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.
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||89 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original release||October 7, 2000 –|
May 1, 2004
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. 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.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||23||October 7, 2000||May 19, 2001|
|2||22||September 29, 2001||May 18, 2002|
|3||22||September 28, 2002||May 17, 2003|
|4||22||September 27, 2003||May 1, 2004|
Cast and charactersEdit
|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|
|Mayor Ethan Baker||N/A|
|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||N/A|
|Mayor Morgan Douglas||N/A||Joseph C. Phillips|
|Vanessa Cavanaugh||N/A||Jaclyn Smith|
|Maria Rodriguez||N/A||Alexandra Barreto|
- In 2001, Jean Smart was nominated for an Emmy Award for "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" for her performance as "Sherry Regan".
- On March 12, 2003, Thigpen died of a cerebral hemorrhage in her Marina del Rey, California, home. The show's third-season finale had a tribute to her character.
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.
- 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. Without explanation as of Feb. 20, 2020 the program was pulled and Fridays reverted to NUMB3RS. As of mid-2020 it is back on the Heroes and Icons TV schedule weekdays from 1AM to 3AM Eastern Standard Time.
- WIRE. "Craig T. Nelson moves to a different beat on `The District'". Journal Times.
- Gallo, Phil (2 October 2000). "The District".
- The District's first Day Shift is on NOW! Tune in to H&I to spend the day with our newest Friday block
- Tomorrow, Clock into the Day Shift with The District! (comments confirm abrupt pulling)