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Release Date:
30 October 1987 (USA) See more »
An idealistic young law professor (Paul Provenza) clashes with the old bull of the faculty (Brian Keith) while developing an attraction to a shy colleague (Wendel Meldrum).
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Paul Provenza ... Asst. Prof. David Hanley (10 episodes, 1987-1988)

Wesley Thompson ... Vernon Morris (10 episodes, 1987-1988)
Wendel Meldrum ... Margaret Callahan (10 episodes, 1987-1988)

Judie Aronson ... Sara Duncan (10 episodes, 1987-1988)

Brian Keith ... Prof. Roland G. Duncan (10 episodes, 1987-1988)

Magic Johnson ... Himself (3 episodes, 1987-1988)

Series Directed by
Art Wolff (8 episodes, 1987-1988)
Series Writing credits
Michael J. Weithorn (10 episodes, 1987-1988)

Series Produced by
Denise Alexander .... associate producer (1 episode, 1987)
Faye Oshima Belyeu .... producer (1 episode, 1987)
John Steven Owen .... supervising producer (1 episode, 1987)
Michael J. Weithorn .... executive producer (1 episode, 1987)
Series Cinematography by
Donald A. Morgan (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Film Editing by
Barney Robinson (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Casting by
Gilda Stratton (1 episode, 1987)
Series Art Direction by
Roy Christopher (1 episode, 1987)
Series Set Decoration by
James Ira Colburn (1 episode, 1987)
Series Makeup Department
Terri Cannon .... hair stylist (1 episode, 1987)
Bron Roylance .... makeup artist (1 episode, 1987)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jim Balden .... associate director (2 episodes, 1987)
Judd H. Maslansky .... associate director (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Art Department
William 'W' Gilpin .... construction supervisor (1 episode, 1987)
Kirk S. Heinlen .... property master (1 episode, 1987)
Series Sound Department
Phyliss Bailey .... boom operator (1 episode, 1987)
Dave Cone .... audio (1 episode, 1987)
Mike Steele .... boom operator (1 episode, 1987)
Fred Tator .... re-recording mixer (1 episode, 1987)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Steve Berry .... video (1 episode, 1987)
Rick Caswell .... camera operator (1 episode, 1987)
John Gillis .... camera operator (1 episode, 1987)
Greg Harms .... camera operator (1 episode, 1987)
Franklyn B. James .... chief lighting technician (1 episode, 1987)
John Lee .... camera operator (1 episode, 1987)
Michael Santoro .... key grip (1 episode, 1987)
Series Casting Department
Justine Jacoby .... casting associate (1 episode, 1987)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Florence Kemper .... key costumer (1 episode, 1987)
Joseph Roveto .... costume supervisor (1 episode, 1987)
Series Music Department
Gordon Lustig .... composer: theme music (2 episodes, 1987)
Mark Mattison .... composer: theme music (2 episodes, 1987)
Series Other crew
Caryn Shick .... stage manager (10 episodes, 1987-1988)

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30 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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Liked this, 5 March 2009
Author: stjudeflagship from United States

Was on before "I Married Dora" on Friday nights in...1987! Loved the big for Paul sported, was sorry to see it go...he also did good work on "Facts of Life" briefly as the administrator of some type of shelter I think (which didn't always have a payroll from its employees). The best part of this show was Wendel Meldrum as the shy Margaret Callahan. The show was finally getting good (Paul and her were about to realize they had Chemistry)...and I agree, Brian Keith was wasted here. Maybe after such a full career he wanted a role where he could coast, because using him as the obligatory curmudgeon only was indeed a waste. Loved that Paul drew his pep talk-inspiration from a pre-HIV-revealed Magic Johnson - a guy who was always and will always be likable for his great personality.

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