The Good Cop – Review

Genre Comedy, Drama
Created by Andy Breckman
Starring Tony Danza, Josh Groban, Monica Barbaro, Isiah Whitlock Jr., Bill Kottkamp
Released on September 21, 2018
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 10
Duration 42-49 minutes
Flixxpanda Rating 5/10
Channel Netflix

The Good Cop is Netflix’s latest show. The giant streaming platform decided to venture into the world of cop drama. With one of it’s creators as Andy Breckman, who is coincidentally also creator of the world renowned “Monk” the pressure is already super high for this show. While the Monk has earned Emmys and has loads of awards to its name, The Good Cop seems bland in comparison. It’s not bad, it just failed to meet expectations.

Starring the prodigious singer turned actor Josh Groban, as a cop who sticks to the rules like its his religion and Tony Danza as the opposite, a disgraced cop who never seems to bother about rules and has been kicked off the force. They’re both named Tony (like, why?). The two live together and cannot stand each other.

I believe The Good Cop tried to either target an audience with IQs in the single digits or purposely attempted to make their characters incredibly dumb in the hopes that we’d find it funny. They attempt to solve crimes together with Groban going by the book but still misinterpreting clues and barely scraping by. He always solves cases in a moment of genius near the end.

Josh Groban’s portrayal of his character is bland and unfunny but he can’t really be blamed, it’s the script’s fault too. Although, he’s still lovable so I’m not complaining too much. Danza’s character is that of someone you forgive for their mistakes because they’a good laugh and didn’t do much harm (more or less). He offers blunts street-smart advice to Groban and often makes a fool out of him.

Spread over ten episodes, each one dealing with a new mystery, a new case, you could watch it from anywhere, in any order and you would still know what’s going on. That’s because the characters and their personas are established early on and then just repeated over and over until you feel like banging your head into a wall because of their stupidity. There is almost zero character development. The dynamics between everyone is just left of center, just slightly off. That would be fine, but since the show doesn’t have great dialogue or plot-lines, the only way it would be a good show is if the actors managed to be quirky and stir up chemistry between each other, which they didn’t.

I mean, if you’re looking for a one-time watch as something to kill time, this is your kind of show. You won’t get attached to the characters or want more after watching all the episodes.

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