Civil Wars (TV series)
|Created by||William M. Finkelstein|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||36|
|Executive producer(s)||William M. Finkelstein|
Charles H. Eglee
|Producer(s)||Michael M. Robin|
|Running time||44 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Steven Bochco Productions|
20th Century Fox Television (1991-1992)
20th Television (1992-1993)
|Original release||November 20, 1991 – March 2, 1993|
|Related shows||L.A. Law|
Civil Wars is an American legal drama that aired on ABC from November 20, 1991 to March 2, 1993. The series was created and executive produced by William M. Finkelstein and produced by Steven Bochco.
The series focused on the lives and cases of New York City divorce attorneys. In the series, two of New York City's top divorce lawyers, Charlie Howell (Peter Onorati) and Sydney Guilford (Mariel Hemingway), form a partnership despite barely knowing each other, following the mental breakdown of Guilford's stressed-out partner, Eli Levinson (Alan Rosenberg). The show had a famously misanthropic opening credits sequence; in it, romantic photo albums were shown as the voice track played couples ripping into each other in court, as each of the show's principal attorneys interrogated them, one by one, on the stand.
- Mariel Hemingway as Sydney Guilford
- Peter Onorati as Charlie Howell
- Debi Mazar as Denise Iannello
- Alan Rosenberg as Eli Levinson
- David Marciano as Jeffrey Lassick
Two of the characters lived on longer than the show itself. After Civil Wars was canceled, Eli Levinson (Rosenberg) and Denise Iannello (Mazar) were transplanted to the final season of L.A. Law, despite the fact that L.A. Law aired on NBC and Civil Wars aired on ABC.
Awards and nominations
|1992||American Society of Cinematographers Award||Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Pilots||Brian J. Reynolds||Nominated|
|Casting Society of America's Artios Award||Best Casting for TV, Pilot||Junie Lowry-Johnson||Nominated|
|Primetime Emmy Award||Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Editing for a Series||Dave Weathers, Richard Taylor, Barbara Issak, Frank A. Fuller Jr., Pat McCormick, Gary Lewis, Albert Edmund Lord III, James Hebenstreit (For episode "Oceans White With Phone")||Nominated|
|Television Critics Association Award||Outstanding Achievement in Drama||Nominated|
|1993||American Television Awards||Best Supporting Actress, Dramatic Series||Debi Mazar||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award||Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama||Mariel Hemingway||Nominated|
|Viewers for Quality Television Award||Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series||Alan Rosenberg||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award||Best Young Actor Guest Starring in a Television Series||Gregor Hesse||Nominated|
- Rosenberg, Howard (20 November 1991). "TV REVIEW : 'Civil Wars' Loses Battle to Absurdities". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
- Lowry, Brian (1993-04-16). "CBS leads noms for Emmy rival". variety.com. Retrieved October 27, 2013.