Rush Hour is a 2016 Buddy Cop Show drama series created and produced by CBS. Based on the Rush Hour movie trilogy developed by Blake McCormick and Bill Lawrence, it stars Justin Hires and John Foo as Detectives James Carter and John Lee with Aimee Garcia, Wendee Malick and Jessika Van in supporting roles.
The Hong Kong Police Force conducts an anti-smuggling operation against the Quantou triad, resulting in securing several terracota statues as the largest bust in the force's history. Detective John Lee is called in to head to the United States after a supposed transfer between the HKPF and the Los Angeles Police Departments goes wrong with several HKPF officers killed by Quantou triad 49ers under disguise as LAPD officers. The LAPD has Detective Carter assigned to help Lee investigate the case. They later find out that the Quantou had some inside help—which all starts when Lee sees his supposedly dead sister, still alive and helping them.
And that's not the only case the two detectives need to solve in Los Angeles. Lee transfers to the LAPD and becomes Carter's full-time partner, using his time to find out what happened to his sister.
CBS announced that the show will not be renewed after it finishes airing all the episodes.
Rush Hour contains examples of the following tropes:
- Actually Pretty Funny: In "Oh Hostage My Hostage", Carter is unimpressed by Lee's first attempt at "smack talk" ("you are not as good at attracting women as you claim to be"). However, at the end of the episode he says to Cole "I don't know how he fits an ego so large into a frame so small". He asks Carter if he did it right, to which Carter answers "that was actually pretty good."
- Chained Heat: In "Two Days, or the Number of Hours Within That Timeframe", Lee handcuffs himself to Carter's cousin Gerald to keep him from running away again, and ends up having to fight several bad guys while still handcuffed. Lee takes advantage of Gerald's bulk by shoving and kicking him into mooks.
- Conservation of Ninjutsu: Happens often. Played straight and subverted in a single scene in "Badass Cop": an old man easily beats up Carter, who'd held his own against the other assailants, but is no match for Lee.
- Deadpan Snarker: Carter and Lee are both this
- Dressing as the Enemy: The Quantou uses this when they disguise as LAPD officers to intercept the exchange between the HKPF and the LAPD.
- Government Agency of Fiction: The HKPF and LAPD have some changes from their actual counterparts, such as the uniforms of the HKPF officers leading the raid with berets (but with the original beret emblem) and dark blue vest and BDUs while wielding M4A1s (Which is one of the current weapons used by the SDU) and the emblems on LAPD squad cars, presumably due to potentially avoiding any legal troubles with either police force.
- Jurisdiction Friction: Between the FBI, LAPD and the HKPF after the terracotta statues are stolen from LAX in "Pilot".
- The Killer Was Left-Handed: Tracking a watch stolen from a home invasion in "Two Days, or the Number of Hours Within That Timeframe", Lee and Carter find that it was swiped off the right wrist of a left-handed man by a pickpocket. The connection between the targeted homes turns out to be a painter who worked in them, who is revealed by his distinctive left-handed Venetian plaster painting style.
- Mythology Gag: The entire episode "Pilot" is one, ranging from Detective Lee's storming of a smuggling operation in Hong Kong to his first interactions with Detective Carter, to the point where the latter yelled at him when he realizes that he can speak English.
- Carter forgets Lee's name repeatedly in one episode, and at one point calls him Jackie, as in Jackie Chan.
- Near the end of the "LA Real Estate Boom", we see Detective Carter imitating the dance moves of Michael Jackson after getting rid of a bomb. Carter's love of Michael Jackson was frequently referenced in the Rush Hour films.
- Lee eavesdrops on a Quantou meeting by hiding in the ceiling in "Assault on Precient 7". Lee did this in the second movie.
- Lee disarms a thug with a pistol in one episode like he in the first film.
- One of Our Own: Part of the show's Mythology Gag has LAPD officers intercept an undercover op Carter is running in "Pilot".
- Red Shirt: Any LEO officer not either with the main/supporting cast is killed off in a shootout.
- Reality Ensues: In "LA Real Estate Boom", Carter gets rids of a bomb by throwing it into a dumpster. However, Captain Cole tells him later at the station that what he did was dangerous and coldly states to him that he should have died due to his actions.
- Shown Their Work:
- In "Pilot", the proper beret emblem of the HKPF is shown. Same with the winter blue uniforms.
- In "Two Days, or the Number of Hours Within That Timeframe", Detective Carter explains how the "Three Strikes" Law work in American law enforcement.
- We All Live in America: The HKPF officers in the anti-smuggling raid are wearing clothes and gear that the actual force doesn't use, which are only used by North American-based police forces.
- Would Hit a Girl: "Two Days, or the Number of Hours Within That Timeframe" has the LAPD investigate home invasion robberies by a robbery gang, killing some of the residents living in the houses. It's implied that female residents in the houses were killed as well.
- Younger and Hipper: Lee and Carter are younger than they were in the films.