Sydney (TV series)

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Craig Bierko, Valerie Bertinelli & Matthew Perry in Sydney
Created byMichael J. Wilson
Douglas Wyman
Written byMichael J. Wilson
Billy Van Zandt
Jane Milmore
Directed byLee Shallat-Chemel
Iris Dugow
Art Wolff
Robert Berlinger
John Ratzenberger
StarringValerie Bertinelli
Matthew Perry
Craig Bierko
Daniel Baldwin
Barney Martin
Theme music composerEddie Van Halen
Alex Van Halen
Opening theme"Finish What Ya Started"
performed by Van Halen
Composer(s)Mason Cooper
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Pamela Grant
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22–24 min
Production company(s)Oomp & Friends Productions
Gold Hat Entertainment
Grant/Tribune Productions
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMarch 21 (1990-03-21) –
June 25, 1990 (1990-06-25)

Sydney is an American sitcom starring Valerie Bertinelli, Matthew Perry and Craig Bierko that aired on CBS from March 21 to June 25, 1990. It was created and written by Michael J. Wilson and Douglas Wyman.[1][2]


Sydney Kells (Valerie Bertinelli), the daughter of a now-deceased policeman, brings her New York City detective agency (in which she is the only investigator) back to her hometown and her family, including her over-protective brother Billy (Matthew Perry), himself a rookie cop. As she struggles to balance her personal and professional life, the main source of her work comes from an uptight lawyer (Craig Bierko), with whom she shares sexual chemistry. She and her best friend Jill (Rebeccah Bush) frequent a neighborhood bar run by Ray (Barney Martin), her father's old police partner.[3]


Theme song[edit]

Bertinelli convinced then-husband Eddie Van Halen to grant permission for the Van Halen song "Finish What Ya Started", from their 1988 album OU812, to be used as the opening theme song to Sydney.[4]

Guest appearances[edit]

Pat Harrington, Jr., who appeared with Bertinelli in the long-running CBS sitcom One Day at a Time, guest starred as a rival private investigator in the seventh episode of the season, which was directed by Cheers regular John Ratzenberger. Billy Van Zandt and Jane Milmore, who acted as creative consultants on the show, also made various guest appearances. Chazz Palminteri played Tony in the episode "Love Ya, Babe", several years prior to his big screen debut in A Bronx Tale. Other guest actors included Yeardley Smith, Kevin Dunn, Annabelle Gurwitch, Tony Longo, Andy Dick and Michael E. Knight.[5]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"You? You're a Private Eye"TBATBAMarch 21, 1990 (1990-03-21)
2"Promises, Promises"TBATBAMarch 28, 1990 (1990-03-28)
3"Cliffhanger"TBATBAApril 4, 1990 (1990-04-04)
4"Love Ya, Babe"TBATBAApril 11, 1990 (1990-04-11)
5"She Loves Me"TBATBAApril 18, 1990 (1990-04-18)
6"I Gotta Be Me"TBATBAApril 23, 1990 (1990-04-23)
7"Georgie"TBATBAApril 25, 1990 (1990-04-25)
8"The Me Nobody Knows"TBATBAMay 2, 1990 (1990-05-02)
9"Sydney's Mom"TBATBAMay 23, 1990 (1990-05-23)
10"36-24-36"TBATBAJune 4, 1990 (1990-06-04)
11"On a Claire Day"TBATBAJune 11, 1990 (1990-06-11)
12"Jake"TBATBAJune 18, 1990 (1990-06-18)
13"Chicken a la Matt"TBATBAJune 25, 1990 (1990-06-25)


  1. ^ "TV Review: Sydney". Entertainment Weekly. March 30, 1990.
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ "Valerie Bertinelli plays private eye 'Sydney' in new comedy". The Charleston News and Courier. April 11, 1990.
  4. ^ "Bertinelli plays private detective". The Daily News. April 11, 1990.
  5. ^ [2]

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