Crime drama about a wise, elderly, Asian-American LAPD cop investigating crimes with his culturally insensitive and thickheaded but overall good-natured younger partner, Lt. George Shaver.
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1988   1987  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Pat Morita ...  Lt. Ohara 30 episodes, 1987-1988
Robert Clohessy ...  Lt. George Shaver 19 episodes, 1987-1988
Rachel Ticotin ...  Teresa Storm / ... 14 episodes, 1987-1988
Meagen Fay ...  Roxy 14 episodes, 1987-1988
Kevin Conroy ...  Capt. Lloyd Hamilton 11 episodes, 1987
Jon Polito ...  Capt. Ross 11 episodes, 1987
Madge Sinclair ...  Gussie Lemmons 11 episodes, 1987
Richard Yniguez ...  Det. Jesse Guerrera 11 episodes, 1987
Catherine Keener ...  Lt. Cricket Sideris 11 episodes, 1987
Jack Wallace ...  Sgt. Phil O'Brien 11 episodes, 1987
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Storyline

The series focuses on an unconventional Los Angeles-based Japanese American police lieutenant named Ohara who uses spirituality methods such as meditation in his home shrine to solve crimes without the use of a gun or a partner, although he would use martial arts if necessary. He often talked in the form of epigrams. He was later paired with a partner named Lt. George Shaver who was a more conventional cop.

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He doesn't drive. He doesn't shoot. He doesn't punch. And he doesn't lose. Ohara. The un-cop.

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Crime | Drama | Thriller

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 January 1987 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

| (13 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Following its premiere, the show was not attracting the audience ABC had hoped for. They put it through several format changes to increase the ratings. The first major change was to change title character Ohara from a lieutenant to a federal police officer; he was also paired with a partner. Later on in the season Ohara became a more conventional cop using a gun to assist him in his investigations. The second season had a final format change in which Ohara and his partner were turned into private investigators. These changes failed to improve the show's declining ratings and the show was cancelled after the second season. See more »

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An Honest Review
9 February 2019 | by generationofswineSee all my reviews

No one really remembers this and it deserves more...

However somewhere along the line people stopped casting Pat Morita in comedic roles, and that is a pure shame. Because, really, it's shows like this that you can see where the man is brilliant.

It's a police drama, but it's a police drama with a lead that has a sense of time that only really comes from an understanding of how comedy works. So, of course, it stands out from the rest.

But it also makes for a solid show. Pat Morita is a comedian first and foremost, but one that can use those skills to wonderfully adapt to a drama without crossing that line.

It's a rare and forgotten gem


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