Key West (TV series)

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Key West
Created byDavid Beaird
StarringDenise Crosby
Fisher Stevens
Jennifer Tilly
Brian Thompson
Lara Piper
T.C. Carson
ComposerPray for Rain
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesStonehenge Productions
Viacom Productions
Original release
ReleaseJanuary 19 (1993-01-19) –
June 29, 1993 (1993-06-29)

Key West is an American comedy-drama series set and filmed in Key West, Florida. Thirteen episodes aired on Fox from January to June 1993. It was created by David Beaird. The show was produced by Viacom Productions (now CBS Television Studios).


The main character is Seamus O'Neill, played by Fisher Stevens, a factory worker from New Jersey who dreams of being a writer. When he wins the lottery, he uses his newfound wealth to move to Key West to pursue his writing career, where his idol Ernest Hemingway had lived. Seamus finds the island inhabited by eccentrics. He tries to get a job for The Meteor, a local newspaper, wishing to relive the life of its most famous employee, Ernest Hemingway. This brings him into conflict with the paper's editor, Roosevelt Cole (Ivory Ocean), who remarks "You want to report on the Spanish Civil War?" Eventually Seamus is hired on a probationary period. In a later episode it was revealed Seamus is once again poor as his lottery winnings were seized due to taxation and multiple unpaid debts, and it will be several years before his next annuity check resumes. Seamus then decides to put everything into writing, money worries or not.

In addition to Stevens, Jennifer Tilly, Denise Crosby, and Brian Thompson led the large ensemble cast as the town's high-class prostitute, conservative mayor and eccentric sheriff, respectively.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"David BeairdDavid BeairdJanuary 19, 1993 (1993-01-19)
2"The Second Day in Heaven"David BeairdDavid BeairdJanuary 26, 1993 (1993-01-26)
3"The Great Unknown"Geoffrey NottageDavid BeairdFebruary 2, 1993 (1993-02-02)
4"Less Moonlight"Christopher LeitchDavid BeairdFebruary 9, 1993 (1993-02-09)
5"Pieces of a Man"Geoffrey NottageTom ChehakFebruary 16, 1993 (1993-02-16)
6"The Greening"David BeairdDavid BeairdFebruary 23, 1993 (1993-02-23)
7"Act of God"James A. ContnerMilo BachmannMarch 2, 1993 (1993-03-02)
8"Gimme Shelter"Chuck BowmanKathryn BakerMarch 9, 1993 (1993-03-09)
9"Crossroads"James FrawleyTom ChehakMarch 16, 1993 (1993-03-16)
10"We the People"John NicolellaStory by : Allan Marcil & Richard Clayton Woods
Teleplay by : Kathryn Baker & Craig Volk
June 1, 1993 (1993-06-01)
11"Compadres"Nancy MaloneCraig VolkJune 8, 1993 (1993-06-08)
12"The System"Christopher LeitchJohn StepplingJune 22, 1993 (1993-06-22)
13"Heavy Metal, Heavy Hearts"Geoffrey NottageCraig VolkJune 29, 1993 (1993-06-29)

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