Civil Wars (TV series)

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Civil Wars
GenreLegal drama
Created byWilliam M. Finkelstein
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes36
Executive producers
Production companies
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 20, 1991 (1991-11-20) –
March 2, 1993 (1993-03-02)
RelatedL.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.[1]


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).[1] 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.


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.[citation needed]


Season 1 (1991–92)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"Pilot"Gregory Hoblit & Michael M. RobinWilliam M. FinkelsteinNovember 20, 1991 (1991-11-20)4101
22"Daveja Vu All Over"David RosenbloomDavid MilchNovember 27, 1991 (1991-11-27)4105
33"The Pound and the Fury"Gregory HoblitSteven Bochco & William FinkelsteinDecember 4, 1991 (1991-12-04)4102
44"A Long, Fat Frontal Presentation"Michael M. RobinTed MannDecember 11, 1991 (1991-12-11)4108
55"Have Gun, Will Unravel"Mark SobelDottie DartlandDecember 18, 1991 (1991-12-18)4104
66"Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense"Mark TinkerTed MannJanuary 8, 1992 (1992-01-08)4103
77"Oceans White with Phone"Joan DarlingTed MannJanuary 15, 1992 (1992-01-15)4106
88"For Better or Perverse"Mark TinkerSteven Bochco & William M. FinkelsteinJanuary 21, 1992 (1992-01-21)4109
99"Pro Se Can You See"Mark TinkerLinda ElstadJanuary 22, 1992 (1992-01-22)4111
1010"Shop 'til You Drop"Brad SilberlingCharles H. Eglee & Channing GibsonJanuary 29, 1992 (1992-01-29)4110
1111"His Honor's Offer"Bill D'EliaTed MannFebruary 5, 1992 (1992-02-05)4112
1212"Whippet 'Til It Breaks"Win PhelpsLinda ElstadFebruary 12, 1992 (1992-02-12)4107
1313"Tape Fear"Mark TinkerWilliam Finkelstein, Channing Gibson & Charles EgleeMarch 17, 1992 (1992-03-17)4113
1414"Chute First, Ask Questions Later"Dan LernerGeorge MalkoMarch 24, 1992 (1992-03-24)4114
1515"Dirty Pool"Michael M. RobinWilliam Finkelstein, Charles Eglee, Channing Gibson & Ted MannMarch 31, 1992 (1992-03-31)4115
1616"Mob Psychology"Joe Ann FogleWilliam Finkelstein, Charles Eglee, Channing Gibson & Ted MannApril 14, 1992 (1992-04-14)4116
1717"Denise and De Nuptials"Michael FrescoWilliam Finkelstein, Charles Eglee, Channing Gibson & Ted MannApril 21, 1992 (1992-04-21)4117
1818"Till Debt Do Us Part"Mervin B. DayanWilliam Finkelstein, Charles Eglee, Channing Gibson & Ted MannApril 28, 1992 (1992-04-28)4116

Season 2 (1992–93)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
191"The Naked and the Wed"Mark TinkerWilliam M. FinkelsteinSeptember 23, 1992 (1992-09-23)4205
202"Grin and Bare It"Charles HaidDavid MilchSeptember 30, 1992 (1992-09-30)4209
213"Oboe Phobia"Mark TinkerTed MannOctober 7, 1992 (1992-10-07)4201
224"Drone of Arc"Michael M. RobinTed MannOctober 14, 1992 (1992-10-14)4202
235"Below the Beltway"Elodie KeeneCharles Eglee & Channing GibsonOctober 21, 1992 (1992-10-21)4203
246"Devil's Advocate"Tom MoorePatricia Nardo and Channing Gibson & Charles Eglee & Ted MannOctober 28, 1992 (1992-10-28)4204
257"Das Boat House"Mark TinkerCharles Eglee & Channing GibsonNovember 11, 1992 (1992-11-11)4207
268"A Bus Named Desire"Michael FrescoStory by : Carolyn Shelby & Christopher Ames
Teleplay by : Carolyn Shelby & Christopher Ames and Steven Bochco & William M. Finkelstein & Charles H. Eglee & Channing Gibson & Ted Mann
December 2, 1992 (1992-12-02)4208
279"The Old Man and the 'C'"Michael M. RobinLee MayDecember 9, 1992 (1992-12-09)4206
2810"The Triumph of DeVille"Dennis DuganWilliam M. FinkelsteinDecember 16, 1992 (1992-12-16)4210
2911"A Partridge in a Pair's Tree"Dan LernerTed MannDecember 23, 1992 (1992-12-23)4211
3012"Hit the Road, Jack"Mark TinkerChanning Gibson & Charles EgleeJanuary 6, 1993 (1993-01-06)4212
3113"Dances with Sharks"Mark TinkerAnne KenneyJanuary 19, 1993 (1993-01-19)4213
3214"Split Ends"Michael FrescoStory by : Steven Bochco
Teleplay by : William M. Finkelstein & Jennifer Flackett
January 26, 1993 (1993-01-26)4214
3315"Watt, Me Worry?"Dennis DuganWilliam M. Finkelstein & Charles Eglee & Channing GibsonFebruary 9, 1993 (1993-02-09)4215
3416"Alien Aided Affection"Win Phelps & Mark TinkerTed MannFebruary 16, 1993 (1993-02-16)4216
3517"Captain Kangaroo Court"Joe Ann FogleAnne Kenney & Jennifer FlackettFebruary 23, 1993 (1993-02-23)4217
3618"A Liver Runs Through It"Mark TinkerWilliam M. Finkelstein & Charles Eglee & Channing Gibson & Ted MannMarch 2, 1993 (1993-03-02)4218

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
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[2] 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


  1. ^ a b Rosenberg, Howard (20 November 1991). "TV REVIEW : 'Civil Wars' Loses Battle to Absurdities". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  2. ^ Lowry, Brian (1993-04-16). "CBS leads noms for Emmy rival". Retrieved October 27, 2013.

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