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 »

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

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

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13 April 1990 (USA)  »

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El compromiso de Shannon  »

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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 »

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Jack Shannon: All right, let's get going.
Wilmer Slade: Lay on, MacDuff.
[Shannon stares at him.]
Wilmer Slade: Shakespeare. I find vocabulary studies so limiting.
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Follows Shannon's Deal (1989) See more »

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My favorite Show
13 June 2007 | by (Brooklyn, NY, USA) – See all my reviews

What a perfect melding of actors, directors, writing, and music! In an era (the turn from the 1980s to th 1990s), Shannon's Deal was ahead of the pack then and now in its quality.

Jamey Sheridan gave us a complex antihero. Elizabeth Pena brought us smarts and sass in a latina character that was not a caricature. Jenny Lewis... Well, jenny Lewis later became a singer.

The closest I can think of are some of the great Howard Hawks films with great characters and overlapping dialog.

I have the pilot and episodes 1-11 on DVDs I burned from my O-L-D video tapes. I cherish these, but the quality is poor. WHEN OH WHEN will this come out on DVD???


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