EZ Streets

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EZ Streets
EZ Streets dvd cover.jpg
DVD cover
Genre Drama
Created by Paul Haggis
Starring Ken Olin
Joe Pantoliano
Jason Gedrick
Sarah Trigger
Richard Portnow
Composer(s) Mark Isham
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (1 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Paul Haggis
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Paul Haggis Productions
Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release October 27, 1996 (1996-10-27) – April 2, 1997 (1997-04-02)

EZ Streets is an American crime drama series created by Paul Haggis. It premiered on CBS on October 27, 1996 with a two-hour pilot telefilm. The series stars Ken Olin, Joe Pantoliano, and Jason Gedrick.


The series is set in a decaying American city located near the Canada–US border, and deals with the interconnected lives of the city's criminals, politicians, and police officers.


Reception and cancellation[edit]

After its first episode in its regular timeslot on Wednesday, October 30, 1996 it was canceled with CBS president Leslie Moonves promising that the show would be "relaunched" at a later date. The series was relaunched that spring from March 1, 1997 to April 2, 1997, but failed to garner a substantial audience. CBS canceled EZ Streets in April 1997 due to low ratings.[1] The last episode, "Neither Have I Wings to Fly", never aired on CBS, although it was broadcast once in Canada. Critics criticized Moonves for not reairing the pilot and first series episode before the relaunch.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot" TBA TBA October 27, 1996 (1996-10-27)
2 "Every Picture Tells a Story" Ken Olin Teleplay by: Paul Haggis
Story by: Paul Haggis & David Black
October 30, 1996 (1996-10-30)
3 "A Terrible Beauty" George Bloomfield Paul Haggis & Robert Moresco March 3, 1997 (1997-03-03)
4 "St. Jude Took a Bullet" James Quinn Teleplay by: Paul Haggis
Story by: Paul Haggis & David Black
March 5, 1997 (1997-03-05)
5 "Every Dog Has It's Day" TBA TBA March 12, 1997 (1997-03-12)
6 "One Acquainted with the Night" TBA TBA March 19, 1997 (1997-03-19)
7 "On the Left Side of the Angel" TBA TBA March 26, 1997 (1997-03-26)
8 "A Ceremony of Innocence" TBA TBA April 2, 1997 (1997-04-02)
9 "Neither Have I Wings to Fly" Randall Zisk Teleplay by: Kimberly Hill & Jeff King
Story by: Paul Haggis & Kimberly Hill

Syndication and DVD release[edit]

In 2006, repeats of the series began airing on the new U.S. cable channel, Sleuth. All episodes, including the one not shown on CBS, were aired.

On May 23, 2006, Universal Studios released the two part pilot and the episodes "Every Dog Has Its Day" and "One Acquainted with the Night" on a single DVD as part of its Brilliant But Cancelled series. It remains to be seen if future episodes will be forthcoming.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1997 Casting Society of America's Artios Award Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Pilot Nan Dutton and Jane Alderman Won
Online Film & Television Association Award[2] Best New Drama Series Won
Best New Theme Song in a Series Mark Isham Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Won
Television Critics Association Award Program of the Year Won
Outstanding Achievement in Drama Nominated
Individual Achievement in Drama Joe Pantoliano Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
Jason Gedrick Nominated
Founder's Award Paul Haggis Won
1998 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Courtney Jacquin Nominated


  1. ^ Lowry, Brian (1997-04-07). "CBS Cancels 'EZ Streets' Series After Ratings Continue to Slide". articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 29 January 2011. 
  2. ^ "1996-97: The Season of The Shining". Online Film & Television Association. Retrieved 2 November 2013. 

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