|Tequila and Bonetti|
|Created by||Donald P. Bellisario|
|Voices of||Brad Sanders|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||60 mins. (with commercials)|
|Original release||January 17 –|
April 17, 1992
Tequila and Bonetti is an American crime comedy-drama television series starring Jack Scalia. The series originally aired on CBS from January 17, 1992 to April 17, 1992. It was later remade 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.
The show was developed by producer Donald P. Bellisario. His daughter, an eight year-old Troian Bellisario (eighteen years before her defining role in Pretty Little Liars), had a recurring role as Garcia's daughter, who for a time is unaware that her mother has joined the police department rather than continue a career as an art dealer.
Each episode has a montage during which Bonetti plays piano and viewers see odd, sometimes disturbing scenes featuring Bonetti's neighbors and co-workers. Some of these scenes are from later episodes, while others remain unexplained. Each montage ends with Bonetti's memory of the shooting of the girl in New York.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Street Dogs"||Michael Zinberg||Donald P. Bellisario||January 17, 1992|
|2||"Teach Your Children"||TBA||TBA||January 24, 1992|
|3||"The Rose Cadillac"||James Whitmore Jr.||Richard C. Okie||January 31, 1992|
|4||"Language of the Heart"||Christopher Hibler||TBA||February 28, 1992|
|5||"Tales of the Dragon"||TBA||TBA||March 6, 1992|
|6||"A Perfect Match"||TBA||TBA||March 13, 1992|
|7||"Fetch This, Pal"||TBA||TBA||April 3, 1992|
|8||"Wonderdog"||TBA||TBA||April 10, 1992|
|9||"Brooklyn and the Beast"||TBA||TBA||April 17, 1992|
|10||"Mama"||TBA||TBA||April 18, 1992|
|12||"Runt of the Litter"||TBA||TBA||UNAIRED|
The series received negative reviews from critics, and was subsequently canceled by CBS four months after its premiere.
8 years later, Tequila & Bonetti was rebooted for television with Jack Scalia reprising his role as Bonetti; only this time, the show was filmed and aired in Italy. Bonetti goes to Rome to team up with a new "Tequila", a cross between a Saint Bernard and a golden retriever, and the policewoman Fabiana Sasso (Alessia Marcuzzi). Again, only the audience can hear the dog's thoughts, but this time Bonetti is the one with strange American habits, as seen by his new Italian friends.