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100 TV Shows #54-Broken Badges

Broken Badges

Seven episodes of a show that makes you wonder what the hell they were thinking, at least back in 1990. Basic premise: Crazy cops.

From Wiki: Broken Badges followed three police officers, J.J 'Bullet' Tingreedes, who was addicted to danger, Stanley 'Whipusall' Jones, a small man who would explode when people would make comments about his size, And Toby Baker, a kleptomanic. All of whom were on psychiatric leave from the police department. Together with former New Orleans cop Beau Jack Bowman and police psychiatrist Priscilla Mather they formed a crime fighting team.

Better yet, check out the cast:

Miguel Ferrer as Beau Jack Bowman
Eileen Davidson as J.J 'Bullet' Tingreedes
Jay Johnson as Stanley 'Whipusall' Jones
Ernie Hudson as Toby Baker
Charlotte Lewis as Priscilla Mather

Yes, Jay Johnson. So as part of this sort of Psuedo A-Team cop-show (co-produced by Stephen J. Cannell) the had Jay Johnson (who was hilarious on Soap and as a stand-up ventriloquist) AND his puppet playing an actual depressed cop.

The only reason I know I was watching this (and I think I watched all of it) was because Miguel Ferrer as Albert was the only part of the Twin Peaks experience left untainted to me by the horror of the 2nd season. In retrospect, my only true Twin Peaks ship was Albert/Harry. The time Harry punched Albert was the hottest thing on the show that I can still think about without cringing.

So I thought Miguel was hot and I wanted to see the show. I don't remember anything that actually happened, but I do vividly remember Judith Crist's TV Guide review, or at least the line describing Ferrer's Cajun character where she said "He says Cher more often than Sonny Bono.

Allow me to take a minute to mourn the days when TV Guide was a real magazine, with real reviews, and they were able to say bad things about TV shows in a space longer than a two line "Jeer." Mind, you I'm being seriously nostalgic here and talking about the small size of TV Guide and the one with the staple in the middle, not the solid spine binding. (HEY YOU KIDS, GET OFF MY LAWN!)

The weird thing is, I'm now starting to think, it might just have been ahead of its time. There was no room for it in a three network world of 1990, but with a few tweaks, it might be perfect for a USA Show. Talk about "Characters Welcome."



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Nov. 24th, 2012 11:54 am (UTC)
I remember this show. I actually watched it because it was the first thing Eileen Davidson did after leaving Y&R (the first time) and I adored her as Ashley - she's still a favourite of mine, actually.

I must have known Miguel from Twin Peaks, but I didn't really remember much about it at that point - when I rewatched I remember being surprised by him, from knowing him from this show.

I also LOVE the song from the credits.

I actually remember wondering if he was overdoing the 'cher'. Clearly not just me (obviously I had no idea how Cajuns actually speak - for all I knew it was accurate, or at least TV-accurate).

I also remember really loving Ernie Hudson in this - he and Tony Todd are two of my "it's that guy" actors from the 90s (and I have been known to confuse them - due to awesome, not race, for the record).

I was so amused by Jay Johnson and his puppet, but he was also really interesting to me. But you know, puppet. Laughter.

I even had a ship - Beau/Judy. I think they had a one off kiss, like most shows do at some point and I suppose it was the male and female lead thing but I did think they had some serious chemistry in and of themselves.
Nov. 28th, 2012 10:31 pm (UTC)
Wow! Two of us who actually remember the show. Although I'm surprised it got shown in Australia with only 7 episodes. That IS a good song. It reminds me a bit of Waylon Jennings' theme for Dukes of Hazard.

I've noticed that Miguel Ferrer is one of those guys who can fit into almost any show (especially procedurals) as a supporting player, but may not be well-suited for the lead.

I may have to watch the eps, as they appear to be up on Youtube and see how it plays now, and what the cringe factor is.
Dec. 9th, 2012 07:52 am (UTC)
I know! I vaguely remember it being on in the summer wasteland of cancelled shows, or aired late at night for similar reasons. May even have been both.

It does. I like Waylon's theme too.

He is a very versatile actor. I could maybe see him as a co-lead, I think he may have been considered that on Crossing Jordan, but not as a focused lead, he just isn't that type of actor.

I'll be interested to know. I have most, maybe all, of them on tape... somewhere.
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