The Art of Being Nick

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The Art of Being Nick
Genre Sitcom
Created by Bruce Helford
Written by Bruce Helford
Directed by Sam Weisman
Starring Scott Valentine
Kristine Sutherland
Julia Louis-Dreyfus
Theme music composer Rick Rhodes
Dominic Messinger
Composer(s) Rick Rhodes
Dominic Messinger
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
Executive producer(s) Bruce Helford
Cinematography George LaFountaine
Running time 24 minutes
Production company(s) Ubu Productions, in association with Paramount Network Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release August 27, 1987

The Art of Being Nick is an American sitcom pilot created by Bruce Helford, that aired on NBC as a special on August 27, 1987. The pilot stars Scott Valentine as artist/environmentalist Nick Moore, who appeared as Mallory's (Justine Bateman) boyfriend in Family Ties. Also in the cast were Kristine Sutherland, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and John Daman.


Due to the popularity of the Nick Moore character, three versions of a spin-off were produced. In the first incarnation titled Taking It Home, Nick returns to Detroit to live with his sister and grandfather (portrayed by Herschel Bernardi).[1] After Bernardi's death in May 1986, the series was canceled.[2] The second version features Nick working in a day care center for juvenile delinquents.[1]

In the final version, Nick, his sister (Kristine Sutherland) and her son (John Daman) live together in an East Village apartment with Nick working in a bookstore.[1]

The Art of Being Nick aired on August 27, 1987.[2] Despite garnering solid ratings, NBC didn't pick the series up reportedly due to the network's reluctance to lose the popular Nick character from Family Ties.[2]



  1. ^ a b c Martel, Jay (March 1988). "Crash Pilots". Spy. Sussex Publishers, LLC: 120. ISSN 0890-1759. 
  2. ^ a b c Logan, Dan (December 1987). "Hey". Orange Coast Magazine. Emmis Communications. 13 (12): 199. ISSN 0279-0483. 

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