Sydney (TV series)
Craig Bierko, Valerie Bertinelli & Matthew Perry in Sydney
|Created by||Michael J. Wilson
|Written by||Michael J. Wilson
Billy Van Zandt
|Directed by||Lee Shallat-Chemel
|Theme music composer||Eddie Van Halen
Alex Van Halen
|Opening theme||"Finish What Ya Started"
performed by Van Halen
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Executive producer(s)||Pamela Grant|
|Running time||22–24 min|
|Production company(s)||CBS Productions|
|Original run||March 12, 1990– June 25, 1990|
Sydney is an American situation comedy series that aired on CBS in 1990. It was created and written by Michael J. Wilson and Douglas Wyman and starred Valerie Bertinelli, Matthew Perry and Craig Bierko.
Sydney Kells (Valerie Bertinelli), the daughter of a now-deceased policeman, brings her New York detective agency (in which she is the only investigator) back to her hometown and her family, including her over-protective brother Billy (Matthew Perry), himself a rookie cop. As she struggles to balance her personal and professional life, the main source of her work comes from an uptight lawyer (Craig Bierko), with whom she shares sexual chemistry. She and her best friend Jill (Rebeccah Bush) frequent a neighborhood bar run by Ray (Barney Martin), her father's old police partner.
- Valerie Bertinelli ... Sydney Kells
- Matthew Perry ... Billy Kells
- Craig Bierko ... Matt Keating
- Barney Martin ... Ray
- Rebeccah Bush ... Jill
- Perry Anzilotti ... Perry
- Daniel Baldwin ... Cheezy
- Georgia Brown ... Linda Kells
Pat Harrington, Jr., who appeared with Bertinelli in the long-running CBS situation comedy One Day at a Time, guest starred as a rival private investigator in the seventh episode of the season, which was directed by Cheers regular John Ratzenberger. Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, who acted as creative consultants on the show, also made various guest appearances. Chazz Palminteri played Tony in the episode Love Ya Babe, several years prior to his big screen debut in A Bronx Tale. Other guest actors included Yeardley Smith, Kevin Dunn, Annabelle Gurwitch, Tony Longo, Andy Dick and Michael E. Knight. 
- "TV Review: Sydney". Entertainment Weekly. March 30, 1990.
- "Valerie Bertinelli plays private eye 'Sydney' in new comedy". The Charleston News and Courier. April 11, 1990.
- "Bertinelli plays private detective". The Daily News. April 11, 1990.