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Series / NYC 22

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NYC 22 is a Cop Show following six NYPD rookies from their first day on the job with the 22nd Precinct. It aired on CBS for a month in 2012 before being cancelled due to consistently poor ratings.

The rookies are:

  • Ray "Lazarus" Harper (Adam Goldberg): A newspaper reporter laid off due to budget cuts, who apparently had to threaten to sue the department to be allowed into police academy. He is partnered with...
  • Tonya Sanchez (Judy Marte): An officer from a family with a criminal history.
  • Ahmad Kahn (Tom Reed): An Afghan immigrant who fought his way to freedom and has a serious chip on his shoulder because of it. Partnered with...
  • Kenny McClaren (Stark Sands): His family's been wearing blue since before he was born.
  • Jennifer "White House" Perry (Leelee Sobieski): A former Marine. Partnered with...
  • Jayson "Jackpot" Toney (Harold House Moore): A former NBA player who apparently squandered his career.

The precinct's senior officers:

The series provides examples of the following tropes:

  • The Alcoholic: Harper "was drunk for a year" following being laid off, then got his act together. He still drinks too much, though, and Yoda's told him to find a group.
  • Cunning Linguist: Kahn speaks English and at least one Middle Eastern tongue, and once yells at a Middle Eastern taxi driver in his native language while he and McClaren are breaking up a fight between him and another motorist. Cut to Kahn very politely telling him in English to be a little careful and to let the other driver leave first.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Ahmad seems to have one. He's from Afganistan, and his back is covered is scars, possibly from a whipping. "Don't ask".
  • In-Series Nickname:
    • Their Field Training Officer, Sgt. Daniel Dean, really dislikes being called "Yoda".
    • Ray Harper's called "Lazarus" because he's easily a dozen-plus years older than his fellow rookies.
    • Toney calls Perry "White House" because she was White House color guard after coming home from Iraq. Toney himself had the nickname "Jackpot" during his abortive NBA career.
  • One-Steve Limit: Aversion played for laughs in the pilot. Sanchez has trouble finding her locker because there's at least two other Officer Sanchezes in the 22.
  • Open Heart Dentistry: Discussed. When searching for a wounded gunman, Harper and McClaren look for him at various non-hospital medical facilities. McClaren notes that in the movies, it's always a veterinarian. The shooter turns up at a tattoo parlor.
  • New Meat: Police Variant, The Series.
  • Semper Fi: Perry served as a Marine MP in Iraq, then as White House color guard (hence the nickname).
  • Sergeant Rock: Daniel Dean, their Field Training Officer.