Pig Sty

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Pig Sty
GenreSitcom
Created byDan Staley
Rob Long
StarringSean O'Bryan
Liz Vassey
Timothy Fall
Brian McNamara
Matt Borlenghi
David Arnott
ComposersChristophe Beck
Jason Beck
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producersRob Long
Dan Staley
ProducerTim Berry
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesStaley/Long Productions
Paramount Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkUPN
Original releaseJanuary 23 (1995-01-23) –
May 15, 1995 (1995-05-15)

Pig Sty is an American sitcom that aired on UPN during the network's disastrous first season. The series premiered on January 23, 1995, ran on Monday nights, after Star Trek: Voyager and Platypus Man, and was cancelled after just 13 episodes on May 15, 1995. Pig Sty was produced by Paramount Network Television.

Premise[edit]

The show was about five male roommates sharing an apartment in New York City, and their female superintendent.

Cast[edit]

  • Brian McNamara as Randy Fitzgerald – Randy was a struggling writer who supported himself by tending bar. He was often frustrated by his inability to sell a single story. Randy also had an unrequited crush on the building's superintendent, Tess.
  • Matthew Borlenghi as Johnny Barzano – Johnny was a young assistant district attorney. In the pilot, Johnny was engaged and moving out, forcing the others to find a fourth person to split the rent with. However, Johnny decided that his fiancée was too "clingy," called off the engagement, and tried to move back into the apartment. It was Randy who came up with the plan that would enable five guys to share a two-bedroom apartment.
  • Timothy Fall as P.J. Morris – P.J. wanted to be a songwriter, however, he never sold any of his songs and, in fact, lived off a large trust fund. P.J. was often ridiculed by Randy for being a "trust fund baby". Every few months he would have dinner with his father to discuss his going into the family business, but P.J. always refused. His family obtained its wealth from the tobacco industry, thus P.J.'s name can be seen as a pun on the Philip J. Morris Company.
  • David Arnott as Cal Evans – Cal was an unscrupulous advertising executive. He was known for having slovenly personal habits and for his love of smoking cigars. When Johnny tried to move back in, the other roommates initially tried to force out Cal because of his bad habits. However, Cal revealed that he had secretly put his name on the lease to prevent them from kicking him out. So instead, the group decided that Cal should move into the walk-in closet with P.J.'s dog. Cal graduated from college with a 1.0 GPA. He claimed that his favorite holidays were New Year's Day and St. Patrick's Day, because he liked to get girls really drunk so that they would have pity sex with him.
  • Sean O'Bryan as Joe "Iowa" Dantley – Joe was a doctor and a transplanted Iowan starting his residency at a New York hospital. He was only called Joe in the pilot episode; afterwards the guys all referred to him by the nickname "Iowa." He was originally supposed to be the fourth roommate when Johnny moved out. However, when Johnny wanted to come back a deal had to be reached to accommodate the situation.
  • Liz Vassey as Tess Gallaway – Tess was a struggling actress who worked as the building superintendent while waiting for her acting career to take off. Randy would regularly break things in the apartment so that Tess would have to come up and repair them. In one episode Randy got Iowa to take some lab mice from the hospital, forcing Tess to come and catch them; all in a futile attempt to spend more time with Tess. Although she was aware of Randy's crush on her, and that he was deliberately breaking objects, Tess did not return his affections. She believed that Randy was too immature for a serious relationship.

Episodes[edit]

Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"...And This Little Piggy Moved Out"John WhitesellDan Staley & Rob LongJanuary 23, 1995 (1995-01-23)
2"Beauty & the Beasts"Arlene SanfordDan Staley & Rob Long and Tom LeopoldJanuary 30, 1995 (1995-01-30)
3"Iowa vs. New York"Arlene SanfordPhil Baker & Drew VaupenFebruary 6, 1995 (1995-02-06)
4"Mr. Nice Guy"Rod DanielHoward MarguliesFebruary 13, 1995 (1995-02-13)
5"Five Cards, No Stud"Arlene SanfordScott Krager & David PavoniFebruary 20, 1995 (1995-02-20)
6"The Ghost and Mr. Evans"Tim BerryPhil Baker & Drew VaupenFebruary 27, 1995 (1995-02-27)
7"Party!!!"Arlene SanfordTom LeopoldMarch 6, 1995 (1995-03-06)
8"Erin Go Barf"Rob SchillerPhil Baker & Drew VaupenMarch 13, 1995 (1995-03-13)
9"May I Borrow a Cup of Death"Rod DanielBob SandMarch 20, 1995 (1995-03-20)
10"Nightmare in 15C"Kim FriedmanHoward MarguliesApril 10, 1995 (1995-04-10)
11"The Maltese Falcone"Rod DanielScott Krager & David PavoniMay 1, 1995 (1995-05-01)
12"Tess Makes the Man"Rick BerenShari HearnMay 8, 1995 (1995-05-08)
13"Leap into an Open Grave"Arlene SanfordBob SandMay 15, 1995 (1995-05-15)

References[edit]

Original broadcasts of Pig Sty, 1995, UPN.

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