Top of the Hill

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Top of the Hill
Genre Drama
Written by Stephen J. Cannell
Morgan Gendel
Art Monterastelli
Directed by Bill Corcoran
Peter Ellis
Alan Metzger
Mario Van Peebles
Brad Silberling
Starring William Katt
Jordan Baker
Tony Edwards
Dick O'Neill
Robbie Weaver
Composer(s) Mike Post
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (5 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Stephen J. Cannell
Producer(s) Henry Colman
Mark Lisson
Jo Swerling, Jr.
Running time 60 min. (approx)
Broadcast
Original channel CBS
Original run September 21, 1989 – December 28, 1989

Top of the Hill is a short-lived political drama series aired by CBS as part of its 1989 fall lineup.

Synopsis[edit]

Top of the Hill starred William Katt as U.S. Representative Thomas Bell, Jr., son of a long-time Congressman who had been forced to resign his seat due to health issues but who remained on "The Hill" to help his son in an advisory role, which sometimes led to conflicts. Bell, Jr., had, despite his father's position, never followed politics closely or ardently prior to being chosen as his father's successor, which was sometimes a liability but also gave him the ability to look at issues, even long-running ones, through a fresh set of eyes. Young Bell also had a hard time fitting in to the political party structure as he desired to do what his conscience told him would be the best thing for the country and the voters in his district. In the less than three months that the program ran, the Congressman became involved in some fairly contentious issues, including adoptee rights, labor union corruption, pollution, and military procurement.

Top of the Hill failed to find a large enough audience to last more than a season; the show had to compete with the Top 10 hit Cheers and the Top 20 hit Dear John, both on NBC in the same time slot.

Cast[edit]

  • William Katt as Thomas Bell, Jr.
  • Jordan Baker as Susan Pengilly
  • Tony Edwards as Link Winslow
  • Dick O'Neill as Thomas "Pat" Bell, Sr.
  • Robbie Weaver as Mickey Stewart

Episode list[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Top of the Hill" September 21, 1989
1-2 "You Were Always On My Mind" September 28, 1989
1-3 "The Noble Roman" October 5, 1989
1-4 "At Risk" October 12, 1989
1-5 "Taking The Heat" October 26, 1989
1-6 "Not In My Backyard" November 2, 1989
1-7 "Running Shoes" November 9, 1989
1-8 "Accurate But Not True" November 30, 1989
1-9 "Letter From a Dead Man" Never aired
1-10 "Above Suspicion" Never aired
1-11 "A House Divided" Never aired
1-12 "Always Faithful" Never aired
1-13 "Without a Trace" Never aired

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