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

Along with dealing with the cases themselves, there are 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), and 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) are killed off. At the start of the fourth season, everything changes. Williams and Moreno transfer to New York's Special Investigations Division answering to Lt. Malcolm Barker (and ultimately writing Cooper out of the show). They also work 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.
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!!This show provides examples of:

* BaldBlackLeaderGuy: Lt. Barker in the final season.
* BuddyCopShow: 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 ''Series/LawAndOrder'' (which was also created by Dick Wolf), meaning the two exist in a SharedUniverse. Dr. Emil Skoda showed up occasionally as well.
* 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.
* {{Flatline}}: 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).
* TheInfiltration: The team's undercover assignments.
* ItsPersonal: Many of the cases, although ''the'' most personal case was between Williams and Danny-Up, with each man killing a loved one of the other and their rivalry stretching on between the first two seasons. One scene even had the latter kidnap Williams' ex-girlfriend and son and ''[[WouldHurtAChild pulling the trigger of an empty gun]]'' against G's head just to screw with his parents.
* LikeGoesWithLike: Played straight. Despite the multiracial cast, there was hardly anyone dating outside of their race.
* LocalHangout: Natalie's, which had several popular classic and 90's recording artists performing at the club and who would give a performance as the closing credits rolled.
* 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]].
* ManipulativeBitch: Simone, J.C.'s RomanticFalseLead, who was little more than a pawn working for [[spoiler: Danny Cort.]]
* NothingButHits: Many, many of the music played throughout the show and even the musical guest star of the episode performing at Natalie's.
* RippedFromTheHeadlines: A given for a show created by Creator/DickWolf. Some notable cases included the [=JonBenet=] Ramsey case and the murder of Music/TupacShakur.
* 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.]]]]
* SayMyName: '''''Sandy!''''' As yelled by J.C. after learning Danny Cort was on the loose. [[spoiler: He could not save her, even as he was two rooms away.]]
* ShooOutTheNewGuy: Tommy [=McNamara=] was added onto the show [[ExecutiveMeddling by the network]] as they felt that they needed a WhiteMaleLead to bring in more viewers of a wider demographic. Neither fans nor the crew ever warmed up to his addition and he was gone a season later.
* 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.
* VisitByDivorcedDad: J.C. and G's relationship.
* 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.)