and Cheech Marin
star as Nash Bridges and Joe Dominguez in this 1990s buddy cop drama about the unorthodox SIU squad of the San Francisco PD. The cops use a slick streetwise style to catch bad guys and are some of the best at it around. It also featured Detectives Harvey Leek and Evan Cortez as a Beta Couple
and fellow members of the SIU team.
Other notable team members include Kelly Hu as Michelle Chan (1997-1998) and Yasmine Bleeth as Caitlin Cross (1998-2000). The show also featured the personal lives of the officers particularly Nash, his daughter Cassidy was a series regular throughout its run. Also featured regularly were Joe's wife, Inger, and Nash's elderly father, Nick. A special mention should go out to Nash's yellow Barracuda convertible, which was such an intergral part of the show that it even got its own Day in the Limelight
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This series provides examples of:
- Attempted Rape: In the episode "Power Play", a Russian mobster attacks Caitlin at a nightclub while she's undercover as a prostitute and that he tries to have his way with her, but he doesn't get the chance as Caitlin blinds him with a can of hair spray and then kicks him in the family jewels, sending him to the floor in a state of excruciating pain while Caitlin wastes no time in escaping the scene.
- Batman Cold Open: Most shows start with Nash in the middle of solving a case
- Bad Cop/Incompetent Cop: Pretty much any Cop who disagreed with Nash's signature style fell into this trope but Richard Bettina was a textbook example.
- Casting Gag: "Wild Card" features guest appearances by Phillip Michael Thomas and Tommy Chong. They are reunited, respectively, with Don Johnson and Cheech Marin.
- Clear My Name happens more than once at one point the entire squad is framed for corruption
- Cool Car: The aforementioned 'Cuda
- Curse Cut Short: In "Hit And Run", an assassin accidentally sets off the bomb he's installing in a car. His last words: "Oh sh-!"
- Distracted by the Sexy: One episode has the squad face off with a group of computer technicians. At one point, the technicians hide a camera in the squadroom, but the officers find out. The solution: have Rachel stand in front of the camera and have the officers arrest the technicians while they're ogling her breasts.
- Freudian Excuse: It's almost a running joke in the first few seasons that Evan Cortez is basically a younger version of Nash. Naturally, his daughter Cassidy winds up dating him later in the series.
- Go-to Alias: Nash goes by Teddy Malone when working undercover.
- Groin Attack: In the episode "Power Play", Caitlin is attacked by a Russian mobster at a nightclub while she's undercover as a prostitute. When the Russian mobster attempts to have his way with her (in other words, Attempted Rape), Caitlin uses a can of hair spray to blind him and as he turns himself around while trying to get back his sight, Caitlin kicks him in the balls from behind, causing him to fall down to the ground in pain while Caitlin quickly escapes.
- He Didn't Make It: Almost Harvey Leek's Catch Phrase.
- Killed Mid-Sentence: See Curse Cut Short above.
- Killed Off for Real: Michelle Chan in season four and Evan Cortez in season five.
- Metallicar Syndrome: Nash Bridges' Hemi Cuda (which there are like 7 in existence). He drives it everywhere even while undercover at times.
- Sure, but Nash is a cop. Who would he be hiding from?
- From the criminals while working undercover?
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Bozz Bishop.
- Production Posse: Show creator Carlton Cuse went on to co-create LOST, a show whose actors have a pretty wide overlap with this one. Notably, Cheech Marin is Hurley's papa and Jeff Perry was Sawyer-victim Frank Duckett.
- Right Hand Versus Left Hand: In "Javelin Catcher", Evan arrests a man for soliciting a prostitute and releases him. Nash is a little annoyed about the release because the same man was wanted for attempted murder. He almost mentions the trope by name.
- San Francisco
- Serial Killer: Several, but most notably The Prowler
- Shot In The Ass: Caitlin accidentally shoots Nash in his posterior in one episode. It's title? "Shoot The Moon".
- An early episode involves Nash's daughter being accidentally shot - at school! - by another student who was carrying a revolver. She was also shot in the ass, presumably so that Nash could angst over his daughter's injury without her being left seriously injured.
- Shout-Out: The episode "Out of Miami" guest-stars Steven Bauer as a violent Cuban drug trafficker.
- Another episode guest-stars Cheech's old smoking buddy, Tommy Chong.
- Slap-Slap-Kiss : Pretty much all Nash's love interests pretty much love him or hate him.
- Spiritual Successor: It's Miami Vice, in the 90s, and on the other side of the country.
- Two episodes even had Phillip Michael Thomas as a guest star.
- Tsundere: Inger. It was rare that she was even mentioned onscreen when she wasn't pissed off at Joe although he often deserved it like the time he burned the house down trying to save a few bucks.
- Wham Line: "Nice girl. Tell me, where do we know her from?"-Nick to Nash about Cassidy. To put this into perspective, Cassidy is Nick's granddaughter and Nick suffers from Alzheimer's which has just gotten worse at this point.