No. of seasons 4
Running time 60 minutes
Country of origin United States
No. of episodes 89 (list of episodes)
Final episode date 1 May 2004
Program creators Jack Maple, Terry George
|Created by Terry George
Starring Craig T. Nelson Lynne Thigpen Jayne Brook Roger A. Brown Sean Patrick Thomas Justin Theroux David O'Hara Elizabeth Marvel Jonathan LaPaglia
Cast Craig T Nelson, Roger Aaron Brown, Lynne Thigpen, Sean Patrick Thomas, Jonathan LaPaglia
The District is a television police drama which aired on CBS from October 7, 2000, to May 1, 2004. The show followed the work and personal life of the chief of Washington, D.C.'s Police Department (MPDC).
Former Newark, New Jersey Police Commissioner and New York Transit Police Officer Jack Mannion is hired as the commissioner of the bureaucracy-laden D.C. Police Force. Together with his detectives and allies he must fight crime as well as internal corruption and the powers of Congress in order to reorganize and renovate the force.
The District was inspired by the real-life experience of former New York City Deputy Police Commissioner Jack Maple. Along with Police Commissioner William Bratton they had reorganized the NYPD and one of the achievements was the CompStat program (comparative statistics) since 1994 that has its own major role in the TV series. After the success in New York the CompStat program has been adapted by other cities however Jack Maple himself chose to publish his experiences - along with Chris Mitchell he wrote a book (The Crime Fighter, 2000) and along with Terry George he prepared a TV series concept. His impact on the story line was limited as he died of colon cancer on August 4, 2001.
Primary filming was in Los Angeles, with some location shooting in Washington.
Note: Throughout The District's entire run it was aired in a Saturday night timeslot.