Pasadena (TV series)

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Cast of Pasadena
Genre Soap opera
Created by Mike White
Written by Dana Baratta
Christy Callahan
Alexandra Cunningham
Hilly Hicks, Jr.
Kim Newton
Mark B. Perry
Mike White
Directed by Sanford Bookstaver
R. W. Goodwin
Mary Harron
Diane Keaton
Michael Lange
Michael Lehmann
Bill L. Norton
David Petrarca
Ellen S. Pressman
Steve Robman
Tim Van Patten
Roy H. Wagner
Starring Dana Delany
Martin Donovan
Balthazar Getty
Alison Lohman
Chris Marquette
Nicole Paggi
Alan Simpson
Derek Cecil
Mark Valley
Natasha Gregson Wagner
Barbara Babcock
Philip Baker Hall
Composer(s) Mark Snow
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (9 unaired)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Brad Grey Television
Go Mike Go
Columbia TriStar Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network Fox
Original release September 28 (2001-09-28) – November 2, 2001 (2001-11-02)

Pasadena is an American primetime soap opera that originally aired on Fox from September to November 2001.


The series starred Alison Lohman as Lily McAllister, an initially naïve young woman who witnesses a stranger's suicide and begins to investigate the secrets being hidden by her own very wealthy California family, the Greeleys. Other cast members included Dana Delany and Martin Donovan as Lily's parents, Will and Catherine McAllister, and Chris Marquette as Lily's brother Mason. Mark Valley, Balthazar Getty, and Natasha Gregson Wagner portrayed Catherine's siblings Robert, Nate, and Beth Greeley, while Philip Baker Hall and Barbara Babcock played Greeley patriarch and matriarch George and Lillian. Alan Simpson was cast as Lily's love interest Henry Bellow, with Derek Cecil as Henry's brother Tom.

Pasadena was created by Mike White, who attended elementary and high school in Pasadena, California. Actress/director Diane Keaton directed the pilot episode and was among the show's executive producers, and other producers included Mark B. Perry, Dana Baratta, R. W. Goodwin, and Bill Robinson. The pilot was edited by Tatiana S. Riegel.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot" Diane Keaton Mike White September 28, 2001 (2001-09-28)
Young Lily McAllister (Alison Lohman) discovers that her affluent and seemingly-perfect California family may be hiding shocking secrets.
2 "The Rat" R. W. Goodwin Mike White October 5, 2001 (2001-10-05)
3 "Henry's Secret" Ellen S. Pressman Mike White October 26, 2001 (2001-10-26)
4 "Hostile Environment" David Petrarca Mark B. Perry November 2, 2001 (2001-11-02)
5 "Puppy Love" Tim Van Patten Kim Newton May 22, 2002 (2002-05-22)
6 "The Body" Michael Lange Dana Baratta May 29, 2002 (2002-05-29)
7 "The Bones" Mary Harron Alexandra Cunningham June 5, 2002 (2002-06-05)
8 "Run Lily Run" Michael Lehmann Timothy J. Lea June 12, 2002 (2002-06-12)
9 "Someone to Talk To" Bill L. Norton Hilly Hicks, Jr. June 19, 2002 (2002-06-19)
10 "A River in Egypt" Steve Robman Christy Callahan June 26, 2002 (2002-06-26)
11 "The Truth Hurts" Sanford Bookstaver Mike White July 3, 2002 (2002-07-03)
12 "A Lie Worth Fighting For" Roy H. Wagner Mike White July 10, 2002 (2002-07-10)
13 "Don't It Always Seem to Go?" Ellen S. Pressman Mike White July 17, 2002 (2002-07-17)

Broadcast history and ratings[edit]

Initial cancellation[edit]

The show was critically acclaimed but ignored by audiences upon its debut. The general speculation at the time being was that with the series airing two weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks, U.S. audiences were not willing to watch a show like Pasadena, with its dark atmosphere and cynical storylines.[1]

Mill Creek Entertainment announced the series on DVD.[citation needed]

Syndication and international airings[edit]

Only four episodes were originally aired in the U.S. in 2001, though thirteen were filmed, with the last episode seemingly resolving the primary mystery plotline of the series. In 2003 and 2004, all thirteen episodes were aired in various countries such as Romania (by the public television TVR 1), Bulgaria (BTV Channel), Colombia, Croatia, México, Serbia, Slovakia, New Zealand, Finland, Denmark, Russia, South Africa (on the pay channel M-Net), Israel (on cable Channel 3) and China.

In late 2005, the series was shown in its entirety for the first time in the U.S. on the cable channel SOAPnet. It began airing in Belgium on June 27, 2010 on Club RTL.


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