Fox cop comedy ‘Good Guys’ a fun show for summer

Posted May 18, 2010, at 7:06 p.m.

Bradley Whitford, action hero?

Seems like an unlikely situation. After all, Whitford made his name in the talky, cerebral Aaron Sorkin ensemble dramas “The West Wing” and “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.”

Now Whitford has turned 180 degrees to play a boozy, washed-up cop in the new Fox action comedy “The Good Guys,” debuting at 8 tonight on Fox.

“Good Guys” could be dismissed as a burn-off, appearing as it does between seasons on Fox.

But it’s created by Matt Nix, who has done some wonderful things with the spy drama in USA’s “Burn Notice.” Like that show, it’s light-hearted and action-packed, two great attributes to have in summer fare.

Whitford, complete with porn-star mustache and aviator shades, plays Dan Stark, who with his old partner had saved the governor’s son 30 years earlier. Now he’s been stashed in the property crimes division, rehashing his glory days and using his instincts instead of modern police technology.

Jack Bailey (Colin Hanks, son of Tom) is Dan’s baby sitter, after annoying all the wrong people with his know-it-all attitude. His only ally is Liz Traynor (Jenny Wade), an assistant district attorney and Jack’s former girlfriend. Jack hopes to break a big case, so he can get noticed and moved up to bigger things.

While tracking down a humidifier stolen from Dan’s latest fling, the pair stumble onto a drug ring. The case is quickly taken from them by their commanding officer, Lt. Ana Ruiz (Diana Maria Riva), but that doesn’t stop Dan and a reluctant Jack from continuing their investigation. Much gunfire and hilarity ensues.

“The Good Guys” has a real Elmore Leonard feel to it, with colorful characters who find themselves caught in unlikely situations. It’s a fun watch during the early days of summer.

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