Tequila and Bonetti
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Original run: 17 Jan 1992 – 17 Apr 1992
Country of origin: US
Network: CBS US
Watched by: 69 of 676 831 0.01%
Total running time: 12 hours
Episode duration: 60 minutes
IMDB rating: 6.3 of 10 321
MyShows rating: 4.13 of 5 40
Tequila and Bonetti is an American comedy-drama crime series starring Jack Scalia. The series originally aired on CBS from January 17, 1992 to April 17, 1992. It was later rebooted in 2000 for Italian television. The lead character of the series, Nico ("Nick") Bonetti (Jack Scalia), is a policeman from New York City who is proud of his Italian heritage and very fond of his vintage rose-colored Cadillac convertible, which he inherited from his father. After he erroneously shoots a young girl during a gunfight, he relocates to a beachfront Los Angeles precinct on temporary assignment. Here he meets his new partners, Tequila (a large, burrito-eating French Mastiff), and Officer Angela Garcia (Mariska Hargitay), who joined the department after her policeman husband's death. Their boss is Captain Midian Knight (Charles Rocket), who is almost as interested in selling a screenplay as he is in police work. The series shows their investigations of crimes and the evolving relationships between the characters. This show has the peculiarity that television viewers are able to hear Tequila's thoughts.
Life is not easy for Bonetti, due to his remorse about the girl he shot and the strange habits of Californians whom he does not understand. His neighbors include a Puerto Rican psychic (Liz Torres), who hears Tequila's thoughts but initially believes she is hearing spirits. Bonetti develops a grudging respect for the people around him as well as for Tequila, who despite his faults is an excellent police dog. The dog is portrayed as having human-level intelligence and a street-wise, sassy attitude.