The Associates (U.S. TV series)

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The Associates
Genre Sitcom
Created by James L. Brooks
Stan Daniels
Charlie Hauck
Ed. Weinberger
Developed by Michael Leeson
Starring Martin Short
Joe Regalbuto
Alley Mills
Shelley Smith
Tim Thomerson
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Opening theme "Wall Street Blues"
performed by B.B King
Composer(s) Craig Safan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (4 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Stan Daniels
James L. Brooks
Ed. Weinberger
Cinematography Leonard J. South
Editor(s) C. Cory M. McCrum-Abdo
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) John-Charles-Walters Productions
Distributor Paramount Domestic Television (until 2006)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006-2007)
CBS Television Distribution (current)
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 23, 1979 – April 17, 1980

The Associates is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1979–1980. The series starred Martin Short and was cancelled after nine of its thirteen episodes aired, but was nominated for two Golden Globes after its cancellation. The series was produced by Paramount Television.


The show was the first bonafide starring vehicle for Short and centered on a small group of young novice lawyers who worked at a Wall Street law firm. One of the creators of the series was John Jay Osborn, Jr., author of The Paper Chase. Episode seven features guest star John Houseman reprising his role as "Professor Kingsfield".



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The First Day"James BurrowsTeleplay: Michael Leeson
Story: Charlie Hauck
September 23, 1979 (1979-09-23)
The associates learn the ropes on their first day at the firm while the founder considers replacing his partner.
2"Is Romance Dead?"Tony MordenteDavid LloydSeptember 30, 1979 (1979-09-30)
Tucker uses tips from a book on romance to try and impress Sara.
3"Tucker's Courtroom Coup"Tony MordenteDavid LloydOctober 7, 1979 (1979-10-07)
Marshall asks Eliot to defend a client whose ex-lover is suing him.
4"Mr. Marshall's Love Affair"Tony MordenteDavid LloydOctober 14, 1979 (1979-10-14)
Marshall's intended helpmate flirts with Eliot.
5"The Deadly Serve"Tony MordenteJohn Steven OwenOctober 28, 1979 (1979-10-28)
Eliot accidentally kills a partner in a game of squash.
6"Eliot's Revenge"James BurrowsTeleplay: David Lloyd
Story: Rich Reinhart
March 27, 1980 (1980-03-27)
Eliot argues with his former professor about a case.
7"Danko's a Daddy"James BurrowsDavid LloydApril 3, 1980 (1980-04-03)
Johnny tries to see his illegitimate son over the mother's objections.
8"The Censors"Tony MordenteStan Daniels and Ed. WeinbergerApril 10, 1980 (1980-04-10)
Tucker defends a network censor being sued by a producer.
9"The Party"James BurrowsEarl PomerantzApril 17, 1980 (1980-04-17)
Leslie falls for a teacher who despises conservative lawyers.
10"A Date with Johnny"Tony MordenteEarl PomerantzUnaired
Johnny goes on a date with a married co-worker.
11"Tucker's Co-Op"Charlotte BrownDavid LloydUnaired
Tucker moves into the apartment below Marshall, who shows up unexpectedly.
12"Inferno"Charlotte BrownDavid LloydUnaired
The lawyers try to find escape routes when a fire starts in the building.
13"The Out of Town Trip"Tom TrbovichRich ReinhartUnaired
The associates defend the head of a tire company accused of misusing funds, while Leslie quits the firm thinking it represents criminals.


The series was rerun on A&E in 1988, followed by runs on Comedy Central and TV Land in the 1990s.

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1980 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Stan Daniels and Ed. Weinberger (For episode "The Censors")
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Michael Leeson and Charlie Hauck (For episode "The First Day")
Golden Globe Award Best TV-Series - Musical/Comedy
Best TV Actor - Musical/Comedy Wilfrid Hyde-White

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