The Beat (TV Series 2000)


The Beat (TV Series 2000–2000)

Young uniform police officers Zane Marinelli and Mike Dorigan balance life on the force with their romantic relationships and personal struggles. Zane struggles with the fact that his father is in jail for his mother's murder, and tries to deal with his unstable girlfriend Beatrice, who burned down his apartment. Mike is beginning to get cold feet about his engagement to Elizabeth, a medical student, and his excessive drinking is creating tension in their relationship. The show's visual trademark is its mix of film and video.
IMDb   6.4 /10
RottenTomatoes  92 %  6.3 /10
Creator Bruno Kirby
Creator Goran Gajic
Creator Jason Yoshimura
Creator Anya Epstein
Release Date2000-03-21
Runtime1h 0mins
GenreDrama, Crime, Mystery
Content Rating
CompanyThe Levinson / Fontana Company, Viacom Productions
Brad Ulrich 13 episodes, 2000
Mike Dorigan 13 episodes, 2000
Frances Robinson 13 episodes, 2000
Rei Morales 12 episodes, 2000
Steve Dorigan 9 episodes, 2000
Zane Marinelli 8 episodes, 2000

The Beat (TV series)

The Beat is an American drama television series which was produced by Viacom Productions and premiered on UPN on March 21, 2000 and ended after only six episodes a month later on April 25. Seven additional episodes were produced although they have never aired.

The series focuses on the day-to-day experiences of two uniformed police officers, Mike Dorrigan (Derek Cecil) and Zane Marinelli (Mark Ruffalo), of the NYPD and their attempts to deal with day-to-day life and work in New York City.

The series was produced by many people who worked on Homicide: Life on the Street including Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Anya Epstein, Eric Overmyer, Irene Burns and Jim Finnerty. Many of the producers also collaborated on Oz including Barry Levinson, Tom Fontana, Irene Burns and Jim Finnerty.

The series is also notable as being one of the many series in which the character Det. John Munch, played by Richard Belzer, has appeared. The others include: Homicide: Life on the Street, Law & Order, The X-Files, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, Law & Order: Trial by Jury, Arrested Development, and The Wire.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Beat Goes On"TBATom FontanaMarch 21, 2000
Beat cops Mike Dorigan and Zane Marinelli juggle a number of cases with their girlfriends.
2"They Say It's Your Birthday"TBAEric OvermyerMarch 28, 2000
On his 29th birthday, Zane learns that Beatrice torched his apartment and framed his father for it. John Munch, who has transferred to the NYPD's Special Victims Unit, arrives at the scene of a DOA.
3"Three Little Words"TBASean WhitesellApril 4, 2000
Zane insists that Mike drop the idea of arresting Beatrice for arson, while Steve makes plans to throw an engagement party for Mike and Elizabeth.
4"Can I Get a Witness?"TBAAnya EpsteinApril 11, 2000
Zane gets into a fight with Beatrice's new boyfriend.
5"Cueca Solo"Bruno KirbySunil NayarApril 18, 2000
Zane is assigned to desk duty while Mike is partnered with Officer Skloff.
6"Someone to Watch Over Me"TBAJulie MartinApril 25, 2000
With the assault charges against him dropped, Zane helps Mike prepare for the wedding.
7"Every Beat of My Heart"TBABradford WintersUnaired
8"Get It On"
"Get It On (Bang the Gong)"
TBAStory by : Tom Fontana & Julie Martin
Teleplay by : Laura Cahill
9"Call on Me"TBAStory by : Tom Fontana & Anya Epstein
Teleplay by : Jason Yoshimura
10"Dark End of the Street"TBAJulie Martin & Sunil NayarUnaired
11"Gimme Shelter"TBAAnya Epstein & Bradford WintersUnaired
12"Tangled Up in Blue"TBASean Whitesell & Jason YoshimuraUnaired
13"Come as You Are"TBAStory by : Tom Fontana & Frank Pugliese
Teleplay by : Frank Pugliese