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Release Date:
23 September 1979 (USA) See more »
The working lives of three neophyte lawyers. Full summary »
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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 3 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast [6])

Wilfrid Hyde-White ... Emerson Marshall (13 episodes, 1979-1980)

Martin Short ... Tucker Kerwin (13 episodes, 1979-1980)

Alley Mills ... Leslie Dunn (13 episodes, 1979-1980)

Joe Regalbuto ... Eliot Streeter (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Shelley Smith ... Sara James (13 episodes, 1979-1980)

Tim Thomerson ... Johnny Danko (13 episodes, 1979-1980)

Series Directed by
Tony Mordente (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
James Burrows (4 episodes, 1979-1980)
Charlotte Brown (2 episodes, 1980)
Series Writing credits
James L. Brooks (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Stan Daniels (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Charlie Hauck (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Michael Leeson (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
John Jay Osborn Jr. (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ed. Weinberger (13 episodes, 1979-1980)
David Lloyd (7 episodes, 1979-1980)
Earl Pomerantz (2 episodes, 1980)
Rich Reinhart (2 episodes, 1980)

Series Produced by
James L. Brooks .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Stan Daniels .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Michael Leeson .... producer (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Linda Solomon .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Ed. Weinberger .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Original Music by
Craig Safan (1 episode, 1979)
Series Cinematography by
Leonard J. South (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Film Editing by
Douglas Hines (2 episodes, 1979-1980)

C. Cory M. McCrum-Abdo (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Judith Weiner (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Art Direction by
Mary Dodson (1 episode, 1979)
Lynn Griffin (1 episode, 1980)

Tommy Goetz (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Steven Potter (1 episode, 1979)
Fred S. Winston (1 episode, 1980)
Series Costume Design by
Sharon Day (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Makeup Department
Suzan Bagdadi .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Jerry Cash .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Production Management
Ronald E. Frazier .... executive in charge of production (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Gregg Peters .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Robert Altshuler .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Michael Stanislavsky .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Sound Department
James R. Wright .... production mixer (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Special Effects by
Jor Van Kline .... special effects (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Casting Department
Susan Arnold .... casting associate (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Robert L. Tanella .... costumer (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Music Department
Albert Brooks .... composer: music and lyrics / composer: theme music (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
B.B. King .... singer: theme song / vocal (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Series Other crew
James L. Brooks .... executive consultant (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Robin Chambers .... talent coordinator (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Gil Clasen .... technical coordinator (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Nancy Greene .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
David Lloyd .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1979-1980)

Michael Leeson .... developer (unknown episodes)

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30 min (13 episodes)
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Referenced in Battle of the Network Stars VII (1979) (TV)See more »
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Get "Associate"-d...., 7 June 2000
Author: Mister-6 from United States

Here is a rarity: a one season wonder that should have lasted more than one season.

"The Associates", a sitcom about the young lawyers at a prestigious law firm, came from the pen of James L. Brooks, Stan Daniels and Ed. Weinberger, the same geniuses behind the classic "Taxi". But whereas "Taxi" took place in the blue-collar world, this series tackled the white-collar side of the fence.

Short played the Alex Regar-type, the guy who always tried to get things done right but found that things don't always don't work out so smoothly. Every episode found the lawyers faced with dilemmas such as freedom of speech, inner-office romance, fighting to move ahead in the firm, etc. All of this, naturally, handled with the same deft aplomb that Brooks, Daniels and Weinberger gave to taxi drivers.

Consider, too, the fact that such comic pros also were on hand as Regalbuto, as the sniveling Streeter, Thomerson as the hip-yet-loose Danko, Mills as the office cutie Dunn and Smith as the more-sensible female James. Then there was Hyde-White, who played the dottering head of the firm. His constant stream-of-consciousness ramblings were a show highlight.

It's amazing how well I remember this series, not having seen it for so long. But I guess that if a show's that good, it's worth remembering. I'm sure that somewhere in the world, someone is watching "The Associates" and thinking the exact same thing.

Ten stars for "The Associates", good TV worth more than one rerun! Case closed!

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