Civil Wars (TV series)

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Civil Wars
Created byWilliam M. Finkelstein
StarringMariel Hemingway
Peter Onorati
Debi Mazar
Alan Rosenberg
David Marciano
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes36
Executive producer(s)William M. Finkelstein
Steven Bochco
Co-executive producers
Charles H. Eglee
Mark Tinker
Channing Gibson
Producer(s)Michael M. Robin
Gregory Hoblit
Ted Mann
Steven DePaul
Running time44 minutes
Production company(s)Steven Bochco Productions
20th Century Fox Television (1991-1992)
20th Television (1992-1993)
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 20, 1991 – March 2, 1993
Related showsL.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]


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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