Sergeant John Munch: 10 Different Shows

tvI had a brief Twitter debate last night about which series is better: Homicide: Life on the Street or The Wire. The fact is they're both great shows, and Richard Belzer appeared in both as John Munch.

If you didn't follow Homicide: Life on the Street, you likely know Munch best from his appearances on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit. Detective / Sargeant John Munch has actually appeared on ten different television programs:

  • 30 Rock
  • Arrested Development
  • The Beat
  • Homicide: Life on the Street
  • Jimmy Kimmel Live!
  • Law & Order
  • Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  • Law & Order: Trial by Jury
  • The Wire
  • The X-Files

That, my friends, is a record.


By the way, prior to becoming Munch, Belzer was a damn funny comedian. Here he is in 1978.

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Hulk Hogan split his head open bad!

August 27, 2012 @ 12:32 PM

Toronto Mike Verified as the defacto Toronto Mike


I hear Belzer got $350,000 for that...

August 27, 2012 @ 12:40 PM


I think the Kimmel one is a stretch. But it's still a cool record.

And I think The Wire one was a little stretch too. It was a cameo but I'll buy it.

August 27, 2012 @ 6:27 PM

Neville Ross

The problem with saying that the above-mentioned shows are great, is that to a person who loves nothing old shows from the 50's, 60's and 70's, these shows are trash. I came across this mindset quite a while ago at a forum discussion on TV:

August 28, 2012 @ 6:40 AM

Out west

Haha...add a cameo on A Very Brady Sequel circa 1996

November 17, 2012 @ 3:26 PM

Katharine Pillips

Your current blog post: Sergeant John Munch: 10 Different Shows | Toronto Mike's Blog is just precisely what I was initially searching for on Yahoo. Thanks a lot for helping me out!

April 3, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

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