> "The bad guys are a bunch of guys running around with guns. The good guys are a ''team'' of guys running around with guns."
->--Dan Stark "$3.52"

''The Good Guys'' is a 2010 summer BuddyCopShow starring Bradley Whitford and Colin Hanks, from the creator of ''BurnNotice''. The {{Pilot}} aired as a sneak-peek on May 19th of that year, and the series began its first season on June 7. Unfortunately, the show struggled with low ratings via something of a cult audience, and was cancelled after [[http://blogs.dallasobserver.com/unfairpark/2010/12/its_official_the_good_guys_are.php one season]].

Dan Stark (Whitford) is a former brilliant detective who still works as if life were in TheEighties, while Jack Bailey (Hanks) is his ByTheBookCop partner. The show's tone is very much like ''Series/BurnNotice'', but unlike ''Series/BurnNotice's'', The Good Guys runs on distilled RuleOfCool. Over-the-top shootouts and car chases are a regular occurrence, and in general, the show's writers seem to plan the plot purely around what's ''fun''.

Much like ''Series/{{Glee}}'', ''The Good Guys'' tends to use its {{Troperiffic}} premise to build up subversions of the genre's conventions. And, also much like ''Series/{{Glee}}'', this gives the frequent impression that the show doesn't know if it's a parody, a deconstruction, or a reconstruction at any given time.

!! Tropes:
* ABNegative: [[spoiler: Dan's]] blood type.
* {{Adorkable}}: Samantha, especially in the first episode in which she's introduced.
** Lampshaded in the 20th (and last) episode. "The oddly hot chick with the [[FamilyMatters Urkel]] glasses."
* AffablyEvil: Almost every bad guy there was.
* AIIsACrapshoot: One of Dan's more irrational ideas about computers.
--> '''Dan''': Computers. I can't get used to 'em. Aren't you worried they're gonna, you know, turn on you?
--> '''Jack''': I'm not particularly worried my computer's going to attack me, no.
--> '''Dan''': Sometimes I just...I look at the one in the office. It's like it's thinking, you know, making plans.
--> '''Jack''': Well, until it decides to rise up and overthrow humanity, it's a pretty good tool for police work.
* TheAlcoholic: Dan
* AnachronicOrder: [[OnceAnEpisode Every episode!]] A rewind effect is used to go back and explain things.
* AntiVillain: Nearly all the villains on the show. [[spoiler: Which of course makes Kyle seem even worse.]]
* ArmedAltruism: Jack does this in the pilot, despite being ''specifically told by his superior'' not to.
* ArsonMurderAndLifeSaving: [[spoiler:Jack and Dan clearly expect this after they complete their first case. Then, DaChief tells them they caused over a million dollars in property damage and violated over 30 procedural rules, and [[SubvertedTrope they're lucky they still have their jobs.]]]]
* BackForTheFinale: Frank Savage.
* BadassMustache: Dan Stark. The mustache even got its own billing in some of the promos. Frank Savage too.
* BatmanGambit: The villain's plan in "Hunches and Heists", using a bank heist as a feint by setting up one inept, unarmed crew so he can get the cops on the wrong side of the river. Then he detonates explosives on the bridge and sends his real crew after a jewelry store. It works perfectly except that Dan and Jack get there and scare the jewel thieves off, but they still don't manage to catch them.
** Though it ends up working against them, when the jewel thieves see Bailey and Stark at the site of their intended crime they believe that their boss had an even MORE twisted and brilliant scheme that involved throwing them under the bus too. It doesn't go well for any of the bad guys.
* BerserkButton: As Dr. Laviolette found out, Stark hates it when another man sits in his desk.
* BettyAndVeronica / TomboyAndGirlyGirl - Samantha and Liz.
* BigDamnHeroes: [[spoiler: Julius and Skeeter in episode 3]].
** Also, [[spoiler: the Strike Force in "Supercops."]]
* BigNo: Dan lets out [[RuleOfThree three]] of these when [[spoiler:his trailer blows up]].
* BitchInSheepsClothing: Kyle
* BittersweetEnding - Episode 7. Stark & Bailey foil a heist but no one believes them.d Willie, the bumbling getaway driver who helped them, is sent back to prison for his involvement and breaks his promise to his daughter to go straight.
* BlandNameProduct: In the show, the local paper is called the ''Dallas Daily News''. The ''actual'' local papers in Dallas are the ''Dallas Observer'' and the ''Dallas Morning News''.
* BlatantLies: In 1x03, [[spoiler:Dan is forced to put a toy gun to Gemini's head since his is in the car. Gemini holds up his hands, then looks in the anti-theft mirror.]]
-->'''Gemini:''' [[spoiler:That's a toy gun.]]
-->'''Dan:''' [[spoiler:It's not! It's an '''orange gun'''!]]
* BrickJoke: Played straight... and literally, in the episode "$3.52". At the start of the episode Dan vows to take down the drug smuggling ring with the $3.52 in his pocket. Fast-forward to [[spoiler: the last minute of the episode, when everyone believes that the brick of Heroin is long gone. In comes Dan with a flashback to where he buys a brick for three bucks and a nougat bar for fifty cents, loses the two pennies somewhere along the line, and swaps the bricks.]]
** The Murderin' Jane's drawn in a [[HelloNurse nurse uniform]].
* TheBrute: Sasha, the Georgians' muscle.
* BuddyCopShow: Either an {{Homage}}, a parody, or [[AffectionateParody both.]]
* BuffySpeak: A lot like in episode 4.
-->''"So the dog poisoner is actually a meth-lab-exploder-man?"''
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Dan, despite his CloudCuckooLander nature, is still good at his job.
** The Duke, a hitman who lives in his mother's basement, is skilled enough to outwit and overpower two U.S. Marshals [[ArsonMurderAndJaywalking and Dan]].
* ButtMonkey:
** Julius, especially in the first few episodes.
** Perry, played by Wayne Knight, spends his appearance getting verbally abused by cops, criminals and even children.
* ByTheBookCop: Jack. [[CharacterDevelopment Initially]], anyway - the longer he spends with Dan, the more he bends the rules. He's still way more by-the-book than his partner.
* CaliforniaDoubling: Averted completely. The series was filmed entirely within the UsefulNotes/DFWMetroplex. Real-life locations in Dallas are used; Dan lives in a trailer next to Fair Park, and the Cotton Bowl is used as a plot point in one episode.
* CarFu: When in doubt, [[CarMeetsHouse drive a car through a building]].
* CatchPhrase: "Let's go bust some punks!"
* CharacterFilibuster: Dan spends the last two minutes of the final episode calling [[TakeThat all CSI techs stupid]] and how his method is more fun. Bittersweet when you realize this show is getting canceled while the forensic genre of cop shows still is going strong.
* [[spoiler: CleaningUpRomanticLooseEnds]]: Double subverted in "Whistle-blower", to excellent effect.
* ChronicVillainy: Walter [=DiParco=].
* ClearMyName
* CloudCuckooLander: Dan has his moments; see the quote under AIIsACrapshoot, above.
* CoolCar: Dan and his old partner Frank had a 1979 Pontiac Trans Am back in the day, according to Dan. By the end of the pilot, Dan and Jack have one.
** Lots more show up in the second episode.
* CorruptCorporateExecutive: Special mention has to go to [[spoiler: Kyle, Liz's (currently ex-) boyfriend.]]
* CovertPervert: Samantha was going to draw the Murderin' Jane next in a leather cat suit.
* CowboyCop: Dan is one of the ultimate examples.
** Also played with, Dan clearly knows the rules inside and out and can twist them to suit whatever he wants to do.
*** Cowboy cops are often loners but Dan is the one who often reminds Jack that their a team.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Nigel.
* CurseCutShort
--->''Dan'': Crime is like women. When they demand attention, you just gotta whip out your gun and- (car peels away)
* DaChief: While not technically an actual chief, Ruiz fits most of the conventions of the trope.
* DangerouslyGenreSavvy: The Duke, antagonist of episode 1x09.
* DarkActionGirl: The "Murderin' Jane".
* DeconstructiveParody: To the idea of the CowboyCop. See trope entry.
* DescriptionCut / IronicEchoCut
* DocumentaryEpisode: Episode 11.
* DirtyCoward: [[spoiler: Kyle, complete with instant loss of all audience sympathy. It didn't help that he blamed all of his cowardice on Jack. This later bites him in the butt when Liz realizes that Jack would have never acted in such a cowardly way and breaks up with Kyle]]
* DrunkenMaster: Dan can take on the world's second best assassin in a gunfight while heavily drunk. Which is handy, because he's heavily drunk at all times.
* DynamicEntry: Dan tries to kick down a door in 1x03, "Broken Door Theory". His technique is ''horrible''; he keeps kicking the door too high, on the hinge side of the door instead of the handle. [[spoiler:And then, of course, Jack just ''pushes'' the door open.]]
** And, of course, any time they drive a car through a wall.
** Lt. Ruiz gets one in "The Whistleblower". She appears from behind a tree and clotheslines a guy hard enough to flip him over.
* EpicFail: Jack empties two clips at his opponent at point blank range and manages to miss every shot. The assassin shrugs and comments, "It's harder than it looks."
* EvenBadMenLoveTheirMamas: The Duke again.
* EvilVegetarian: The BigBad of episode 7 is a vegan.
* ExactWords: After being told not to get within a mile of a case, Dan and Jack wait at a drugstore exactly 1.01 miles from the criminals house.
* ExtremeMeleeRevenge: After a hostage situation where [[spoiler: it is revealed that Jack's former partner is a DirtyCop and took him hostage]] Jack beats him while venting out his pent-up frustrations until Dan and Frank pull him off. [[RetiredBadass Frank]] gives him one more kick while he's down.
* EveryCarIsAPinto: [[spoiler:Subverted hilariously when we find out the guy who was in the trunk of a car pushed off a cliff was not blown up. But he ''was'' pissed. What was his MadnessMantra again?]]
** Justified in one episode when Dan shoots at a van full of explosives using his [[HandCannon "Sunday]] [[RevolversAreJustBetter Gun"]].
* FanDisservice: Dan wearing nothing but lime-green underpants for a sizable portion of "Silvio's Way".
** Liz doing the same only in a lacy nightgown in "The Getaway", however, is not.
* FiveManBand
** TheHero: Jack
** TheLancer: Dan
** TheBigGuy: Ruiz
** TheChick: Liz
** TheSmartGuy: Samantha
** TagalongKid: Julius
** TeamPet - Izzy
* FiringOneHanded
* FluffyTheTerrible: The Georgians' muscle, Sasha, is treated like he's a cherished pet.
* FriendToAllChildren: Dan. He has kids doing exercises and pushups as part of a community outreach program, and they love him for it. They apparently join the police force at a rate that Lt. Ruiz can only describe as "Alarming."
* FunWithSubtitles: Similar to ''BurnNotice'', it features rather snarky informational subtitles. As with ''BurnNotice'', later episodes start to have more fun with them such as making them a part of the scene they show up in and interact with objects.
* GenkiGirl: Sam's habit of skipping around the Dallas PD and waving her arms around, not to mention her "getting into the moment" and greeting Liz like a best friend, definitely qualifies her as this.
* GentlemanThief: The Tech Bandit who just does that for a living to support his real love, blogging about food.
* GettingCrapPastTheRadar: In ''Cop Killers'', Jack and Dan "cop-block" Julius in the middle of a date.
* GilliganCut: at least once an episode, usually more often - and all too often involving the equivalent of someone saying "Even Stark wouldn't do X"
* GloryDays: The '80s, for Dan.
* GoodCopBadCop: Or as Dan likes to call it: Good Cop, Sick Cop. He means this literally.
* GoodOldWays: Dan's philosophy, which is perpetually stuck in TheEighties.
* GrammarNazi: Apparently, Jack got partnered up with Dan because he couldn't resist informing the captain that there's no "statue of limitations" while in front of the Chief.
* GunsAkimbo: Pedro is highly trained and very good at trick shots so he can pull this off. When Jack tries this it results in the [[EpicFail Epic Fail]] of missing with every round from only a few meters.
--> '''Jack:''' Not even one?
--> '''Pedro:''' It's not as easy as it looks.
* HelloAttorney: Liz, the Assistant District Attorney and Jack's ex-girlfriend.
* HeyItsThatGuy: Not only was Dan Stark actually [[TheWestWing Josh Lyman]] in a past life, his ex-partner was VP Bob Russell!
** And Assistant Chief James Guthrie? At one time he was White House staffer Will Bailey. And a guy called [[SportsNight Jeremy Goodwin]]. Will also answer to the name [[{{Scandal}} David Rosen]].
** If Jack Bailey looks familiar, it may have to do with a [[Creator/TomHanks real life Strong Family Resemblance]]. Clearly, no [[CheatingWithTheMilkman milkman]] involvement, here.
* HideousHangoverCure: Dan's cure for hangovers is a "Guacamonut" (a cinnamon donut dipped in guacamole).
* HitmanWithAHeart: Pedro, the world's second best assassin. He's got two kids and is a pretty nice guy who frequently tells people that he doesn't want to have to kill them.
** That's most likely why he's the world's ''second'' best assassin.
*** [[spoiler:[[KlingonPromotion Not anymore.]]]]
* HoYay: Some believe there's some of this between Jack and Dan.
** Invoked (sort of) in "Silence of the Dan", after Jack tells Dan [[spoiler: [[ItMakesSenseInContext he loves him]]]]:
---> Dan: You realize this is Texas, right?
* HollywoodNerd: Sam, a new lab tech, is also HollywoodHomely due to a ponytail, coveralls, and thick glasses. And NerdsAreSexy by pretty much any other standard.
* HookerWithAHeartOfGold: The one from episode 3. Averted by Zoe.
* HotBlooded: Stark.
* HowWeGotHere
* HypocriticalHumor: In 1x03, [[spoiler:Jack and Dan are in a store when the suspect walks in. Dan asks where Jack's gun is; in the car. Dan chews him out for it, then is asked where ''his'' gun is. It's in the car.]]
* ICallItVera: Frank Savage's gun Stella.
* IdiosyncraticWipes: Normal visually, but accompanied by the sound of a revolver spinning. Occasional variations, such as a Taser sound effect in episode 9.
* IJustWantToHaveFriends: The loan shark from episode 10.
* IneffectualSympatheticVillain: Walter, the worst getaway driver in the business. Also a MinionWithAnFInEvil. He is such a bad getaway driver his favorite getaway car is a station wagon.
* ImprobableAimingSkills: In ''Small Rooms'', Dan shoots out the tire of an escaping vehicle with one shot while he's also doing the driving.
* IsItSomethingYouEat: [[InvertedTrope Inverted]] in episode 18 when a Middle Eastern restaurant being used as a front for diamond smuggling is robbed and the owner tries to cover it up.
-->'''smuggler/restaurateur''': It's a Middle Eastern restaurant. What's there to steal, falafel?
-->'''Dan''': Depends. What exactly is falafel? Is it a drug, 'cause if it is you're under arrest-
-->'''Jack''': It's a food, Dan. It's fried chickpeas. It's safe to say no one was here to steal that.
* ItsAllAboutMe: Gemini the pimp.
* {{Jerkass}}: Assistant Chief Guthrie of Internal Affairs is this full stop, since his PetTheDog moment at the end of the episode in which he first appeared occurs rather begrudgingly and up until that point he was a completely unlikeable SmugSnake.
** A.D.D. Gordon and Dr. Laviolette.
* KarmaHoudini: Liz's BF Kyle in the whistle-blower episode. [[spoiler: He does get dumped by Liz for lying to make himself good (and Jack look bad), though, so he doesn't go ''completely'' unpunished.]]
* KarmicDeath: In one episode, the villains get away because Jack and Dan's ride is totaled, but then they kill each other in a shootout.
* KavorkaMan: Dan.
** Well, he ''is'' [[TheWestWing Josh Lyman]]. The ladies, they can sense it.
* LampshadeHanging: The show is ''very'' self aware.
--> "And there was a giant explosion, which, as far as I can tell, is a recurring motif in a ''staggering'' number of your cases."
* LargeHam: Brad Whitford.
* LeParkour: Done by a graffiti tagger who Jack and Dan are [[strike:chasing]] [[EpicFail attempting to chase]] in the opening sequence of "The Getaway".
* MagicPlasticSurgery: Played with in the pilot. Escalante demands that the plastic surgeon make him look exactly like [[Series/CHiPs Erik Estrada]]. The surgeon is somewhat afraid to tell him that it doesn't work like that.
* MaleGaze: Liz as a hooker and US Marshal Justine Marino.
* ManChild: The Governor's son. Doesn't help that Dan still sees him as the child he saved all those years ago.
* {{Meganekko}}: Samantha.
* MementoMacguffin: When trying to convince Frank, who had tossed everything from his and Dan's partner days away, to help him save the governor's son, Dan notes there's one thing he didn't get rid of... his mustache. This is what convince him to help.
* MexicanStandoff: [[spoiler:With actual Mexicans!]]
* MeaningfulEcho: Much of the scenes in "Silence of the Dan" between Jack and Hodges mirror the first few episodes of the series. You have the uptight, fastidious, by the book cop (Hodges) with a more senior partner (Jack) who reminisces about stuff their old partner did.
* MinorCrimeRevealsMajorPlot: The higher-ups paired Dan with Jack and send them to [[ReassignedToAntarctica investigate minor crimes to keep them out of trouble]], but they [[ReassignmentBackfire always stumble across something much bigger.]]
* MistakenForBadass: Maxson from episode 4 who was blowing up every meth lab in Dallas was just a concerned father, who cries a lot.
* MistakenForDying: Stark turned out to have gotten a toxic reaction from his indigestion meds which have been out of circulation for 20 years.
* MistakenForGay: In episode 18, when Dan and Jack track down the stolen diamonds to a strip mall jewelry shop and the owner blows them off.
--> '''soon-to-be-AssholeVictim, on the phone''': All right, yeah, sorry, uh, one of the VillagePeople wants to buy a ring for his boyfriend.
* DirtyCop / TheMole - [[spoiler:[[strike:Kristen]] Kirsten]]
* MsFanservice:
** Liz. Although naturally, it's far from all she is. Her hooker outfit from "Common Enemies" counts in-universe as well, turning the heads of everyone in the room and rendering Jack [[RagingStiffie unable to stand up]].
** Samantha too, thanks to NerdsAreSexy.
** Most of the female guest stars seem to be aiming for this, really.
* NewscasterCameo: Several episodes featured news reports from local Fox affiliate [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/KDFW KDFW Channel 4]], being read by long-time anchor [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clarice_Tinsley Clarice Tinsley]].
* NoNameGiven: "The Murderin' Jane".
* NoodleIncident: Stark and Ruiz blowing up a taco truck (implied that it contained evidence) and whatever Stark tried to do with the Dallas Task Force's battering ram, and the time Dan almost made lieutenant and decided to go out with Frank to celebrate.
--> '''Dan''': At the end of the night, they found us trapped in a city garbage truck... buck naked. We did not make lieutenant.
* OnceMoreWithClarity
* OneOfTheBoys: Samantha
* ProductPlacement: Bailey distracting Hodges by talking about his lunch from KFC.
* ProductionPosse: Many actors who guest starred on BurnNotice also guest starred here.
* ProfessionalKiller: The world's best and second best assassins, who appear in the first episode.
* RedOniBlueOni / SensitiveGuyAndManlyMan
* RetiredBadass: Frank
* RightBehindMe: Done with style in episode 2
-->(Kiersten flirts with Jack, giggles and walks away)
-->'''Dan''': What is your freaking problem? Kristen is offering herself up to you on a platter. It's like this woman is in heat.
-->'''Jack''': Dan, [[YouMakeMeSic her name is Kiersten]].
-->'''Dan''': Hey, man, doesn't matter what her name is. You're never gonna see her naked.
-->(camera pans up to reveal Kiersten's returned)
-->'''Dan''': I know I won't.
* RousingSpeech
-->'''Stark''': You wanna make a movie about lab wienies or do you wanna make a movie about cops?
* SaltAndPepper: Hodges and Lang. By later in the series, Julius and Dan also fit this.
* SceneryPorn: Well, sort of, for Dallas natives anyway. If you're familiar with the Big D you ''will'' squee at least OnceAnEpisode as you recognize some landmark.
* ShownTheirWork: Very accurate regarding North Texas geography and life. The working title, ''Code 58'', is the real Dallas PD code for "routine investigation."
* SickEpisode: Episode 3.
* SitcomArchnemesis: Hodges & Lang.
* StatusQuoIsGod: No matter how heroic Stark and Bailey are, they will never be promoted.
* StraightEdgeEvil: Dolph from episode 7.
* TakeThat: Ep. 1-20, "Partners" there's an ambiguous one, which is why it's here and not on the main page
-->'''George''': [[GeorgeWBush I'm the kind of guy you want to have a beer with.]]
-->'''Jack''': I had a beer with you, George. It wasn't that great.
** They also mocked a certain CBS show in episode 3.
--->'''Dan''': It's called the Broken Door theory. I saw it on that cop show starring that [[CSIMiami leprechaun who never takes off his glasses]]
* ThirtyGambitPileUp: In Episode 5, [[spoiler: Paco arranges to double cross Young to their buyer, Young arranges to do the same to Paco, but the buyer decides to kill them both and steal their drugs]].
* ThisIsReality: In "The Dim Knight."
* ThoseTwoBadGuys: The Georgians. Alfredo & Tico aka, Matt & Phil.
* ThreeLinesSomeWaiting: Frequently employed.
* TitleDrop: Dan does this twice in episode 6, "Small Rooms."
* TrashTheSet: Dan's trailer gets blown up in episode 19.
* TrueCompanions: The Georgians and Sasha.
* UglyGuysHotDaughter: Molly [=DiParco=].
* VillainousBreakdown: Buddy Haverton.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Hodges' partner Lang who disappeared for many episodes. He said he was on vacation.
* WhosLaughingNow: Escalante.
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