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Bakersfield P.D. is an American television sitcom that aired on Fox from September 14, 1993 until August 18, 1994.

Bakersfield P.D.
Bakersfield P.D..jpg
Created by Larry Levin
Written by Richard Dresser
Stephen Godchaux
Directed by Michael Engler
Bryan Gordon
Starring Giancarlo Esposito
Ron Eldard
Chris Mulkey
Tony Plana
Jack Hallett
Brian Doyle-Murray
Theme music composer Carl Finch
Opening theme "Busy Office Rhumba" performed by Brave Combo
Composer(s) Joseph Vitarelli
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17
Executive producer(s) Larry Levin
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Rock Island Productions
Touchstone Television
Original network Fox
Original release September 14, 1993 – August 18, 1994

The show was based in the police department of the city of Bakersfield, California. It was shot with naturalistic lighting and without a laugh track. The show's theme song, "Busy Office Rhumba," was written and performed by Brave Combo.[1][2]

Fox canceled the show after one season, citing low ratings. The cable channel Trio reran the show under its "Brilliant But Cancelled" umbrella.




  • 1° Season: #104 – 4.26 rating [3]


# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1 "Pilot" Dean Parisot Larry Levin September 14, 1993 (1993-09-14) P401 (?)
Debut: Washington DC police detective Paul Gigante (Giancarlo Esposito), who's half black and half Italian, moves to Bakersfield, California, where he's teamed with a white partner (Ron Eldard) obsessed with African-American culture. First up: Paul gets a rude welcome when his new partner commandeers his car. Sergeant Hampton: Brian Doyle-Murray.
2 "The Imposter" Dean Parisot Larry Levin & Jeff Nathanson September 21, 1993 (1993-09-21) P404
Paul and Wade try to track down a con artist with the help of a star-struck volunteer police artist (Laura Innes), who captures the likenesses of suspects – and celebrities. Dr Harbor: Allan Wasserman. Stiles: Jack Hallett.
3 "Unsolved Mysteries of Love" Dean Parisot Larry Levin September 28, 1993 (1993-09-28) P403
While he investigates a burglary with Paul, a young woman (Marianna Elliott) steals Wade's heart. Meanwhile, Captain Stiles tries to weasel out of the department's blood drive. Dwight: Patrick Kilpatrick.
4 "The Snake Charmer" Bryan Gordon Dennis Klein & Richard Dresser October 5, 1993 (1993-10-05) P405 (?)
Sgt Hampton's out of town, so an indecisive Capt Stiles decides to make Paul his right-hand man – and decision-maker – for a day. Jessie: Diane Delano. Woman: Marnie Crossen. Criminal: Rolando Molina.
5 "The Poker Game" Dean Parisot Dennis Klein October 12, 1993 (1993-10-12) P406
Wade hosts a police poker game in which Paul raises the stakes, then the ire of some fellow officers when he wins. Lewis: Todd Field. Doug: John Fleck. Prisoner: Andrew Craig.
6 "The Bust" Dean Parisot Richard Dresser October 19, 1993 (1993-10-19) P402
Paul tells Wade the very private reason he had for moving his family to Bakersfield, and it doesn't take much detective work for the other officers to learn the secret.
7 "The Ex-Partner" Nick Marck Teleplay by: Dennis Klein & Jeff Nathanson
Story by: Richard Dresser
October 26, 1993 (1993-10-26) P408
Wade is jealous when Paul's former partner (Bill Nunn) comes to town, and Capt Stiles ponders the future amid rumors that Sgt Hampton may retire.
8 "Bakersfield Madam" Nick Marck Richard Dresser November 2, 1993 (1993-11-02) P407
During a sting, Capt Stiles hides in a restroom rather than deal with a madam's black book containing the names of several influential johns. Mayor: Richard Bradford. Kimberly: Sherrie Rose. Guy: John Blevins.
9 "Cable Does Not Pay" Ken Kwapis Dennis Klein & Jeff Nathanson & Richard Dresser November 9, 1993 (1993-11-09) P409
Wade tried to persuade Paul to lighten up. Meanwhile, Boyer takes the detective's test, but doesn't detect a hostage situation in the captain's office. Russell: William H Macy. Childs: Alan Royal.
10 "The Gift" Dean Parisot Jeff Nathanson November 16, 1993 (1993-11-16) P410
Wade is overwhelmed when one of his crime-show heroes, Joe Santos (Det Becker on "The Rockford Files"), visits the station. Meanwhile, Paul feels the strain on his long-distance marriage. Leo: Norm Skaggs. Ed: Mark Boone Jr.
11 "The President's Coming" Ken Kwapis Larry Levin & Jeff Nathanson November 23, 1993 (1993-11-23) P411
Most of the department is left out of the loop when Secret Service agents arrive to protect the Presidential motorcade as it passes through town. Agt Wilder: Willie Carpenter. Agt Ketron: Jeremy Roberts.
12 "A Bullet for Stiles" Michael Engler Dennis Klein & Jeff Nathanson & Larry Levin November 30, 1993 (1993-11-30) P412
A thief (Jonathon Gries) is released from prison and comes to Bakersfield to exact revenge on Capt Stiles, the cop who caught him ten years earlier. Donna: Beth Grant. Ann Lester: Christine Estabrook.
13 "Lucky 13" Dean Parisot TBA December 21, 1993 (1993-12-21) P413
Denny (Chris Mulkey) is suspended without pay and resorts to selling underwear from his car. Meanwhile, Paul and Wade attempt to solve a cow-napping. Marnie: Melora Walters. Donna: Beth Grant.
14 "Arms and the Men" Ken Kwapis TBA July 7, 1994 (1994-07-07) P414
First up: a severed arm is found in the city's water supply. Denny: Chris Mulkey.
15 "There Goes the Neighborhood" Tim Hunter TBA July 21, 1994 (1994-07-21) P415
Denny's happy that Paul is looking for a home of his own, until he hears that Paul may buy a house in his neighborhood. Denny: Chris Mulkey. Uncle Powell: Brandon Maggart. Tom Tom: Ramon Franco.
16 "The Psychic and the C-Cup" Dean Parisot TBA July 28, 1994 (1994-07-28) P416
Wade consults a visionary to help him locate a missing psychic; Luke (Tony Plana) proves his manliness to Denny (Chris Mulkey); and Capt Stiles attends a mayor's luncheon. Brenda: Jodie Markell. Kyle: John Glen Bishop. Shelly Krane: Gloria Dorson.
17 "Last One Into the Water" Dean Parisot TBA August 18, 1994 (1994-08-18) P417
Paul discovers Wade's caring side; Denny (Chris Mulkey) picks a fight with some firefighters; and Capt Stiles is in hot water over a new spa. Darian: Dan Castellaneta.


  1. ^ Vreeken, Stacey (August 27, 2009). "Brave Combo runs the gamut of musical styles". Santa Cruz Sentinel. Santa Cruz, CA: MediaNews Group. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  2. ^ "FAQ". Brave Combo. Archived from the original on October 16, 2009. Retrieved June 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ "1993–1994 Television Season Top Rated Shows". Los Angeles Times. Archived from the original on 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2006-11-16. 

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