The District

The District is an American crime drama and police procedural television series which aired on CBS from October 7, 2000, to May 1, 2004. The show followed the work and personal life of the chief of Washington, D.C.'s police department.

The District
Created by
ComposerMichael Hoenig
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes89 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Original networkCBS
Original releaseOctober 7, 2000 (2000-10-07) –
May 1, 2004 (2004-05-01)


Former Newark, New Jersey Police Commissioner and New York Transit police officer Jack Mannion is hired as the commissioner of the bureaucracy-laden Washington, D.C. police force. Together with his detectives and allies he must fight crime as well as internal corruption and the powers of Congress in order to reorganize and renovate the force.


The District was inspired by the real-life experience of former New York City Deputy Police Commissioner Jack Maple.[1][2] Along with Police Commissioner William Bratton, he had reorganized the NYPD, and one of the achievements was the CompStat program (comparative statistics), which has its own major role in the TV series. After the success in New York, the CompStat program has been adapted by other cities. However Jack Maple himself chose to publish his experiences—along with Chris Mitchell he wrote a book (The Crime Fighter, 2000), and along with Terry George he prepared a TV series concept. His impact on the storyline after season 1 was limited; he died of colon cancer on August 4, 2001.

Primary filming was in Los Angeles, with some location shooting in Washington, D.C.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
123October 7, 2000 (2000-10-07)May 19, 2001 (2001-05-19)
222September 29, 2001 (2001-09-29)May 18, 2002 (2002-05-18)
322September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28)May 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)
422September 27, 2003 (2003-09-27)May 1, 2004 (2004-05-01)

Cast and charactersEdit


Character Actor Seasons
1 2 3 4
Chief Jack Mannion Craig T. Nelson Main
Nick Pierce Justin Theroux Main Recurring
Deputy Mayor Mary Ann Mitchell Jayne Brook Main Guest
Deputy Chief Joe Noland Roger Aaron Brown Main
Ella Mae Farmer Lynne Thigpen Main
Detective Danny McGregor David O'Hara Main
Officer/Detective Temple Page Sean Patrick Thomas Main
Officer/Detective Nancy Parras Elizabeth Marvel Main
Detective Kevin Debreno Jonathan LaPaglia Main


Character Season 1 Season 2 Season 3 Season 4
Det. Sherry Regan Jean Smart
Sgt. Phil Brander Wayne Duvall
U.S. Attorney Bruce Logan Richard Fancy
Ricky Alvarez Segun Ajaga William Turner N/A
Helen York
Michelle Forbes
Mayor Ethan Baker
John Amos
Kendall Truman Kristen Wilson N/A
Sgt. Ray Cutter N/A Christopher B. Duncan
Clive Rodgers N/A Gregory Alan Williams
Ferris Gluck N/A Rita S. Jett
Attorney General Troy Hatch N/A
Ving Rhames
Melinda Lockhart N/A
Kelly Rutherford
Carol Bodine N/A
Carol Bodine
Mayor Morgan Douglas N/A Joseph C. Phillips
Vanessa Cavanaugh N/A Jaclyn Smith
Maria Rodriguez N/A Alexandra Barreto
Gwen Hendrix N/A
Vanessa Bell Calloway

Cast notesEdit


Season U.S. ratings Network Rank
1 2000-01 12.7 million CBS #35
2 2001-02 10.3 million CBS #49
3 2002-03 9.8 million CBS #60
4 2003-04 9.0 million CBS #65

Note: Throughout The District's entire run it was aired in a Saturday night timeslot and also it was the last U.S. scripted series to air on its Saturday night schedule until Ransom debuted in 2017.

International broadcastsEdit

  • In Australia, The District aired on the Nine Network in late night slots throughout its run.
  • In Bulgaria, the first two seasons aired on Nova Television. The whole series was aired on AXN with subtitles and later on AXN Crime. Later Fox Crime repeated the first two seasons and the dub was rerecorded with the same actors. The third season started in October 2010.
  • In Sweden, The District airs Monday through Thursday at 12:30am on TV4.
  • In Poland, The District aired on the Universal Channel.
  • In Germany, The District airs on VOX.
  • In the United Kingdom, it airs on CBS Action. It was also previously broadcast in late night slots on ITV1.
  • In Serbia, it aired on Radio Television of Serbia.
  • In Slovenia, it aired on the now defunct Prva TV, later it aired on Fox Life (Bulgaria & Balkans region).
  • In Jamaica, The District airs on CVM TV, every Thursday At approx. 12:00 a.m. as of April 2012.
  • In Romania it aired on TVR1 and TVR2
  • In Italy it aired on Rai 2 on November 29, 2004 and replayed on La7 on May 25, 2009.
  • In France, The District airs on France 2 (Washington Police)


It ran for a time on USA Network as well as on The Biography Channel after cancellation. On February 7, 2020 it joined the day shift in the Friday slot on Heroes & Icons.[3] Without explanation as of Feb. 20, 2020 the program was pulled and Fridays reverted to NUMB3RS.[4] As of mid-2020 it is back on the Heroes and Icons TV schedule weekdays from 1AM to 3AM Eastern Standard Time.


  1. ^ WIRE. "Craig T. Nelson moves to a different beat on `The District'". Journal Times.
  2. ^ Gallo, Phil (2 October 2000). "The District".
  3. ^ The District's first Day Shift is on NOW! Tune in to H&I to spend the day with our newest Friday block
  4. ^ Tomorrow, Clock into the Day Shift with The District! (comments confirm abrupt pulling)

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