Boston Common (TV series)
|Created by||Max Mutchnick
|Country of origin||USA|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||32|
|Executive producer(s)||David Kohan
|Running time||30 min.|
|Original run||March 21, 1996 – April 27, 1997|
Boston Common is an American television sitcom that ran on NBC from 1996–1997. It starred Anthony Clark and took place in the city of Boston. It was one of the 10 highest rated shows in its first season as it ranked 8th in the yearly ratings and was viewed by an average of 14.96 million households per episode. However, with a move to Sundays in its second season, the show dropped from 8th to 51st.
Anthony Clark portrayed Boyd Pritchett, a genial, easy-going twenty-something from Virginia (Clark is from Virginia) who delivers his sister Wyleen (played by Hedy Burress) to college in Boston. Then Boyd falls in love with Joy (Traylor Howard) and decides to stay, much to Wyleen's dismay. Boyd eventually gets a job at the college and shares an apartment with Wyleen. Wyleen's inclination is to be sexually active, but Boyd tries to inspire her with his chaste pursuit of Joy. The cast included Tasha Smith, Vincent Ventresca and Steve Paymer in supporting roles (and later the cast would be joined by Roger Rees) and also boasted a long list of recurring character actors, including Leah Lail, Robin Duke, Sam Anderson, D.C. Douglas, Margot Kidder and Zach Galifianakis in his early appearance. The show was created by Max Mutchnick and David Kohan. They based the fictional school on Emerson College in Boston, which Clark and Mutchnick attended in real life.