The BEST Episodes of Nash Bridges

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Feb 22, 2020

Network: CBS

Nash Bridges is an American television police drama that was created by Carlton Cuse. The show starred Don Johnson and Cheech Marin as two detectives with the San Francisco Police Department. Nash Bridges (Johnson) is Captain of the Special Investigations Unit (with offices aboard a siezed boat), a man-about-town, who drives around in a distinctive yellow 1971 Plymouth Barracuda ('The Cuda'). He has two ex-wives, many girlfriends and a young daughter (who eventually joins the police force) to keep him busy. Joe Dominguez (Marin), Nash's partner and best friend is a affable Mexican-American, firmly under the thumb of his Swedish wife Inger, and always on the look out for ways to make money on the side. In fact the two set up their own Private Detective agency, while still working for SFPD.

Quack Fever

#1 - Quack Fever

Season 6 - Episode 18 - Aired Apr 6, 2001

Nash begins to believe that a 17-year-old boy involved in the Southeast Asian drug trade may be his missing brother's son; Cassidy starts dating a plastic surgeon and considers getting breast implants.

star 8.80
10 votes
Writers: Reed Steiner
Hit and Run

#2 - Hit and Run

Season 5 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 18, 2000

Frankie Dwyer returns again, putting out a contract on Nash's life while smuggling heroin inside of tofu containers. Nash and Caitlin's relationship is strained; Inger sets up Nick with her mother Ulla; Evan is born again in a baptism.

star 8.71
7 votes
Writers: Shawn Ryan
Aloha, Nash

#3 - Aloha, Nash

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired May 3, 1996

On the day that Nash plans to take a belated honeymoon to Hawaii with Kelly, a high priority police case unravels, putting him on the trail of the betting book of San Francisco's most notorious bookie and a renegade FBI officer who's #9 on the Most Wanted List.

star 8.57
21 votes
Directors: Jim Manera
Writers: Jed Seidel
Danger Zone

#4 - Danger Zone

Season 3 - Episode 20 - Aired Apr 17, 1998

Nash and Joe are on the trail of a ruthless gang of thieves threatening to release the lethal nerve gas over downtown San Francisco unless the area is evacuated. Once the area is cleared of people, the criminals plan to move in and rob the banks in the area. Racing against time to capture the criminal mastermind behind this scheme, Nash is surprised to discover that the gang leader is Pamela Smith, a beautiful, brilliant chemist who created the deadly gas. Meanwhile, a mysterious woman appears who claims to be Joe's daughter from a college fertility experiment in which he participated years earlier.

star 8.50
16 votes
Writers: John Wirth

#5 - Payback

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 26, 1997

Willie Nelson plays Earl Dobbs, a convict who gets a furlough from San Quentin to help Nash and Joe catch his former crime partner.

star 8.50
20 votes
Writers: John Wirth
Key Witness

#6 - Key Witness

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired May 17, 1996

Lisa witnesses a murder, but when Nash shows up to investigate there's no evidence of a crime, not even a body. Nash and Lisa team up ala ""Manhattan Murder Mystery"" to investigate.

star 8.48
23 votes
Directors: Robert Ginty
Writers: Reed Steiner
Gimme Shelter

#7 - Gimme Shelter

Season 4 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 15, 1999

An ex-60's radical uses runaway kids to commit a rash of crimes. Joe goes undercover as a shoe salesman to clear Maria of shoplifting charges. Caitlin accompanies Nash to a ritzy ball.

star 8.46
13 votes
Directors: Pat Duffy
Writers: Glenn Mazzara, Shawn Ryan

#8 - Revelations

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 7, 1997

When a reporter is murdered while covering the new ""French Connection"", Nash comes face-to-face with a startling revelation - his brother, a Vietnam MIA, thought dead for the last 24 years, may be alive and in San Francisco. Meanwhile, Lisa's sister, Lynette, arrives to house-sit at Lisa's indefinitely.

star 8.43
14 votes
Directors: Deran Sarafian
Writers: John Wirth
Wild Card

#9 - Wild Card

Season 2 - Episode 22 - Aired Apr 25, 1997

Nash solves murders in Chinatown and helps out an old friend, Cedrick Hawks played by Phillip Michael Thomas (Rico Tubbs from Miami Vice), a professional gambler who is in San Francisco to clear up a bad debt. Also guest stars Tommy Chong (Cheech & Chong) as Barry Chen.

star 8.28
18 votes
Live Shot

#10 - Live Shot

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 16, 1998

Geraldo Rivera comes to the SIU to interview Nash and Joe. Nash arrives at the SIU after having his drink spiked with acid by a biker couple; and there's a ""mole"" in the SIU feeding sensitive information about Nash to Geraldo, which he uses in the interview. Meanwhile, our SIU cops must solve a mystery which begins as a routine shooting at a convenience store.

star 8.27
15 votes
Writers: John Wirth

#11 - Superstition

Season 4 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 12, 1999

Nash protects a beautiful rock star who's blood is coveted by a group of modern-day vampires. Boz Bishop buys a new car for Joe at a police auction unaware that drugs are hidden in it. While dog-sitting for Harvey, Evan discovers the dog park is a babe magnet and uses King to score dates.

star 8.25
12 votes
Directors: Jim Charleston
Writers: Jed Seidel, Reed Steiner
Home Invasion

#12 - Home Invasion

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Mar 30, 1996

A ruthless home invasion gang brutally attacks a Chinese family, killing the father. This is the seventh in a string of attacks. Nash and the SIU are confused since home invasions are a Vietnamese phenomenon and they rarely cross cultural or ethnic lines.

star 8.16
43 votes
Directors: Tucker Gates
Writers: Reed Steiner
Apocalypse Nash

#13 - Apocalypse Nash

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 23, 1998

Nash and Joe are arrested for the murder of three SFPD Investigators. Told in a non-linear style, we slowly unravel a conspiracy trying to frame Nash and Joe. Caitlin Cross is introduced, the newest member of the SIU and Nash's evolving love interest.

star 8.14
14 votes
Internal Affairs

#14 - Internal Affairs

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 13, 1996

Nash investigates a judge's murder, and unwittingly triggers an Internal Affairs investigation. The Internal Affairs cops go bad, and only Nash Bridges and the SIU can stop them.

star 8.12
25 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Brad Kern
The Great Escape

#15 - The Great Escape

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 26, 1996

A busload of San Quentin prisoners on their way to court is hi-jacked in downtown San Francisco. Nash has to track down two dangerous escapees, including a paramilitary activist who seeks bitter revenge on Nash.

star 8.10
21 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Carlton Cuse, Michael Norell

#16 - Trackdown

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 11, 1996

A world renowned hit-man has been hired to kill the chief witness in a far reaching drug prosecution. Nash Bridges must stop him. Only problem is, the hit-man turns out to be one of Nash's closest boyhood friends gone bad. Meanwhile, Evan works a stakeout with Bryn and gets sidetracked when he falls in love with a woman living upstairs from their surveillance target.

star 8.09
22 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Jed Seidel, Reed Steiner
Split Decision

#17 - Split Decision

Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 12, 1999

A psychologist establishes an insanity defense for her patient while they plan bank robberies. Nick wants to become financially independent by marrying a rich widow. Evan shows up for work drunk, forcing Harvey to confront Evan's substance abuse problem.

star 8.00
8 votes
Directors: Pat Duffy
Writers: Michael Norell, Reed Steiner
The Messenger

#18 - The Messenger

Season 6 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 8, 2000

A madman guns down five people in an elevator, but leaves a young news reporter alive. Unfortunately, she's as interested in reporting the story as she is in catching the killer. Also: a woman steals Joe's car and commits a robbery using it.

star 8.00
39 votes
Writers: Alan Ormsby
The Tourist

#19 - The Tourist

Season 4 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 30, 1998

Nash and Joe are on the trail of a renowned assassin who has come to San Francisco to kill FBI special agent David Katz. Lisa Bridges returns from Paris and announces she's engaged to marry a famous French chef named Henri, but there's a problem; Nash and Lisa's divorce was never finalized--they're still married. The new S.I.U. is introduced.

star 8.00
18 votes
Directors: Michael Solomon
Writers: Lynne Litt
Night Train

#20 - Night Train

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 25, 1996

While coming home from a late night bachelor party, Nash and some of his fellow cops become embroiled in a train heist gone bad on a BART train.

star 7.89
19 votes
Directors: Vern Gillum
Writers: Gay Walch
Moving Target

#21 - Moving Target

Season 2 - Episode 21 - Aired Apr 11, 1997

Nash's old nemesis from the SIU, Rick Bettina, now a bounty hunter, is back and in competition with Nash as they both try to track down mobster Ray Goetz, who Bettina wants on assault and battery charges in Vegas, and Nash suspects of ""hitting"" a high-level mob boss. Meanwhile, Joe fears repercussions from Inger after losing his wedding ring.

star 7.89
18 votes
Directors: Scott Brazil
Writers: Reed Steiner
Leo's Big Score

#22 - Leo's Big Score

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 8, 1996

Nash is stuck with an eleven year old delinquent who's the link to busting a drug kingpin. Joe is reunited with his grown son J.J. and Nick wreaks havoc with Nash's attempt to find him a live-in nurse.

star 7.86
21 votes
Directors: Melanie Mayron
Writers: Jed Seidel
Out of Chicago

#23 - Out of Chicago

Season 2 - Episode 20 - Aired Mar 28, 1997

Hot on the trail of a murderous criminal from Chicago, Nash teams up with a KAREN DECKER, a cop from the Windy City who's in every way his equal: smart, competent-and yes, sexy. Sparks fly between them as they track down the visiting villain together -until, that is, Nash learns his newfound partner is not as perfect as she's led him to believe. Joe, meanwhile, hires a pet psychologist to cure what ails Nick's racehorse, Mr. Woody.

star 7.76
21 votes
Wrecking Crew

#24 - Wrecking Crew

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 4, 1996

A first-rate professional robber and his crew hit San Fran in a string of strong-arm jobs. Joe convinces Nash to moonlight as a private eye, searching for the SF Giant's short stop's missing car.

star 7.73
22 votes
Directors: David Jackson
Most Wanted

#25 - Most Wanted

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 14, 1997

A fugitive is released from prison by mistake and seeks revenge on Michelle. Nash teams with Michelle to capture him. Meanwhile, Nash refuses to partner with Joe on an off duty case to protect a sportscaster being blackmailed, so Joe chooses Evan.

star 7.61
46 votes
Directors: Perry Lang
Writers: Jed Seidel