|Created by||Lydia Woodward|
|Written by||Patty Lin
|Directed by||Christopher Chulack
Lesli Linka Glatter
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||9 (3 unaired)|
|Executive producer(s)||Christopher Chulack
|Producer(s)||Lesli Linka Glatter
David J. Latt
Susanne Stinson Malles
|Running time||60 minutes|
|Original run||September 29 – November 3, 2001|
Cromwell starred as Elliot Baines, a former three-term U.S. Senator who loses a re-election for the senate and goes back home to Seattle to re-establish his relationships with his three grown daughters Ellen (Embeth Davidtz), Reeva (Jane Adams), and Dori (Jacinda Barrett).
Scheduled on Saturdays following Touched by an Angel., the series ranked #90 (the lowest rank for a regularly scheduled series on one of the Big Four networks), and averaged 8.2 million viewers. Due to the low ratings, CBS canceled the series in October 2001 after six of the nine episodes produced were aired.
- James Cromwell .... Elliot Baines
- Embeth Davidtz .... Ellen Baines Croland
- Jane Adams .... Reeva Baines Eidenberg
- Jacinda Barrett .... Dori Baines
- Arye Gross .... Shel Eidenberg
- Scotty Leavenworth .... Otis Croland
- Matt McCoy .... Arthur Croland
- Tom Verica...Andy Carlson
- McCaleb Burnett .... Claude Waverley
- Easton Gage .... Sam Eidenberg
- David Kriegel .... David Goldman
- Bryn Lauren Lemon .... Ruthie Eidenberg
- Emmett Shoemaker .... Otis Croland
- Paul McCrane ... Sherman Bloom
|Episode #||Episode title||Original airdate|
|1-1||"A Day Like No Other"||September 29, 2001|
|1-2||"The Whole Thump-Thump-Thump"||October 6, 2001|
|1-3||"Days of Confusion"||October 13, 2001|
|1-4||"Three Days In November"||October 20, 2001|
|1-5||"The Appraisal"||October 27, 2001|
|1-6||"Lost and Found"||November 3, 2001|
|1-7||"Out In the Rain"||Never aired|
|1-8||"A Song That Never Ends"||Never aired|
|1-9||"Safe At Home"||Never aired|
Criticism & Acclaim
PopMatters: Citizen Baines showed genuine signs of bucking the CBS feel-good Saturday night orthodoxy, by assuming the complex task of creating family-friendly entertainment without soaking in sentiment the raw textures of domestic life. In theory, there's no reason at all why the elimination of "adult" elements (explicit sex, strong language, violent storylines) should limit the emotional and intellectual range of a TV drama and the sophisticated satisfactions it might offer its audiences. But Citizen Baines symbolizes the lack of imagination driving so much of prime-time, whether drama or sitcom, cable or network. With honorable exceptions, like the underrated Third Watch, TV life between 8 and 11pm is either R-rated racy or Disney-utopian, where, no matter the problem, no more than 50 minutes will solve it. And always, always, check your intelligence at the door.
|2002||American Society of Cinematographers, USA||Nominated||Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Mini-Series'/Pilot for Network or Basic Broadcast TV||Ernest Holzman
(For pilot episode)
- Garron, Barry (2001-09-28). "Citizen Baines". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
- "The Week That Was". broadcastingcable.com. 2001-11-04. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
- Kevin, Downey (2001-10-17). "'Friends' shows 'Survivor' its stuff". medialifemagazine.com. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
- Littleton, Cynthia; Andreeva, Nellie (2001-12-07). "Wells, Wbtv On Call At Cbs". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-03-22.