• Network: Netflix
  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 21, 2018
Metascore
53

Mixed or average reviews - based on 15 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 15
  2. Negative: 0 out of 15
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  1. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    Sep 21, 2018
    60
    The old-school show is easy to take, but the denouements can be seen from miles away, and Danza continues to have the kind of intensity that you either love or hate.
  2. Reviewed by: Pilot Viruet
    Sep 21, 2018
    58
    The Good Cop is all over the place, which often makes it amusing to watch, though perhaps not in the way the creator intended. ... But, there is something almost... pleasant about The Good Cop. It’s light, sometimes fun, and casually watchable.
  3. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Sep 20, 2018
    58
    There’s nothing wrong in aspiring to be purely entertaining. Good Cop is quite good at that in Episode 1, but pretty much falls on its face in the second hour. Each story ends with a newspaper headline teasing the next one.
  4. Reviewed by: Karen Han
    Sep 21, 2018
    50
    In the end, the show never quite proves its case as worth watching. It’s fine enough, but it will need to make a stronger case for itself going forward--just as Caruso Jr. needs to step out of his father’s shadow--in order to bring audiences back for a second season.
  5. 50
    [Danza's] not an especially deep actor, and neither he nor the show seem inclined to do anything that’ll really rattle us and make us ask if it’s okay to like this guy and think of him as an essentially good-hearted eccentric who has many useful things to teach us if only we’d listen.
  6. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Sep 19, 2018
    50
    The show doesn't demand to be binged, but sampled. It could air on USA just as easily. Danza, who doesn't break from type, is another steady reminder of TV past, specifically his own. Why this is on Netflix is a mystery bigger than any the Carusos will tackle this season.
  7. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Sep 21, 2018
    45
    Feels too much like the third or fourth best series on USA network.
  8. Reviewed by: Ben Travers
    Sep 21, 2018
    42
    The Good Cop never aims to be anything more than an amiable distraction. ... Danza is a big personality filling a character with a big personality. Groban is the opposite for both, and no matter how great Danza gets, the odd couple dynamic doesn’t work when one guy’s doing all the work.
  9. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Sep 21, 2018
    40
    Why does “The Good Cop” feel so much more dull, clunky and antiquated than “Monk” did? The obvious, and at least partly correct, answer is that some things that worked in 2009 no longer work in 2018. But the more immediate lesson is the difference one actor can make.
  10. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    Sep 20, 2018
    40
    Thoroughly (maddeningly?) vanilla in so many devious ways that even the font for the logo and the manipulatively easy theme song and background music feel like a kind of manufactured nostalgia to sedate the masses.
  11. Reviewed by: Brian Tallerico
    Sep 19, 2018
    40
    This is at the root of the problem with The Good Cop--it could have been called “The Dumb Cop.” Every episode hinges on one of the Tonys, or often both, not seeing something that’s staring them in the face. The supporting cast doesn’t lessen the disappointment.
  12. Reviewed by: Daniel D'Addario
    Sep 17, 2018
    40
    A show with frustratingly little on its mind, The Good Cop quickly establishes its two leads as familiar personality types and then reiterates who they are, over and over, for ten episodes, with little modulation or development. Worse, for a show that sets up and solves a new mystery every episode, the show relies on the utter lack of intelligence of both its two leads and everyone around them.
User Score
6.8

Generally favorable reviews- based on 16 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 16
  2. Negative: 2 out of 16
  1. RVE
    Oct 9, 2018
    10
    Simply a very feel good tv show , old fashion but innovative in the same time
  2. Sep 25, 2018
    4
    This show is like a less funny version of Monk, but even worse is the main character's almost misogynistic way of answering questions for hisThis show is like a less funny version of Monk, but even worse is the main character's almost misogynistic way of answering questions for his female counterpart - seriously, in the second and third episodes it is so over the top that it isn't even funny yet they'll probably milk this for the entire run of the season.

    Some will call it quirky, some will say it is a less cerebral/serious cop show. The issue isn't so much with the crime storylines however. Somewhat lame humor, some downright mediocre acting, and less than good personal storylines for the characters is what keeps this from being all that good.

    Tony Danza's character comes across as almost a caricature, Groban's character just seems unbelievably naive, Barbaro is just there to be eye candy and a foil, while Isiah Whitlock's character is probably the most likable playing a cop beyond caring with his retirement coming up.

    We'll see if it matures any and if it gets a second season...
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  3. Oct 29, 2018
    10
    This show is well acted and has some great writers. I keep repeating some of the funniest lines to my hubby. Danza and Groban are a greatThis show is well acted and has some great writers. I keep repeating some of the funniest lines to my hubby. Danza and Groban are a great duo, and it is laugh out loud funny at times. Hope it lasts! Full Review »