Sirens (1993 TV series)

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Sirens
Genre Crime drama
Created by Ann Lewis Hamilton
Starring
Composer(s) David Benoit
Steve Love
Marty Simon
Country of origin
  • United States
  • Canada
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 35
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • David H. Balkan
  • Robert Butler
  • Ann Lewis Hamilton
  • Robin Spry
Producer(s)
Running time 60 mins.
Release
Original network
Original release March 10, 1993 (1993-03-10) – May 21, 1995 (1995-05-21)

Sirens is a Canadian-American crime drama series that aired on ABC in 1993, and then in syndication from 1994 to 1995. The show was filmed in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, standing in for Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, where the show is set.

Synopsis[edit]

Sirens focused on the work and lives of three rookie female Pittsburgh Police officers.[1] Officer Sarah Berkezchuk (Jayne Brook) is dealing with her failing marriage, Officer Lynn Stanton (Adrienne-Joi Johnson) is a single mom, and second-generation cop Officer Molly Whelan (Liza Snyder) has a bad attitude which starts to interfere with her job. Each rookie officer worked under a veteran cop, and each grows and becomes more focused as a result. A few episodes into the syndicated series Molly Whelan is taken under the wing of Detective Lt. Lyle Springer (J. H. Wyman) and slowly learns the ropes of detective work, and becomes a stand-up policewoman.

Despite receiving an Emmy nomination, the series was canceled by ABC after 13 episodes, but was picked up in syndication the following year, with 24 episodes being produced and aired. Sirens' syndicated run featured a slightly different cast, with Adrienne-Joi Johnson and Liza Snyder reprising their lead roles, and Jayne Heitmeyer replacing Jayne Brook, but was still set in Pittsburgh.[2]

This TV formula, while not a success with Sirens, was somewhat retooled into 2010's Rookie Blue, which like Sirens was predominately filmed in Canada.

Characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast airedNetwork
113March 10, 1993 (1993-03-10)July 7, 1993 (1993-07-07)ABC
222September 30, 1994 (1994-09-30)May 21, 1995 (1995-05-21)Syndication

Season 1 (1993)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"PM Turn"Robert ButlerAnn Lewis HamiltonMarch 10, 1993 (1993-03-10)
On the first shift, Lynn Stanton finds a parent whose missing TV is more important to her than her missing kids; Molly Whelan gets no slack from her partner; and Sarah Berkezchuk is bloodied by a brick thrower.[3]
22"They Do It Standing Up"Allan ArkushMichael CassuttMarch 17, 1993 (1993-03-17)
Lynn deals with the heartbreak of notifying a dead man's next-of-kin, while a basketball player falls in love with Molly when she insists on playing basketball with them.[4]
33"Jumper"TBAAnn Lewis HamiltonMarch 24, 1993 (1993-03-24)
A man threatening to jump from a bridge will only let rookie officer Berkezchuk on the ledge with him to talk him down.[5]
44"Everybody Lies"TBAAlfonso H. MorenoMarch 31, 1993 (1993-03-31)
Whelan has to appear in court to testify against a woman who assaulted her but things don't go planned. Meanwhile the Berkezchuks argue over money issues.[6]
55"Holy Deadlock"TBAMarlane MeyerApril 7, 1993 (1993-04-07)
Whelan has a date with a weatherman while Berkezchuk thinks there is something odd about her husband's attempts to reconcile.[7]
66"What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Battered)"Robert ButlerAnn Lewis HamiltonApril 14, 1993 (1993-04-14)
A battered wife hesitates to press charges, but her lawyer husband has no qualms doing so. Whelan doesn't want her new boyfriend to find out she is a cop. Later she finds out he has a secret of his own.[8]
77"Strike Two"TBAHarriet DickeyApril 21, 1993 (1993-04-21)
Berkezchuk moves in with Stanton who has been accused of using excessive force and faces a hearing.[9]
88"Guy Perfect"TBAScott ShepherdApril 28, 1993 (1993-04-28)
Stanton starts to resent Whelan while Schiller gives Sarah some good advice on handling Kelly who has just gotten the results of his sergeant's examination.[10]
99"Looks Like Christmas"TBADan HoranJune 2, 1993 (1993-06-02)
The Christmas spirit fills the station, but out on the streets it is business as usual. Christmas festivities include an unamused drug dealer, children who have to deal with their mother's suicide attempt, Whelan's fruitcake and a drunk driver who thinks he is George Bailey (James Stewart's character) from It's A Wonder Life.[11]
1010"Gal Cops"TBAMichael CassuttJune 9, 1993 (1993-06-09)
A television crew for a reality show called "Gal Cops" follows the female officers in the precinct for the day.[12]
1111"Waterloo"TBAMarlane MeyerJune 23, 1993 (1993-06-23)
Schiller is stabbed due to Molly's inattention while the Berkezchuk household continues to have more problems.[13]
1212"Keeping the Peace"TBARobert EngelsJune 30, 1993 (1993-06-30)
Stanton becomes deeply concerned about deadly force after she pulls her gun on a group of juveniles. Whelan tries to learn more about her partner Schiller.[14]
1313"They'll Get You in the End (Friday the 13th)"TBATBAJuly 7, 1993 (1993-07-07)
Stanton takes an unusual bus ride when her car stops working. Whalen tries to figure out why Schiller is so on edge on this particular day.[15]

Season 2 (1994–95)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
14–151–2"Gun Play"TBAPaul B. MargolisSeptember 30, 1994 (1994-09-30)
Jessie has to deal with the murder of her husband. When guns are stolen from the property room she realizes that the two crimes may be linked to it.[16][17]
163"Crossing the Line"Giles WalkerWalter BroughOctober 7, 1994 (1994-10-07)
Stanton shoots a young suspect in self-defense and is stalked by the dead girl's friend. Meanwhile Jessie finds an abandoned baby in the car and becomes attached to him.[18]
174"Farewell to Arms"Jean-Claude LordWilliam SchmidtOctober 14, 1994 (1994-10-14)
Lynn and Amy attempt to keep order in a neighborhood that is torn by feuding Serbians and Croatians. Meanwhile Molly must deal with her grandfather's mental breakdown.[19]
185"Chasing a Ghost"Jimmy KaufmanAllison HockOctober 21, 1994 (1994-10-21)
Molly and her training officer have to transport an insane murder suspect and Lynn must handle an old con-man. Meanwhile Jessie decides to go on a talk show.[20]
196"A Cop First"Jimmy KaufmanJeff BenjaminOctober 28, 1994 (1994-10-28)
Molly is talked into becoming a phone sex operator to catch a serial killer. Meanwhile Jessie interrogates an informer who might know something about the councilman who was shot dead in a car in the park.[21]
207"The Needle and the Damage Done"Gabriel PelletierTodd TrotterNovember 4, 1994 (1994-11-04)
Lynn is stabbed with a drug addict's used needle while attempting to arrest him. Meanwhile Jessie investigates a man who claims he fired the shot that killed John F. Kennedy.[22]
218"The First Time"Jimmy KaufmanArt MonterastelliNovember 11, 1994 (1994-11-11)
Molly's dream day off turns into a nightmare when she becomes a hostage in a coffee shop. Amy and Lynn are accused of using excess violence in arresting a traffic violator.[23]
229"Guns, Bombs and Fantasies"Giles WalkerAlfonso H. MorenoNovember 18, 1994 (1994-11-18)
Jessie gives a talk at her old high school where a student is shot. This event exposes a secret club in the school. Meanwhile back at the station a mad bomber makes life more difficult for the officers.[24]
2310"Family Secrets"Gabriel PelletierCarol DoyleNovember 25, 1994 (1994-11-25)
Molly is in a quandary when she accidentally learns that a fellow officer was involved with a murder victim. Jessie and Dan investigate a possible child abuse case.[25]
2411"Victims"Jimmy KaufmanPeter HaynesDecember 2, 1994 (1994-12-02)
Lynn reaches out to a teenage girl who witnessed a murder but reluctant to testify. Richie and Molly try to stop an extortionist. Stiles goes after a gangbanger.[26]
2512"Missing"Giles WalkerPaul B. MargolisJanuary 22, 1995 (1995-01-22)
Richie is missing and Molly is frantic. Jessie is assigned to work with the FBI. When she becomes close to agent Jack, Dan gets jealous.[27]
2613"The Witness"Giles WalkerPeter SvatekJanuary 29, 1995 (1995-01-29)
Molly and Lynn have to put their vacation on hold when they are assigned to protect a hostile socialite witness.[28]
2714"Angel Falling"Gabriel PelletierArt MonterastelliFebruary 5, 1995 (1995-02-05)
Detective Springer is partnered with his former training officer during a drug investigation. Lynn and Amy are assigned to protect a rapist who has served his time and has just be released from prison.[29]
2815"Gambling on Love"Jimmy KaufmanAlyson AdlerFebruary 12, 1995 (1995-02-12)
Molly discovers that her new boyfriend is a gambler whose debts are mounting and could possibly be connected to a recent murder.[30]
2916"The Abduction"Giles WalkerMark LissonFebruary 19, 1995 (1995-02-19)
Buddy and Dan are abducted by a group of desperate robbers and taken to an abandoned warehouse unknown to their fellow officers.[31]
3017"The Aftermath"Jimmy KaufmanArt MonterastelliFebruary 26, 1995 (1995-02-26)
The investigation into the beating death of a family man uncovers a connection between the mob and the dead man's brother. Lynn has problems mourning Buddy's death while Amy is promoted into his old position.[32]
3118"Redemption"Marc F. VoizardPaul B. MargolisMarch 5, 1995 (1995-03-05)
While stopping a fight between two gangs, Lynn discovers that her cousin's son is a gang member. The parish priest thinks he can cool off the gangs, but discovers it is not that easy.[33]
3219"The Passenger"Jimmy KaufmanTBAApril 30, 1995 (1995-04-30)
The serial murders of several cab drivers causes Springer to call in a psychologist to make a profile and he acts as bait with Molly and Rich. Meanwhile back at the station, all the cops are freezing when the heating system fails.[34]
3320"The Obsession"Gabriel PelletierMark LissonMay 7, 1995 (1995-05-07)
Jessie begins dating a doctor she saved during a robbery, but when she decides to break it off, he becomes obsessed and begins stalking her.[35]
3421"Color Blind"Jimmy KaufmanAllison AdlerMay 14, 1995 (1995-05-14)
Molly investigates a car that has plunged into the river. Lynn becomes involved in a racially charged case and becomes the subject of a reporter's TV profile.[36]
3522"The Sound of One Hand Clapping"Minor MustainDavid H. BalkanMay 21, 1995 (1995-05-21)
Molly goes undercover to trap a killer that is preying on homeless people at a campground. Meanwhile Lynn befriends a deaf man who might be a witness to the killings.[37]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1992 Casting Society of America Best Casting for TV, Pilot Judith Holstra and Nikki Valko Nominated
Emmy Awards Outstanding Individual Achievement in Directing in a Drama Series Robert Butler
(for episode: "What We Talk About When We Talk About Love")
Nominated
1996 Gemini Awards Best Original Music Score for a Dramatic Series Marty Simon Nominated
Best Direction in a Dramatic or Comedy Series Giles Walker Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rosenberg, Howard (August 25, 1992). "TV REVIEWS : CBS' 'Sirens': Watchable but Bland". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved July 8, 2018.
  2. ^ Fretts, Bruce (September 23, 1994). "Television News: The Week". Entertainment Weekly (241). Archived from the original on May 25, 2007. Retrieved September 16, 2013.
  3. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 1: PM Turn
  4. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 2: They Do It Standing Up
  5. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 3: Jumper
  6. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 4: Everybody Lies
  7. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 5: Holy Deadlock
  8. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 6: What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (Battered)
  9. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 7: Strike Two
  10. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 8: Guy Perfect
  11. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 9: Looks Like Christmas
  12. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 10: Gal Cops
  13. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 11: Waterloo
  14. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 12: Keeping the Peace
  15. ^ Sirens, season 1, episode 13: They'll Get You in the End (Friday the 13th)
  16. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 1: Gun Play (1)
  17. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 2: Gun Play (2)
  18. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 3: Crossing the Line
  19. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 4: Farewell to Arms
  20. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 5: Chasing a Ghost
  21. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 6: A Cop First
  22. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 7: The Needle and the Damage Done
  23. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 8: The First Time
  24. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 9: Guns, Bombs and Fantasies
  25. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 10: Family Secrets
  26. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 11: Victims
  27. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 12: Missing
  28. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 13: The Witness
  29. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 14: Angel Falling
  30. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 15: Gambling on Love
  31. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 16: The Abduction
  32. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 17: The Aftermath
  33. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 18: Redemption
  34. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 19: The Passenger
  35. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 20: The Obsession
  36. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 21: Color Blind
  37. ^ Sirens, season 2, episode 22: The Sound of One Hand Clapping

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