Parents' Guide to

The Good Guys

By Will Wade, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Witty buddy cop comedy mixes guns, drinking with laughs.

TV Fox Comedy 2010
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 13+

Great fun, very good show, dads and sons can watch together.

One of the funniest takes on cop shows I've ever seen - great writing and super acting. The idea of taking a burned out supercop and allowing him to mentor a younger, straight arrow rookie detective is not new. What is fresh is the old cop's life-is-for living attitude. Parents may want to preview episodes before allowing kids to watch (and then parents will enjoy re-watching with the kids!), but there is little here to damage young minds. Good fun!
age 13+

Teens ok; a possible cult classic in the making

This show is like many of the cult classics that didn't get high enough ratings: clever writing and the actors are clearly having fun. While there is a fair amount drinking, etc., shown, it is derided or clearly shown as an adult behavior. Know your kids, but it should be fine for teenagers. Go bust a punk!

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (1 ):

There's nothing especially original about THE GOOD GUYS. Rogue cop with a straightlaced partner? Seen it before. Detective that refuses to follow the rules, yet still manages to make the big bust and infuriate his superiors in the process? Yep, been there too. But a lack of originality doesn't mean the show is no good. The witty scripts make it clear the series doesn't take itself too seriously, and Hanks and Whitford breathe new life into this standard formula.

Hanks is fun (OK, maybe a bit stiff, but that's the point here) as the frustrated, by-the-book cop, but Whitford is the best part of the show. Stark still thinks he's a hero who can do no wrong; it doesn't help that women still swoon when he tries to take their statements, and his ridiculous decisions still lead him straight to the bad guys. The two bickering partners have enough chemistry to elevate this predictable series.

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