Goodnight, Beantown

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Goodnight, Beantown
Goodnight Beantown opening title.png
Opening title
Created byAJ Carothers
Written byAJ Carothers
Elias Davis

Bill Greer
Kathy Greer
Steve Kline
Ron Osborn
David Pollock
Jeff W. Reno
Directed byAlan Bergmann
Peter Baldwin
Alan Bergmann
Bill Bixby
Kim Friedman
David Nelson
Will Mackenzie
Dick Martin
Bob Sweeney
Harry Winer
StarringBill Bixby
Mariette Hartley
Composer(s)Dennis McCarthy
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes18
Executive producer(s)Bill Bixby
Paul Treva Brandon
AJ Carothers
Producer(s)Elias Davis
Charles B. Fitzsimons
Bill Greer
Kathy Greer
David Pollock
CinematographyRichard C. Glouner
Running time30 mins.
Production company(s)Bixby-Brandon Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseApril 2, 1983 –
January 15, 1984

Goodnight, Beantown is an American sitcom that aired on CBS for two brief seasons in 1983 and 1984.


The series cast

The series starred Bill Bixby as Matt Cassidy and Mariette Hartley as Jennifer Barnes, two news anchors at a fictional Boston, Massachusetts television station. Matt is a longtime fixture at station WYN-TV where he anchors the evening news broadcasts, but when the ratings for his news broadcast begin to slide, the station management pairs the reluctant anchor with a female co-anchor, Jennifer.

The series follows their rocky relationship as they are not only co-workers, but are also across-the-hall neighbors in the same building. Although slightly antagonistic at work, they don't let that stand in their way of being attracted to one another.

The series title comes from Matt's sign off on the nightly newscasts, "Goodnight, Beantown."

Co-stars included Tracey Gold as the divorced Jennifer's daughter Susan and George Coe as station manager Dick Novak. Over the two seasons, Charles Levin, G. W. Bailey, Jim Staahl, Stephanie Faracy, and Todd Susman played their co-workers at WYN.

Bixby and Hartley had previously worked together in an episode of The Incredible Hulk, and at the time of making Goodnight, Beantown, Hartley was appearing in a series of television commercials for Polaroid cameras with James Garner.

The series first aired Sunday at 8:00 pm in the spring of 1983 for a limited run of five episodes. When it returned in the fall, it aired Sunday at 9:30 pm for 13 more episodes before being cancelled due to middling ratings.


US Television Ratings[edit]

Season Episodes Start Date End Date Nielsen Rank Nielsen Rating Tied With
1982-83 5 April 2, 1983 April 30, 1983 21 18.6[1] "Knots Landing"
1983-84 13 October 2, 1983 January 15, 1984 34 16.6[2] "Cheers"

Episode guide[edit]

Season 1 (1983)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"TBATBAApril 2, 1983 (1983-04-02)
22"The-Out-of-Towner"TBATBAApril 9, 1983 (1983-04-09)
33"The Source"TBATBAApril 16, 1983 (1983-04-16)
44"Custody"TBATBAApril 23, 1983 (1983-04-23)
55"Please Stand By"TBATBAApril 30, 1983 (1983-04-30)

Season 2 (1983–84)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
61"Hooking for Mr. Goodbar"TBATBAOctober 2, 1983 (1983-10-02)
72"What's Good for the Goose"TBATBAOctober 9, 1983 (1983-10-09)
83"A Felon Needs a Girl"Bill BixbyKathy Greer & Bill GreerOctober 16, 1983 (1983-10-16)
94"Invasions of Privacy"TBATBAOctober 23, 1983 (1983-10-23)
105"Popsicle"TBATBAOctober 30, 1983 (1983-10-30)
116"Our Man in the Slammer"TBATBANovember 6, 1983 (1983-11-06)
127"Looking Forward to the Past"TBATBANovember 20, 1983 (1983-11-20)
138"Valerie's Fan"TBATBADecember 4, 1983 (1983-12-04)
149"Happy Medium"TBATBADecember 11, 1983 (1983-12-11)
1510"Peace on Earth"TBATBADecember 25, 1983 (1983-12-25)
1611"The Consumer's Best Friend"TBATBAJanuary 1, 1984 (1984-01-01)
1712"Lost and Foundering"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1984 (1984-01-08)
1813"An Old Flame Flickers"Harry WinerA.J. CarothersJanuary 15, 1984 (1984-01-15)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1983 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Mariette Hartley
1984 Young Artist Award Winner Best Young Actress in a New Television Series Tracey Gold
Best New Television Series


  1. ^ Lina. "The TV Ratings Guide: 1982-83 Ratings History -- Soap Bubbles Rise, Several Veterans Part and NBC Renews Poorly Rated Masterpieces". Retrieved 1 April 2018.
  2. ^ "1983-84 Ratings History -- The Networks Are Awash in a Bubble Bath of Soaps".

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