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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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Also Known As:
30 min (13 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Battle of the Network Stars VII (1979) (TV)See more »
Wall Street BluesSee more »


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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Lesson for TV Producers, 23 October 2007
Author: thud-5 from San Jose, California

The Associates was a wonderful comedy with a great ensemble cast that just seemed to mesh from the start of the first episode.

If there are any television producers or network executives out there looking for a prime example of a truly funny show that was dropped for no good reason, this is the show. Any students out there looking for examples of how a network can manhandle and kill good programming should be given the entire run of this show to watch.

If James Burroughs is out there looking for something from his "vault" to bring out on DVD... this is the one!

Martin Short showed what a brilliant comedic actor he was going to turn out to be in this show. His timing, as well as that of the writing, was spot on. No one actor dominated with each one being given lines and situations that just seemed to fit like a comfortable glove. Even the list o guest stars is amazing: John Housman, Cloris Leachman and others.

Wow. How this one ever "got away" is a wonder.

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