Better Days (TV series)

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Better Days
Created byJeff Freilich
Arthur Silver
Stuart Sheslow
StarringRaphael Sbarge
Chip McAllister
Guy Killum
Randall Batinkoff
Randee Heller
Dick O'Neill
ComposersJesse Frederick
Bennett Salvay
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes11 (7 unaired)
Executive producersJeff Freilich
Stuart Sheslow
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesMagnum/Thunder Road Productions
Original release
ReleaseOctober 1 (1986-10-01) –
October 29, 1986 (1986-10-29)

Better Days is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from October 1 to October 29, 1986.[1]


Brian McGuire is a California teenager who moves in with his grandfather, Harry in Brooklyn, New York to ease his parents' financial problems. Helping Brian adjust to his new surroundings were Luther Cain and Anthony "The Snake" Johnson, two of his street-smart teammates on the Broxton High School basketball team. Miss Winners was their cynical, no-nonsense English high school teacher. Terrance Dean was their yuppie classmate.


Better Days was the first show of the 1986-1987 television season to be canceled. It lasted only four weeks. People magazine was highly critical of the series during its short run on CBS; in its year-end review, Jeff Jarvis, then the TV critic for the magazine, described it as "a shockingly racist sitcom that looked as if it had been produced by South African TV."[2]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Squad R"Joel ZwickStory by : Jeff Freilich & Arthur Silver & Stuart Sheslow
Teleplay by : Arthur Silver
October 1, 1986 (1986-10-01)
2"Cheaters Never Win"Bill BixbyRob EdwardsOctober 8, 1986 (1986-10-08)
3"Wendell and the Three Sure Things"Howard StormDavid NicholsOctober 15, 1986 (1986-10-15)
4"Double-D"Stan LathanRalph FarquharOctober 29, 1986 (1986-10-29)
5"Never Blow Up the World"Bill BixbyRonald RubinUNAIRED
6"A Car is Not a Home"Mel FerberTBDUNAIRED
7"Never Blow Up the World"Bill BixbyTBDUNAIRED
8"West Coast Girl"Howard StormMarty NadlerUNAIRED
9"Wooly Bully"Stan LathanEric Blakeney & Gene MillerUNAIRED
10"29 Minutes"Stan LathanPhil Kellard & Tom MooreUNAIRED
11"All Rapped Up"Stan LathanRalph FarquaharUNAIRED


  1. ^ Forgotten Laughs: An Episode Guide to 150 TV Sitcoms You Probably Never Saw - Richard Irvin.
  2. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 January 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)