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Series / Turner & Hooch (2021)

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Turner and Hooch is a 2021 action sitcom and sequel to the Turner and Hooch movie. It stars Josh Peck, Carra Patterson, Lyndsy Fonseca, Vanessa Lengies, and Brandon Jay McLaren. It airs on Disney+ and premiered on July 21, 2021.

Scott Turner Jr., a rookie deputy with the US Marshals Service, is bequeathed a massive, slobbering mastiff by his late father, Detective Scott Turner, Sr. — who adopted the dog convinced that his beloved Hooch had somehow returned to him.

Now stuck with an unruly dog who won't listen to any of his commands, Turner works on cases with Jessica Baxter, his pregnant partner, and Xavier Watkins, a laid-back enigma, while trying not to annoy Chief Mendez too much. Trying to help Turner manage Hooch is Erica Mouniere, a dog trainer, who is immediately smitten with Turner while he's largely oblivious to her attraction.

Simultaneously Turner and his sister, Laura, discover that their father was working on a big case prior to his death and that there might be more to Scott, Sr.'s death than a heart attack.

On December 2, 2021, Disney+ canceled the program after one season. On May 26, 2023, they removed it from the service, so now there is no legal way for latecomers to watch it.

Turner and Hooch provides examples of:

  • Accidental Misnaming: In "To Serve and Pawtect," Senator Helen Pine incorrectly refers to Hooch as "Pooch" after he starts howling during a rally and becomes an unexpected hit. The name sticks for subsequent appearances because the campaign feels that "Hooch" evokes alcohol and big liquor sponsors, which are opposed to the senator. She finally gets his name right, though, after he saves her life.
  • Actually Pretty Funny: Hooch knocks over the wedding cake at the wedding of Xavier and Olivia in "Bite Club" and then Scott Turner Jr. ends up slipping around on it and covered in it. Everyone is shocked and then Olivia bursts out laughing. A wedding moment to remember.
  • Alternate History: "A Good Day to Dog Hard" shows that San Francisco was awarded by the IOC to host the Olympics by 2032.note 
  • Amicable Exes: By the finale, "Bite Club," Laura and Grady seem to be on good terms, thanks to Grady helping to crack the dog-fighting case and save Scott Turner Jr. Grady tells her that he'll always be there for her, divorce or no divorce.
  • Artistic License – Biology: In "The Fur-gitive," Trent touches what is said to be poison oak and then touches his face. Within about a minute, he has a terrible red rash on his face. In real life, rashes caused poison oak, poison ivy or other similar plants are a delayed reaction that takes at least 4 hours to even start developing in someone who has been previously exposed.
  • Badly Battered Babysitter: Turner essentially becomes this "A Good Day to Dog Hard" as he is forced to have a playdate with the young daughter, Kaya, of the Olympic Committee and ends up in a tea party for over two hours. Later he asks his co-workers if they want a turn and is mocked for asking for backup handling a seven year old. This is what he's dealing with...
    Kaya: I had a nanny, but she quit. And then the other nannies quit. And then the nanny company stopped calling Daddy back. So now I go everywhere with him.
    Turner: Oh. I'm sorry. That must be hard.
    Kaya: Yes. Sometimes it's lonely. But Daddy says I have to stay strong until we can find a nanny who is not afraid of a challenge.
  • "Die Hard" on an X: "A Good Day to Dog Hard" has armed Eastern European terroristsnote  raiding a renovated hotel in San Francisco to kidnap diplomats working for the International Olympic Committee (IOC). They also detain Jessica and Xavier before they could try to stop them.
  • Disney Villain Death: Subverted. Turner throws a terrorist down a stairwell, who seemingly disappears down the depths. But then, his groans can be heard and Turner remarks he fell four stories.
  • Distant Sequel: The series is a continuation of the original film, produced and set three decades later.
  • Dog Walks You: The animated opening credits depict Hooch doing this to Turner, which then transitions into the Turner & Hooch logo, with the leash forming the ampersand.
  • The Dreaded Pretend Tea-Party: In "A Good Day to Dog Hard," Turner is assigned an important diplomatic mission - namely a playdate with the young daughter of the head of the Olympic Committee. She promptly sets up a tea party, dresses Hooch in a pink tiara, and disconnects the phone when Turner tries to call up room service for the wi-fi password.
    Turner: I could drink some tea. Yeah.
  • Good Cop/Bad Cop: In the opening of "In the Line of Fur," Scott Jr. and Laura interrogate a guy who was in their dad's files. They only get the name "John" out of him and some info about what he did for him, but the guy doesn't know much else and Scott Jr. can tell. Laura, however, as they're leaving, asks if that's really all, saying that they could use tactics like good cop / bad cop. He points out that you need to two cops, not a cop and a veterinary assistant, and that he's pretty sure the guy told them everything he knows anyway.
  • Hostage Situation: "A Good Day to Dog Hard" has the IOC diplomats, Jessica and Xavier taken as hostages.
  • Instrumental Theme Tune: The theme tune is a lively instrumental set to animated scenes of Turner and Hooch.
  • Interservice Rivalry: The Marshals didn't see eye to eye with the FBI after the latter accused of botching the safety of a witness. It later cooled off after the former was able to bust a rogue FBI agent who compromised a USMS safehouse.
  • Jerkass: Judge Nelson from "In the Line of Fur." The guy doesn't seem to have any redeeming qualities. He has a complete It's All About Me attitude, is spiteful of the Marshals' and Hooch's attempts to protect him and has such a low sense of self-preservation that it's amazing one of the many criminals who have threatened his life hasn't already managed to off him by now.
  • Last-Second Word Swap: In "In the Line of Fur," Scott Jr. is having trouble getting Hooch to focus on the things he wants him to focus on. Erica, who is doing the training, tells him "You'll get it. You're so good looking... good at looking for things, like your keys."
  • Mocking Music: In "Hooch Machina," Scott Jr. is upset about giving up on working alongside Hooch and turning him over to his sister to care for. He turns on the radio while out driving, only for the sad song "Somewhere" by Airkraft plays, with lyrics like "I sit here alone and I dream about you / Somehow I know that you're needing me too." He shakes his head and says that he can't do that, changing the station, only to get "If I Can't Have You" by Orion. He changes it again and gets another sad songnote  - "How could you give up on me? / All I did was love you." He turns the radio off.
    Scott Jr.: You know what? No music.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • One of the Disney+ posters promoting the show is based on the 1989 film poster.
    • "Forever and a Dog" has the Turners discussing about Scott Jr. keeping Hooch and how Scott Sr. adopted him after 1989.
  • Nothing Personal: In "Lost and Hound," the female criminal who took Erica's dog Angel tells her that it was business, not personal.
    Erica: It was personal to me!
  • Red Herring: In "Diamonds are Furever," Hooch becomes obsessed with a squeaky toy that is a literal red herring. This is a less-than-subtle reference to the fact that the episode's main antagonist, a notorious jewel thief, is a master of distraction who ends up getting most of Turner's team to chase someone else.
  • Running Gag: Whenever Turner and Hooch have to speak with Chief Mendez, Hooch will find a way to entangle himself in Mendez's legs.
  • Shout-Out: "A Good Day to Dog Hard" is one entire shout-out for the Die Hard franchise. Scott Jr. in the white sleeveless shirt and bare feet as he injured his foot while walking across teacup shards. He also uses a MP5 submachine gun taken from a disarmed terrorist. The terrorist leader even calls Scott Jr. a cowboy. Scott says "Yipee. Kaya's in trouble" instead of "Yippee Kay Yay".
    • The episode title "Diamonds Are Furever" for "Diamonds are Forever".
    • The episode title "In the Line of Fur" for "In The Line of Duty".
    • The episode title "Road to Smell Dorado" for "Road to El Dorado".
    • The episode title "The Fur-gitive" for "The Fugitive".
    • The episode title "Bite Club" for "Fight Club".
  • Skewed Priorities: Judge Nelson in "In The Line of Fur" as a sniper is shooting at him and his protection team and they're hiding behind a dumpster.
    Scott Jr.: Sir, are you okay?!
    Judge Nelson: It's "Your Honor"!
    Scott Jr.: Your Honor, are you okay?
    Judge Nelson: No, I am not okay! There's rancid Chinese food back here.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome: Scott has to warn Laura many times that investigating something related to the death of Scott Sr., especially if it may be suspicious, should be done by law enforcement because she can be in danger.
  • This Is Reality: Scott warns Laura in "Witness Pup-tection" that the Relationship Chart she made is something only seen in television.
  • Two Lines, No Waiting: The show has two plots. One consist of Scott Jr. and Laura checking on their father's case and find out if he died of natural causes or not. Another has Scott Jr. trying to work in the USMS alongside Hooch to solve cases as mandated while being a K-9 unit.
  • Wedding Finale: Following the resolution of the case in "Bite Club," Xavier and his fiancee Olivia get married on Cypress Beach.
  • Wham Episode:
    • "Forever and a Dog": Laura found Scott Sr.'s case files tucked away in the closet and suggested that he didn't want the rest of the family to know that he was investigating a serious case.
    • "A Good Day to Dog Hard": Scott Jr. and Laura think that Scott Sr.'s watch was in the bushes off the road because of something nefarious.
    • "The Fur-gitive": David's been trying to figure out what Scott Sr. was doing before he died.
    • "Bite Club": Scott Sr. has been investigating an illegal dog fighting club, but died before he could arrest the suspects.
  • With Due Respect: In "In the Line of Fur," Scott Jr. makes Judge Nelson walk through a grungy back alley to enter the court following a threat on his life. He dislikes it, grumbling and asking if he's really going to shot by a sniper if he's not a filthy alley. Scott Jr. tells him that "With all due respect, sir, it's possible. Any of these tall structures could be a sniper location."


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The Sad Songs of Scott Turner

In "Hooch Machina" from "Turner & Hooch," Scott Turner Jr. has decided to stop doing police work with Hooch and have his sister care for the dog. He leaves Hooch behind and as he drives along has a sad song on the radio with lyrics like "I sit here alone and dream about you." He decides it isn't working, only to change the station and get another song in the same vein, then yet another one. Annoyed, he turns off the radio. "No music."

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