The Beat (TV series)

The Beat is an American drama television series which was produced by Viacom Productions and premiered on UPN on March 21, 2000 and ended after only six episodes a month later on April 25.[1][2] Seven additional episodes were produced although they have never aired.

The Beat
Created byTom Fontana
StarringDerek Cecil
Mark Ruffalo
Poppy Montgomery
Tom Noonan
Lea DeLaria
Luis Guzman
Lee Tergesen
Country of originUSA
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (7 unaired)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)The Levinson/Fontana Company
Viacom Productions
Original networkUPN
Original releaseMarch 21 (2000-03-21) –
April 25, 2000 (2000-04-25)

The series focuses on the day-to-day experiences of two uniformed police officers, Mike Dorrigan (Derek Cecil) and Zane Marinelli (Mark Ruffalo), of the NYPD and their attempts to deal with day-to-day life and work in New York City.[3]

The series was produced by many people who worked on Homicide: Life on the Street including Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Anya Epstein, Eric Overmyer, Irene Burns and Jim Finnerty. Many of the producers also collaborated on Oz including Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Irene Burns and Jim Finnerty.

The series is also notable as being one of the many series in which the character Det. John Munch, played by Richard Belzer, has appeared. The others include: Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, The X-Files, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Arrested Development, and The Wire.[4]


No.TitleOriginal air date
1"The Beat Goes On"March 21, 2000 (2000-03-21)
Beat cops Mike Dorigan and Zane Marinelli juggle a number of cases with their girlfriends.
2"They Say It's Your Birthday"March 28, 2000 (2000-03-28)
On his birthday, Zane learns that Beatrice torched his apartment and framed his father for it. John Munch, who has transferred to the NYPD's Special Victims Unit, arrives at the scene of a DOA.
3"Three Little Words"April 4, 2000 (2000-04-04)
Zane insists that Mike drop the idea of arresting Beatrice for arson, while Steve makes plans to throw an engagement party for Mike and Elizabeth.
4"Can I Get a Witness?"April 11, 2000 (2000-04-11)
Zane gets into a fight with Beatrice's new boyfriend.
5"Cueca Solo"April 18, 2000 (2000-04-18)
Zane is assigned to desk duty while Mike is partnered with Officer Skloff.
6"Someone to Watch Over Me"April 25, 2000 (2000-04-25)
With the assault charges against him dropped, Zane helps Mike prepare for the wedding.
7"Every Beat of My Heart"Unaired
8"Get It On"
"Get It On (Bang the Gong)"
9"Call on Me"Unaired
10"Dark End of the Street"Unaired
11"Gimme Shelter"Unaired
12"Tangled Up in Blue"Unaired
13"Come as You Are"Unaired


  1. ^ Hontz, Jenny (April 30, 1999). "Viacom gets the 'Beat'". Variety. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Gibbons, Kent (August 27, 2012). "After 'Homicide,' Before 'Copper,' Fontana, Levinson Walked a 'Beat'". Multichannel News. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  3. ^ Pierce, Scott D. (April 11, 2000). "Just what is Levinson's 'Beat' role?". Deseret News. Retrieved June 24, 2018.
  4. ^ Cardace, Sara (June 27, 2007). "That's Detective Munch to You". New York. Retrieved June 24, 2018.

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