The Bad News Bears (TV series)

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The Bad News Bears
The Bad News Bears TV.jpg
Based onCharacters created by
Bill Lancaster
Developed byBob Brunner
Arthur Silver
Written byPaul Diamond
Stephen Fischer
Directed byNorman Abbott
William Asher
Bruce Bilson
Jeffrey Ganz
Lowell Ganz
Jeffrey Hayden
Alan Myerson
Gene Nelson
StarringJack Warden
Catherine Hicks
Sparky Marcus
Meeno Peluce
Billy Jayne
Corey Feldman
Shane Butterworth
Kristoff St. John
Tricia Cast
Theme music composerDavid Michael Frank
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (3 Not Aired)
Executive producer(s)Bob Brunner[1]
Arthur Silver
Producer(s)John Boni
Jeffrey Ganz
Ron Leavitt
Brian Levant
Norman Stiles
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Huk, Inc. & Frog Productions
Paramount Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseMarch 24, 1979 (1979-03-24) – July 26, 1980 (1980-07-26)
Preceded byThe Bad News Bears

The Bad News Bears is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from March 24, 1979, until July 26, 1980, consisting of 26 episodes (three unaired by CBS). It was based on the 1976 film of the same name, that was followed by two sequels in 1977 and 1978.


In the television version, Jack Warden portrayed former minor-leaguer Morris Buttermaker, the coach of the Hoover Junior High Bears, a sorry bunch of youthful misfits and bumblers. Catherine Hicks played Hoover Junior High principal Dr. Emily Rappant. Phillip Richard Allen played Roy Turner, the coach of the dreaded rival Lions. Corey Feldman, Billy Jayne (then credited as Billy Jacoby) and Meeno Peluce were cast amongst the team's players, and Tricia Cast played Amanda Wurlitzer, the Bears' star pitcher.

The series was originally scheduled on Saturdays at 8:00 p.m. In September 1979, it was moved to 8:30 p.m. Three episodes into the series' second season, CBS canceled The Bad News Bears due to low ratings. When CBS broadcast unaired episodes in June 1980 it was moved back to 8:00 p.m. In July 1980, the series was again moved to the 8:30 timeslot, but by then audiences were confused by the frequent time changes and stopped tuning in.[2]



Season 1: 1979[edit]

Ep Title Air date
11"Here Comes the Coach"TBATBAMarch 24, 1979 (1979-03-24)
22"Amanda Joins the Bears"TBATBAMarch 31, 1979 (1979-03-31)
33"Nakedness Is Next to Godliness"TBATBAApril 7, 1979 (1979-04-07)
44"The Kelly Story"TBATBAApril 21, 1979 (1979-04-21)
55"Tanner's Bird"TBATBAApril 28, 1979 (1979-04-28)
66"Emily Loves Morris"TBATBAMay 5, 1979 (1979-05-05)
77"The Food Caper"TBATBAMay 12, 1979 (1979-05-12)
88"Men Will Be Boys"TBATBAMay 19, 1979 (1979-05-19)
99"Three's a Crowd"TBATBAMay 26, 1979 (1979-05-26)
1010"Save the Bears"TBATBAJune 2, 1979 (1979-06-02)
1111"Dance Fever"TBATBAJune 9, 1979 (1979-06-09)
1212"Fielder's Choice"TBATBAJune 23, 1979 (1979-06-23)

Season 2: 1979–80[edit]

Ep Title Air date
131"Run Down"TBATBASeptember 15, 1979 (1979-09-15)
142"Buttermaker Rides Again"TBATBASeptember 22, 1979 (1979-09-22)
153"First Base"TBATBASeptember 29, 1979 (1979-09-29)
164"Wedding Bells: Part 1"TBATBAOctober 6, 1979 (1979-10-06)
175"The Birds, the Bees and the Bears"TBATBAJune 7, 1980 (1980-06-07)
186"Lights Out"TBATBAJune 14, 1980 (1980-06-14)
197"Wedding Bells: Part 2"TBATBAJune 21, 1980 (1980-06-21)
208"Matched Set"TBATBAJune 28, 1980 (1980-06-28)
219"Old Timers' Day"TBATBAJuly 12, 1980 (1980-07-12)
2210"Scrambled Eggs"TBATBAJuly 19, 1980 (1980-07-19)
2311"Double Play"TBATBAJuly 26, 1980 (1980-07-26)
2412"The Good Life"TBATBAN/A
2513"The Pride of the Bears"TBATBAN/A
2614"The Headless Ghost of MacKintosh Manor"TBATBAN/A


In the late 1980s, the show was occasionally rerun on Nick at Nite. In the early 1990s, it was rerun on Comedy Central.

DVD release[edit]

On October 31, 2018, Visual Entertainment will release the complete series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[3]


  1. ^ "Bob Brunner, 'Happy Days' writer, dies". Variety. 2012-11-08. Retrieved 2012-11-27.
  2. ^ Brant, Marley (2006). Happier Days: Paramount Television's Classic Sitcoms, 1974-1984. Billboard Books. p. 196. ISBN 0-8230-8933-9.
  3. ^ "The Bad News Bears". Retrieved 2018-10-12.

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