Sirens (1993 TV series)

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Sirens
Genre Crime drama
Created by Ann Lewis Hamilton
Starring Jayne Brook (1993)
Adrienne-Joi Johnson
Liza Snyder
Jayne Heitmeyer (1994–1995)
Composer(s) David Benoit
Steve Love
Marty Simon
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 35
Production
Executive producer(s) David H. Balkan
Robert Butler
Ann Lewis Hamilton
Robin Spry
Producer(s) Michael Cassutt
Chris Coles
Robert Engles
David Valdes
Running time 60 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel ABC (1993)
Syndication (1994–1995)
Original run March 10, 1993 – May 21, 1995

Sirens is an American crime drama series that aired on ABC in 1993, and then in syndication from 1994 to 1995.

Synopsis[edit]

Sirens focused on the work and lives of three rookie female Pittsburgh Police officers. Officer Sarah Berkezchuk (Jayne Brook) is dealing with her failing marriage, Officer Lynn Stanton (Adrienne-Joi Johnson) is a single mom, and second-generation cop Officer Molly Whelan (Liza Snyder) has a bad attitude which starts to interfere with her job. Each rookie officer worked under a veteran cop, and each grows and becomes more focused as a result. A few episodes into the syndicated series Molly Whelan is taken under the wing of detective Lt. Lyle Springer (J. H. Wyman) and slowly learns the ropes of detective work, and becomes a stand-up policewoman.

Despite receiving an Emmy nomination, the series was canceled by ABC after 13 episodes, but was picked up in syndication the following year. Sirens' syndicated run featured a slightly different cast, with Adrienne-Joi Johnson and Liza Snyder reprising their lead roles, and Jayne Heitmeyer replacing Jayne Brook, but was still set in Pittsburgh.[1]

This TV formula, while not a success with Sirens, has been retooled into 2010's Rookie Blue, which like Sirens is predominately filmed in Canada. CBS' NYC 22 (2012) used a similar set-up, but like Sirens was also not a success.

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

  • = Overall episode number
  • Ep = Episode number by season

Season 1: 1993[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 1 "PM Turn" Robert Butler Ann Lewis Hamilton 10 March 1993 (1993-03-10)
On the first shift, Lynn Stanton finds a parent whose missing TV is more important to her than her missing kids; Molly Whelan gets no slack from her partner; and Sarah Berkezchuk is bloodied by a brick thrower.[2]
2 2 "They Do It Standing Up" Allan Arkush Michael Cassutt 17 March 1993 (1993-03-17)
Lynn deals with the heartbreak of notifying a dead man's next-of-kin, while a basketball player falls in love with Molly when she insists on playing basketball with them.[3]
3 3 "Jumper" ? Ann Lewis Hamilton 24 March 1993 (1993-03-24)
A man threatening to jump from a bridge will only let rookie officer Berkezchuk on the ledge with him to talk him down.[4]
4 4 "Everybody Lies" ? Alfonso H. Moreno 31 March 1993 (1993-03-31)
Whelan has to appear in court to testify against a woman who assaulted her but things don't go planned. Meanwhile the Berkezchuks argue over money issues.[5]
5 5 "Holy Deadlock" ? Marlane Meyer 7 April 1993 (1993-04-07)
Whelan has a date with a weatherman while Berkezchuk thinks there is something odd about her husband's attempts to reconcile.[6]
6 6 "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Battered)" Robert Butler Ann Lewis Hamilton 14 April 1993 (1993-04-14)
A battered wife hesitates to press charges, but her lawyer husband has no qualms doing so. Whelan doesn't want her new boyfriend to find out she is a cop. Later she finds out he has a secret of his own.[7]
7 7 "Strike Two" ? Harriet Dickey 21 April 1993 (1993-04-21)
Berkezchuk moves in with Stanton who has been accused of using excessive force and faces a hearing.[8]
8 8 "Guy Perfect" ? Scott Shepherd 28 April 1993 (1993-04-28)
Stanton starts to resent Whelan while Schiller gives Sarah some good advice on handling Kelly who has just gotten the results of his sergeant's examination.[9]
9 9 "Looks Like Christmas" ? Dan Horan 2 June 1993 (1993-06-02)
The Christmas spirit fills the station, but out on the streets it is business as usual. Christmas festivities include an unamused drug dealer, children who have to deal with their mother's suicide attempt, Whelan's fruitcake and a drunk driver who thinks he is George Baily (James Stewart's character) from It's A Wonder Life.[10]
10 10 "Gal Cops" ? Michael Cassutt 9 June 1993 (1993-06-09)
A television crew for a reality show called "Gal Cops" follows the female officers in the precinct for the day.[11]
11 11 "Waterloo" ? Marlane Meyer 23 June 1993 (1993-06-23)
Schiller is stabbed due to Molly's inattention while the Berkezchuk household continues to have more problems.[12]
12 12 "Keeping the Peace" ? Robert Engels 30 June 1993 (1993-06-30)
Stanton becomes deeply concerned about deadly force after she pulls her gun on a group of juveniles. Whelan tries to learn more about her partner Schiller.[13]
13 13 "They'll Get You in the End (Friday the 13th)" ? ? 7 July 1993 (1993-07-07)
Stanton takes an unusual bus ride when her car stops working. Whalen tries to figure out why Schiller is so on edge on this particular day.[14]

Season 2: 1994–1995[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
14 1 "Gun Play (1)" ? Paul B. Margolis 22 September 1994 (1994-09-22)
Jessie has to deal with the murder of her husband. When guns are stolen from the property room she realizes that the two crimes may be linked to it. (Part 1)[15]
15 2 "Gun Play (2)" ? Paul B. Margolis 29 September 1994 (1994-09-29)
Jessie has to deal with the murder of her husband. When guns are stolen from the property room she realizes that the two crimes may be linked to it. (Part 2)[16]
16 3 "Crossing the Line" Giles Walker Walter Brough 6 October 1994 (1994-10-06)
Stanton shoots a young suspect in self-defense and is stalked by the dead girl's friend. Meanwhile Jessie finds an abandoned baby in the car and becomes attached to him.[17]
17 4 "Farewell to Arms" Jean-Claude Lord William Schmidt 13 October 1994 (1994-10-13)
Lynn and Amy attempt to keep order in a neighborhood that is torn by feuding Serbians and Croatians. Meanwhile Molly must deal with her grandfather's mental breakdown.[18]
18 5 "Chasing a Ghost" Jimmy Kaufman Allison Hock 20 October 1994 (1994-10-20)
Molly and her training officer have to transport a insane murder suspect and Lynn must handle an old con-man. Meanwhile Jessie decides to go on a talk show.[19]
19 6 "A Cop First" Jimmy Kaufman Jeff Benjamin 27 October 1994 (1994-10-27)
Molly is talked into becoming a phone sex operator to catch a serial killer. Meanwhile Jessie interrogates an informer who might know something about the councilman who was shot dead in a car in the park.[20]
20 7 "The Needle and the Damage Done" Gabriel Pelletier Todd Trotter 3 November 1994 (1994-11-03)
Lynn is stabbed with a drug addict's used needle while attempting to arrest him. Meanwhile Jessie investigates a man who claims he fired the shot that killed John F. Kennedy.[21]
21 8 "The First Time" Jimmy Kaufman Art Monterastelli 10 November 1994 (1994-11-10)
Molly's dream day off turns into a nightmare when she becomes a hostage in a coffee shop. Amy and Lynn are accused of using excess violence in arresting a traffic violator.[22]
22 9 "Guns, Bombs and Fantasies" Giles Walker Alfonso H. Moreno 17 November 1994 (1994-11-17)
Jessie gives a talk at her old high school where a student is shot. This event exposes a secret club in the school. Meanwhile back at the station a mad bomber makes life more difficult for the officers.[23]
23 10 "Family Secrets" Gabriel Pelletier Carol Doyle 24 November 1994 (1994-11-24)
Molly is in a quandary when she accidentally learns that a fellow officer was involved with a murder victim. Jessie and Dan investigate a possible child abuse case.[24]
24 11 "Victims" Jimmy Kaufman Peter Haynes 1 December 1995 (1995-12-01)
Lynn reaches out to a teenage girl who witnessed a murder but reluctant to testify. Richie and Molly try to stop an extortionist. Stiles goes after a gangbanger.[25]
25 12 "Missing" Giles Walker Paul B. Margolis 21 January 1995 (1995-01-21)
Richie is missing and Molly is frantic. Jessie is assigned to work with the FBI. When she becomes close to agent Jack, Dan gets jealous.[26]
26 13 "The Witness" Giles Walker Peter Svatek 28 January 1995 (1995-01-28)
Molly and Lynn have to put their vacation on hold when they are assigned to protect a hostile socialite witness.[27]
27 14 "Angel Falling" Gabriel Pelletier Art Monterastelli 4 February 1995 (1995-02-04)
Detective Springer is partnered with his former training officer during a drug investigation. Lynn and Amy are assigned to protect a rapist who has served his time and has just be released from prison.[28]
28 15 "Gambling on Love" Jimmy Kaufman Alyson Adler 11 February 1995 (1995-02-11)
Molly discovers that her new boyfriend is a gambler whose debts are mounting and could possibly be connected to a recent murder.[29]
29 16 "The Abduction" Giles Walker Mark Lisson 18 February 1995 (1995-02-18)
Buddy and Dan are abducted by a group of desperate robbers and taken to an abandoned warehouse unknown to their fellow officers.[30]
30 17 "The Aftermath" Jimmy Kaufman Art Monterastelli 25 February 1995 (1995-02-25)
The investigation into the beating death of a family man uncovers a connection between the mob and the dead man's brother. Lynn has problems mourning Buddy's death while Amy is promoted into his old position.[31]
31 18 "Redemption" Marc F. Voizard Paul B. Margolis 4 March 1995 (1995-03-04)
While stopping a fight between two gangs, Lynn discovers that her cousin's son is a gang member. The parish priest thinks he can cool off the gangs, but discovers it is not that easy.[32]
32 19 "The Passenger" Jimmy Kaufman Harry McCann 29 April 1995 (1995-04-29)
The serial murders of several cab drivers causes Springer to call in a psychologist to make a profile and he acts as bait with Molly and Rich. Meanwhile back at the station, all the cops are freezing when the heating system fails.[33]
33 20 "The Obsession" Gabriel Pelletier Mark Lisson 6 May 1995 (1995-05-06)
Jessie begins dating a doctor she saved during a robbery, but when she decides to break it off, he becomes obsessed and begins stalking her.[34]
34 21 "Color Blind" Jimmy Kaufman Allison Adler 13 May 1995 (1995-05-13)
Molly investigates a car that has plunged into the river. Lynn becomes involved in a racially charged case and becomes the subject of a reporter's TV profile.[35]
35 22 "The Sound of One Hand Clapping" Minor Mustain David H. Balkan 20 May 1995 (1995-05-20)
Molly goes undercover to trap a killer that is preying on homeless people at a campground. Meanwhile Lynn befriends a deaf man who might be a witness to the killings.[36]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1992 Casting Society of America Nominated Best Casting for TV, Pilot Judith Holstra and Nikki Valko
Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama Series Robert Butler (For episode "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love")
1996 Gemini Awards Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series Marty Simon
Best Direction in a Dramatic or Comedy Series Giles Walker

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fretts, Bruce (September 23, 1994). "Television News: The Week". Entertainment Weekly (241). Archived from the original on May 25, 2007. Retrieved September 16, 2013. 
  2. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 1: PM Turn
  3. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 2: They Do It Standing Up
  4. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 3: Jumper
  5. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 4: Everybody Lies
  6. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 5: Holy Deadlock
  7. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 6: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Battered)
  8. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 7: Strike Two
  9. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 8: Guy Perfect
  10. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 9: Looks Like Christmas
  11. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 10: Gal Cops
  12. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 11: Waterloo
  13. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 12: Keeping the Peace
  14. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 13: They'll Get You in the End (Friday the 13th)
  15. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 1: Gun Play (1)
  16. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 2: Gun Play (2)
  17. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 3: Crossing the Line
  18. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 4: Farewell to Arms
  19. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 5: Chasing a Ghost
  20. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 6: A Cop First
  21. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 7: The Needle and the Damage Done
  22. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 8: The First Time
  23. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 9: Guns, Bombs and Fantasies
  24. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 10: Family Secrets
  25. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 11: Victims
  26. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 12: Missing
  27. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 13: The Witness
  28. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 14: Angel Falling
  29. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 15: Gambling on Love
  30. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 16: The Abduction
  31. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 17: The Aftermath
  32. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 18: Redemption
  33. ^ [ Sirens, season 2, episode 19: The Passenger]
  34. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 20: The Obsession
  35. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 21: Color Blind
  36. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 22: The Sound of One Hand Clapping

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