First Years

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First Years
GenreLegal drama
Written byJill Gordon
Mark B. Perry
Directed byTimothy Busfield
Tucker Gates
Tom Moore
Ken Topolsky
Scott Winant
StarringMackenzie Astin
Ken Marino
Samantha Mathis
Sydney Tamiia Poitier
James Roday
Eric Schaeffer
Composer(s)W. G. Snuffy Walden
Joseph Williams
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (6 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Jill Gordon
Mark B. Perry
Ken Topolsky
CinematographyJohn B. Aronson
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time45 mins.
Production company(s)P.D. Oliver, Inc.
NBC Studios
Studios USA Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseMarch 19 (2001-03-19) –
April 2, 2001 (2001-04-02)
Related showsThis Life

First Years is an American legal drama that aired on NBC from March to April 2001. It is a remake of the British series This Life.[1] The series premiered on March 19, 2001, but was canceled after only three of the nine episodes produced had aired.


The series chronicles the lives of five young lawyers who live together in a house in San Francisco.[2]





No.TitleDirected by [3]Original air date [3]Prod.
1"The First Thing You Do..."Scott WinantMarch 19, 2001 (2001-03-19)E1902
2"...And Then You Die"Timothy BusfieldMarch 26, 2001 (2001-03-26)E1903
3"There's No Place Like Homo"Timothy BusfieldApril 2, 2001 (2001-04-02)E1907
4"Porn in the U.S.A."
"First Day"[4]
Tom MooreUnairedE1901
5"Touched by a Reindeer"Ken TopolskyUnairedE1904
6"Lawyerboy"Tucker GatesUnairedE1905
7"When I Grow Up"TBAUnairedE1906
8"Habeas Corpse"Ken TopolskyUnairedE1908
9"This Life"Timothy BusfieldUnairedE1909


Eric Mink of the New York Daily News critically panned the series, describing the lead characters as "collectively annoying".[5]


  1. ^ T.L. Stanley (March 19, 2001). "Pulling NBC's 'First Years' Through a Rocky Birth". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  2. ^ Tim Brooks; Earle Marsh (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present (9 ed.). Ballantine Books. p. 477. ISBN 0-345-49773-2.
  3. ^ a b From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "First Years : no."]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  4. ^ From the Writers Guild of America, West catalog: "Signatory Project Confirmation [search: "First Years"]". Writers Guild of America, West. Retrieved 2017-10-10.
  5. ^ Eric Mink (March 19, 2001). "THERE OUTTA BE A LAW 'First Years' is an annoying ripoff". New York Daily News. Retrieved 2017-10-10.

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