It Had to Be You (TV series)

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It Had to Be You
Genre Sitcom
Created by Andrew Nicholls
Darrell Vickers
John Steven Owen
Starring Faye Dunaway
Robert Urich
Robin Bartlett
Justin Jon Ross
Will Estes
Composer(s) Stephen James Taylor
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (5 unaired)
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Highest Common Denominator Productions
Lorimar Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 19 – October 15, 1993

It Had to Be You is an American sitcom starring Faye Dunaway and Robert Urich. The series premiered September 19, 1993 on CBS.[1] It centered on Dunaway's character, a Network-like businesswoman, who hires blue-collar Urich (a single father of three boys) to do some carpentry work at her Boston office, and their ensuing romance. Music by Stephen James Taylor.

The theme song was the 1924 hit "It Had to Be You" written by Isham Jones.



Four episodes were aired before the show went into hiatus. Faye Dunaway was pulled from the series, and a new pilot was ordered with the focus being on Robert Urich's character coping with life as a single father. Robin Bartlett, who had played an assistant to Dunaway's character, would also continue in the series, being moved up from supporting character to co-lead. However, her character would not be not a romantic partner for Urich. [2] Although a new pilot was shot, the revised version of the series never aired. The series was produced by Lorimar Television.[3]

The show premiered eleven days after the cancellation of The Trouble with Larry, another series co-created by Andrew Nicholls and Darrell Vickers (and which lasted only three episodes). When It Had To Be You was cancelled after four episodes, it gave Nicholls and Vickers the unusual distinction of overseeing two of the earliest-to-be-cancelled new shows of the same TV season.


Nine episodes are registered with the United States Copyright Office.

# Title Original airdate Production code
1 "Pilot" September 19, 1993 (1993-09-19) TBA
2 "Long Date's Journey Into Night" September 24, 1993 (1993-09-24) 455605
3 "Let's Spend Termite Together" October 1, 1993 (1993-10-01) 455602
4 "All About Dave" October 15, 1993 (1993-10-15) 455604
TBA "Truth or Dare" unaired 455601
TBA "London Calling" unaired 455603
TBA "Shrink Resistant" unaired 455606
TBA "Wheel of Laura" unaired 455607
TBA "Just Hold" unaired 455608


Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly rated the series a C+ and called it "one of the season's vaguest, most ambivalent new sitcoms". Tucker described the casting of "odd-couple lovers" Urich and Dunaway as "almost perversely capricious".[4] Tony Scott, reviewing the pilot in Variety, criticized the "thin script" and "lumpy badinage". Noting that the show would premiere with a special "preview glimpse" in the slot after 60 Minutes, Scott concluded that "a glimpse should be enough".[5] CBS cancelled the series in October 1993 after four episodes due to low ratings.


  1. ^ Scott, Tony (September 17, 1993). "It Had to Be You". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  2. ^ Archerd, Army (December 20, 1993). "Three film offers on Stern's table". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  3. ^ Lowry, Brian (May 21, 1993). "CBS cooks up short orders". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  4. ^ Tucker, Ken (October 8, 1993). "A Touch of Clash". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  5. ^ Scott, Tony (September 17, 1993). "It Had to Be You". Variety. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 

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