Orleans (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Created by Toni Graphia
John Sacret Young
Written by Linda Bergman
Toni Graphia
Jim Miller
Pam Veasey
John Sacret Young
Directed by Steve Dubin
Jan Egleson
Fred Gerber
Scott Paulin
Pat Quinn
John Sacret Young
Starring Larry Hagman
Michael Reilly Burke
Vanessa Bell Calloway
Composer(s) David Langley Hamilton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8
Executive producer(s) John Sacret Young
Producer(s) Colleen McCormick
Running time 60 minutes
(with commercials)
Production company(s) Samoset Productions
Paramount Television
Original network CBS
Original release January 7 – April 10, 1997

Orleans is an American drama series that aired on CBS from January 7, 1997 through April 10, 1997. It ran for 8 episodes. The series was said to be inspired by the experiences of creator/producer Toni Graphia, who was the daughter of a Louisiana judge.[1]


The show was centered on the character of Judge Luther Charbonnet, portrayed by Larry Hagman. He was a judge seated in New Orleans and had a family that consisted of some wildly different characters. One of the sons was an assistant district attorney, another son was a police officer, and a daughter who ran a casino. An overall backstory to the series was that Judge Luther had another daughter who was missing or had been dead for years, and he had a search going on for information on her. Several "taboo" subjects were touched on this series, including interracial relationships (Judge Luther had a black girlfriend) and incest (the daughter had a relationship with her cousin).

The show was promoted heavily before it had aired, and originally had the old timeslot that Dallas did during its run. However, the ratings were not great, and it was quickly moved to Friday nights.


Episode list[edit]

Episode # Production Code Episode Title Airdate
1 001 Pilot (Part 1) January 7, 1997
2 002 Pilot (Part 2) January 7, 1997
3 005 "Why Did the Crawfish Cross the Road?" January 14, 1997
4 003 "Luther's Temptation" January 21, 1997
5 006 "Hijack" January 28, 1997
6 004 "Baby-Sitting" March 27, 1997
7 007 "When the Saints Go Marching In" April 3, 1997
8 008 "Missing" April 10, 1997

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1997 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Music Composition for a Series (Dramatic Underscore) David Langley Hamilton (For pilot episode)
1998 NAACP Image Awards Nominated Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series Vanessa Bell Calloway


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