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3 April 1983 (USA) See more »
The romantic relationship between two Boston news anchors.
Nominated for Primetime Emmy. Another 2 wins See more »
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Bill Bixby ... Matt Cassidy (18 episodes, 1983-1984)

Mariette Hartley ... Jennifer Barnes (18 episodes, 1983-1984)

Tracey Gold ... Susan Barnes (18 episodes, 1983-1984)

Jim Staahl ... Frank Fletcher (13 episodes, 1983-1984)

G.W. Bailey ... Albert Addelson (13 episodes, 1983-1984)

Stephanie Faracy ... Valerie Wood (13 episodes, 1983-1984)

Series Directed by
Harry Winer (5 episodes, 1983-1984)
Bill Bixby (3 episodes, 1983)
Bob Sweeney (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Peter Baldwin (2 episodes, 1983)
Kim Friedman (2 episodes, 1983)
Series Writing credits
Bill Greer (5 episodes, 1983-1984)
Kathy Greer (5 episodes, 1983-1984)
Ron Osborn (5 episodes, 1983)
Jeff Reno (5 episodes, 1983)
AJ Carothers (4 episodes, 1983-1984)
Steve Kline (3 episodes, 1983)

Series Produced by
Bill Bixby .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
AJ Carothers .... executive producer (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Charles B. Fitzsimons .... producer (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Bill Greer .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Kathy Greer .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Original Music by
Dennis McCarthy (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Cinematography by
Richard C. Glouner (18 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Film Editing by
Dick Wormell (1 episode, 1983)
Lee Burch (1 episode, 1984)
Series Casting by
Jennifer Jackson Part (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Art Direction by
Robert J. Bacon (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Set Decoration by
Robert L. Zilliox (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Makeup Department
Charlene Roberson .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Production Management
Joan Carson .... unit production manager (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
John M. Poer .... first assistant director (16 episodes, 1983-1984)
John N. Whittle .... second assistant director (16 episodes, 1983-1984)
Tana Baker .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Art Department
Ron Ashmore .... paint foreman (5 episodes, 1983)
Vic Petrotta Jr. .... property (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Sound Department
Franklin Jones Jr. .... dubbing mixer (18 episodes, 1983-1984)
George Ronconi .... sound mixer (16 episodes, 1983-1984)
Dean Hodges .... sound mixer (2 episodes, 1983-1984)

Clancy T. Troutman .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Tom Lindner .... gaffer (16 episodes, 1983-1984)
Larry Peters .... electrician (11 episodes, 1983-1984)

Adam Glick .... set lighting technician (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Phyllis Huffman .... original casting (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Winnie D. Brown .... costumer: women (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Bruce R. Hogard .... costumer: men (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Music Department
Jeff Harris .... music editor (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Series Other crew
Ron Osborn .... executive story consultant (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Jeff Reno .... executive story consultant (2 episodes, 1983-1984)

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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
An Overlooked Gem, 7 May 2002
Author: consortpinguin from NH -- the First primary State

`Goodnight, Beantown' was one of those comedies that you might call `too good for television.' Everything about this show -- the plot, the acting, the characters, the scripts, and even the Boston scenery boosted this short-lived series head and shoulders above the other sitcoms of its day. Unfortunately, the network pigeonholed it into the Sunday Night `death slot' and cancelled the show before it had a chance to catch on.

`Beantown' revolves around the newsroom of a mythical Boston television station. Veteran journalist Matt Cassidy (Bixby), whose credentials in the industry include Vietnam War reporting and many awards, is stunned to learn that his boss will bring in another reporter to `co-anchor' the evening news with him. Meanwhile, outspoken divorced redhead Jennifer Barnes (Hartley) and her daughter Susan move into the apartment across the hall from Cassidy, making a bad first impression. The next day when Matt runs into his new neighbor going in the same direction to work, he is once again stunned to learn that Jennifer Barnes is his new co-anchor. And of course the two generate a lot of laughs through too much togetherness both at home and at work.

Despite the show's comic premise, some of the episodes are based on real-life news issues. For example, when Matt exposes a well-known doctor for prescribing drugs much too generously, he goes to jail rather than obey a court order to reveal his sources. In another, Jennifer poses as a prostitute for a story about a police sting, facing a very irate John who she thought was a detective.

A running theme is Susan's schemes to romantically match her handsome bachelor neighbor with her single mom. Susan ensures that dedicated yachtsman Matt discovers her mom's shared interest in sailing and the three enjoy a lovely day of sailing around scenic Boston, which must have been filmed on location. I think the most enjoyable episode was their last show in which the very independent Matt gets engaged to a wealthy Boston socialite with very definite plans for his future.

Everything about this show, even the other denizens of the newsroom, add dimension. It is anything but predictable, unlike `the Mary Tyler Moore Show.' Interestingly, not long after her performance as Jennifer Barnes, Mariette Hartley got a gig as a real newscaster on the CBS Morning Program.

I think `Goodnight, Beantown' was a real winner that could have enjoyed great ratings and a long run if only the network had given it the support it deserved.

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