James at 16: Season 1, Episode 1

Pilot (5 Sep. 1977)
"James at 15" Pilot (original title)

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A 15-year-old whose family moves from Oregon to Boston misses the girlfriend he left behind, so he runs away to see her. On the way he hooks up with a female art student in her 20s who is ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Linden Chiles ...
Alan Hunter
Lynn Carlin ...
Meg Hunter
Sandy Hunter
Lacey Stevens
Rip Lindeman
Deirdre Berthrong ...
Kathy Hunter
Richie Gammons
Dennis Rucker ...
Jenifer Shaw ...
Mrs. Larson
Mrs. Stevens
Miss Moger
John Devlin ...
Tom Lacy ...


A 15-year-old whose family moves from Oregon to Boston misses the girlfriend he left behind, so he runs away to see her. On the way he hooks up with a female art student in her 20s who is also hitchhiking across the country, from whom he learns some valuable lessons about life. Written by Anonymous

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Written by Richard Baskin
Performed by Lee Montgomery
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Over-hyped Politically Correct Garbage
9 March 2006 | by (Valencia, Spain) – See all my reviews

For a few years in the mid-1970s, Lance Kerwin, Robby Benson, and Shaun Cassidy were the most over-hyped teenage actors on earth. Kerwin had the weirdest looking face, he always reminded me of some kind of lizard. Unlike Shaun (and David) Cassidy, who at least tried to be cool, Kerwin and Robby Benson went for the Politically Correct Sensitive Teenager awards.

In The Death of Richie, Benson and Kerwin played confused teens who turn to drugs. Of course, they were the victims. In The Family Holvak, Kerwin was the confused teenage boy trying to cope with family problems. In James At 15, Kerwin was the confused teenager trying to deal with being 15 years old. Yes, that was the whole story. Back in the 1970s, the Politically Correct crowd concluded that the reason that teenagers were doing drugs, murdering, raping, and committing suicide was because they were misunderstood. So a ton of TV shows and TV movies popped up about confused teenagers, and Lance Kerwin and Robby Benson were in most of those movies. Did I mention The Loneliest Runner, where Kerwin played a 14 year old bed-wetter? Anyhow, like all his other TV movies, in James at 15, Lance Kerwin played a very sensitive, sweet, sincere, confused teenage boy who has to cope with the problems around him and the demands of his family, friends, and school.

A really insipid show, with a saccharine actor like Lance Kerwin. Clichés abound, and every corny idea is explored. The moral of the story is that James at 15 is confused. Audiences were supposed to tune in to see James deal with such challenging issues as what cereal to eat; whether or not to like girls or boys; get high; go joyriding; disobey his Dad; talk back to his teachers, skip class, etc. No matter what happened to James, he was always unhappy about it; because he was so sensitive and sweet, and nobody understood James, and that confused him.

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