February 22, 2017

drama belt

1984-85 | MIAMI VICE (Michael Mann)


“MTV Cops” in Italian suits, with Don Johnson, Philip Michael Thomas and Edward James Olmos as Lt. Castillo. Produced by Michael Mann. Pilot written by Anthony Yerkovich and directed by Thomas Carter.

1985-1987 | MOONLIGHTING (Glenn Gordon Caron


A Howard Hawks comedy as a boy-girl detective show, with Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd. Produced by Glenn Gordon Caron. Pilot written by Caron and directed by Robert Butler.

1991-92 | NORTHERN EXPOSURE | (Joshua Brand & John Falsey)

A light fish out of water story, with Rob Morrow as a New York City doctor practicing medicine in Cicely, Alaska, and his love-hate relationship with Janine Turner. Also starring Barry Corbin, John Cullum, Darren E. Burrows, John Corbett, Cynthia Geary, Elaine Miles and Peg Phillips. Produced by Joshua Brand and John Falsey. Pilot written by Brand & Falsey and directed by Brand.

1992-93 | HOMICIDE: LIFE ON THE STREET (Barry Levinson & Tom Fontana)


Murder and racial justice in Baltimore, based on journalist David Simon’s A Year on the Killing Streets, starring Andre Braugher, Ned Beatty, Melissa Leo, Kyle Secor, Richard Belzer, Jon Polito, Daniel Baldwin, Clark Johnson and Yaphet Kotto. Produced by Barry Levinson and Tom Fontana. Pilot written by Paul Attanasio and directed by Levinson.

1993-94 | NYPD BLUE (Steven Bochco & David Milch)


Steven Bochco reinvents the cop drama again, in the fictional 15th precinct in New York, with TV-MA language and butt shots. Starring David Caruso, Dennis Franz, James McDaniel, Sherry Stringfield, Amy Brenneman, Nicholas Turturro, Gail O’Grady, Gordon Clapp and Sharon Lawrence. Produced by Bochco and David Milch. Pilot written by Milch and directed by Gregory Hoblit.

1994-95 to 1995-96 | ER (John Wells)


Life and death in a frenetic Chicago emergency room, starring George Clooney, Anthony Edwards, Sherry Stringfield, Noah Wyle, Julianna Margulies, Eriq La Salle and Gloria Reuben. Produced by John Wells. Pilot written by Michael Crichton and directed by Rod Holcomb.

1996-97 to 1997-98 | THE X-FILES (Chris Carter)


FBI special agents investigate the supernatural, with David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. Produced by Chris Carter. Pilot written by Carter and directed by Robert Mandel.

1999 and 2001 | THE SOPRANOS (David Chase)


Family drama set against the New Jersey mafia, with James Gandolfini, Lorraine Bracco, Edie Falco, Michael Imperioli, Dominic Chianese, Vincent Pastore, Steven Van Zandt, Tony Sirico, Robert Iler, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Drea de Matteo, David Proval, Aida Turturro and Nancy Marchand. Produced by David Chase. Pilot written and directed by Chase.

2000 | FREAKS AND GEEKS (Judd Apatow, Paul Feig)


Hilarious and soul-crushing high school drama in Michigan in 1980, with Linda Cardellini, John Francis Daley, James Franco, Samm Levine, Seth Rogen, Jason Segel, Martin Starr, Busy Phillips, Becky Ann Baker, Joe Flaherty. Produced by Judd Apatow. Pilot written by Paul Feig and directed by Jake Kasdan.

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