Emerald Point N.A.S.

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Emerald Point N.A.S.
GenreSoap Opera
Created byRichard and Esther Shapiro
Directed byKaren Arthur
Robert Becker
StarringDennis Weaver
Maud Adams
Andrew Stevens
Charles Frank
Richard Dean Anderson
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 networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 26, 1983 (1983-09-26) –
March 12, 1984 (1984-03-12)

Emerald Point N.A.S is an American television drama starring Dennis Weaver that premiered on CBS on Monday, September 26, 1983. It was cancelled in 1984 after twenty-two weeks, its final episode airing March 12, 1984.[1]


Created by Richard and Esther Shapiro, who had previously devised Dynasty, the series was set at a Naval Air Station (the N.A.S. of the title) somewhere in the American South and dealt with the lives of the personnel stationed there.[2] Combining military and espionage-based storylines with plots revolving around family intrigue, romance and scheming for power, Emerald Point N.A.S was a conventional soap opera.

The series' theme tune was composed by Bill Conti, who had previously written the music for other prime-time dramas such as Dynasty, Falcon Crest and Cagney and Lacey.


  • Dennis Weaver as Rear Admiral Thomas Mallory, the commanding officer of the N.A.S, and father to three daughters, Celia, Kay and Leslie. Engaged to Maggie Farrell.
  • Patrick O'Neal then Robert Vaughn as scheming industrialist Harlan Adams. Father of Simon and Hilary (and quite possibly Leslie Mallory, due to his raping Admiral Mallory's former wife.)
  • Sela Ward as Hilary Adams, Harlan's equally scheming daughter, engaged to Glenn Matthews, a man her best friend, Kay Mallory, loves. She is disheartened when he breaks off their engagement and marries Kay.
  • Maud Adams as Maggie Farrell, Admiral Mallory's love interest and the liaison between the town's military affairs council and the Naval Air Station, kidnapped by David Marquette.
  • Jill St. John as Thomas' unscrupulous former sister in-law, Deanna Kinkaid, who can outvixen scheming Hilary, interested in Yuri, a KGB agent.
  • Richard Dean Anderson as LT Simon Adams, Harlan's son, highly regarded by the Admiral, who is not as conniving as his father and sister are. Marries Celia Mallory after her divorce from Jack Warren.
  • Susan Dey as Thomas' oldest daughter, Celia Warren, who dislikes the Navy but changes her mind when she marries Simon Adams after her divorce from Jack Warren. She suffered from headaches and remembered in the final episode that she had seen Harlan rape her mother, which meant that Harlan could be the father of her sister Leslie.
  • Andrew Stevens as LT Glenn Matthews, torn between the affections of Hilary and Kay and also under suspicion for another man's murder. He eventually breaks his engagement to Hilary and marries Kay.
  • Robert Loggia as Yuri Bukharin, a Russian KGB agent to whom Deanna is attracted.
  • Michael Brandon as David Marquette, a maniac who kidnaps Maggie Farrell on her wedding day to Thomas Mallory (the storyline went unresolved with the show's cancellation).
  • Doran Clark as Ensign Leslie Mallory,[3] Thomas' youngest daughter and a recent graduate of the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis. She also liked the Navy, to Thomas' delight. Possibly the daughter of Harlan Adams, due to the revelation that he had raped her mother, witnessed by her sister, Celia.
  • Charles Frank as Jack Warren, a handsome Naval lawyer married to and eventually divorced from Celia.
  • Stephanie Dunnam as Kay Mallory Matthews, Thomas' middle daughter who is the third point of the Hilary-Glenn triangle. Glenn chooses Kay and marries her, over Hilary.
  • Michael Carven as Alexi Gorichenko, a Russian pilot attracted to Thomas' daughter Leslie.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot: Part 1"Harry FalkEsther & Richard ShapiroSeptember 26, 1983 (1983-09-26)
2"Pilot: Part 2"Harry FalkEsther & Richard ShapiroSeptember 26, 1983 (1983-09-26)
3"Episode 3"Larry ElikannCharles & Patti DicenzoOctober 3, 1983 (1983-10-03)
4"Episode 4"Bill DukeRon Cowen & Daniel LipmanOctober 17, 1983 (1983-10-17)
5"Episode 5"Robert BeckerJoyce Armor & Judie NeerOctober 24, 1983 (1983-10-24)
6"Episode 6"Nick HavingaRobert SchlittOctober 31, 1983 (1983-10-31)
7"Episode 7"Nicholas SgarroRobert SchlittNovember 7, 1983 (1983-11-07)
8"Episode 8"Alexander SingerRon Cowen & Daniel LipmanNovember 14, 1983 (1983-11-14)
9"Episode 9"Robert BeckerMargaret ArmenNovember 21, 1983 (1983-11-21)
10"Episode 10"Jeffrey HaydenJoyce KeenerDecember 5, 1983 (1983-12-05)
11"Episode 11"Sheldon LarryKathleen ShelleyDecember 12, 1983 (1983-12-12)
12"The Rescue"Peter LevinStephen Black & Henry SternDecember 19, 1983 (1983-12-19)
13"Hide and Seek"Karen ArthurEugene PriceJanuary 2, 1984 (1984-01-02)
14"The Assignment"John PattersonStephen Black & Henry SternJanuary 9, 1984 (1984-01-09)
15"Secrets"Ernest PintoffMichael RussnowJanuary 16, 1984 (1984-01-16)
16"Disguises"Don MedfordStephen Black & Henry Stern (teleplay), Rita Lakin (story)January 30, 1984 (1984-01-30)
17"Lost and Found"Robert BeckerDiana Kopald Marcus (teleplay), Rita Lakin (story)February 6, 1984 (1984-02-06)
18"The Climax"Ernest PintoffStephen Black & Henry Stern (teleplay), Rita Lakin (story)February 13, 1984 (1984-02-13)
19"The Best Laid Plans"Bill DukeMichael Russnow (teleplay), Rita Lakin (story)February 27, 1984 (1984-02-27)
20"Friends and Lovers"Larry ElikannStephen Black & Henry Stern (teleplay), Rita Lakin (story)March 2, 1984 (1984-03-02)
21"Pandora's Box"Lorraine Senna FerraraDiana Kopald Marcus (teleplay), Rita Lakin (story)March 5, 1984 (1984-03-05)
22"The Wedding"Larry ElikannStephen Black & Henry Stern (teleplay), Rita Lakin (story)March 12, 1984 (1984-03-12)


Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating[4] Tied With
1983–84 22 September 6, 1983 March 12, 1984 65 13.7 N/A


  1. ^ Schemering, Christopher (1987). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia (2nd ed.). Ballantine Books. pp. 98–99. ISBN 0-345-35344-7.
  2. ^ Copeland, Mary Ann (1991). Soap Opera History. Publications International. p. 265. ISBN 0-88176-933-9.
  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
  4. ^ "1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps".

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