Emerald Point N.A.S.

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Emerald Point N.A.S.
GenreSoap Opera
Created byRichard and Esther Shapiro
Theme music composerBill Conti
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesRichard & Esther Shapiro Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 26, 1983 (1983-09-26) –
March 12, 1984 (1984-03-12)

Emerald Point N.A.S is an American primetime soap opera created by Dynasty's Richard and Esther Shapiro which premiered on CBS on Monday, September 26, 1983. The series revolved around the lives of personnel stationed on a naval air station somewhere in the Southern California, and combined military and espionage-based storylines with romance and family intrigue.[1]

Its theme song was composed by Bill Conti, who had previously written the music for other primetime soaps such as Dynasty and Falcon Crest. Emerald Point N.A.S was cancelled after 22 weeks, with its final episode airing March 12, 1984.[2]

Cast and characters[edit]

Rear Admiral Thomas Mallory, a military hero and the commanding officer of the Emerald Point N.A.S., is the show's central character. He is a widower and father to three daughters, Celia Warren (Susan Dey), who is unhappy married to JAG lawyer Jack Warren (Charles Frank), Kay (Stephanie Dunnam), who is involved in a love triangle with Lieutenant Glenn Matthews (Andrew Stevens) and his scheming fiancée Hilary Adams (Sela Ward), and Leslie (Doran Clark),[3] an recent graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis and the first female of the family to serve in the U.S. Navy.

Thomas enters a relationship with Maggie Farrell (Maud Adams), a representative on the Military Affairs Council of the Chamber of Commerce, and a Navy wife whose husband has been missing in action for over ten years. Other main characters include Lieutenant Simon Adams (Richard Dean Anderson), Hilary's brother, who eventually marries Celia after her divorce from Jack, villainous industrialist Harlan Adams (Patrick O'Neal, then Robert Vaughn), Tom's rival and father of Hilary and Simon, and Deanna Kincaid (Jill St. John), Thomas' unscrupulous former sister-in-law, who becomes involved with Russian KGB agent Yuri Bukharin (Robert Loggia).

The show ended with an unresolved cliffhanger, with the revelation that Leslie is the possible daughter of Harlan, due to his rape of her mother (as witnessed by Celia), and with Maggie being kidnapped on her wedding day to Tom by maniac David Marquette (Michael Brandon).


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"Pilot"Harry FalkEsther & Richard ShapiroSeptember 26, 1983 (1983-09-26)2-K01/0219.2[4]
3"Episode 3"Larry ElikannStory by : Bridget and Jerome Dobson
Teleplay by : Charles & Patti Dizenzo
October 3, 1983 (1983-10-03)TBA15.8
4"Episode 4"Bill DukeStory by : Bridget & Jerome Dobson
Teleplay by : Ron Cowen & Daniel Lipman
October 17, 1983 (1983-10-17)TBA12.7
5"Episode 5"Robert BeckerJoyce Armor & Judie NeerOctober 24, 1983 (1983-10-24)TBA14.8
6"Episode 6"Nick HavingaRobert SchlittOctober 31, 1983 (1983-10-31)TBA15.3
7"Episode 7"Nicholas SgarroRobert SchlittNovember 7, 1983 (1983-11-07)TBA14.5
8"Episode 8"Alexander SingerRon Cowen & Daniel LipmanNovember 14, 1983 (1983-11-14)TBA14.7
9"Episode 9"Robert BeckerMargaret ArmenNovember 21, 1983 (1983-11-21)TBA13.7
10"Episode 10"Jeffrey HaydenJoyce KeenerDecember 5, 1983 (1983-12-05)TBA14.3
11"Episode 11"Sheldon LarryKathleen A. ShelleyDecember 12, 1983 (1983-12-12)TBA14.5
12"The Rescue"Peter LevinStephen Black & Henry SternDecember 19, 1983 (1983-12-19)TBA13.8
13"Hide and Seek"Karen ArthurEugene PriceJanuary 2, 1984 (1984-01-02)TBA17.2
14"The Assignment"John PattersonStephen Black & Henry SternJanuary 9, 1984 (1984-01-09)TBA9.7
15"Secrets"Ernest PintoffMichael RussnowJanuary 16, 1984 (1984-01-16)TBA9.7
16"Disguises"Don MedfordStory by : Rita Lakin
Teleplay by : Stephen Black & Henry Stern
January 30, 1984 (1984-01-30)TBA12.3
17"Lost and Found"Robert BeckerStory by : Rita Lakin
Teleplay by : Diana Kopald Marcus
February 6, 1984 (1984-02-06)TBA10.5
18"The Climax"Ernest PintoffStory by : Rita Lakin
Teleplay by : Stephen Black & Henry Stern
February 13, 1984 (1984-02-13)TBA10.3
19"The Best Laid Plans"Bill DukeStory by : Rita Lakin
Teleplay by : Michael Russnow
February 27, 1984 (1984-02-27)TBA9.2
20"Friends and Lovers"Larry ElikannStory by : Rita Lakin
Teleplay by : Stephen Black & Henry Stern
March 2, 1984 (1984-03-02)TBA13.8
21"Pandora's Box"Lorraine Senna FerraraStory by : Rita Lakin
Teleplay by : Diana Kopald Marcus
March 5, 1984 (1984-03-05)TBA11.1
22"The Wedding"Larry ElikannStory by : Rita Lakin
Teleplay by : Stephen Black & Henry Stern
March 12, 1984 (1984-03-12)TBA10.6


Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating[5] Tied With
1983–84 22 September 6, 1983 March 12, 1984 65 13.7 N/A


  1. ^ Copeland, Mary Ann (1991). Soap Opera History. Publications International. p. 265. ISBN 0-88176-933-9.
  2. ^ Schemering, Christopher (1987). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia (2nd ed.). Ballantine Books. pp. 98–99. ISBN 0-345-35344-7.
  3. ^ Handler, David (June 1, 1999). "Relevancy tarnishes 'Emerald's' glitter". Pennsylvania, Indiana. The Indiana Gazette. p. 10. Retrieved March 25, 2016 – via Newspapers.com. Open access icon
  4. ^ Bruce B. Morris, Prime Time Network Serials: Episode Guides, Casts and Credits for 37 Continuing Television Dramas, 1964-1993, McFarland and Company, 1997.
  5. ^ "1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps".

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