Stark raving awesome

Friends, here is the BEST guilty-pleasure viewing of this summer: “The Good Guys”, Fox’s new action comedy (yes, you read that correctly) starring Bradley Whitford (Josh Lyman from The West Wing) and Colin Hanks (TomSpawn) as a most unreformed non-PC cop and his straight-man partner.  I hadn’t read any critics’ reviews of this prior to settling in to check out Whitford, whose mustache for this role rivals anything Tom Selleck sported back in the day.  Frankly, I was just plain curious: what in the world was the man immortalizing the line “I’m so sick of Congress I could vomit” doing running around with a beer belly and crooked tietack shooting things?

Simply put, he’s having a blast.  This is the most fun, over-the-top, goofy piece of entertainment I’ve seen in quite awhile.  If you grew up on Starsky and Hutch, the A-Team, or others in the motley gallery of late 70s/early 80s buddy-action shows, the formula is obvious and this sendup affectionately madcap.   Don’t spend too much time trying to mull over the logic of any plot points or musing on “social commentary” served up by Dan Stark (Whitford).  That isn’t the point.  This is classic summer fare, perfect for watching under the spell of a whirring rotary fan while nursing a sweating bottle of beer.  What, I can’t invoke an old-school cliche now?

“The Good Guys” airs on Fox Mondays at 9/(8 central) or anytime you’d like via Hulu or the show’s website.

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