The working lives of three neophyte lawyers.
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations. See more awards »

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 Emerson Marshall (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Tucker Kerwin (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Leslie Dunn (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Eliot Streeter (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Sara James (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
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 Johnny Danko (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
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It revolves around three young law school graduates who had just joined the prestigious firm of Bass and Marshall as associates, beginning their five-to-seven-year trial period. Daughter of a poor New York family, Leslie recently graduated from Columbia, and felt for the oppressed. Bass and Marshall did not usually represent the oppressed. Tucker...was a Midwesterner slightly out of step with his Ivy League Colleagues, a little naive but very charming. Sara was a Boston blueblood, bright as well as sexy. They were all at the mercy of a hierarchy including such oddballs as formidable but slightly dotty Senior Partner Emerson Marshall...and dedicated junior partner Eliot Streeter, who had only one goal -- to take over the firm...Counterpointing all this class was Johnny Danko, the 21-year-old mailboy, whose only goal was to make time with beautiful chicks. Written by Anonymous

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Hyde-White/Houseman funniest scene
12 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The single funniest scene I have seen in my many years of television viewing took place in an episode of The Associates, a series which died way too soon. The scene featured two magnificent veterans, Wilfred Hyde-White and John Houseman in his Professor Kingsfield persona, alone in a conference room debating the true meaning of the word "crapulence". I will leave the rest to the readers imagination except to volunteer that the word refers to sickness resulting from excessive indulgence or intemperance.

The Associates was a gem featuring a group of very talented up-and-comers, gifted veterans and an impressive array of guest stars. James Burrows directed and the show was written by a staff whose collective resume includes work on many of the elite television comedies including The Mary Tyler Moore Show and spin-offs, The Cosby Show, Taxi, Frasier and many more.

Can anyone tell me why the show ended so soon and so abruptly?


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