Working (TV series)

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Working
Genre Sitcom
Created by Michael Davidoff
Bill Rosenthal
Directed by Robert Berlinger
Linda Day
David Owen Trainor
Fred Savage
Andrew Tsao
James Widdoes
Steve Zuckerman
Starring Fred Savage
Arden Myrin
Opening theme "Working in the Coal Mine" performed by Devo
Composer(s) Craig Jerris
Mark Mothersbaugh
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 39 (4 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael Davidoff
Bill Rosenthal
Producer(s) Sy Rosen
Noah Taft
Andrew Tsao
Werner Walian
Mark Wilding
Running time 22–24 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run October 8, 1997 (1997-10-08) – January 25, 1999 (1999-01-25)

Working is an American situation comedy that aired on NBC from 1997 to 1999. The series was created and executive produced by Michael Davidoff and Bill Rosenthal.

Synopsis[edit]

Working took a satirical (and sometimes over-the-top) look at office life within a big corporate company. The show starred Fred Savage as the naive Matt Peyser, whose ideals are constantly challenged by his boss, Tim Deale, played by Maurice Godin. Other characters included dim-witted Jimmy (Dana Gould), under-respected secretary Hal (Sarah Knowlton), overly perky Abby Cosgrove (Arden Myrin), acerbic Delaney (Steve Hytner), and no-nonsense manager Evelyn (Yvette Freeman).

Due to faltering ratings, the network attempted to breathe new life into the show during the second season with some cast changes. This included writing out the characters of Jimmy and Hal. They were replaced by Debi Mazar as the ruthless Liz and Rebecca McFarland as Val (As an in-joke, when Matt first sees Liz and Val he mistakenly calls them Jimmy and Hal). During the series run, Danica McKellar, formerly a co-star of Savage's of The Wonder Years, made two guest-appearances playing a woman Savage's character meets in a bar (who turns out to be related to his boss), and of whom he says "she reminds me of a girl I grew up with!"

Ratings for the series didn't improve and NBC canceled Working in January 1999. 35 of the 39 episodes produced were aired. Working was later reaired on the USA Network, including the never-before-seen episodes.

Theme song[edit]

The show used a cover of the song "Working in the Coal Mine" performed by Devo, set over top of scenes of work, including marching workers from the film Metropolis, frantic work scenes from Terry Gilliam's Brazil and office scenes from Billy Wilder's The Apartment. The vocals of the theme song were removed for the USA Network broadcasts.

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Season 1[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 Pilot October 8, 1997
1-2 "Close Quarters" October 15, 1997
1-3 "Rumoring" October 29, 1997
1-4 "Quick Out of the Gate" November 5, 1997
1-5 "Sexual Harassment" November 12, 1997
1-6 "Lost Weekend" November 19, 1997
1-7 "Creative Matt" December 3, 1997
1-8 "Top O' the World Ma" December 10, 1997
1-9 "Medieval Christmas" December 17, 1997
1-10 "The Breakfast" January 7, 1998
1-11 "Enemies: A Love Story" January 14, 1998
1-12 "Sam I Am" January 21, 1998
1-13 "Boys Club" January 28, 1998
1-14 "Hatchet Man" February 4, 1998
1-15 "Mum's the Word" February 25, 1998
1-16 "As Bad As It Gets" March 18, 1998
1-17 "Labor Pains" March 25, 1998
1-18 "The Gold Digger" April 1, 1998
1-19 "Equality" April 15, 1998
1-20 "The Lying Game" April 29, 1998
1-21 "Due Process" May 6, 1998
1-22 "The Brown Noser" May 13, 1998

Season 2[edit]

Episode # Episode title Original airdate
2-23 "Home-O-Apathy" September 22, 1998
2-24 "The Closer" September 29, 1998
2-25 "Armageddon Outta Here" October 27, 1998
2-26 "Performance Review" November 3, 1998
2-27 "Good Val Hunting" November 10, 1998
2-28 "Networking" November 17, 1998
2-29 "A Boy, A Girl, And His Bird" December 1, 1998
2-30 "The Consultant" December 8, 1998
2-31 "Greenery" December 18, 1998
2-32 "The Christmas Party" December 22, 1998
2-33 "Romeo and Julie" January 11, 1999
2-34 "The Retreat" January 18, 1999
2-35 "The Prodigy" January 25, 1999
2-36 "Manifesto Destiny" Never aired
2-37 "The Other Executive" Never aired
2-38 "She Loves Me, Yeah, Yeah, Yeah" Never aired
2-39 "Sliding Doors" Never aired

Awards[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2000 Young Artist Awards Won Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Young Performer Age Ten or Under Sara Paxton

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