Coming of Age (1988 TV series)

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Coming of Age
Genre Comedy
Created by Emily Marshall
Written by Miriam Trogdon
Michael Zinberg
Directed by James Gardner
Starring Paul Dooley
Phyllis Newman
Alan Young
Glynis Johns
Theme music composer Doc Severinsen
Opening theme "Sing, Sing, Sing"
Composer(s) Tim Truman
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 15 (4 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Barry Kemp
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Bungalow 78 Productions
Universal Television
Original network CBS
Original release March 15, 1988 – July 27, 1989

Coming of Age is an American sitcom that aired on CBS in the United States for three runs in 1988 and 1989.

Coming of Age features Paul Dooley and Phyllis Newman as Dick and Ginny Hale, who lived in a retirement community in Arizona. Dick resented his retirement – a former airline pilot, he had been forced to retire by a Federal Aviation Administration rule that requires all U.S. commercial pilots to retire by age 60. Dick hated almost everything about his retirement, including his surroundings. He was appalled by the hot climate, the thin walls separating the Hale's apartment from that of their neighbors (Alan Young and Glynis Johns), and mostly by the contented attitude of the other residents including Pauline Spencer (Ruta Lee).

This program was first aired as a midseason replacement in March 1988. It was not well received and was pulled from the schedule after only three episodes were aired. Nevertheless, it was added to the CBS 1988 fall lineup. It failed again, and was quickly pulled from the schedule. The airing of more episodes in June and July 1989 was a "run-off", an attempt to recoup at least some of the investment in the show by using it as filler during the traditionally low-rated summer months.



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