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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 (MPDC).

The District
Created by Terry George
Jack Maple
Starring Craig T. Nelson
Lynne Thigpen
Jayne Brook
Roger A. Brown
Sean Patrick Thomas
Justin Theroux
David O'Hara
Elizabeth Marvel
Jonathan LaPaglia
Composer(s) Michael Hoenig
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 89 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Denise Di Novi
Terry George
Lynn Marie Latham
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Di Novi Pictures
Studios USA Television (2000-2002) (seasons 1-2)
Universal Network Television (2002-2004) (seasons 3-4)
CBS Productions
Original network CBS
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Dolby Surround 2.0
Original release October 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 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 since 1994 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 was limited as he died of colon cancer on August 4, 2001.

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


Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 23 October 7, 2000 (2000-10-07) May 19, 2001 (2001-05-19)
2 22 September 29, 2001 (2001-09-29) May 18, 2002 (2002-05-18)
3 22 September 28, 2002 (2002-09-28) May 17, 2003 (2003-05-17)
4 22 September 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
Helen York
Michelle Forbes
Mayor Ethan Baker
John Amos
Kendall Truman
Kristen Wilson
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 Callaway

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.

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 (Sky channel 148), Monday to Friday at 2pm, 6pm and 10pm. 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. 12:00am. as of April,2012.
  • In Romania it aired on TVR1 and TVR2


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