The Education of Max Bickford

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The Education of Max Bickford
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The Education of Max Bickford cast
Genre Drama
Created by Dawn Prestwich
Nicole Yorkin
Written by David Black
Linda Burstyn
Starring Richard Dreyfuss
Marcia Gay Harden
Katee Sackhoff
Meredith Roberts
Eric Ian Goldberg
Helen Shaver
Composer(s) David Was
Don Was
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Executive producer(s) Keith Addis
Joe Cacaci
Rod Holcomb
Dawn Prestwich
Nicole Yorkin
Production location(s) New York City
Wagner College
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Sugar Mama Productions
Regency Television
CBS Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original network CBS
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Original release September 23, 2001 (2001-09-23) – June 2, 2002 (2002-06-02)

The Education of Max Bickford is an American drama series that aired Sundays at 8:00 pm (EST) on CBS during the 2001–02 television season. After a strong initial launch, the show's audience 'dropped sharply afterward' despite its prime time slot following 60 Minutes.[1] Within a month, two of its three executive producers were removed and reports claimed the show was being 'overhauled', though CBS denied this, preferring the term 'creative adjustments'.[2] In May 2002, Touched by an Angel was returned to its Sunday 8:00 pm slot, bumping the second-to-last episode of The Education of Max Bickford to Monday.[3] In June 2002, the final episode aired and the show was not renewed.


The series starred Richard Dreyfuss as the title character, a college professor of American Studies at Chadwick College, an all-women's school in New Jersey. Also starring was child actor Eric Ian Goldberg, who portrayed the young Lester Bickford, Max's son. Max's colleagues included Marcia Gay Harden as Andrea Haskell, his former student (and lover) who had recently joined the faculty, and Helen Shaver as his best friend Erica, previously known as Steve before her transition. Max's daughter Nell, played by Katee Sackhoff, attended the college.





No.Title Directed by [4]Written by [4]Original air date Prod.
code [4]
1"Pilot"Rod HolcombDawn Prestwich & Nicole YorkinSeptember 23, 2001 (2001-09-23)1AFB79
2"Herding Cats"Rod HolcombNicole Yorkin & Dawn PrestwichSeptember 30, 2001 (2001-09-30)1AFB01
3"Who Is Breckenridge Long?"David LongJan OxenbergOctober 14, 2001 (2001-10-14)1AFB02
4"Hearts and Minds"Rod HolcombRob ThomasOctober 21, 2001 (2001-10-21)1AFB03
5"In the Details"Rod HolcombDon ScardinoOctober 28, 2001 (2001-10-28)1AFB04
6"Do It Yourself"David JonesTom GarrigusNovember 11, 2001 (2001-11-11)1AFB05
7"Revisionism"David PlattSharon Lee WatsonNovember 18, 2001 (2001-11-18)1AFB08
8"A Very Great Man"Martha MitchellDianne HoustonDecember 2, 2001 (2001-12-02)1AFB06
9"It's Not the Wrapping, It's the Candy"Elodie KeeneAnya EpsteinDecember 9, 2001 (2001-12-09)1AFB07
10"The Good, the Bad, and the Lawyers"Rob HolcombJan OxenbergJanuary 6, 2002 (2002-01-06)1AFB10
11"Save the Country"Don ScardinoDavid YorkinJanuary 13, 2002 (2002-01-13)1AFB09
12"The Cost of Living"David JonesTom GarrigusJanuary 20, 2002 (2002-01-20)1AFB11
13"I Never Schlunged My Father"Michael SchultzTBAJanuary 27, 2002 (2002-01-27)1AFB12
14"Money Changes Everything"Martha MitchellRichard DresserFebruary 24, 2002 (2002-02-24)1AFB13
15"Genesis"Don ScardinoDavid BlackMarch 3, 2002 (2002-03-03)1AFB14
16"An Open Book"Matthew PennStory by : Grace McKeaney & Kate Milliken
Teleplay by : Grace McKeaney
March 10, 2002 (2002-03-10)1AFB15
17"Past, Present, Future"David JonesTom GarrigusMarch 17, 2002 (2002-03-17)1AFB16
18"Murder of the First"Rob HolcombDavid YorkinMarch 31, 2002 (2002-03-31)1AFB17
19"The Bad Girl"David PlattLinda BurstynApril 14, 2002 (2002-04-14)1AFB18
20"The Egg and I"Michael FieldsStory by : Kate Milliken
Story & teleplay by : Grace McKeaney
April 21, 2002 (2002-04-21)1AFB19
21"One More Time"Don ScardinoJoe CacaciMay 12, 2002 (2002-05-12)1AFB21
22"The Pursuit of Happiness"David PlattStory by : David Black & Lorin Dreyfuss
Teleplay by : David Black, Lorin Dreyfuss, Richard Dresser, Tom Garrigus & Joe Cacaci
June 2, 2002 (2002-06-02)1AFB20


  1. ^ "'Max Bickford' Struggles To Earn Television Tenure". New York Times. 
  2. ^ "The Re-Education of Max Bickford". People Magazine. 
  3. ^ "Bartcop Entertainment 3 May 2002". Bartcop Entertainment (originally reported by Yahoo News). 
  4. ^ a b c From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Education of Max Bickford"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-11-10. 

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