1 9 9 2 (USA)
13 x 60 minute episodes
After being involved in the accidental fatal shooting of a 12-year-old girl (which understandably generated a lot of negative public reaction), NYPD detective Nick Bonetti (Jack Scalia) was given a temporary assignment as a visiting detective with the South Compton police department in Southern Los Angeles.
Bonetti, a lover of fine jazz and a gourmet Italian cook, found it difficult to adjust to the laid-back California lifestyle and being given a dog as a partner – a plot device clearly inspired by the 1989 movie Turner & Hooch.
Tequila, a large French mastiff, was a junk-food addict (he loved burritos), had a hip attitude, loved women, and provided the viewing audience with a running commentary on the action (voiced by comedian Brad Sanders) – a plot device clearly inspired by the 1989 movie Look Who’s Talking.
Officer Angela Garcia (Mariska Hargitay, pictured at right) was a pretty, widowed young policewoman who didn’t succumb to Bonetti’s charms and had problems dealing with his “shoot first and ask questions later” approach to police work.
Midian Knight – a.k.a ‘Captain Midnight’ (Charles Rocket) – was their pretentious, image-conscious commanding officer who was more interested in making it as a movie scriptwriter than in his police work.
Unsure whether it was trying to be a drama or a comedy, Tequila and Bonetti had an uncomfortable mix of broad comedy and violent action in most episodes, and the show never attracted a large enough audience to stay on the air.
Detective Nick Bonetti
Officer Angela Garcia
Captain Midian Knight