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]


Season 1 (1991–92)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
11"Pilot"Gregory Hoblit,
Michael M. Robin
William M. FinkelsteinNovember 20, 1991 (1991-11-20)
22"Daveja Vu All Over"David RosenbloomDavid MilchNovember 27, 1991 (1991-11-27)
33"The Pound and the Fury"Gregory HoblitSteven Bochco,
William M. Finkelstein
December 4, 1991 (1991-12-04)
44"A Long, Fat Frontal Presentation"Michael M. RobinTed MannDecember 11, 1991 (1991-12-11)
55"Have Gun, Will Unravel"Mark SobelDottie DartlandDecember 18, 1991 (1991-12-18)
66"Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense"Mark TinkerTed MannJanuary 8, 1992 (1992-01-08)
77"Oceans White with Phone"Joan DarlingTed MannJanuary 15, 1992 (1992-01-15)
88"For Better or Perverse"Mark TinkerSteven Bochco,
William M. Finkelstein
January 21, 1992 (1992-01-21)
99"Pro Se Can You See"Mark TinkerLinda ElstadJanuary 22, 1992 (1992-01-22)
1010"Shop 'til You Drop"Brad SilberlingCharles H. Eglee,
Channing Gibson
January 29, 1992 (1992-01-29)
1111"His Honor's Offer"Bill D'EliaTed MannFebruary 5, 1992 (1992-02-05)
1212"Whippet 'Til It Breaks"Win PhelpsLinda ElstadFebruary 12, 1992 (1992-02-12)
1313"Tape Fear"Mark TinkerTBAMarch 17, 1992 (1992-03-17)
1414"Chute First, Ask Questions Later"Dan LernerGeorge MalkoMarch 24, 1992 (1992-03-24)
1515"Dirty Pool"Michael M. RobinCharles H. Eglee,
William M. Finkelstein,
Channing Gibson,
Ted Mann
March 31, 1992 (1992-03-31)
1616"Mob Psychology"Joe Ann FogleCharles H. Eglee,
William M. Finkelstein,
Channing Gibson,
Ted Mann
April 14, 1992 (1992-04-14)
1717"Denise and De Nuptials"Michael FrescoCharles H. Eglee,
William M. Finkelstein,
Channing Gibson,
Ted Mann
April 21, 1992 (1992-04-21)
1818"Till Debt Do Us Part"Mervin B. DayanTBAApril 28, 1992 (1992-04-28)

Season 2 (1992–93)[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
191"The Naked and the Wed"Mark TinkerWilliam M. FinkelsteinSeptember 23, 1992 (1992-09-23)
202"Grin and Bare It"Charles HaidDavid MilchSeptember 30, 1992 (1992-09-30)
213"Oboe Phobia"Mark TinkerTed MannOctober 7, 1992 (1992-10-07)
224"Drone of Arc"Michael M. RobinTed MannOctober 14, 1992 (1992-10-14)
235"Below the Beltway"Elodie KeeneCharles H. Eglee,
Channing Gibson
October 21, 1992 (1992-10-21)
246"Devil's Advocate"Tom MooreCharles H. Eglee,
Channing Gibson,
Ted Mann,
Patricia Nardo
October 28, 1992 (1992-10-28)
257"Das Boat House"Mark TinkerCharles H. Eglee,
Channing Gibson
November 11, 1992 (1992-11-11)
268"A Bus Named Desire"Michael FrescoT : Steven Bochco,
Charles H. Eglee,
William M. Finkelstein,
Channing Gibson,
Ted Mann;
S/T : Christopher Ames,
Carolyn Shelby
December 2, 1992 (1992-12-02)
279"The Old Man and the 'C'"Michael M. RobinLee MayDecember 9, 1992 (1992-12-09)
2810"The Triumph of DeVille"Dennis DuganWilliam M. FinkelsteinDecember 16, 1992 (1992-12-16)
2911"A Partridge in a Pair's Tree"Dan LernerTBADecember 23, 1992 (1992-12-23)
3012"Hit the Road, Jack"Mark TinkerTBAJanuary 6, 1993 (1993-01-06)
3113"Dances with Sharks"Mark TinkerAnne KenneyJanuary 19, 1993 (1993-01-19)
3214"Split Ends"Michael FrescoTBAJanuary 26, 1993 (1993-01-26)
3315"Watt, Me Worry?"Dennis DuganCharles H. Eglee,
William M. Finkelstein,
Channing Gibson
February 9, 1993 (1993-02-09)
3416"Alien Aided Affection"Win Phelps,
Mark Tinker
Ted MannFebruary 16, 1993 (1993-02-16)
3517"Captain Kangaroo Court"Joe Ann FogleJennifer Flackett,
Anne Kenney
February 23, 1993 (1993-02-23)
3618"A Liver Runs Through It"Mark TinkerCharles H. Eglee,
Channing Gibson,
Ted Mann
March 2, 1993 (1993-03-02)

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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