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The Commish is an American comedy-drama television series that aired on ABC. The series focuses on the work and home life of a suburban police commissioner (Michael Chiklis) in upstate New York. It ran for five seasons from 1991 to 1996, airing a total of 94 episodes.


Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)May 16, 1992 (1992-05-16)
222September 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)May 15, 1993 (1993-05-15)
322September 25, 1993 (1993-09-25)May 14, 1994 (1994-05-14)
422September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)May 20, 1995 (1995-05-20)
56November 30, 1995 (1995-11-30)January 11, 1996 (1996-01-11)


Season 1 (1991–92)Edit

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TitleOriginal air date
11"In the Best of Families"September 28, 1991 (1991-09-28)
After being arrested by Ricky and Carmela, the son of a wealthy man dies in police custody. Tony and Rachel consider buying an expensive house. Stan tries to solve a series of convenience store robberies.
22"Do You See What I See?"October 5, 1991 (1991-10-05)
A man in a Santa Claus mask is committing home invasions. Worried about his fitness, Tony volunteers to partner up with different officers on night patrol.
33"The Poisoned Tree"October 12, 1991 (1991-10-12)
Tony discovers that one of Rachel's colleagues is a child molester. Stan tries to catch a robber who left his hat at the scene. Tony scrambles to get ballet tickets in time for Rachel's birthday.
44"Nothing to Fear But..."October 26, 1991 (1991-10-26)
Tony receives anonymous, artistic death threats. Stan tries to prosecute a deer poacher. Rachel's special-needs class gives a poetry reading.
55"A Matter of Life or Death, Part 1"November 2, 1991 (1991-11-02)
Pilot episode. Two of Tony's officers are found dead. Tony is interviewing for a job as the New York City Police Commissioner. Tony and Rachel are trying to conceive a second child.
66"A Matter of Life or Death, Part 2"November 2, 1991 (1991-11-02)
Conclusion of the pilot episode.
77"Behind the Storm Door"November 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)
An attractive woman reporting a break-in gives inconsistent information, then starts coming on to Tony. To impress a pretty neighbor, Stan pretends to fix her parking tickets. Jeff stops showering.
88"The Hatchet"November 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)
A budget-cutting expert takes aim at the Eastbridge P.D. Tony suspects a new officer of police brutality. Stan races the new officer to find and bust a crack house. David is acting moody.
99"Two Confessions"November 30, 1991 (1991-11-30)
Two twin brothers stymie a murder investigation by both confessing. Tony and Rachel get a $500 phone bill because of calls to a sex chat line. Carmela wants more respect from Stan. Arnie departs.
1010"The Commissioner's Ball"December 7, 1991 (1991-12-07)
A mysterious killer is hunting homeless people. Lucille moves the furniture in Tony's office. Tony invents new shooting drills, and gets stuck with the task of organizing the annual commissioner's ball.
1111"No Greater Gift"December 21, 1991 (1991-12-21)
Christmas episode. An elderly woman is shot to death. The president of the City Council pressures Tony to evict a homeless woman from a holiday manger display. Tony cooks pasta for the department.
1212"The Fourth Man"January 4, 1992 (1992-01-04)
Four truck hijackers plague Eastbridge's back roads, and Irv insists on leading the investigation. Gophers plague Tony's yard, and teenagers plague a hardware store parking lot. Rachel conceives a child.
1313"Charlie Don't Surf"January 18, 1992 (1992-01-18)
A Vietnamese gang called Charlie Don't Surf extorts a Vietnamese restaurant. Stan goes under cover as a pizza delivery boy. David is unimpressed by Tony's baseball card collection.
1414"Skeletons"February 8, 1992 (1992-02-08)
Tony teams up with his old friend Paulie Pantangeli (John Cygan) to solve a murder committed in 1957. A delusional man reports a missing child. Arnie sends honeymoon videos to Tony and Rachel.
1515"The Wicked Flee"February 22, 1992 (1992-02-22)
A wealthy woman is bludgeoned to death on the highway in front of her husband and son. Tony gets basketball-coaching advice from Wilt Chamberlain. An officer is bowling on the job.
1616"True Believers"February 29, 1992 (1992-02-29)
When a prominent white supremacist is murdered, suspicion falls on some of Tony's officers. Tony loses a ring by attaching it to balloons which float away. Stan issues licenses to psychics.
1717"Officer April"March 7, 1992 (1992-03-07)
When a woman fires a gun in a domestic dispute, Stan shoots her to death. Invoking the laws of "Tonyland," Tony detains an ill-mannered Cuban envoy. Officers pose for a "hot cops" calendar.
1818"Sex, Lies, and Kerosene"March 21, 1992 (1992-03-21)
A house burns down with a man's body inside; sexual intrigue ensues. An old woman's son steals her teeth. A pawn shop owner rips off Lucille.
1919"Judgement Day"April 4, 1992 (1992-04-04)
Tony gets a tip from a stool pigeon about a string of robberies, but ends up jailed by an antagonistic judge after seeking a warrant. Carmela takes a young hoodlum (James Madio) under her wing.
2020"Shoot the Breeze"May 2, 1992 (1992-05-02)
An assassin hunts arms dealers to hide their supplier. Tony and Rachel compete in the Eastbridge Talent Show. Stan hits it off with a lady he meets at the grocery store. A rabbit goes missing.
2121"Video Vigilante"May 9, 1992 (1992-05-09)
A female college student is beaten into a coma. A "video vigilante" becomes a dangerous media sensation. Stan and Carmela pose as two fences getting married. (Guest: Titus Welliver.)
2222"The Puck Stops Here"May 16, 1992 (1992-05-16)
After going straight, a high school hockey star dies of a mysterious drug overdose. Medical tests suggest that Rachel's unborn baby may be mentally retarded. Men in chicken suits fight in a parking lot.

Season 2 (1992–93)Edit

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TitleOriginal air date
231"Adventures in the Skin Trade, Part 1"September 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)
Tony's friend's teenage daughter disappears from her parents' house, and appears in porn movies. Tony and Paulie go to New York City to find her. A man gets killed in a traffic accident.
242"Adventures in the Skin Trade, Part 2"October 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)
Tony escapes from murderous porn producers with the help of Cyd Madison (Melinda McGraw), an undercover FBI agent. Tony and Rachel go to Lamaze class. Freddie's giant brothers help out.
253"Guns & Sons"October 10, 1992 (1992-10-10)
David witnesses his friend shoot the school bully. A rollerblading purse snatcher evades arrest, so the police work on their skating.
264"The Rolodex Madam"October 24, 1992 (1992-10-24)
Carmela is mistaken for a cop-themed prostitute. The investigation leads to a madam whose prominent clients include a Member of Congress. Rachel meets Cyd. The Wortzels move in next door.
275"The Witches of Eastbridge"October 31, 1992 (1992-10-31)
Halloween episode. Someone steals a heart from a corpse; suspicion falls on a mysteriously eccentric old man (Ray Walston). Stan gets trapped in the morgue. David throws a party.
286"The Two Faces of Ed"November 7, 1992 (1992-11-07)
An arrogant radio psychologist (Pat Sajak) is choked nearly to death in his car. Tony and Rachel fail a marriage quiz, and try to help their newly-separated friend, Ed. Bill's police reports have typos.
297"Escape"November 14, 1992 (1992-11-14)
An inmate kills a prison guard and escapes. Phil, the officer who put him away, turns up dead. Phil's wife has a mysterious broken arm. Rachel redecorates the house.
308"A Time to Be Born"November 21, 1992 (1992-11-21)
Tony's mentor Lou is getting too old to chase criminals up stairs. While Tony tries to talk Lou off a ledge, Cyd takes Rachel to the hospital to give birth. Tony lobbies the mayor for a new streetlight.
319"Witness"December 5, 1992 (1992-12-05)
Rachel sees a man rob a grocery store and kill the owner; the killer gets her purse with her contact information, and warns her not to identify him. Mike tries to woo Cyd with danish and exercise books.
3210"Sleep of the Just"December 12, 1992 (1992-12-12)
A serial rapist turns out to be an ambassadorial undersecretary from an unspecified Eastern Bloc country, with diplomatic immunity. Baby Sarah is keeping the family up at night. Rachel's father visits.
3311"The Frame"December 19, 1992 (1992-12-19)
Telly Savalas plays Tommy Colette, a mob boss who relocates to Eastbridge. Tony's friend's son (Martin Cummins) is framed for a murder. The Wortzels drop hints about Christmas gifts.
3412"Stoned"January 2, 1993 (1993-01-02)
Tony buys a new car for Rachel, and promptly gets carjacked. A serial impersonator (Steve Hytner) is on the loose. Tony goes to the hospital with kidney stones, where he befriends a terminally ill boy.
3513"The Heart is a Lonely Sucker"January 16, 1993 (1993-01-16)
A murderous robber steals rare antiques, after finding victims -- that all look like Tony -- through a video dating service. Hence, Tony signs up. Carmela is cursed by a psychic.
3614"The Sharp Pinch"February 6, 1993 (1993-02-06)
A lactose-intolerant baby is stolen from his mother’s living room; Tony races against the clock to get him back. David's headed to D.C. on a field trip.
3715"Dead Cadet's Society"February 13, 1993 (1993-02-13)
A group of prep school boys called "The Cadets" commit a robbery; one (Scott Wolf) is caught. To prevent him from snitching, the others throw him off a bridge. Carmela catches David skipping school.
3816"Family Business"February 20, 1993 (1993-02-20)
Tommy Collette (Savalas) teams up with his son Nick to smuggle diamonds under the guise of seafood importing. David and his mulleted friend bemoan their lack of muscles. Rachel has a secret admirer.
3917"Out of Business"February 27, 1993 (1993-02-27)
Acting on their own, Nick Collette's men kidnap David. Tommy Collette kills the men, returns David unharmed, and plans to kill Tony. Carmela and Mike deal with a peeping Tom.
4018"The Ides of March"March 13, 1993 (1993-03-13)
The psychic who found Tony’s ring in “True Believers” returns with a dire prognostication about Tony’s anniversary dinner. A man (Mark Pellegrino) holds his estranged wife hostage.
4119"Blue Flu"March 20, 1993 (1993-03-20)
Facing a possible pay cut, several officers call in sick. Men in ski masks commit home robberies. Rachel attends a high school reunion with a wealthy, single ex-boyfriend.
4220"Eastbridge Boulevard"May 1, 1993 (1993-05-01)
One of Tony's favorite movie stars as a child (Stella Stevens) is now a recluse who awakens to find her lover murdered beside her. A Cops-style reality show films Stan and Carmela as they go on patrol.
4321"Sight Unseen"May 8, 1993 (1993-05-08)
A serial rapist attacks women at a school for the blind; Carmela goes under cover as a student. Rachel buys a painting that Tony hates, until someone tries to steal it.
4422"The Anti-Commish"May 15, 1993 (1993-05-15)
A thug kills a drug addict and intimidates the sole witness out of testifying, only to be killed in turn by a mysterious vigilante. Rachel gets a job offer in Buffalo. A turkey shoots Gordy's dog.

Season 3 (1993–94)Edit

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451"Suffer the Children, Part 1"September 25, 1993 (1993-09-25)
After finding a teen runaway hanged, Tony investigates a cult-like youth shelter ruled by a charismatic man named Steve. Rachel accepts the Buffalo job. (Guests: Ted Shackelford, Giovanni Ribisi.)
462"Suffer the Children, Part 2"October 2, 1993 (1993-10-02)
Despite a lawsuit threat from Steve (Shackelford), Tony continues the investigation. Joey (Ribisi) emerges as a key witness. Rachel doesn't enjoy her new job. Tony invents a "three light."
473"Scali, P.I."October 9, 1993 (1993-10-09)
Tony quits his job based on a misunderstanding, and is replaced by a more popular commissioner (Mike Connors) who is also secretly a mob boss. Tony takes a job as a private investigator.
484"Burned Out Case"October 16, 1993 (1993-10-16)
David's high school crush smokes tainted crack and drops dead at a school dance. Tony butts heads with the DEA over prosecuting her dealer. Stan, John, and Mike go under cover as fast food workers.
495"The Set-Up"October 23, 1993 (1993-10-23)
A mobster tries to extort Tony by having a woman dressed in Rachel's clothes abduct her and hit a man with her car. Women find a pudgy federal agent attractive.
506"Rising Sun"November 6, 1993 (1993-11-06)
With a Japanese firm seeking City Council approval for a factory in Eastbridge, Tony's friend on the council (Ernest Borgnine) is beaten by hired thugs. David's schoolmates steal corsages from a flower store.
517"Hero"November 13, 1993 (1993-11-13)
The high school’s star quarterback rapes the Scali family’s babysitter, Carla. Stan gets embarrassed when his girlfriend Monica wins a bar fight on his behalf.
528"Dying Affection"November 20, 1993 (1993-11-20)
After she dumps her boyfriend, Cyd starts receiving creepy, threatening packages. Stan links two elderly ladies to a notorious bank robber. Tony is vexed by David's terrible drum playing.
539"All That Glitters"November 27, 1993 (1993-11-27)
Stan's fiancée Monica abruptly disappears, then resurfaces as a suspect in a jewelry store robbery. Cyd busts a charming stolen-goods merchant. Rachel puts the family on a health food diet.
5410"Mansion"December 4, 1993 (1993-12-04)
A rich man suppresses his dead wife's autopsy; also suspicious are their jaded children who endlessly hang out in discothèques, and the butler. Baby Sarah makes several irresponsible online purchases.
5511"A Little Heart"December 18, 1993 (1993-12-18)
Someone steals a heart that Jeff's daughter needs as a transplant. Tony pays the ransom with money that Alex the DA (Richard Kind) needs as evidence. A bell-ringing Santa robs rich women.
5612"Benny"January 15, 1994 (1994-01-15)
Rachel's car-salesman cousin Benny collaborates with a murderous cocaine dealer, then goes under cover to redeem himself. A guy at the station named Brad refuses to help anyone out. Tony turns 40.
5713"Keeping Secrets"January 22, 1994 (1994-01-22)
Masked thugs are savagely beating gay men in the street, and a gay officer receives hostility from other cops when he comes out. David is doing an older girl’s homework for her.
5814"Dog Days"February 5, 1994 (1994-02-05)
Dog snatchers kill a woman by injecting her with PCP in an alley. The only witness (Chris Burke) is mocked in court because he has Down syndrome. Joey Sanderson bamboozles a lie detector test.
5915"Father Eddie"February 12, 1994 (1994-02-12)
The mystery of a murdered young woman leads to a street-tough Irish Catholic priest (Gerald McRaney) and his Puerto Rican protege. David sees his upcoming Bar Mitzvah as a money-making scheme.
6016"Bank Job"February 26, 1994 (1994-02-26)
A ruthless armed robber (Jeff Kober) takes over the local bank, with ten hostages inside including Rachel.
6117"Romeo and Juliet"March 12, 1994 (1994-03-12)
Suddenly David has a girlfriend, but Tony forbids him to see her because her father is a murderous bookmaker. David and the girl hide out in a warehouse together and work on his Bar Mitzvah speech.
6218"Security"March 19, 1994 (1994-03-19)
An apartment building suffers excessive crime, and hires an intense ex-Army security guard who dispenses lethal vigilante justice. Rachel's deeply unreliable father promises to take her to the circus.
6319"Dead Drunk"April 2, 1994 (1994-04-02)
An alcoholic doctor drives drunk and kills an officer's wife, but only gets a suspended sentence -- causing the officer to lose his mind. Various foods go missing from the Scali house.
6420"The Letter of the Law"April 30, 1994 (1994-04-30)
A mother who helps stop a purse-snatcher is revealed to be a fugitive from her ex-husband (Mark Moses), who sexually abused their daughter. A struggling actor is grateful when Tony saves his life.
6521"Sergeant Kelly"May 7, 1994 (1994-05-07)
Gunning for sergeant, Stan investigates a mobster named Terry Ross, and falls in love with Ross's kept, abused wife (Leah Remini) -- putting him in mortal peril. Cyd speaks at Rachel's school.
6622"The Iceman Cometh"May 14, 1994 (1994-05-14)
Sentenced to life without parole for Stan's murder, Ross orders Tony's death from prison, hiring an elderly but deadly assassin called the Iceman (Brian Keith).

Season 4 (1994–95)Edit

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TitleOriginal air date
671"Against the Wind, Part 1"September 24, 1994 (1994-09-24)
Paralyzed by the Iceman's bullet, Tony struggles to walk again with the help of an ex-detective physical therapist named Dan. A cop gets murdered due to mafia intrigue. Cyd gets offered another job.
682"Against the Wind, Part 2"October 1, 1994 (1994-10-01)
Conclusion; last appearance of Melinda McGraw as Cyd.
693"Working Girls"October 8, 1994 (1994-10-08)
Tony's friend's "bad girl" teen daughter (Devon Odessa) gets caught in a prostitution sting; later, her pimp is found murdered. David steals cable. Tony interviews for Cyd's replacement.
704"Born in the USA"October 15, 1994 (1994-10-15)
Tony's undocumented Jamaican VCR repair guy is getting shaken down by a Jamaican shakedown artist. David wants to get an earring. Paulie (John Cygan) is back on the job.
715"Who Do You Trust?"October 22, 1994 (1994-10-22)
When John's wife is denied coverage for an operation she needs to keep her sight, John is tempted by the criminal he's been hunting (Joseph Cortese). The department hires a ringer to win at basketball.
726"Nancy with the Laughing Face"October 29, 1994 (1994-10-29)
A failed bank robber turns out to be the husband of Pauli's ex-girlfriend, Nancy (Wendie Malick); he wanted the money to ransom their five-year-old son. Paulie is still romantically obsessed with Nancy.
737"Revenge"November 5, 1994 (1994-11-05)
Tony's ex-partner (Kevin Dobson) gets out of prison. He travels to Eastbridge with a young groupie to execute an elaborate revenge scheme against Tony, who he blames for his conviction.
748"Head Case"November 12, 1994 (1994-11-12)
A devious married couple who run a mental hospital together (Dan Lauria and Barbara Mandrell) frame one patient for the accidental death of another, then lock up Tony when he gets suspicious.
759"The Lady Vanishes"November 19, 1994 (1994-11-19)
After a tennis pro at a fancy club is drowned, Rachel concludes that the killer is an ex-student's evil stepmother. To protect the boy, Rachel goes rogue and kidnaps him. Paulie flirts with a kinky divorcée.
7610"Ghost"December 3, 1994 (1994-12-03)
Ronnie shoots and kills a murderous robber known as the Ghost, but gets in trouble because the Ghost's gun can't be found. Tony and Rachel tangle with a ruthless home contractor (Bruce McGill).
7711"A Christmas Story"December 17, 1994 (1994-12-17)
Tony puts Frank (Borgnine, recurring) under cover at a retirement home to help solve a robbery/murder. Frank finds love with a dying woman (Barbara Barrie). David can't afford Tony's Hanukkah present.
7812"Hidden"January 7, 1995 (1995-01-07)
A man (Marc McClure) accosts David, looking for his long-lost son who was in the Witness Protection Program. Tony goes up against a dognapper.
7913"The Johnny Club"January 14, 1995 (1995-01-14)
Tony's pilot friend John gets run over in an apparent accident, leaving behind two wives in different cities. Tony locks David in jail for stealing CDs. Freddie deals with a leak in Tony's office.
8014"The Golden Years"February 2, 1995 (1995-02-02)
Tony's mother Mary (Carol Lawrence) is dating gangster Jimmy Malloy (James Karen). When Malloy turns up dead, Tony's father Al (George Kennedy) is a suspect.
8115"Accused"February 9, 1995 (1995-02-09)
Tony investigates an arson plot. A sexy computer consultant tries to seduce Tony behind closed doors, then accuses of sexual harassment when he rebuffs her advances. David doctors photos.
8216"The Trial"February 16, 1995 (1995-02-16)
Someone murders a rapist facing trial, and sets bombs at the houses of the judge and the defense attorney. When bird-shaped tchotchkes go missing, Tony has Maltese Falcon-inspired dreams.
8317"Cry Wolfe"March 2, 1995 (1995-03-02)
To redeem himself after giving a false tip, an aging grifter named Charlie Wolfe (Dick O'Neill) goes out on a limb to ensnare a gangster who stole some gold coins. Tony makes a bet with a modern artist.
8418"Brooklyn"March 9, 1995 (1995-03-09)
Tony and Paulie visit their old neighborhood in Brooklyn when new evidence surfaces about the murder of their best friend 12 years ago. In a series of black and white flashbacks, Paulie has a mustache.
8519"Letting Go"March 23, 1995 (1995-03-23)
Rachel's doctor finds a lump in her breast; the Scalis wait anxiously for the biopsy results. Tony and Paulie aim to con a con man who's been gambling with retirees' money on the stock market.
8620"The Kid"March 30, 1995 (1995-03-30)
Paulie catches a thief who turns out to be a homeless boy caring for his two younger brothers; after he steals Paulie's gun, he becomes a murder suspect. David turns babysitting into a house party.
8721"Off Broadway, Part 1"May 13, 1995 (1995-05-13)
Tony's aspiring-actress goddaughter is murdered by a brick-wielding serial killer in New York City. Tony teams up with Connie Muldoon, a divorced detective from Spanish Harlem who works alone.
8822"Off Broadway, Part 2"May 20, 1995 (1995-05-20)
With the murders still unsolved, Tony and Connie suspect a suspicious mailman (Clark Gregg) who lives with his mother (Frances Bay). Connie struggles in her relationship with her daughter.

Season 5 (1995–96)Edit

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TitleOriginal air date
891"In the Shadow of the Gallows, Part 1"November 30, 1995 (1995-11-30)
Facing imminent execution, Robert Allardyce (Dean Stockwell) pressures Tony to revisit his case. Rachel prevents David from losing his virginity. A psychologist evaluates the department.
902"In the Shadow of the Gallows, Part 2"November 30, 1995 (1995-11-30)
Tony and Paulie continue the Allardyce investigation, uncovering a cover-up. Paulie hooks up with a blonde BIA agent, while Tony chases an FBI agent on horseback.
913"Father Image, Part 1"December 7, 1995 (1995-12-07)
924"Father Image, Part 2"December 14, 1995 (1995-12-14)
935"Redemption, Part 1"January 11, 1996 (1996-01-11)
946"Redemption, Part 2"January 11, 1996 (1996-01-11)

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