Married People

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Married People
Bess Armstrong ensemble Married People.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Prudence Fraser
Robert Sternin
Written by Prudence Fraser
Robert Rabinowitz
Robert Sternin
Directed by Asaad Kelada
Starring Ray Aranha
Bess Armstrong
Megan Gallivan
Barbara Montgomery
Jay Thomas
Chris Young
Composer(s) Bob Boykin
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18
Executive producer(s) Prudence Fraser
Robert Sternin
Producer(s) Asaad Kelada
Kathy Landsberg
Jan Siegelman
Cinematography Mark J. Levin
Editor(s) Marco Zappia
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Sternin & Fraser Ink, Inc.
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network ABC
Original release September 18, 1990 (1990-09-18) – March 16, 1991 (1991-03-16)

Married People is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC as part of its 1990–91 schedule. Jay Thomas and Bess Armstrong led the ensemble cast.


The series follows three couples in different stages of their relationships who lived in the same building in New York City. Newlyweds Allen and Cindy Campbell (Chris Young and Megan Gallivan) were occupants of the third floor; he attended Columbia University while she supported them as a waitress. On the second floor were the Meyers, Russell (Jay Thomas) and Elizabeth (Bess Armstrong). Elizabeth was a lawyer while Russell was a free-lance writer and househusband, particularly after the birth of their son, Max. Living on the ground floor were Nick and Olivia Williams (Ray Aranha and Barbara Montgomery), an older black couple who were the building's owners (the building was in a gentrified area of Harlem, but often referred to by the street name "Central Park North"). Nick was an irascible traditionalist who constantly wondered why Russell didn't go out and get a "real" job and found Allen to be "too white" ("even for a white boy"), but was basically a good, decent man.

Married People was critically acclaimed but garnered low ratings. The series was cancelled in March 1991, but rerun in August and September of that year just prior to the beginning of the 1991–92 schedule.


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Married People" September 18, 1990
1-2 "The Truth, The Whole Truth..." September 19, 1990
1-3 "First Impression" September 26, 1990
1-4 "Once More, With Passion" October 3, 1990
1-5 "Money Changes Everything" October 10, 1990
1-6 "Live and Let Go" October 17, 1990
1-7 "Room for One More" October 24, 1990
1-8 "Who You Gonna Call?" October 31, 1990
1-9 "Term Paper" November 7, 1990
1-10 "The Baby Cometh" November 14, 1990
1-11 "Four Neighbors and a Baby" November 28, 1990
1-12 "Partners" December 5, 1990
1-13 "Compromise" December 19, 1990
1-14 "To Live and Drive in New York" December 26, 1990
1-15 "The Nanny" January 9, 1991
1-16 "Mommy and Me" January 23, 1991
1-17 "Dance Ten, Friends Zero" January 30, 1991
1-18 "You Were Right and I Was..." March 16, 1991


Year Award Result Category Recipient
1991 Emmy Award Won Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series Marty Brown, Dave Owen, Rich Rose, Marvin Shearer, Mark Warshaw, and Jerry Weiss
For episode "Dance Ten, Friends Zero"


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