Stockard Channing in Just Friends

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Stockard Channing in Just Friends
Stockard Channing in Just Friends.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byNick Arnold
Eric Cohen
StarringStockard Channing
Gerrit Graham
Mimi Kennedy
Lou Crisculo
Sydney Goldsmith
Theme music composerDelaney Bramlett
Opening theme"Brand New Life"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Production
Executive producer(s)David Debin
Producer(s)Al Rogers
Peter Locke
Production location(s)CBS Television City
Hollywood, California
Goldenwest Videotape Division
Hollywood California
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Little Bear Productions
Release
Original networkCBS
Picture formatColor
Original releaseMarch 4 (1979-03-04) –
June 24, 1979 (1979-06-24)
Chronology
Followed byThe Stockard Channing Show

Just Friends, billed as Stockard Channing in Just Friends on the title card, is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from March 4, 1979 to June 24, 1979.

Stockard Channing, an accomplished stage actress who had entered the national consciousness with her role as Betty Rizzo in Grease a year prior, was the lead. Gerrit Graham, Mimi Kennedy, Lou Crisculo and Sydney Goldsmith co-starred with her on the series.

A year after Just Friends had ended, Channing starred in her self-titled The Stockard Channing Show. Ostensibly, the two series were set in different fictional universes with different character names but were largely identical in premise, with Channing speaking in interviews as if the two shows were two seasons of the same series.[1]

Plot[edit]

This series revolves around health spa assistant manager Susan Hughes portrayed by Channing, whose marriage is falling apart.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The pilot for Just Friends was videotaped before a live studio audience at CBS Television City in Hollywood in November 1978.[2] Production relocated to the Goldenwest Videotape Division also in Hollywood for the rest of the series. The series ranked 26th for the season with an average household share of 20.2.[3]

The following season, The Stockard Channing Show replaced Just Friends.

Episodes[edit]

Episode Title Airdate
1"Pilot"March 4, 1979 (1979-03-04)
Susan Hughes is a Bostonian who is estranged from her husband and takes a job in a health spa in Los Angeles.
2"Last of the Red Hot Tubs"March 11, 1979 (1979-03-11)
Susan is determined to clean up her credit rating, so she buys a hot tub from Leonard.
3"A Little Fright Music"March 18, 1979 (1979-03-18)
Victoria is visited by an old flame while her husband is out of town.
4"The Boy in the Band"March 25, 1979 (1979-03-25)
Susan and Coral discover that Leonard is a member of a gay health club.
5"Health May Be Hazardous"April 1, 1979 (1979-04-01)
Milt is persuaded to advertise his health spa on TV, but decides to give up the spa when one of his clients dies.
6"Lost Weekend"April 8, 1979 (1979-04-08)
Susan's estranged husband convinces her to attend a weekend of "sensitivity programming" with him.
7"Same Time, Next Night"April 15, 1979 (1979-04-15)
Milt asks Susan to give him samba lessons, but this leads to everyone thinking they're having an affair - including his wife, Miranda.
8"Room at the Top"April 22, 1979 (1979-04-22)
Susan seeks any and all advice on how to discourage the attentions of a crazy new neighbor.
9"Funny Thing Happened"April 29, 1979 (1979-04-29)
Susan gets an offer from a handsome spa owner that she can't turn down, until she learns there are strings attached.
10"The Ziegenfuss Force"May 6, 1979 (1979-05-06)
Susan and Leonard decide to write a movie script together.
11"A Fine Romance"June 10, 1979 (1979-06-10)
For the first time since her divorce, Susan meets a man that she would like to be more than "just friends" with.
12"Invasion of the Body Grabber"June 17, 1979 (1979-06-17)
Susan finds herself not only the victim of a bank computer error, but also the hostage of a bank robber.
13"The Hollywood Syndrome"June 24, 1979 (1979-06-24)
A movie producer wants Susan and Leonard's script, but doesn't want Leonard as the star.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jory, Tom (April 3, 1980). "Channing is wiser this time". The Gazette (Cedar Rapids).
  2. ^ "Shows–CBS Television City". Retrieved 25 July 2011.
  3. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 1469. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.

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