Stockard Channing in Just Friends

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Stockard Channing in Just Friends
Stockard Channing in Just Friends
Genre Sitcom
Created by Nick Arnold
Eric Cohen
Starring Stockard Channing
Gerrit Graham
Mimi Kennedy
Lou Crisculo
Sydney Goldsmith
Theme music composer Delaney Bramlett
Opening theme "Brand New Life"
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) David Debin
Producer(s) Al Rogers
Peter Locke
Location(s) CBS Television City
Hollywood, California
Goldenwest Videotape Division
Hollywood California
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Little Bear Productions
Original network CBS
Picture format Color
Original release March 4 (1979-03-04) – June 24, 1979 (1979-06-24)
Followed by The Stockard Channing Show

Stockard Channing in Just Friends (also known as Just Friends) is an American sitcom starring Stockard Channing, who was already known for her appearances in Grease and other films. Gerrit Graham, Mimi Kennedy, Lou Crisculo and Sydney Goldsmith co-starred with her on the series.

The show premiered on CBS on March 4, 1979 and ended on June 24, 1979. A year later, Channing starred in her self-titled The Stockard Channing Show.


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



The pilot for Just Friends was videotaped before a live studio audience at CBS Television City in Hollywood in November 1978.[1] Production relocated to the Goldenwest Videotape Division also in Hollywood for the rest of the series. The series was canceled despite ranking 26th for the season with an average household share of 20.2.[2]


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.


  1. ^ "Shows–CBS Television City". Retrieved 25 July 2011. 
  2. ^ 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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