Don Johnson and Cheech Marin star as Nash Bridges and Joe Dominguez in this 1990s buddy cop drama about the unorthodox SIU squad of the San Francisco PD. The cops use a slick streetwise style to catch bad guys and are some of the best at it around. It also featured Detectives Harvey Leek and Evan Cortez as a Beta Couple and fellow members of the SIU team.
Other notable team members include Kelly Hu as Kelly Chan (1997-1998) and Yasmine Bleeth as Caitlin Cross (1998-2000). The show also featured the personal lives of the officers particularly Nash, his daughter Cassidy was a series regular throughout its run. Also featured regularly were Joe's wife, Inger, and Nash's elderly father, Nick. A special mention should go out to Nash's yellow Barracuda convertible, which was such an integral part of the show that it even got its own Day in The Limelight episode.
- Batman Cold Open: most shows start with Nash in the middle of solving a case
- Bad Cop, Incompetent Cop: Pretty much any Cop who disagreed with Nash's signature style fell into this trope but Richard Bettina was a textbook example.
- Casting Gag: "Wild Card" features guest appearances by Phillip Michael Thomas and Tommy Chong. They are reunited, respectively, with Don Johnson and Cheech Marin.
- Clear My Name happens more than once at one point the entire squad is framed for corruption
- Cool Car: The aforementioned 'Cuda
- Curse Cut Short: In "Hit And Run", an assassin accidentally sets off the bomb he's installing in a car. His last words: "Oh sh-!"
- Freudian Excuse: It's almost a running joke in the first few seasons that Evan Cortez is basically a younger version of Nash. Naturally, his daughter Cassidy winds up dating him later in the series.
- He Didn't Make It: Almost Harvey Leek's Catch Phrase.
- Pretty Fly for a White Guy: Bozz Bishop.
- Production Posse: Show creator Carlton Cuse went on to co-create Lost, a show whose actors have a pretty wide overlap with this one. Notably, Cheech Marin is Hurley's papa and Jeff Perry was Sawyer-victim Frank Duckett.
- Right Hand Versus Left Hand: In "Javelin Catcher", Evan arrests a man for soliciting a prostitute and releases him. Nash is a little annoyed about the release because the same man was wanted for attempted murder. He almost mentions the trope by name.
- Shot in the Ass: Caitlin accidentally shoots Nash in his posterior in one episode. It's title? "Shoot The Moon".
- An early episode involves Nash's daughter being accidentally shot - at school! - by another student who was carrying a revolver. She was also shot in the ass, presumably so that Nash could angst over his daughter's injury without her being left seriously injured.
- Spiritual Successor: It's Miami Vice, in the 90s, and on the other side of the country.
- Two episodes even had Phillip Michael Thomas as a guest star.
- Tsundere: Inger. It was rare that she was even mentioned onscreen when she wasn't pissed off at Joe although he often deserved it like the time he burned the house down trying to save a few bucks.
- San Francisco
- Serial Killer: several, but most notably The Prowler
- Shout-Out: The episode "Out of Miami" guest-stars Steven Bauer as a violent Cuban drug trafficker.
- Another episode guest-stars Cheech's old smoking buddy, Tommy Chong.
- Slap Slap Kiss : pretty much all Nash's love interests pretty much love him or hate him.