Double Trouble (U.S. TV series)

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Double Trouble
SagalTwins M2.jpg
Publicity shot of the Sagal twins
Genre Sitcom
Created by David W. Duclon
Robert Illes
James Stein
Written by Judith D. Allison
David W. Duclon
Deidre Fay
Jill Gordon
Janis Hirsch
Robert Illes
Lissa Levin
Susan Jane Lindner
Bernie Orenstein
Ellen Potter
Don Reo
Bill Richmond
James R. Stein
Saul Turteltaub
Deidre Fay
Directed by John Bowab
Jim Drake
Ellen Falcon
Marlene Laird
John Pasquin
Starring Jean Sagal
Liz Sagal
Composer(s) Ray Colcord
Mark Snow
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 23
Production
Executive producer(s) Judith Allison
Janis Hirsch
Robert Illes
Bernie Orenstein
Bill Richmond
Saul Turteltaub
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Embassy Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Release
Original network NBC
Original release April 4, 1984 (1984-04-04) – March 30, 1985 (1985-03-30)

Double Trouble is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from April 4, 1984 to March 30, 1985. The series stars identical twins Jean and Liz Sagal as Kate and Allison Foster, two teenagers living under the watchful eye of their widowed father. The show was considered an updating of the "twins in mischief" concept seen in films like The Parent Trap or the Patty Duke Show of the 1960s. The Sagal sisters acknowledged that Norman Lear, the Sagal family's godfather,[1] was the one who held influence over the show's concept.[2]

Synopsis[edit]

Double Trouble premiered in April 1984. The series was set in Des Moines, Iowa, and generally revolved around the twins' high school or their father's dance studio (thus giving the girls a chance to show off their real-life dancing skills). Most of the show's comedy was generated from the fact that one twin was serious while the other more laid-back and happy-go-lucky.

Beginning as a mid-season replacement, the show also starred Donnelly Rhodes as the girls' father, Art Foster. The show did not generate high enough ratings in its initial debut to be included in NBC's fall schedule; however, it was brought back for a second go-'round as a mid-season replacement in December 1984. After some retooling, the setting of the show was relocated to New York City. Rhodes was replaced by Barbara Barrie as the twins' aunt. The second season ran for fifteen episodes. The series was not renewed after the second season, but it was seen in reruns on NBC until August 21, 1985, and for several years on USA Network in the late '80s and early '90s.

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Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 April 4, 1984 (1984-04-04) May 30, 1984 (1984-05-30)
2 15 December 1, 1984 (1984-12-01) March 30, 1985 (1985-03-30)

Season 1 (1984)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
code
1 1 "One Drives, the Other Doesn't" Marlena Laird Teleplay by: Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein
Story by: Robert Illes, James Stein, Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein
April 4, 1984 (1984-04-04) 226151
2 2 "Lust" Jim Drake Jill Gordon & Susan Jane Lindner April 11, 1984 (1984-04-11) TBA
3 3 "First Day" John Bowab Deidre Fay & Stuart Wolpert April 18, 1984 (1984-04-18) TBA
4 4 "Bad Chemistry" John Bowab Kimberly Hill April 25, 1984 (1984-04-25) TBA
5 5 "Dueling Feet" Marlena Laird Emily Potter May 2, 1984 (1984-05-02) TBA
6 6 "Separate Birthdays" Marlena Laird Teleplay by: Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein
Story by: David Chambers, Saul Turteltaub & Bernie Orenstein
May 16, 1984 (1984-05-16) TBA
7 7 "Hearthache" TBA TBA May 23, 1984 (1984-05-23) TBA
8 8 "Bombshell" Jim Drake Robert Illes, James Stein & Janis Hirsch May 30, 1984 (1984-05-30) TBA

Season 2 (1984–85)[edit]

No. in
series
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
9 1 "If We Can Make It Here..." Jim Drake Don Reo December 1, 1984 (1984-12-01)
10 2 "Do You Believe in Magic?" Jim Drake Janis Hirsch December 8, 1984 (1984-12-08)
11 3 "Dream Girls" John Pasquin Lissa Levin December 15, 1984 (1984-12-15)
12 4 "O Come All Ye Faithful" John Pasquin Janis Hirsch December 22, 1984 (1984-12-22)
13 5 "Man for Margo" John Pasquin Bill Richmond January 5, 1985 (1985-01-05)
14 6 "The Boy Next Door" Ellen Chaset Falcon Lissa Levin January 12, 1985 (1985-01-12)
15 7 "Memories" Don Reo Judith D. Allison January 19, 1985 (1985-01-19)
16 8 "Two Girls for Every Boy" Ellen Chaset Falcon Lissa Levin January 26, 1985 (1985-01-26)
17 9 "The Write Stuff" Linda Day Janis Hirsch February 2, 1985 (1985-02-02)
18 10 "Commercial Break" Ellen Chaset Falcon Bill Richmond February 9, 1985 (1985-02-09)
19 11 "Old Movies" Ellen Chaset Falcon Don Reo February 16, 1985 (1985-02-16)
20 12 "September Song" Ellen Chaset Falcon Perry Grant & Dick Bensfield February 23, 1985 (1985-02-23)
21 13 "Funny Girl" Judi Elterman Janis Hirsch March 2, 1985 (1985-03-02)
22 14 "The Day of the Rose" Ellen Chaset Falcon TBA March 23, 1985 (1985-03-23)
23 15 "Where's Poppa?" Ellen Chaset Falcon Don Reo & Judith D. Allison March 30, 1985 (1985-03-30)

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