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
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 Holcomb Dawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorkin September 23, 2001 (2001-09-23) 1AFB79
2 "Herding Cats" Rod Holcomb Nicole Yorkin & Dawn Prestwich September 30, 2001 (2001-09-30) 1AFB01
3 "Who Is Breckenridge Long?" David Long Jan Oxenberg October 14, 2001 (2001-10-14) 1AFB02
4 "Hearts and Minds" Rod Holcomb Rob Thomas October 21, 2001 (2001-10-21) 1AFB03
5 "In the Details" Rod Holcomb Don Scardino October 28, 2001 (2001-10-28) 1AFB04
6 "Do It Yourself" David Jones Tom Garrigus November 11, 2001 (2001-11-11) 1AFB05
7 "Revisionism" David Platt Sharon Lee Watson November 18, 2001 (2001-11-18) 1AFB08
8 "A Very Great Man" Martha Mitchell Dianne Houston December 2, 2001 (2001-12-02) 1AFB06
9 "It's Not the Wrapping, It's the Candy" Elodie Keene Anya Epstein December 9, 2001 (2001-12-09) 1AFB07
10 "The Good, the Bad, and the Lawyers" Rob Holcomb Jan Oxenberg January 6, 2002 (2002-01-06) 1AFB10
11 "Save the Country" Don Scardino David Yorkin January 13, 2002 (2002-01-13) 1AFB09
12 "The Cost of Living" David Jones Tom Garrigus January 20, 2002 (2002-01-20) 1AFB11
13 "I Never Schlunged My Father" Michael Schultz TBA January 27, 2002 (2002-01-27) 1AFB12
14 "Money Changes Everything" Martha Mitchell Richard Dresser February 24, 2002 (2002-02-24) 1AFB13
15 "Genesis" Don Scardino David Black March 3, 2002 (2002-03-03) 1AFB14
16 "An Open Book" Matthew Penn Story by : Grace McKeaney & Kate Milliken
Teleplay by : Grace McKeaney
March 10, 2002 (2002-03-10) 1AFB15
17 "Past, Present, Future" David Jones Tom Garrigus March 17, 2002 (2002-03-17) 1AFB16
18 "Murder of the First" Rob Holcomb David Yorkin March 31, 2002 (2002-03-31) 1AFB17
19 "The Bad Girl" David Platt Linda Burstyn April 14, 2002 (2002-04-14) 1AFB18
20 "The Egg and I" Michael Fields Story by : Kate Milliken
Story & teleplay by : Grace McKeaney
April 21, 2002 (2002-04-21) 1AFB19
21 "One More Time" Don Scardino Joe Cacaci May 12, 2002 (2002-05-12) 1AFB21
22 "The Pursuit of Happiness" David Platt Story 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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