LAX (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Created by Nick Thiel
Starring see cast
Opening theme "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Production company(s) NBC Universal Television Studio
The Mark Gordon Company
Nick Thiel Productions
Original network NBC
Original release September 13, 2004 (2004-09-13) – April 16, 2005 (2005-04-16)

LAX is a television drama set at the Los Angeles International Airport and draws its name from the airport's IATA airport code, "LAX".

On May 17, 2004 NBC announced that they had picked up the pilot to series.[1] This show was not renewed for season two.


LAX is a drama focusing on the day-to-day operations of the airport, with its runway manager, Harley Random (Heather Locklear), and its terminal manager, Roger de Souza (Blair Underwood). In the final episode, Harley leaves her job at the LAX after she is told by Roger that he wants stability back in his life and no longer wants to be romantically involved with her.


Main article: List of LAX episodes

LAX premiered on NBC on September 13, 2004. Ten episodes aired before NBC announced in November 2004 that no further episodes would be produced.[2] The show was moved to Saturdays at 8pm ET and the final episode aired on April 16, 2005. Thirteen episodes total were aired.

The show's pilot episode was originally called HUB and was filmed at the Ft. Worth, TX airport.

The theme song for the show was the beginning of "Mr. Blue Sky" by Electric Light Orchestra. For the opening sequence of the final episode, a different excerpt of the song was used.

On February 22, 2014, it is announced this show reruns on Ion Television coming that Fall.



Notable guests[edit]


LAX (Then called HUB) was announced on NBC's development slate on December 19, 2003 after being scrapped by ABC the previous developmental season.[3]

On January 14, NBC greenlighted production on the pilot.[4] Anthony and Joe Russo signed on as directors of the pilot on February 6.[5]

Much of the interior scenes were filmed at Ontario International Airport, with the LAX airport used only for establishing shots.[6]


In a survey by Philips, LAX got 17% of the votes for most anticipated new series.[7]

The show was frequently the butt of comedic jokes due to its poor ratings, including Jay Leno, who remarked the show was "so bad that the actual Los Angeles Airport is thinking of changing its name to avoid being associated with the show."[citation needed] The 13 episodes of the program averaged 6.52 million viewers.[8]

LAX lost 19.09% of the viewers in its time slot versus the previous season, which was occupied by Third Watch.[9]

DVD release[edit]

There are no plans to release LAX on DVD, as of 2009.[10]


  1. ^ "2004 Broadcast Upfront Presentations: NBC, Part 1". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  2. ^ "NBC Grounds LAX, Plots Scrubs Move". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  3. ^ "Development Update: December 19". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  4. ^ "Development Update: January 14". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Development Update: February 6". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  6. ^ ""LAX" (2004) - Filming locations". Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Viewers Say 'C.S.I.: New York,' 'Joey' Most Anticipated". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  8. ^ "2004-05 Final audience and ratings figures". Hollywood Reporter. May 27, 2005. [dead link]
  9. ^ "Report: The New Season Thus Far". The Futon Critic. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  10. ^ LAX at TVShowsOnDVD

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