FM (U.S. TV series)
|Created by||Allan Burns|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13|
|Production company(s)||MTM Enterprises|
|Original release||August 17, 1989– June 28, 1990|
FM is an American television sitcom, which aired on NBC in 1989 and 1990. The series title was a pun, referring both to the show's setting at an FM radio station and to its themes of female-male interaction.
Set in Washington, D.C., the series was a workplace comedy which took place at a small public radio station. Robert Hays starred as program director Ted Costas, a man whose harried professional life and eccentric coworkers distract him from dealing with problems in his personal life, particularly his relationships with women. The women in his life include Lee-Ann Plunkett (Patricia Richardson), his ex-wife and a political commentator with the station; Gretchen Schreck (DeLane Matthews), a young woman he used to babysit who is now an intern for the station; Naomi Sayers (Lynne Thigpen), the station manager; and Maude (Nicole Huntington), his daughter with Lee-Ann.
The radio station in the series was partially based on KCRW. Ted Costas was modeled on Tom Schnabel, and was the host of a morning radio show, Long Day's Journey into Lunch, which was based on Morning Becomes Eclectic.
The show initially ran for five weeks as a summer series in 1989, premiering on August 17 in Dear John's regular Thursday night time slot following Cheers before moving to Wednesday nights for four more weeks. It then returned as a midseason replacement in 1990, airing eight more episodes between March 28 and June 28. The series was not renewed for a second season.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Love or Money"||David Trainer||Allan Burns, Dan Wilcox and Shelley Zellman||August 17, 1989|
|2||"Play Laura for Me"||David Trainer||Allan Burns and Dan Wilcox||August 23, 1989|
|3||"Ultimate Aphrodisiac"||Andy Cadiff||Allan Burns and Howard M. Gould||August 30, 1989|
|4||"Kiss and Tell"||Andy Cadiff||Allan Burns and Dan Wilcox||September 6, 1989|
|5||"If a Man Answers"||Andy Cadiff||Paul Haggis||September 13, 1989|
|6||"Doing It Again"||Andy Cadiff||Howard M. Gould||March 28, 1990|
|7||"Leave It to Me"||Andy Cadiff||Howard M. Gould||April 4, 1990|
|8||"Two Taxing Women"||Burt Metcalfe||Roz Moore||April 11, 1990|
|9||"No Fool Like an April Fool"||Andy Cadiff||J. J. Wall||April 18, 1990|
|10||"Let's Spend the Night Together"||Dan Wilcox||Allan Burns||May 26, 1990|
|11||"The Last Virgin"||Andy Cadiff||Terrie Collins||June 2, 1990|
|12||"Sex, Lies and 35mm Slides"||Andy Cadiff||Howard M. Gould||June 9, 1990|
|13||"Off the Record"||Andy Cadiff||Allan Burns||June 28, 1990|
- "Checking the casserole with Robert Hays of 'FM'". The Index-Journal, April 8, 1990.
- "Creators hope 'FM' is on right wavelength". Ukiah Daily Journal, August 27, 1989.
- "Robert Hays is down to earth in new series, 'FM'". The San Bernardino Sun, August 17, 1989.
- "Hays back in fun series". Ottawa Citizen, August 17, 1989.