Pasadena (TV series)

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GenreSoap opera
Created byMike White
ComposerMark Snow
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (9 unaired)
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 28 (2001-09-28) –
November 2, 2001 (2001-11-02)

Pasadena is an American prime time 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.


Cast of Pasadena


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. Other producers included Mark B. Perry, Dana Baratta, R. W. Goodwin, and Bill Robinson. The pilot was edited by Tatiana S. Riegel.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Diane KeatonMike WhiteSeptember 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. GoodwinMike WhiteOctober 5, 2001 (2001-10-05)
3"Henry's Secret"Ellen S. PressmanMike WhiteOctober 26, 2001 (2001-10-26)
4"Hostile Environment"David PetrarcaMark B. PerryNovember 2, 2001 (2001-11-02)
5"Puppy Love"Tim Van PattenKim NewtonUnaired
6"The Body"Michael LangeDana BarattaUnaired
7"The Bones"Mary HarronAlexandra CunninghamUnaired
8"Run Lily Run"Michael LehmannTimothy J. LeaUnaired
9"Someone to Talk To"Bill L. NortonHilly Hicks, Jr.Unaired
10"A River in Egypt"Steve RobmanChristy CallahanUnaired
11"The Truth Hurts"Sanford BookstaverMike WhiteUnaired
12"A Lie Worth Fighting For"Roy H. WagnerMike WhiteUnaired
13"Don't It Always Seem to Go?"Ellen S. PressmanMike WhiteUnaired


Broadcast and syndication[edit]

Only four episodes were originally aired in the U.S. in 2001, though thirteen were filmed, with the last episode seemingly resolving the central mystery of the series. In late 2005, the series was shown in its entirety for the first time in the United States, on the cable channel SoapNet.[1]

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. It began airing in Belgium on Club RTL on June 27, 2010.

Home media[edit]

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


Although the show was critically acclaimed,[1] it was watched by only 4.3 million viewers.[2] The general speculation at the time was that, with the series having premiered two weeks after the September 11, 2001 attacks, American audiences were not willing to watch a show like Pasadena, with its dark atmosphere and cynical storylines.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b Amy Ryan (September 30, 2005). "Weekend To-Do List: Fatherly Love Edition". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 20, 2017.
  2. ^ Lynette Rice (October 24, 2001). "Is the nighttime soap dead in the water?". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved November 20, 2017.

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