Friday Five: Cop Shows

Juli Thanki | July 25th, 2014

Lately it’s been too hot to venture outside my apartment; this would be unfortunate if it weren’t for the 200 channels of reruns keeping me company. Every now and again I’ll catch a familiar face on one of those shows, which is why today’s Friday Five celebrates country stars who’ve guest starred on police procedurals. Stay tuned for a future edition about country singers appearing on law dramas.


5. Rascal Flatts – CSI

The pop-country band guest starred on “Unshockable,” a 2010 episode in which Jay DeMarcus is mysteriously – and hilariously — electrocuted onstage.


4. Willie Nelson – Monk

When Nelson’s tour manager, Sonny Cross, is found murdered, the Red Headed Stranger is, of course, a prime suspect. Adrian Monk, a detective with a severe case of OCD, investigates and discovered that the murderer wasn’t Nelson, but a formerly-blind-but-now-seeing lady who shot Cross as revenge for a DUI accident he caused that killed her parents.

The episode ends with Willie and Monk – who apparently plays the clarinet when not solving murders — performing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” together.


3. Miranda Lambert – Law & Order: Special Victims Unit

Normally on SVU, the celebrity guest star is the serial killer/rapist/Benson’s boyfriend. But in this episode, Miranda Lambert plays one of the victims, wannabe television star Lacey, and her acting duties mostly consist of wearing a cool leather jacket and being drugged and groped by Michael McKean.


2. Willie Nelson – Miami Vice

In this third season episode, Willie plays Jake Pierson, a former Texas Ranger who’s seeking revenge on the drug dealer who murdered his partner’s son. He gets it, though he’s also killed in the gunfight.

Steve Buscemi appears in this episode. Here he is getting his ass kicked by some goons before Willie and his hideous blazer show up to threaten him.


1. Johnny Cash – Columbo

In the episode “Swan Song,” Cash was Tommy Brown, a popular gospel singer whose wife dies in a plane crash that Tommy, a former paratrooper, just happens to survive. Good thing Lt. Columbo is on the case.



  1. bob
    July 25, 2014 at 9:31 am

    The only one of these that I’ve seen before is the Columbo episode. As far as the future post on law dramas, I’m pretty sure you will be including an episode of Matlock.

  2. Jack Williams
    July 25, 2014 at 10:54 am

    Steve Earle on The Wire.

    • Juli Thanki
      July 25, 2014 at 11:36 am

      I think I’m the only person in the world who never got into “The Wire.” Earle was on “SVU” a few years back, though.

  3. Jeremy Dylan
    July 25, 2014 at 12:13 pm

    That was a great episode of Monk. The “Georgia On My Mind” scene is just heartbreaking.

  4. Leeann
    July 25, 2014 at 12:20 pm

    I can’t contribute to this list, but I did think of Steve Earle and The Wire. It’s not my kind of show, but Bill thinks it’s one of the best shows ever.

  5. luckyoldsun
    July 25, 2014 at 3:25 pm

    The Johnny Cash episode was the one Columbo case where you really felt “the b— had it coming.”

  6. Arlene
    July 25, 2014 at 3:41 pm

    I suspect you’ll also be including an episode of L.A. Law….

  7. Barry Mazor
    July 25, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    It’s only a slight stretch to recall when Jimmy Dean met James Bond:

  8. nm
    July 25, 2014 at 4:27 pm

    Taylor Swift was on CSI once.

    Not only was Steve Earle on The Wire, in one episode Omar quoted him about why he was leaving Baltimore for N.Y.C.

  9. Dave D.
    July 25, 2014 at 6:15 pm

    I can’t believe that I never saw the Willie Nelson Monk episode – and it was a Sharona episode, as well.

  10. Jeremy Dylan
    July 29, 2014 at 8:04 pm

    You should check it out Dave D. It’s from the first (and strongest) season.

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