The Closer (1998 TV series)

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The Closer
Created by Ed Decter
John J. Strauss
Starring Tom Selleck
David Krumholtz
Hedy Burress
Ed Asner
Suzy Nakamura
Penelope Ann Miller
Composer(s) Ed Alton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (list of episodes)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) T.W.S. II Productions
Frontier Pictures
CBS Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original network CBS
Original release February 23 (1998-02-23) – May 4, 1998 (1998-05-04)

The Closer is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS for 10 episodes in 1998. The show starred Tom Selleck as a successful advertising agency executive.


Jack McLaren (Tom Selleck), a successful advertising executive, starts his own agency. The business, the employees in the agency, and his personal life provide the story lines. The characters include a creative director, Carl Dobson (Ed Asner), an accountant, Erica Hewitt (Penelope Ann Miller), and a bored secretary, Beverly (Suzy Nakamura); McLaren's estranged and eventually divorced wife, Claire McLaren (Joanna Kerns), and daughter Alex (Hedy Burress).



Director and writers[edit]

The director for the series was Andrew D. Weyman. It had the following writers:

  • Tom Burkhard
  • Howard Busgang
  • Ed Decter
  • David Kidd
  • Laura Perkins-Brittain
  • Ron Burch


  • Howard Busgang
  • Ed Decter
  • Penny Segal
  • Tom Selleck
  • John J. Strauss
  • Craig Wyrick-Solari


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot" Andrew D. Weyman Ed Decter & John J. Strauss February 23, 1998 (1998-02-23)
Guest stars: Joanna Kerns, Michael McKean
2 "Morality Bites" TBA TBA March 2, 1998 (1998-03-02)
Guest star: Michael McKean
3 "Dobbs Takes A Holiday" TBA TBA March 9, 1998 (1998-03-09)
Guest star: Gregory Jbara[1]
4 "The Closure" Shelley Jensen Tad Quill March 16, 1998 (1998-03-16)
Guest star: Joanna Kerns
5 "The Rebound" TBA TBA March 28, 1998 (1998-03-28)
Guest star: Christine Tucci
6 "Baby, It's Cold Outside" TBA TBA April 6, 1998 (1998-04-06)

An old flame, actress Victoria (Bernadette Peters), visits and she and Jack start to rekindle their romance – Victoria and Jack sing and dance in a fantasy musical sequence.

Guest stars: Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein

Note: The music and lyrics of the song from that episode were nominated for an Emmy Award.
7 "Honor Thy Jack" Will Mackenzie Howard Busgang & Mark Blutman April 13, 1998 (1998-04-13)
8 "Deep Game" TBA TBA April 20, 1998 (1998-04-20)
9 "The Hand That Rocks the Office" Shelley Jensen Teleplay by: Shari Brooks & Ethan Banville
Story by: Rita Mimoun
April 27, 1998 (1998-04-27)
Guest star: Christine Tucci
10 "My Best Friend's Funeral" Alan Rafkin Bill Wolkoff May 4, 1998 (1998-05-04)
Guest stars: Joanna Kerns, Gregory Itzin

Awards and nominations[edit]

  • Emmy Award — Outstanding Music and Lyrics (for the song "You Don't Know Jack") (nominated)


  1. ^ "The Closer: Cast & Details". Retrieved December 3, 2010. 

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