The Good Cop: A scoop of vanilla


Genre: Crime, Drama
Episodes: 10
Main Cast:  Josh Groban, Tony Danza
Creator: Andy Breckman


 A Good Cop in Queens New York needs to navigate living with his delinquent, ex-cop, ex-criminal father.


I remember growing up, I loved the cosy mystery genre, my first ventures into reading were reading Nancy Drew, and it was my gateway into an appreciation of literature. I used to love those classic cosy mysteries on the hallmark channel. While reading the premise of the Good Cop, I was hoping it would take me back to that comfortable, cosy place. Maybe The Good Cop doesn’t take me to that place I remember as a pre-tee or if my taste in storytelling has just matured but, unfortunately, The Good Cop doesn’t deliver.

The good cop is Netflix’s remake of the Israeli television programme of the same name. And from episode one, you are transported to a version of New York that seems more small-town than a bustling city.

Quite contrary to what audiences have become used to over the years. The setting felt too safe, too vanilla. (Something I am going to be saying a lot.) 

The crimes too, you would never think that the only things a New York police department deals with are the timid murders committed in this precinct.

Each episode follows the familiar structure of a procedural drama. A case arises, often involving Tony Snr (played by Tony Danza, who is known for his role in Taxi), getting into trouble and his son Tony Jnr, played by Josh Groban, bailing him out.

I was expecting a lot more interesting characters from Andy Breckman, creator of Monk, but throughout the season the characters remain flat and never truly progress or develop. 

Groban’s Junior stays well within his character limits and never truly digs deep into why he is so goody two shoes as supposed to his father, who is an absolute delinquent.  I found Groban’s performance a bit dry and lacklustre and lacking the presence of a modern-day showrunner.

The minor characters whom I usually love in any programme are very flat. They don’t add much to the plot or characterisation, other than to help Tony Snr. carry out his plans, or to fill the scenes that Junior isn’t with his father.

The rainbow glitter sprinkle on this proverbial vanilla ice cream is the performance of Tony Danza. His character is the right amount of happy go lucky with just a bit of jaded edges. His comic timing is great, and he does most of the heavy lifting turning this show from a slow stumble into a palatable delight.

It is worth a watch for those who want something less emotionally draining or if you would like something to follow along while cleaning or cooking.

All in all, a very vanilla show with its funny moments, but lacking a lot of depth.

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