Chicago Story

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Chicago Story
Chicago Story 1982.jpg
GenreCrime drama
Created byEric Bercovici
Written byDavid Assael
Eric Bercovici
Dennis Capps
Rob Gilmer
Lee H. Katzin
David Michael Jacobs
Arthur E. Kean
Michael O'Hara
Robert Schlitt
Directed byCorey Allen
Michael Caffey
Lee H. Katzin
Arthur E. Kean
Bruce Kessler
Harvey S. Laidman
Christian I. Nyby II
David Paulsen
Bob Thompson
Jerry Thorpe
StarringMaud Adams
Vincent Baggetta
Dennis Franz
John Mahoney
Craig T. Nelson
Daniel Hugh Kelly
Composer(s)John Beal
James Di Pasquale
Dick Halligan
Stu Phillips
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 + TV movie pilot
Executive producer(s)Eric Bercovici
Producer(s)John Cutts
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)Eric Bercovici Productions
MGM Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television (current)
Original networkNBC
Original releaseMarch 6 (1982-03-06) –
June 11, 1982 (1982-06-11)

Chicago Story is an American crime drama television series that aired for 13 episodes on NBC from March 6 to June 11, 1982, following a 2-hour television film pilot that was broadcast earlier on March 15, 1981.


The series followed the work and lives of several Chicago lawyers, police officers, and doctors. The series was similar to Hill Street Blues in that it was less about action scenes and more about the stresses of working in law enforcement and medicine. The show did not catch on with viewers and lasted only thirteen episodes.

The cast included Maud Adams and Kristoffer Tabori as Dr. Judith Bergstrom and Dr. Max Carson, doctors at Cook County Hospital; Craig T. Nelson, Vincent Baggetta and Molly Cheek as attorneys Kenneth A. Dutton, Lou Pellegrino and Megan Powers. Dutton was a prosecutor and Pellegrino was a defense attorney; Powers was a lawyer both men were interested in; and Dennis Franz, Richard Lawson and Daniel Hugh Kelly appeared as police officers Joe Gilland, O.Z. Tate and Frank Wajorski, respectively. Gilland was a beat cop, while Tate and Wajorski were detectives.

Intermixed within, especially during the opening title sequence, was plenty of Chicago scenery, including the John Hancock Center; Merchandise Mart; Michigan Avenue; Wrigley Building; Willis Tower (formerly known as Sears Tower); Aon Center; (back when it was known as the Standard Oil Building), the Chicago Theater and its famous marquee; Lake Shore Drive; The former headquarters of The Chicago Sun-Times; the Chicago Water Tower; Marina City; the Chicago 'L' and various other sights. One of the settings was the former Cook County Hospital.

Chicago Story was notable for attempting to air an hour and a half per episode. The show was pared down to an hour per episode late in its run, including broadcasting edited versions of episodes that had already aired.

Episodes were rebroadcast on TNT Network in 1994.



Title Airdate
"Chicago Story (Pilot)"March 15, 1981 (1981-03-15)
1"Hostage Taker"March 6, 1982 (1982-03-06)
2"Outside the Law"March 13, 1982 (1982-03-13)
3"Bright Lights, Big City"March 20, 1982 (1982-03-20)
4"Epidemic"March 27, 1982 (1982-03-27)
5"Vendetta"April 3, 1982 (1982-04-03)
6"Not Quite Paradise: Part 1"April 16, 1982 (1982-04-16)
7"Not Quite Paradise: Part 2"April 16, 1982 (1982-04-16)
8"Performance"April 23, 1982 (1982-04-23)
9"Bad Blood"April 30, 1982 (1982-04-30)
10"Dutton's Law"May 7, 1982 (1982-05-07)
11"Subterranean Blues"May 28, 1982 (1982-05-28)
12"Who Needs the Truth?"June 4, 1982 (1982-06-04)
13"Half a Chance"June 11, 1982 (1982-06-11)

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