Big Apple (TV series)

Big Apple is an American crime drama television series that was originally broadcast in the United States on CBS from March 1 to April 19, 2001.

Big Apple
GenreCrime drama
Created byDavid Milch
StarringEd O'Neill
Michael Madsen
David Strathairn
Jeffrey Pierce
Donnie Wahlberg
Kim Dickens
Titus Welliver
Opening themeMarc Bonilla
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Red Board Productions
Yerkovich Productions
Paramount Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMarch 1 (2001-03-01) –
April 19, 2001 (2001-04-19)


The story centers on two New York City Police Department detectives Mooney and Trout working with the FBI to solve a murder with ties to organized crime. A subplot involves Mooney's sister who is receiving hospice care for Lou Gehrig's Disease.



  1. Pilot (March 1, 2001)
  2. Best Laid Plans (March 8, 2001)
  3. No Good Deed (March 15, 2001)
  4. A Passport to the Universe (March 22, 2001)
  5. A Ministering Angel (March 29, 2001)
  6. Follow the Blender (April 5, 2001)
  7. Episode #1.7 (April 12, 2001)
  8. Episode #1.8 (April 19, 2001)



Big Apple was originally slated to compete with NBC's very popular medical drama series ER.[1] Although 13 episodes were commissioned, only 8 aired before CBS canceled the show and replaced it with the newsmagazine 48 Hours in the 10pm (EST) Thursday time slot. In 2008, the series aired in syndication on Universal HD.


Reviews of the show were largely positive. Variety called it "a triumph all around" and compared it favorably to NYPD Blue and Murder One.[2] Entertainment Weekly praised O'Neill's performance as Detective Mooney and gave the show higher marks than Denis Leary's The Job.[3]


  1. ^ Carman, John (March 1, 2001). "Taking a bite of ER". San Francisco Chronicle.
  2. ^ Speier, Michael (March 1, 2001). "Big Apple". Variety.
  3. ^ Tucker, Ken (March 16, 2001). "The Beat Goes On". Entertainment Weekly.

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