The Cape (1996 TV series)

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The Cape
Created by
Developed byParis Qualles
Theme music composerJohn Debney
Opening theme"The Cape Theme"
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes22[1]
Executive producer(s)Gil Grant
Production location(s)Cape Canaveral, Florida
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)
Original networkSyndicated
Picture formatSDTV/NTSC 480i
Audio format5.1 Surround Sound
Original releaseSeptember 9, 1996 (1996-09-09) –
May 19, 1997 (1997-05-19)

The Cape is an American dramatic TV series, with elements of science fiction, action/adventure, and drama, that was produced for syndication during the 1996–97 television season. The Cape told the story of select members of the NASA Astronaut Corps at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida with a focus on their personal lives as they train for, and execute, Space Shuttle missions. The series stars Corbin Bernsen as USAF Colonel Henry J. "Bull" Eckert, an experienced astronaut who, early in the series, was the Director of Astronaut Training but later in the series was also tasked with the responsibility of Chief of the Astronaut Office.

The series focused on authenticity and was filmed in and around Cape Canaveral, Florida.[2] Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin also served as technical consultant.[3]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
"Pilot"Ian ToyntonParis QuallesSeptember 9, 1996 (1996-09-09)
3"In Friends We Trust"Thomas J. WrightGil Grant & Charles HeitSeptember 16, 1996 (1996-09-16)
4"No Fear"Harry HarrisParis QuallesSeptember 23, 1996 (1996-09-23)
5"Just a Rumor"Thomas J. WrightMarjorie DavidSeptember 30, 1996 (1996-09-30)
6"Play Astronaut for Me"Jon CassarJennifer CecilOctober 7, 1996 (1996-10-07)
7"Lost in Space"Jon CassarJohn ScheinfeldOctober 14, 1996 (1996-10-14)
8"Family Values"Johnny JensenMarjorie DavidOctober 21, 1996 (1996-10-21)
9"Buried in Peace"Reza BadiyiTodd Ellis KesslerOctober 28, 1996 (1996-10-28)
10"The Need to Know"Anson WilliamsDavid WilkesNovember 4, 1996 (1996-11-04)
11"Reggie's Wild Ride"Anson WilliamsTeleplay by: Paris Qualles
Story by: Winston Gieseke & Scott Carter
November 11, 1996 (1996-11-11)
12"Burning Fuse"John BehringTodd Ellis KesslerNovember 18, 1996 (1996-11-18)
13"Judgment Call"Reza BadiyiPaul Robert CoyleNovember 25, 1996 (1996-11-25)
14"The Accusation"James ChressanthisMarcel MontecinoDecember 30, 1996 (1996-12-30)
15"Interpretations"TBATBAJanuary 27, 1997 (1997-01-27)
16"Hurricane"TBATBAFebruary 3, 1997 (1997-02-03)
17"The Last to Know"TBATBAFebruary 10, 1997 (1997-02-10)
18"The Astronaut Formerly Known as Prince"Jon CassarCharles HeitFebruary 17, 1997 (1997-02-17)
19"Enemy Within"Harry HarrisDavid ErhmanFebruary 24, 1997 (1997-02-24)
20"Just Like Old Times"Steve StaffordColleen O'DwyerMay 5, 1997 (1997-05-05)
21"Mir, Mir, Off the Wall: Part 1"Reza BadiyiTeleplay by: Paul Robert Coyle
Story by: Paris Qualles
May 12, 1997 (1997-05-12)
22"Mir, Mir, Off the Wall: Part 2"TBATBAMay 19, 1997 (1997-05-19)


Composers John Debney and Louis Febre won Emmy Awards for their music on The Cape in 1997. The series was also nominated in the Outstanding Sound Editing For A Series and Outstanding Main Title Music for a series in 1997.[4]


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  2. ^ "MTM's Launching Pad". Media Week. 6 (19–32): 198, 333–337. 1996.
  3. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 188. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  4. ^ The Cape, Academy of Television Arts & Sciences

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