Shannon's Deal (1990–1991)

TV Series  |   |  Drama
8.4
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.4/10 from 72 users  
Reviews: 7 user

Once a successful corporate lawyer at a prestigious Philadelphia law firm, Jack Shannon lost his marriage and his job, due in part to a compulsive gambling habit. While Shannon maintains a ... See full summary »

Creator:

0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDbTV Pick: Showtime's "Penny Dreadful"

The subtle trick Showtime's "Penny Dreadful is that it is far less about the blood, gore and the specter of gruesome death than the sharp pain and exhilarating pleasure of living, and the terror of feeling alone even in close company. Read our review in the May Picks section.

Related Items

Search for "Shannon's Deal" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: Shannon's Deal (1990–1991)

Shannon's Deal (1990–1991) on IMDb 8.4/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Shannon's Deal.

User Polls

Episodes

Seasons


Years



2   1  
1991   1990  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 2 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

City of Hope (1991)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

City of Hope is a portrait of a typical middle-sized American city of the present day. The crux of the story is an old apartment block which stands in the way of a major commercial ... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles
Stars: Vincent Spano, Tony Lo Bianco, Stephen Mendillo
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A woman and her new husband returns to her hometown roots in coastal northern Florida, and must deal with family, business, and encroaching real estate development.

Director: John Sayles
Stars: Angela Bassett, Edie Falco, Alex Lewis
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

Fontayne is enlisted by Bernice - her estranged old friend and current parole officer - along with a disgraced cop to search for Bernice's son, who went missing on the Mexican border.

Director: John Sayles
Stars: LisaGay Hamilton, Yolonda Ross, Edward James Olmos
Matewan (1987)
Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A labor union organizer comes to an embattled mining community brutally and violently dominated and harassed by the mining company.

Director: John Sayles
Stars: Chris Cooper, James Earl Jones, Mary McDonnell
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

Seven former college friends, along with a few new friends, gather for a weekend reunion at a summer house in New Hampshire to reminisce about the good old days, when they got arrested on the way to a protest in Washington, DC.

Director: John Sayles
Stars: Bruce MacDonald, Maggie Renzi, Adam LeFevre
Lianna (1983)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A happily married woman comes to realize herself of being a repressed lesbian after she has an affair with a female college professor, and then tries to come to terms with her newfound lifestyle.

Director: John Sayles
Stars: Linda Griffiths, Jane Hallaren, Jon DeVries
Limbo (1999)
Adventure | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

In an economically devastated Alaskan town, a fisherman with a troublesome past dates a woman whose young daughter does not approve of him. When he witnesses the murder of his shady brother, he, the woman and the kid run to the wilderness.

Director: John Sayles
Stars: David Strathairn, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Vanessa Martinez
Baby It's You (1983)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

In 1966 New Jersey, Jill Rosen, a frustrated high schooler, is intrigued by an enigmatic new student known only as the Sheik. Sheik is an Italian whose primary interests are his car, Frank ... See full summary »

Director: John Sayles
Stars: Rosanna Arquette, Vincent Spano, Joanna Merlin
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Six American women who planned on travelling to South America to adopt babies are forced, by law, to live there.

Director: John Sayles
Stars: Daryl Hannah, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary Steenburgen
Silver City (2004)
Comedy | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

The discovery of a corpse threatens to unravel a bumbling local politician's campaign for governor of Colorado.

Director: John Sayles
Stars: Chris Cooper, Thora Birch, Maria Bello
Amigo (2010)
Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A fictional account of events during the Philippine-American War.

Director: John Sayles
Stars: Joel Torre, Chris Cooper, Garret Dillahunt
Brooklyn Bridge (1991–1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
Stars: Marion Ross, Danny Gerard, Louis Zorich
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 Jack Shannon (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
...
 Lucy Acosta (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
...
 Neala Shannon (11 episodes, 1990-1991)
...
 Wilmer Slade (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
...
 D.A. Todd Spurrier (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
...
 Lou Gondolf (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
Edit

Storyline

Once a successful corporate lawyer at a prestigious Philadelphia law firm, Jack Shannon lost his marriage and his job, due in part to a compulsive gambling habit. While Shannon maintains a good relationship with his daughter, his professional career has hit rock bottom. He becomes a general practioner of law, gaining a loyal secretary in Lucy Acosta when he manages to free her boyfriend from jail. Shannon also gains an unlikely investigator in Wilmer Slade, a verbose enforcer for one of the many loan sharks to whom Jack is in debt. Although he has sworn off gambling, Shannon continues to use his skill as a cardplayer to help him work out his cases, and he always tries to work out deals for his clients without having to go to court. Written by Mark Limvere-Robinson

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 April 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El compromiso de Shannon  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(14 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Writer-director John Sayles wrote the teleplay for the pilot movie and directed one of the episodes. He also has a cameo role in the episode "Words to Music" as a jealous boyfriend who gets into a confrontation with Jack Shannon. See more »

Quotes

Wilmer Slade: I'm gonna make like a leper and intercept any cash that may flow your way until I have the renumeration in hand.
Jack Shannon: What's that mean in English?
Wilmer Slade: Whither thou goest, I shall go. Until I get at least a thousand in my pocket.
See more »

Connections

Follows Shannon's Deal (1989) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Jamey Sheridan's best work to date
9 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

My favorite shows of the late 80's and early 90's were "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd" and "Shannon's Deal".

Independent film director John Sayles ("Lone Star", "Sunshine State") created this superb series, which kind of crosses "Perry Mason" with "The Verdict".

Shannon is a former big time litigator who lost his job and his family due to a gambling addiction. But his teenage daughter still loves him, and is often around. Shannon now has his own low rent law firm where he handles small time clients. Shannon has trouble paying his secretary, who works part time as a waitress. (Shannon is also half in love with his amazing secretary.) Shannon gets around Philadelphia on a bicycle.

Shannon's goal as a lawyer is to keep his clients out of court. I don't think we ever see Shannon in a trial. (The New York Times TV critic, who loved this show, thought Shannon was a private detective.)

Beautiful Elizabeth Pena ("Lone Star") played Shannon's Della Streeet, who may be even smarter than Shannon. A loan shark's debt collector, who is into self-improvement via watching PBS, is Shannon's Paul Drake. Shannon helps the son of his friend on the force prepare for the law school entrance exams (until he learns the boy wants to be a cop like his father.) Miguel Ferrer plays a DA in some episodes. As far as I remember, we never see Shannon's ex-wife, who could have been an interesting character (Blythe Danner?).

David Strathairn, who went to Williams with Sayles and is a member of his film repertory company, could have been a great Jack Shannon. But they came up with Jamey Sheridan, who was perfect. Sheridan really grew on you episode by episode. A great series lead. I still seek out Sheridan's work.

I really think this show could have been a success if NBC had been more creative and persistent. Characters this appealing don't come along often. Maybe Jack and Lucy (Pena) should have moved out west and become regulars on "LA Law". They could have livened that show up. Arnie would have loved Lucy. As it is, "Shannon's Deal" is a candidate for "TV Too Good For TV".


4 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Looking for episodes Scatchard
Why isn't this available on DVD? pemory09
Discuss Shannon's Deal (1990) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?