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Genre Sitcom
Created by Fredi Towbin
Starring Diana Canova
Jonathan Prince
Maryedith Burrell
Jane Leeves
Richard Cummings Jr.
Paul Walker (season 1)
Sean de Veritch (season 2)
Music by Tena Clark
Opening theme "Throb" – performed by The Nylons
Ending theme "Throb" – performed by Diana Canova and The Nylons
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 48
Executive producer(s) Fredi Towbin
Producer(s) Jason Shubb
Production company(s) Swany, Inc.
Procter & Gamble Productions
Taft Entertainment Television
Worldvision Enterprises
Distributor CBS Television Distribution (rightsholder)
Original network Syndication
Original release September 6, 1986 – May 21, 1988

Throb is an American television sitcom broadcast in syndication from 1986 to 1988, created by Fredi Towbin.

The show was produced by Procter & Gamble Productions in association with Taft Entertainment Television, and was distributed by Worldvision Enterprises. The series' rights are currently held by CBS Television Distribution.


The series revolved around thirty-something divorcee Sandy Beatty (Diana Canova), who gets a job at a small new wave record label, Throb. Beatty's boss is Zachary Armstrong (Jonathan Prince), who had a huge crush on Sandy. Beatty also has a 12-year-old son named Jeremy (played in the first season by Paul Walker and in season two by Sean de Veritch). Beatty's best friend was Meredith (Maryedith Burrell), a single teacher who lived in her building, and her co-workers included hip business manager Phil Gaines (Richard Cummings, Jr.), and British-born Prudence Anne Bartlett, who was nicknamed "Blue" (Jane Leeves).

During the second season, Sandy moved from her original apartment to the recently vacated penthouse in her building. She took in her co-worker, Blue, to help out with rent, but the differences between straitlaced and somewhat conservative Sandy and the free-spirited Blue became more pronounced as they both lived and worked together. However, they were still friends.


Notably, it was the first time much of the American TV audience saw Jane Leeves, who later gained fame as Daphne Moon on Frasier. Also notable is the casting of a young Paul Walker, who played Jeremy Beatty for the first season. Walker became a leading man in Hollywood some 15 years later, particularly after his breakthrough role in The Fast and the Furious.

The creation of the Zachary Armstrong character, and the casting of Jonathan Prince in the role, was inspired by the (then) current rising fame of Michael J. Fox. Prince bore a strong physical resemblance to Fox, and played Zachary with many similar characterizations as Fox's Family Ties character, Alex P. Keaton. Like Alex Keaton, Zachary was also a young, diminutive overachiever on the fast track who found himself attracted to women who were both older and taller than he, the main object of his affection being Sandy.



Season One[edit]

Title Director Writer Original airdate
1 1 "Pilot" Linda Day Fredi Towbin September 20, 1986
2 2 "Our Song" Linda Day George Tibbles September 27, 1986
3 3 "Getting to Know You" Phil Ramuno Mark Duvall & Jay Wolf (story), Lee H. Grant (teleplay) October 4, 1986
4 4 "My Fair Punker Lady" Linda Day Sandy Krinski (story), Hollis Rich (teleplay) October 11, 1986
5 5 "I Lost Him at the Movies" Linda Day Hollis Rich October 18, 1986
6 6 "Something Extra" Michael Lessac Andy Cowan & David S. Williger October 25, 1986
7 7 "Bus of Dreams" Barnet Kellman Michael Lessac & Fredi Towbin November 1, 1986
8 8 "The Concert" Phil Rumuno Michael Short November 8, 1986
9 9 "The Party" Phil Ramuno Andy Goldberg November 15, 1986
10 10 "Tassles" Renny Temple Fredi Towbin November 22, 1986
11 11 "Wedding Bell Blue" Tony Singletary Fredi Towbin December 6, 1986
12 12 "Nothing Personal" Tony Singletary Richard Marcus December 13, 1986
13 13 "Confidence Game" Phil Ramuno Hollis Rich January 24, 1987
14 14 "Brief Encounter" Phil Ramuno Hollis Rich January 31, 1987
15 15 "Genius" Barnet Kellman Jeffrey Duteil February 7, 1987
16 16 "An Oldie But Goodie" Barnet Kellman Ann Gibbs & Joel Kimmel February 14, 1986
17 17 "High Anxiety" Nancy Heydorn Richard Marcus February 21, 1987
18 18 "Death Be Not Weird" John Bell Hollis Rich February 28, 1987
19 19 "Buffalo" Renny Temple Fredi Towbin March 21, 1987
20 20 "Party Games" Barnet Kellman Barry Rubinowitz April 25, 1987
21 21 "Moonlighting" Phil Ramuno Jerry Rannow May 2, 1987
22 22 "Two Flights Up" Phil Rumano Richard Marcus May 9, 1987
23 23 "Nashville, Almost" Phil Ramuno Daniel Finneran (story), George Arthur Bloom & Fredi Towbin (teleplay) May 16, 1987
24 24 "Rainy Day People" Steve Zuckerman Jeffrey Duteil & Hollis Eich May 23, 1987

Season Two[edit]

Title Director Writer Original airdate
25 1 "Moving In" Stan Harris Fredi Towbin September 19, 1987
26 2 "The Spa" Stan Harris Hollis Rich September 26, 1987
27 3 "Torn Between Two Lovers" Gregory Lehane Andy Goldberg October 3, 1987
28 4 "Future Shock" Phil Ramuno Fredi Towbin October 10, 1987
29 5 "Good Vibrations" Phil Ramuno Laurie Newbound October 17, 1987
30 6 "Whose Coup Is It Anyway?" Gregory Lehane Michael Gordon October 24, 1987
31 7 "Last Night at the Fire Station (Part 1)" Phil Ramuno Michael Gordon & Fredi Towbin October 31, 1987
32 8 "Last Night at the Fire Station (Part 2)" Phil Ramuno Michael Gordon & Fredi Towbin November 7, 1987
33 9 "Garden Party" Gregory Lehane Diana Canova November 14, 1987
34 10 "Selling Out" Gregory Lehane Kevin Hopps & Glenn Leopold November 21, 1987
35 11 "The Golden Guys" Gregory Lehane Hollis Rich & Fredi Towbin December 5, 1987
36 12 "One Christmas" Gregory Lehane Hollis Rich & Fredi Towbin December 12, 1987
37 13 "Mary Heartless" Joe Regalbuto Doug McIntyre January 2, 1988
38 14 "Men Without Lips" Marc Gass Jane Gould & Shelly Landau January 30, 1988
39 15 "Make a Joyful Noise" Gregory Lehane Bill Barker & Julieta England February 6, 1988
40 16 "The Cable Show" Gregory Lehane Hollis Rich & Fredi Towbin February 13, 1988
41 17 "Here Come the Amish" Phil Ramuno Michael Gordon February 20, 1988
42 18 "Only the Lonely" Joe Regalbuto Lawrence H. Levy March 5, 1988
43 19 "There's No Place Like Home" John J. Desmond Laurie Newbound March 12, 1988
44 20 "Summer Job" Phil Pamuno Michael Gordon & Fredi Towbin April 23, 1988
45 21 "Neil Returns" Gregory Lehane Hollis Rich April 30, 1988
46 22 "Jung Love" Marc Gass Michael Gordon May 7, 1988
47 23 "The Grammy" James Widdoes Barbara Herndon & Joe Sacco May 14, 1988
48 24 "She Can't Sing, Don't Ask Her" Gregory Lehane Diana Canova & Colleen Dobson May 21, 1988

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