The Bad News Bears (TV series)

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The Bad News Bears
The Bad News Bears TV.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Based on Characters created by
Bill Lancaster
Developed by Bob Brunner
Arthur Silver
Written by Paul Diamond
Stephen Fischer
Directed by Norman Abbott
William Asher
Bruce Bilson
Jeffrey Ganz
Lowell Ganz
Jeffrey Hayden
Alan Myerson
Gene Nelson
Starring Jack Warden
Catherine Hicks
Sparky Marcus
Meeno Peluce
Billy Jayne
Corey Feldman
Shane Butterworth
Kristoff St. John
Tricia Cast
Theme music composer David Michael Frank
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26
Production
Executive producer(s) Bob Brunner[1]
Arthur Silver
Producer(s) John Boni
Jeffrey Ganz
Ron Leavitt
Brian Levant
Norman Stiles
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Huk & Frog Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Release
Original network CBS
Audio format Monaural
Original release March 24, 1979 (1979-03-24) – July 26, 1980 (1980-07-26)
Chronology
Preceded by The 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 movie of the same name, that was followed by two sequels in 1977 and 1978.

Synopsis[edit]

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]

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 1979[edit]

Ep Title Air date
1 1 "Here Comes the Coach" TBA TBA March 24, 1979 (1979-03-24)
2 2 "Amanda Joins the Bears" TBA TBA March 31, 1979 (1979-03-31)
3 3 "Nakedness Is Next to Godliness" TBA TBA April 7, 1979 (1979-04-07)
4 4 "The Kelly Story" TBA TBA April 21, 1979 (1979-04-21)
5 5 "Tanner's Bird" TBA TBA April 28, 1979 (1979-04-28)
6 6 "Emily Loves Morris" TBA TBA May 5, 1979 (1979-05-05)
7 7 "The Food Caper" TBA TBA May 12, 1979 (1979-05-12)
8 8 "Men Will Be Boys" TBA TBA May 19, 1979 (1979-05-19)
9 9 "Three's a Crowd" TBA TBA May 26, 1979 (1979-05-26)
10 10 "Save the Bears" TBA TBA June 2, 1979 (1979-06-02)
11 11 "Dance Fever" TBA TBA June 9, 1979 (1979-06-09)
12 12 "Fielder's Choice" TBA TBA June 23, 1979 (1979-06-23)

Season 2: 1979–80[edit]

Ep Title Air date
13 1 "Run Down" TBA TBA September 15, 1979 (1979-09-15)
14 2 "Buttermaker Rides Again" TBA TBA September 22, 1979 (1979-09-22)
15 3 "First Base" TBA TBA September 29, 1979 (1979-09-29)
16 4 "Wedding Bells: Part 1" TBA TBA October 6, 1979 (1979-10-06)
17 5 "The Birds, the Bees and the Bears" TBA TBA June 7, 1980 (1980-06-07)
18 6 "Lights Out" TBA TBA June 14, 1980 (1980-06-14)
19 7 "Wedding Bells: Part 2" TBA TBA June 21, 1980 (1980-06-21)
20 8 "Matched Set" TBA TBA June 28, 1980 (1980-06-28)
21 9 "Old Timers' Day" TBA TBA July 12, 1980 (1980-07-12)
22 10 "Scrambled Eggs" TBA TBA July 19, 1980 (1980-07-19)
23 11 "Double Play" TBA TBA July 26, 1980 (1980-07-26)
24 12 "The Good Life" TBA TBA N/A
25 13 "The Pride of the Bears" TBA TBA N/A
26 14 "The Headless Ghost of MacKintosh Manor" TBA TBA N/A

Syndication[edit]

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

References[edit]

  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. 

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