Before television cop dramas got too serious, programs like Nash Bridges took to the airwaves with vivid colours, humour, and style.
With Don Johnson in the titular role, Nash Bridges took to the air in March of 1996 and ran until May of 2001. The show had over 122 episodes produced and is now seen in over 70 countries around the world, including in the Middle East on the MBC “Action Block.”
The program focused on Nash Bridges, the captain of the San Francisco Police Department’s Special Investigations Unit. Nash’s partner, Joe Dominguez, was played by Cheech Marin. Also on board are Jodi Lyn O’Keefe as Nash’s daughter Cassidy, Jeff Perry as Harvey Leek, Jaime P. Gomez as Evan Cortez, and numerous exciting guest stars through the years.
Nash Bridges: The Second Season hits the ground running with an exhilarating episode (“Internal Affairs”). Here, Nash and Joe are tested after Bridges is framed by a crooked Internal Affairs officer. Cassidy also becomes flirtatious with Cortez, complicating things.
What helps set Nash Bridges apart from some of the other cop shows is the energy of the program. Johnson’s Bridges is an interesting character, having two failed marriages to his name. He struggles with the coming-of-age of Cassidy but still keeps his sense of wit about him as evidenced by his dazzlingly-coloured suit jackets.
Nash’s attire aside, there’s plenty to enjoy about this cop drama. The stories are accessible, even if the viewer’s never seen the show before, and there is plenty of comedy scattered around to keep things moving. Cheech Marin is always enjoyable and he peppers his scenes with one-liners and even some great physical comedy.
And of course we can't mention Nash Bridges without mentioning the 'Cuda. Bridges' yellow 1971 Plymouth Barracuda is as much a star of the show as any of the actors. It is one hell of a sweet, sweet ride.
Some of the guest stars for Nash Bridges: The Second Season are interesting, especially given how things have changed. Check out Geraldo Rivera in “Til Death Do Us Part,” Barry Bonds in “Wrecking Crew,” a young Brittany Murphy in “Night Train,” and Matthew Lillard in “Gunplay.”
In a day and age of crime shows favouring murky police stations over brightly-lit locales, Nash Bridges: The Second Season is a breath of fresh air. It’s a show that doesn’t take itself too seriously and, as such, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to watch.
The DVD set features a "Writers' Roundtable" featurette and a few commentaries with Don Johnson, Cheech Marin, and show creator Carlton Cuse.