Soap opera about rich family and their servants in 1920s Boston.
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1975  
Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Susan Blanchard ...
 Maureen Mahaffey (11 episodes, 1975)
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 Robert Lassiter (11 episodes, 1975)
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 Giorgio Bullock (11 episodes, 1975)
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 Betsy Bullock (11 episodes, 1975)
George Rose ...
 Arthur Hacker (11 episodes, 1975)
David Rounds ...
 Terence O'Hara (11 episodes, 1975)
Stephen Elliott ...
 Benjamin Lassiter (11 episodes, 1975)
Paul Rudd ...
 Brian Mallory (11 episodes, 1975)
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 Richard Palmer (11 episodes, 1975)
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 Mrs. Hacker (11 episodes, 1975)
Maeve McGuire ...
 Maude Palmer (11 episodes, 1975)
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 Marilyn Gardiner (11 episodes, 1975)
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 Rosamond Lassiter (11 episodes, 1975)
Roy Cooper ...
 Trevor Bullock (10 episodes, 1975)
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 Mary Lassiter (10 episodes, 1975)
DeAnn Mears ...
 Emily Bullock (10 episodes, 1975)
Barry Snider ...
 Harry Emmett (10 episodes, 1975)
Sydney Swire ...
 Eleanor (10 episodes, 1975)
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 Fawn Lassiter (10 episodes, 1975)
Richard Ward ...
 William Piper (10 episodes, 1975)
Don Blakely ...
 Grant Piper (10 episodes, 1975)
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CBS spent (and lost) a lot of money on this "Upstairs, Downstairs" ripoff detailing the relationships, battles and dramatic incidents involving members of the well-to-do Lassiter family in 1920s Boston and their Irish servants. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Scandal is the uninvited guest on Beacon Hill!

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25 August 1975 (USA)  »

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(13 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Highly Underrated Series -- Beacon Hill was superb!
6 September 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This series was an Americanized version of Upstairs/Downstairs which had just become a huge hit in England and then the USA. It revolved around the wealthy Boston Lassiter family. It featured a superb cast -- Stephen Elliot, David Dukes, Paul Rudd, Maeve MacGuire, Edward Herrman, Nancy Marchand, Michael Nouri, George Rose, Beatrice Straight, Kathryn Walker....

Another reviewer savaged this series, but I totally, entirely disagree. This was richly produced, had the distinctive 1920's flavor and each episode built on the previous. There was a smack of the early Kennedy money/Irish mob background which would have been great to build upon.

David Dukes was outstanding as Rob Lassiter, the war-injured, somewhat bitter son of patriarch Benjamin Lassiter (Stephen Elliott), returned from WWI minus an arm. His sister, Fawn, was the flapper of the family, and was a fun, sexy character.

I sure would like to see this series out on DVD! It's a shame it only ran 1/2 a season (13 episodes).

Even after all these years, I recall what a well-produced, well-acted fun show this was. It was ahead of the times for prime-time soaps like Dallas, Dynasty and Knots Landing.


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