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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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! See more »

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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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A Lame and Inept Copy of the Magnificent Upstairs, Downstairs
27 November 1999 | by (Brooklyn NY) – See all my reviews

The great PBS series, Upstairs, Downstairs, magnificently wove rich characterizations of the upper and lower classes of one London household against the historical backdrop of England from 1903-1930. Social issues were brilliantly added to the personal dramas. The writing and acting were superb.

Then someone got the bright idea of doing something of similar format in Boston about the same time period with servants and upper class family living their parallel lives in the same great house. Unfortunately, the acting even though by competent New York stage actors never jelled, and that was in large part because the writing was an atrocity. It reduced these peoples' lives to the most trite soap opera cliches. Silly people acted silly; pompous people acted pompous. It was all superficial and pointless.

Highly touted and publicized before its first airing by a network that hoped to add ratings and prestige with a classy and popular show, "Beacon Hill" quickly was cancelled - after becoming one of the biggest bombs in TV history. If you want to see how such a show should be done, buy or rent some of the video tapes of Upstairs, Downstairs,


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