Poochinski is a 1990 unsold television pilot.

Written byDavid Kirschner
Brian Levant
Lon Diamond
Directed byWill Mackenzie
StarringGeorge Newbern
Amy Yasbeck
Peter Boyle
Theme music composerAndy Summers
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes1
Executive producersDavid Kirschner
Brian Levant
Robert M.Myman
John Ritter
ProducerDavid Kirschner[1]
Production companiesAdam Productions
Bedrock Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original release
ReleaseJuly 9, 1990 (1990-07-09)



The story follows Chicago police detective Stanley Poochinski (played by Peter Boyle), whose spirit is transferred into a flatulent English bulldog after he is killed in the line of duty.[2] The canine detective then returns to solving crimes.[3][4]

NBC decided not to pick up the series, but subsequently did air the pilot, on July 9, 1990.[3] In recent years, the show's premise has been recognized as one of the most bizarre in television history. On July 10, 2018, The Last Podcast on the Left aired the pilot in its entirety on their live stream on the Adult Swim website.[5][6][7][8][9]

Primary cast



  1. ^ (27 August 1989). "The Plot Thickened", Daily News of LA ("It reported that NBC just bought a show called "Poochinski." According to its producer David Kirschner ....")
  2. ^ Schimkowitz, Matt (22 January 2013). "'Poochinski' Proves That Not All Dogs Go To Heaven (Some Just Become Peter Boyle)". www.vulture.com. Retrieved 3 October 2019.
  3. ^ a b Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Pilots, 1937–2012 (2013)
  4. ^ (27 May 1990). Kup on Sunday, Chicago Sun-Times ("A proposed series about a dog, titled 'Poochinski,' failed to make the cut.")
  5. ^ (14 January 2012). The Greatest Show of All Time (That Was Never Made), VH1
  6. ^ Warder, Robin (6 October 2012). 6 TV Shows You Won't Believe Were Actually Made, Cracked
  7. ^ (5 August 2004). ABC special shines light on failed shows, Chicago Tribune
  8. ^ Lyons, Margaret (6 January 2010). Clip du jour: 'Poochinski' is the best/worst show that never was, Entertainment Weekly
  9. ^ (2 March 1995). "This humorous TV book assures BAD time for all", Milwaukee Sentinel