Citizen Baines

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Citizen Baines
Created byLydia Woodward
Written by
Directed by
Composer(s)Marty Davich
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (3 unaired)
Executive producer(s)
  • Christopher Chulack
  • John Wells
  • Lydia Woodward
  • Lesli Linka Glatter
  • David J. Latt
CinematographyErnest Holzman
  • Kevin Casey
  • Susanne Stinson Malles
  • Suzanne Michaels
  • Frederick Peterson
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 29 (2001-09-29) –
November 3, 2001 (2001-11-03)

Citizen Baines is an American drama series television series created by Emmy Award-winning producer Lydia Woodward, that stars James Cromwell. The series premiered on CBS September 29, 2001 and ended on November 3, 2001.


Cromwell starred as Elliot Baines, a former three-term U.S. Senator who loses a re-election for the senate and goes back home to Seattle to re-establish his relationships with his three grown daughters Ellen (Embeth Davidtz), Reeva (Jane Adams), and Dori (Jacinda Barrett).




  • Tom Verica as Andy Carlson
  • McCaleb Burnett as Claude Waverley
  • Easton Gage as Sam Eidenberg
  • David Kriegel as David Goldman
  • Bryn Lauren Lemon as Ruthie Eidenberg
  • Emmett Shoemaker as Otis Croland
  • Paul McCrane as Sherman Bloom


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"A Day Like No Other"Christopher ChulackLydia WoodwardSeptember 29, 2001 (2001-09-29)
2"The Whole Thump-Thump-Thump"TBATBAOctober 6, 2001 (2001-10-06)
3"Days of Confusion"TBATBAOctober 13, 2001 (2001-10-13)
4"Three Days In November"TBATBAOctober 20, 2001 (2001-10-20)
5"The Appraisal"TBATBAOctober 27, 2001 (2001-10-27)
6"Lost and Found"TBATBANovember 3, 2001 (2001-11-03)
7"Out in the Rain"TBATBAUnaired
8"A Song That Never Ends"TBATBAUnaired
9"Safe at Home"TBATBAUnaired



PopMatters wrote that, "Citizen Baines showed genuine signs of bucking the CBS feel-good Saturday night orthodoxy, by assuming the complex task of creating family-friendly entertainment without soaking in sentiment the raw textures of domestic life... But Citizen Baines symbolizes the lack of imagination driving so much of prime-time, whether drama or sitcom, cable or network..."[citation needed] USA Today's Robert Bianco gave the series a negative, one-and-a-half star review, and stated, "After all, the only interesting thing about Elliott Baines is his job as a U.S. senator — and he loses that at the end of Saturday's premiere. Don't worry: I'm not revealing anything that the "citizen" in the title didn't already tell you."[1]


Scheduled on Saturdays following Touched by an Angel,[2] the series ranked #90 (the lowest rank for a regularly scheduled series on one of the Big Four networks), and averaged 8.2 million viewers.[3][4] Due to the low ratings, CBS canceled the series in October 2001 after six of the nine episodes produced were aired.[5]

Award nomination[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref
2002 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Miniseries/Pilot for Network or Basic Broadcast TV Ernest Holzman
(for pilot episode)
Nominated [citation needed]


  1. ^ "'Baines' doesn't get my vote". Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  2. ^ Garron, Barry (2001-09-28). "Citizen Baines". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  3. ^ "The Week That Was". Broadcasting & Cable. 2001-11-04. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  4. ^ Kevin, Downey (2001-10-17). "'Friends' shows 'Survivor' its stuff". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  5. ^ Littleton, Cynthia; Andreeva, Nellie (2001-12-07). "Wells, Wbtv On Call At Cbs". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-03-22.

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