Scott obviously doesn’t want the furry monster destroying his apartment, so the show replicates the same beats as the movie. That also includes Scott meeting a new potential love interest, Erica (“Glee’s” Vanessa Lengies), who trains police dogs and is immediately beaten by him, though he’s painfully slow to pick up on those cues.
Developed by “Burn Notice” producer Matt Nix in conjunction with action director McG, “Turner & Hooch” has a fairly prestigious pedigree for such an effort, but fails to do anything truly distinctive in the three preview episodes. In fact, they’re pretty much everywhere, including an incongruous “Die Hard” homage and a semi-serialized mystery that’s slowly taking shape.
While designed to be somewhat family-friendly, the tone turns out to be uneven. Part of that could be due to the thinness of the source material, as the original has its moments but was hardly a classic, so no one really cried about this.
Peck is charming enough, but at one point it can’t help to watch the sweet French mastiff mess things up or steal a bunch of donuts (being around the cops has its perks on the last point), making this feel like a TV series plucked from the days before everyone had cable, much less streaming.
“Turner & Hooch” will premiere on Disney+ on July 21.