Four buddies live in Bloomington, Indiana, facing life as working class "cutters" in a college town. Focus is on Dave and his $1200 La Strada bike.

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 Evelyn Stoller / ... (8 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 Dave Stoller (8 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 Moocher (8 episodes, 1980-1981)
Tom Wiggin ...
 Mike (8 episodes, 1980-1981)
Thom Bray ...
 Cyril (8 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 Ray Stoller (8 episodes, 1980-1981)
Shelby Brammer ...
 Nancy (6 episodes, 1980-1981)
Steve Doubet ...
 Steve (4 episodes, 1980)
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 Paulina Bornstein / ... (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
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 Roy (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Lou Walker ...
 Mr. Fields / ... (2 episodes, 1980)
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Four buddies live in Bloomington, Indiana, facing life as working class "cutters" in a college town. Focus is on Dave and his $1200 La Strada bike.

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Barbara Barrie, Jackie Earle Haley, and John Ashton reprised their roles from the original movie, Breaking Away (1979) for this short-lived TV series. See more »

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Referenced in Kicking and Screaming (1995) See more »

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a very underrated show
9 June 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was glad when TV Guide recently mentioned this show in passing as vastly underrated. I remember that back then it surprised me. I loved the movie and was well aware how TV series adapted movies into pablum. And Shaun Cassidy? You must be joking!

But he was absolutely terrific in the role. The others in the cast were also top-notch. Not only the premise but the earnestness and atmosphere of the movie was uncompromised during the course of the series. It was heart-warming, funny, and inspiring. (The only actor I didn't like was Jack Earl Haley, but I didn't like him in the movie, either -- or anywhere else, if I must tell the truth.) Barbara Barrie was (as usual) so wonderful, never enough air time for her, and Vincent Gardenia was an astonishingly great match to fill Paul Dooley's shoes!

When will this come out on DVD? I'd love to see it again! Magnifico!


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