New York Undercover
is a Dramatic Hour Long
Detective Drama created by Dick Wolf
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 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 Killed Off for Real
. 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:
- Bald Black Leader Guy: Lt. Barker in the final season
- Buddy Cop Show: Notable for being the first police drama on American television to feature two people of color in the starring roles.
- Celebrity Star: The musical guests from the first three seasons.
- Come Out, Come Out, Wherever You Are: 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 Law & Order (which was also created by Dick Wolf), meaning the two exist in a Shared Universe. Dr. Emil Skoda showed up occasionally as well.
- Da Chief: Lt. Cooper from seasons 1-3 and Lt. Barker in season 4.
- Fair Cop: 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.
- Fake American: Australian Johnathan LaPaglia does a very convincing New York accent as Tommy McNamara.
- Five-Token Band: 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).
- Stuffed In The Fridge: Tommy McNamara; Williams' fiancee arguably counts as well.
- The Infiltration: The team's undercover assignments.
- Malcolm Xerox: Minister Malik in the episode "The Reckoning".
- Mama Bear: When Lt. Cooper finally catches up to the man who kidnapped and sexually abused her teenage daughter, she drives her car right over him.
- New York City Cops
- Teaser-Only Character: Most of the characters that are killed during the teaser.
- True Companions: All of them, specifically J.C. and Eddie.
- Undercover Model: In a change of pace, it was one of the guys who was a model, not Moreno.
- Visit by Divorced Dad: J.C. and G's relationship.