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Nash Bridges
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Premiere March 29, 1996
Finale May 4, 2001
Creator Carlton Cuse
Network CBS
Style 60-minute crime mystery
Company Don Johnson Company
Carlton Cuse Productions
Rysher Entertainment (seasons 1-4)
Paramount Television (seasons 5-6)
Seasons 6
Episodes 122
Origin USA

Nash Bridges is a crime mystery that aired on CBS.

The show starred Don Johnson as an Inspector (later Captain in season 4) with the San Francisco Police Department's elite "Special Investigations Unit". As the show begins, he's in his 40s, twice-divorced, and dealing with a feisty teenage daughter, Cassidy (played by Jodi Lyn O'Keefe). Nash convinces recently retired Inspector Joe Dominguez (played by Cheech Marin) to return to the force to partner with him. Nash and Joe cruise the streets of San Francisco in Nash's "curious yellow" 1971 Plymouth Barracuda convertible, a gift from Nash's brother Bobby just before Bobby left for the Vietnam War. Bobby Bridges was reported as MIA, but turns up in later seasons. Nash's father Nick (played by James Gammon) suffers from mild dementia and has a habit of getting kicked out of nursing homes. He eventually moves in with Nash, and is often involved in comic subplots.

Aiding Nash in his police work is the technically savvy Harvey Leek (played by Jeff Perry), a middle-aged "Deadhead" (a die-hard Grateful Dead fan), and young, hotheaded Evan Cortez (played by Jaime P. Gomez, 1996–2000), who has an off-and-on, stormy relationship with Cassidy. In later seasons, additional Inspectors and other supporting characters were added and subtracted from the main cast. For the first nine episodes, the commander of the SIU was Lieutenant A.J. Shimamura (played by Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa in season 1-2 only), a character that was written off after he failed to be promoted to Captain. (The character was said to have returned to his native Hawaii.) Shimamura's departure opened the door for Bridges to be promoted to Captain, and given command of the SIU.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Don Johnson Inspector Nash Bridges 1 2 3 4 5 6
Cheech Marin Inspector Joe Dominguez 1 2 3 4 5 6
James Gammon Nick Bridges 1 2 3 4 5 6
Jaime P. Gomez Inspector Evan Cortez 1 2 3 4 5
Wendy Moniz Officer Rachel McCabe 6
Mary Mara Inspecter Bryn Carson 2
Kelly Hu Inspector Michelle Chan 3
Jodi Lyn O'Keefe Cassidy Bridges 1 2 3 4 5 6
Jeff Perry Inspector Harvey Leek 1 2 3 4 5 6
Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa Lt. A.J. Shimamura 1
Serena Scott Thomas Kelly Weld 1
Annette O'Toole Lisa Bridges 1 2
Yasmine Bleeth Caitlin Cross 4 5
Cress Williams Inspector Antwon Babcock 6
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Julianne Christie Bonnie Leek 1 2 3 4 5 6
Victoria Smith Inger Dominguez 1
Caroline Lagerfelt 2 3 4 5 6
Daniel Roebuck Inspector Rick Bettina 1 2 3 4 5 6
Tracey Walter Angel
Christian J. Meoli Boz Bishop
Ronald Russell II Sergeant Ronnie
Angela Dohrmann Stacy Bridges 1 2 3 4
Stephen Lee Tony B
Patrick Fischler Pepe


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One March 29, 1996 May 17, 1996 8
Season Two September 13, 1996 May 2, 1997 23
Season Three September 19, 1997 May 15, 1998 23
Season Four September 25, 1998 May 14, 1999 24
Season Five September 24, 1999 May 19, 2000 22
Season Six October 6, 2000 May 4, 2001 22


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The First Season October 14, 2008 2


The Second Season March 3, 2009 5


The Third Season November 10, 2009 5


The Fourth Season February 10, 2015 5


The Fifth Season 5


Complete Series
The Complete Series November 4, 2014 27


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