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There's a sometimes creative, sometimes downright odd kind of comedy that's dominated "Indiewood" for a while now. It's been called "quirky" and "offbeat," but whatever the descriptor du jour, it's a goofy mix that often teeters somewhere between dark comedy and whimsy, melodrama and slapstick. And Fox's new buddy-cop series is just the latest attempting to pull that eccentric sensibility onto the small screen by its mustache hairs.

The Good Guys features a pair of Dallas detectives who've been relegated to the Routine Crimes division, the force's bottom shelf. Fresh out of the academy, Jack Bailey gets stuck in this dead-end slot because he's just a little too big for his britches. If he's not rolling his eyes at the department's petty politics, he's alienating his superiors by pointing out their grammatical errors and sloppy reports.

His mustachioed and sunglasses-clad partner, Dan Stark, is too much an old-school cowboy to get along well with the new high-tech world that's sprung up around him during his already long career. In his more coherent moments, Dan could probably teach his fellow officers a thing or two. But this badly weathered, shoot-first-and-ask-questions-later cop has a hard enough time just staying sober or upright.

So the mismatched duo step weekly into one criminal situation or another. And after 40 minutes or so of searching for clues and cracking wise, they stumble into a comedic resolution. If their investigation happens to lend itself to a slo-mo shootout or a Starsky & Hutch-style leap from a speeding Trans Am along the way, well, so much the better.

Better for the show's indie appeal, that is. Not for its less than stellar family-friendliness. Stark's never averse to sleeping with a willing witness. And he keeps his hangovers at bay with more booze, stashed everywhere from the police locker room to his squad car to the conditioner bottle in his shower. When he's not vomiting at crime scenes, he's blasting bullets in every direction.

Add in regular profanities, blood-releasing shootouts and trips to a strip club, and The Good Guys ends up with a rap sheet longer than a drug lord's.

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GoodGuys: 5192010



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Bradley Whitford as Dan Stark; Colin Hanks as Jack Bailey; Diana-Maria Riva as Lt. Ana Ruiz; Jenny Wade as Assistant DA Liz Traynor






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Bob Hoose

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