The Bad News Bears (TV series)

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The Bad News Bears
The Bad News Bears TV.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Based on Characters created by
Bill Lancaster
Developed by Bob Brunner
Arthur Silver
Written by Paul Diamond
Stephen Fischer
Directed by Norman Abbott
William Asher
Bruce Bilson
Jeffrey Ganz
Lowell Ganz
Jeffrey Hayden
Alan Myerson
Gene Nelson
Starring Jack Warden
Catherine Hicks
Sparky Marcus
Meeno Peluce
Billy Jayne
Corey Feldman
Shane Butterworth
Kristoff St. John
Tricia Cast
Theme music composer David Michael Frank
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Bob Brunner[1]
Arthur Silver
Producer(s) John Boni
Jeffrey Ganz
Ron Leavitt
Brian Levant
Norman Stiles
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Huk & Frog Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original channel CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original run March 24, 1979 (1979-03-24) – July 26, 1980 (1980-07-26)
Preceded by The Bad News Bears

The Bad News Bears is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from March 24, 1979 until July 26, 1980, consisting of 26 episodes (three unaired by CBS). It was based on the 1976 hit movie of the same name, that was followed by two sequels in 1977 and 1978.


In the television version, Jack Warden portrayed former minor-leaguer Morris Buttermaker, the coach of the Hoover Junior High Bears, a sorry bunch of youthful misfits and bumblers. Catherine Hicks played Hoover Junior High principal Dr. Emily Rappant. Phillip Richard Allen played Roy Turner, the coach of the dreaded rival Lions. Corey Feldman, Billy Jayne (then credited as Billy Jacoby) and Meeno Peluce were cast amongst the team's players, and Tricia Cast played Amanda Wurlitzer, the Bears' star pitcher.

The series was originally scheduled on Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. In September 1979, it was moved to 8:30 p.m. Three episodes into the series' second season, CBS canceled The Bad News Bears due to low ratings. When CBS broadcast unaired episodes in June 1980 it was moved back to 8:00 p.m. In July 1980, the series was again moved to the 8:30 timeslot, but by then audiences were confused by the frequent time changes and stopped tuning in.[2]



Season 1
No. Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "Here Comes the Coach" March 24, 1979
2 "Amanda Joins the Bears" March 31, 1979
3 "Nakedness is Next to Godliness" April 7, 1979
4 "The Kelly Story" April 21, 1979
5 "Tanner's Bird" April 28, 1979
6 "Emily Loves Morris" May 5, 1979
7 "The Food Caper" May 12, 1979
8 "Men Will Be Boys" May 19, 1979
9 "Three's a Crowd" May 26, 1979
10 "Save the Bears" June 2, 1979
11 "Dance Fever" June 9, 1979
12 "Fielder's Choice" June 23, 1979
Season 2
No. Episode Title Original Airdate
1 "Run Down" September 15, 1979
2 "Buttermaker Rides Again" September 22, 1979
3 "First Base" September 29, 1979
4 "Wedding Bells (Part 1)" October 6, 1979
5 "The Birds, the Bees and the Bears" June 7, 1980
6 "Lights Out" June 14, 1980
7 "Wedding Bells (Part 2)" June 21, 1980
8 "Matched Set" June 28, 1980
9 "Old Timers' Day" July 12, 1980
10 "Scrambled Eggs" July 19, 1980
11 "Double Play" July 26, 1980
12 "The Good Life" UNAIRED
13 "The Pride of the Bears" UNAIRED
14 "The Headless Ghost of MacKintosh Manor" UNAIRED


In the late 1980s, the show was occasionally rerun on Nick at Nite. In the early 1990s, it was rerun on Comedy Central.


  1. ^ "Bob Brunner, 'Happy Days' writer, dies". Variety Magazine. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2012-11-27. 
  2. ^ Brant, Marley (2006). Happier Days: Paramount Television's Classic Sitcoms, 1974-1984. Billboard Books. p. 196. ISBN 0-8230-8933-9. 

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