is an American television police drama created by Carlton Cuse.
The show starred Don Johnson and Cheech Marin as two Inspectors
with the San Francisco Police Department's Special Investigations
Unit. The show ran for six seasons on CBS from March 29, 1996 to
May 4, 2001 with a total of 122 episodes being produced.
The show has aired in over 70
countries. It currently airs in the Middle East on MBC's newly
launched Action block MBC Action, DR2 in Denmark, Crime &
Investigation Network, WGN America, Universal HD in the United
States, TV1 in Australia, 13th Street in The Netherlands and
Universal Channel in Serbia and on CBS Action in the United
Bridges debuted on
March 29, 1996 on the CBS Television network. The show starred Don
Johnson as an Inspector (later Captain in season 4) with the San
Francisco Police Department's elite "Special Investigations
Unit". As the show begins, he's in his 40s, twice-divorced, and
dealing with a feisty teenage daughter, Cassidy (played by Jodi Lyn
O'Keefe). Nash convinces recently retired Inspector Joe Dominguez
(played by Cheech Marin) to return to the force to partner with him.
Nash and Joe cruise the streets of San Francisco in Nash's
"curious yellow" 1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertible, a gift
from Nash's brother Bobby just before Bobby left for the Vietnam War.
Bobby Bridges was reported as MIA, but turns up in later seasons.
Nash's father Nick (played by James Gammon) suffers from mild dementia
and has a habit of getting kicked out of nursing homes. He eventually
moves in with Nash, and is often involved in comic subplots.
Aiding Nash in his police work is the
technically savvy Harvey Leek (played by Jeff Perry), a middle-aged
"Deadhead" (a die-hard Grateful Dead fan), and young,
hotheaded Evan Cortez (played by Jaime P. Gomez, 1996–2000), who has
an off-and-on, stormy relationship with Cassidy. In later seasons,
additional Inspectors and other supporting characters were added and
subtracted from the main cast. For the first nine episodes, the
commander of the SIU was Lieutenant A.J. Shimamura (played by
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa in season 1-2 only), a character that was written
off after he failed to be promoted to Captain. (The character was said
to have returned to his native Hawaii.) Shimamura's departure opened
the door for Bridges to be promoted to Captain, and given command of
| The show was
produced and filmed on location in the San Francisco Bay Area. The
show shot on the streets of San Francisco including The Embarcadero
and Piers 30 through 32.
Neighboring Treasure Island was used as the headquarters for the
show. Hangar 2 on Treasure Island was the location of permanent sets
including Nash's apartment The show employed several hundred local
workers including production crews and staff members, carpenters,
electricians, set designers, grips, set dressers, props, scenic
artists, location managers, costumers, drivers, cameramen, special
effects, soundmen, makeup and hair stylists and production
assistants. Episode production was nearly $2 million per episode.
The show premiered on March 29, 1996 at 10:00pm on CBS.
The show was produced by the Don
Johnson Company and Carlton Cuse Productions in association with
Rysher Entertainment for the first 4 seasons. In 1999 Paramount
Network Television took over Rysher's spot after acquiring that
The show used 3 different theme
songs during its initial run. Season 1 used a primarily instrumental
piece. Seasons 2–5 used a musical piece most well known by the
lyrics "I got a friend in you to lead me out of the cold."
Season 6 changed the song again, using another primarily
instrumental piece, written by Velton Ray Bunch, with a bit of a
techno beat to it. A fourth song, written by First season composer
Elia Cmiral and which was Don Johnson's original choice, sometimes
replaces the first season song in syndication.
The sixth season of Nash Bridges would be its last; however,
the show was obtaining fair ratings from Nielsen. Following its Friday
night ratings battle (which it was losing to NBC's Law & Order:
Special Victims Unit), the show was canceled. Paramount Network
Television, which was producing the show, felt that its $2 million per
episode production cost was just too much. CBS was hoping to get a
seventh season out of Nash Bridges, but that failed because
Paramount wasn't willing to pay, even though at the time, Viacom had
owned both CBS and Paramount. Another factor that led to the ending of
the series was that Don Johnson wanted out. Johnson was getting tired,
and CBS and Paramount had enough episodes to put the series into
|The 1st Season
||October 14, 2008
||October 6, 2010
||March 9, 2010
|The 2nd Season
||March 3, 2009
||March 3, 2011
||May 12, 2010
|The 3rd Season
||November 10, 2009
||June 8, 2011
||July 7, 2010
|The 4th Season
||September 7, 2011
|The 5th Season
||December 17, 2011
|The 6th Season
||March 7, 2012
CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount)
has released the first three seasons of Nash Bridges on DVD
in Region 1. Seasons four, five, and six have not yet been announced
for release in the United States.
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