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Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: The Shady Hill Kidnapping

12 January 1982

Katharine Balfour ... Mrs. Brown
Dorothy Blackburn

Stephen Burleigh
John Cheever ... Narrator (voice)
Ralph Clanton ... Harper

Bob Dio ... Information Desk Officer

Paul Dooley ... Detective

David Marshall Grant ... Bob
George Grizzard ... Wooster
George Hamlin ... Bank Officer
Garrett Hanf ... Toby
Minette Hirsch
Robert Hitt

Polly Holliday ... Mrs. Wooster

Celeste Holm ... Celebrity

Judith Ivey ... Louise
E. Katherine Kerr ... Woman
Alan Leach
Beverly May ... Chairwoman

Season 1, Episode 2: King of America

19 January 1982
Hot-tempered Greek immigrant Andreas arrives in America in 1915. He finds work on a railroad, but soon gives his corrupt foreman Mekakis a savage beating. Making his way west across the country, Andreas eventually comes upon another railroad looking for workers. It turns out Mekakis has gone westward, too. He offers Andreas the only job suitable for him, a "moutain mover" on the suicide squad: He must grapple down the face of a cliff, position sticks of dynamite and then climb back up again before the lit fuses reach the explosive.
Larry Atlas ... Mekakis

David Canary ... Bingham

Philip Casnoff

Olympia Dukakis ... Mama Nicola

Andreas Katsulas ... Markos

Stephen Lang ... Vassilis (as Steve Lang)
Barry Miller ... Demos
Michael Welden ... Andreas

Season 1, Episode 3: Seguin

26 January 1982

Season 1, Episode 4: Who Am I This Time?

2 February 1982
From a short story by Kurt Vonnegut. Christopher Walken is a shy hardware store employee. But whenever he takes a part in a local amateur theater production, he becomes the part completely--while on stage. Susan Sarandon is new in town, a lonely itinerant telephone company employee. On a whim, she auditions for and gets the part of Stella to Walken's Stanley when the theater group does A Streetcar Named Desire. Before anyone realizes the growing affection between Helene and Stanley, she falls deeply in love with the sexy brute, not knowing what the real man is like.

Susan Sarandon ... Helene Shaw

Christopher Walken ... Harry Nash
Robert Ridgely ... George Johnson
Dorothy Patterson ... Doris
Caitlin Hart ... Lydia
Les Podewell ... Les
Aaron Freeman ... Andrew
Jerry Vile ... Albert
Paula Frances ... Minnie

Mike Bacarella ... Stage Manager
Ron Parady ... Vern
Debbi Hopkins ... Christie
Maria Todd ... Heather
Sandy McLeod ... Flirt #1
Edie Vonnegut ... Flirt #2
Natalie Stewart Mills ... Melinda (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 5: Any Friend of Nicholas Nickleby Is a Friend of Mine

9 February 1982
The arrival in a small town of a stranger who calls himself 'Charles Dickens' makes a magical and lasting change in the lives of an imaginative 12-year-old boy and a loving young woman.

Fred Gwynne ... Charles Dickens
Brian Svrusis ... Ralph Spaulding
Donna Gibbons ... Miss Frostbite
George Womack ... Mr. Wyneski
Sadie Hawkins ... Grandma
Les Podewell ... Grandpa

Deanna Dunagan ... Emily Dickenson
Jim Pappas ... Dr. Mezmo
Frank Howard ... Henry

Ray Bradbury ... Ralph as Man (voice)
Carl Henning ... Man in barber chair (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 6: Come Along with Me

16 February 1982


Estelle Parsons ... Mabel Lederer / Angela Motorman
Barbara Baxley ... Mrs. Faun / Mrs. Faun's Sister

Sylvia Sidney ... Mrs. Flanner
Ed Meekin ... Mr. Cabot (as Edward Meekin)
Dennis Vero ... Mr. Brand (as Dennis J. Vero)
Kimberly Carter ... Young Mabel
Mary Seibel ... Mabel's Mother
Martin Kern ... Tom Faun
Brina Rodin ... Lady at Garage Sale
Camilla Hawk ... Lady at Garage Sale
Ann Coyle ... Lady at Garage Sale
Rosemary Dean ... Lady at Garage Sale
Frank Galati ... Rural Ticket Agent
Thomas O. Erhart Jr. ... Professor on train (as Thomas Erhart)

Ned Schmidtke ... Man at bus stop
Dick Sollenberger ... Bus Driver
Sheilah Keenan ... Woman at Seance
Ted Liss ... Man at Seance
R.G. Clayton ... Minister
Everett F. Smith ... Train Conductor
Dana Reilly ... Rosalind Bleeker
Christy Michaels ... Blouse Saleslady

Mary Reynard ... Candle Saleslady (as Mary Beth Liss)
James Paccarrella ... Cab Driver
Toni Fleming ... Waitress at Dounut Shop
Bob Jones ... Manager of Fur Department
Jack Orend ... Clerk at Train Arcade

Paul Newman ... Hughie (voice) (as P.L. Neuman)
Adam Hirsch ... Sid (voice)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 7: For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow Is Enuf

23 February 1982
A unique award-winning tale of the African-American woman's journey in America.
Sarita Allen ... Sechita
Trazana Beverley ... Crystal (as Trazana Beverly)
Laurie Carlos ... Georgetta
Gregory T. Daniel ... Toussaint
Jackie Davis ... Second Man in Subway
Pedro De Pool ... Emcee
Lisa Henley ... Naomi
Roger Hill ... Second Man at Barbecue

Brent Jennings ... First Man at Barbecue
Charles Johnson ... Boy in Subway
Oliver Lake ... Flute Player
Jack Landron ... Bedroom Companion
Crystal Lilly ... Sarah

Carol Maillard ... Lu Anne (as Carol L. Maillard)
Ntozake Shange ... Woman with baby girl
Clarence Thomas ... First Man in Subway
William Warren ... Kwame

Charles Weldon ... Beau Willie

Lynn Whitfield ... Woman in the bath

Alfre Woodard ... Woman who lost her stuff

Season 1, Episode 8: Carl Sandburg: Echoes and Silences

2 March 1982


John Cullum ... Carl Sandburg

Frances Conroy ... Mother / Lilian Steichen

Peter Michael Goetz
Michael Higgins ... Father / Hobo
Carl Sandburg ... Himself (voice) (archive footage)

Season 1, Episode 9: The Fifth of July

9 March 1982
Ken Talley is 32, strong, goodlooking and a Vietnam vet with both legs shot off seven years earlier. He is somewhat cynical. His lover Jed is bigger and stronger, a gardner, a good listener. On Independence Day 1977 Ken's home in Lebanon Missouri is visted by the others. Much of their past relationships, pre- and post-Vietnam, must be pulled up and examined before any of them can decide their future.

Richard Thomas ... Kenneth Talley Jr.

Jeff Daniels ... Jed Jenkins

Swoosie Kurtz ... Gwen Landis
Jonathan Hogan ... John Landis
Joyce Reehling ... June Talley (as Joyce Reehling Christopher)
Helen Stenborg ... Aunt Sally Friedman

Cynthia Nixon ... Shirley Talley
Danton Stone ... Weston 'Wes' Hurley

Season 1, Episode 10: The Great American Fourth of July and Other Disasters

16 March 1982
Matt Dillon plays a young Jean Shepherd (author and narrator of A Christmas Story). Through Matt, Shep tells several humorous stories about his teen years in an Indiana steel town.

Matt Dillon ... Ralph

James Broderick ... Dad
Barbara Bolton ... Mom
Babe Sargent ... Ludlow Kissel
Jeff Yonis ... Schwartz (as Jeffery Yonis)

William Lampley ... Flick
Lisa Jacobsen ... Pamela
Jay Ine ... Randy
John Blood ... John
Christopher Childs ... Mailman
Arnie Cox ... Ace
Frank Dolan ... Mr. Dirks
Ruth Edinburg ... Mother at Picnic
Dana Hardwick ... Ledbetter
Andrea McCullough ... Clara Mae
Paul McMaster ... Hot Dog Man
Mike Moore ... Wilbur Duckworth
William R. Riker ... Uncle Carl
William J. Sahlein ... Zudoc
Jean Shepherd ... Ralph / Narrator
Brian Smiar ... Gus
Harriet Wilson ... Mrs. Kissel

Season 1, Episode 11: Pilgrim, Farewell

23 March 1982
A woman suffering from terminal cancer determines to resolve several relationships in her life, especially with her daughter.
Elizabeth Huddle ... Kate

Christopher Lloyd ... Paul
Laurie Prange ... Ann
Leslie Paxton ... Rebecca
Shelley Wyant ... Maggie

Elizabeth Franz ... Doctor

Robert Curtis Brown ... Luke

Robert Brown ... Luke

Tamar Kummel ... Girl on trampoline

Season 1, Episode 12: Northern Lights

30 March 1982

Season 1, Episode 13: Medal of Honor Rag

6 April 1982
A Medal of Honor-winning Vietnam veteran has difficulty readjusting to civilian life, and turns to a psychiatrist for help when he finds himself descending to robbery.

Hector Elizondo

Damien Leake ... Dale 'D.J.' Jackson

Season 1, Episode 14: Working

13 April 1982
A musical adaptation of Studs Terkel's book celebrating the lives of everyday working-class people.

Studs Terkel ... Himself - Host

Barry Bostwick ... Steelworker

Scatman Crothers ... Parking Attendant
Barbara Browning ... Editor

Vernee Watson-Johnson ... Secretary (as Vernée Watson)
Jay Garner ... Corporate Executive

Billy Jayne ... Newsboy (as Billy Jacoby)

Barbara Barrie ... Schoolteacher
Carole Schwartz ... Supermarket Checker
Bill Beyers ... Boxboy
Fausto Barajas ... Migrant Worker

Charles Haid ... Gas Man
Beth Howland ... Housewife

Barbara Hershey ... Call Girl

Eileen Brennan ... Millworker

Rita Moreno ... Waitress

James Taylor ... Trucker

Lynne Thigpen ... Telephone Operator

Edie McClurg ... Switchboard Operator

Didi Conn ... Receptionist

Charles Durning ... Retired Man

Matt Landers ... Fireman

Patti LaBelle ... Cleaning Woman

Mark Neely ... Salesman

David Patrick Kelly ... Copyboy
Daniel Valdez ... Singer - "Un Mejor Dia Vondra" (voice)
Jennifer Warnes ... Singer - "Millworker" (voice)
Gilmer McCormick ... Grape-buying woman (uncredited)

Season 1, Episode 15: Weekend

20 April 1982

Season 1, Episode 16: Private Contentment

27 April 1982
A young soldier goes home to attend his mother's funeral just before being shipped out to serve in World War II.

Trini Alvarado ... Gail Brock

Peter Gallagher ... Logan Melton

John McMartin ... Paul Melton
Laurens Moore ... Mr. Jeffcoat

Kathryn Walker ... Lena Brock
Beatrice Winde ... Tee
Mark Zimmerman ... Sgt. Dilucca

Season 1, Episode 17: My Palikari

4 May 1982
A middle-aged Greek immigrant visits his native village, with his American-born son in tow. The older finds that the place he remembered as paradise on earth now seems like a desolate wasteland, while the son, who has mede this journey reluctantly, falls in love with his ancestral homeland.

Season 1, Episode 18: Oppenheimer: Part I

11 May 1982

Season 1, Episode 19: Oppenheimer: Part II

18 May 1982

Season 1, Episode 20: Oppenheimer: Part III

25 May 1982

Season 1, Episode 21: Oppenheimer: Part IV

1 June 1982

Season 1, Episode 22: Oppenheimer: Part V

8 June 1982

Season 1, Episode 23: Oppenheimer: Part VI

15 June 1982

Season 1, Episode 24: Oppenheimer: Part VII

22 June 1982

Season 1, Episode 25: The Ballad of Gregorio Cortez

29 June 1982
The retelling of an incident in Gonzales, Texas in 1901 revolving around a stolen horse, mistaken identity and a killing. An unusual story of the all too usual exploitation of the powerless in Texas History.

Edward James Olmos ... Gregorio Cortez

James Gammon ... Sheriff Frank Fly

Tom Bower ... Boone Choate

Bruce McGill ... Reporter Blakely

Brion James ... Captain Rogers
Alan Vint ... Mike Trimmell
Timothy Scott ... Sheriff Morris

Pepe Serna ... Romaldo Cortez
Michael McGuire ... Sheriff Glover

William Sanderson ... Cowboy

Barry Corbin ... Abernathy
Jack Kehoe ... Prosecutor Pferson

Rosanna DeSoto ... Carlota Muñoz
Buddy Vigil ... Skin
Zach Porter ... Fly's Posse
Lili Young ... Mrs. Glover
Cletus Tafoya ... Farmer
Waymond Vessels ... Skillet
Weldon Minzenmayer ... Texas Ranger
Ken Figueroa ... Wounded Boy
James Pamplin ... Colorado

Curtis Akin ... Boone's Posse
Fred Collins ... Boone's Posse
Rod Hudson ... Boone's Posse
Dan Delk ... Boone's Posse

Ben Zeller ... Henry Schnabel
Joshua Tree ... Telegraph Operator
Lawrence Steib ... Ranger at Waterhole
Doug Kaess ... Ranger at Waterhole
Jack Caffrey ... Bar Fly in Cafe
William Paxton ... Bar Fly in Cafe
Odie Kelly ... Waitress

Raina Barrett ... Woman in Cafe
Vance Sorrells ... Texas Ranger
Eloy Hernandez ... Jesus
Victoria Plata ... Carmen Cortez
Mico Olmos ... Valeriano Cortez
Lawrence DeYapp Jr. ... Lorenza Cortez
Cleo Ann DeYapp ... Cortez Daughter
Amos DeYapp ... Cortez Baby
E.W. Patteson ... Judge Kennon
José Gómez ... Court Interpreter
Margo Chavez Charles ... Teatro Performer
Harry Fish ... Teatro Juggler
Fredrick Lopez ... Teatro Performer
Getulio Rivera ... Teatro Performer
Ruben Romero ... Teatro Singer
Carlos Villegas ... Teatro Performer

Ned Beatty ... Lynch Mob Leader

Bodie Olmos ... Rangers Son (uncredited)

Season 2


Season 2, Episode 1: The Skin of Our Teeth

18 January 1983
Production of Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer-winning play about mankind's triumph over chaos, which wildly altered dramatic conventions in freely shifting between modern-day New Jersey and the ice age - the Antrobus family pets being dinosaurs; and having characters speaking directly to the audience and criticizing the way their own dialogue was written.

Diana Bellamy ... Miss E. Muse / Ivy
Renee Brooks ... Miss M. Muse / Showgirl

Blair Brown ... Sabina
Bonnie Campbell-Britton ... Miss T. Muse / Audio Person

Jeffrey Combs ... Henry Antrobus
James Coyle ... Conveener
Gary Dontzig ... Telegraph Boy / Conveener

Larry Drake ... Homer / Conveener
John Eames ... Conveener / Fred Bailey
Monique Fowler ... Gladys Antrobus
Bill Geisslinger ... Doctor / Broadcaster

Harold Gould ... Mr. Antrobus
Susan Hegarty ... Showgirl

John Houseman ... Network Newscaster
Tom Lacy ... Newsreel Announcer
Michael Lueders ... Mammoth / Lifeguard

Rue McClanahan ... Fortune Teller
Jonathan McMurtry ... Mr. Fitzpatrick
Sean Sullivan ... Dinosaur / Chair Pusher

Sada Thompson ... Mrs. Antrobus
Rosina Widdowson-Reynolds ... Showgirl / Hester
G. Wood ... Moses / Conveener
Jeff Harry Woolf ... Conveener

Season 2, Episode 2: Miss Lonelyhearts

25 January 1983
A young Depression-era reporter is assigned to write his newspaper's advice column on the insistence of his mocking editor. Unhappy in the demeaning assignment, he begins to take an interest in one of the readers sending letters.

Eric Roberts ... Miss Lonelyhearts
Arthur Hill ... Willy Shrike

Conchata Ferrell ... Faye Doyle

John P. Ryan ... Peter Doyle (as John Ryan)
Sally Kemp ... Mary Shrike

Gregory Itzin ... Goldsmith (as Greg Itzin)
Martina Deignan ... Betty

Jackie Earle Haley ... Seventeen-and-Desperate
Rita Taggart ... Miss Farkis

Vincent Schiavelli ... Sick-Of-It-All

Theresa Saldana ... Pregnant Again

John Karlen ... Reverend Walker
Kenny Sacha ... Female Impersonator
Delbert Wayne ... Bartender
Fox Harris ... Financial Editor
Dennis Crabb ... Reporter in Delehanty's
G. Edward Mitchell ... Cab Driver
Kathleen Wrobel ... Accordian Player
Leigh Kelly ... Receptionist
Sergio Martínez ... Waiter
Melba Thompson ... Waitress
Chuck Lyles ... Band Member
Manuel Harmon ... Band Member
Ron Ross ... Band Member
Frank Wilson ... Band Member
Don L. McDaniel ... Reporter
Bob Puglisi ... Reporter (as Robert Puglisi)

Taylor Brooks ... Reporter (as Dan Schneider)
Peter J. Corrallo ... Reporter

Den Surles ... Reporter (as Den S. Surles)
Dolly White ... Reporter
Alana Brazis ... Reporter
Antonio Pérez ... Reporter
Albert Barosso ... Reporter
Mark Lane ... Reporter
Jack Tanner ... Reporter
Jay Goren ... Delehanty's Patron
Lisa Pesko ... Delehanty's Patron
Melissa Horton ... Delehanty's Patron
Barbara Lindsay ... Delehanty's Patron
Joey D'Auria ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Frank Holt ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Sylvia Webster ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Dan Cieri ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Christy Dolgenow ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Steve Nagle ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Sam Neuman ... Club El Gaucho Patron
John Singer ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Michael Hiltzik ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Juliana Zimmer ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Ray Hartung ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Elayne D. Lieberman ... Club El Gaucho Patron (as Elayne Lieberman)
Amy Weintraub ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Rebecca Zimmer ... Club El Gaucho Patron

Margaret Smith ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Alfred Clark ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Wendy Sax ... Club El Gaucho Patron
El Grabarsky ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Pete Corral ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Rob Sherwood ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Elizabeth Corral ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Steve Myerson ... Club El Gaucho Patron
Andra Amado ... Congregation
Joe Pledger ... Congregation
Steven Booth ... Congregation
Michelle Bühler ... Congregation (as Michelle Buehler)

Arye Gross ... Congregation
Laura Brent ... Congregation
Thomas Parish ... Congregation
Florence Cooper ... Congregation
Bonita Knott ... Congregation
Leo Knott ... Congregation
Mary Seymour ... Congregation
Edward S. Ray ... Congregation
Carrie Jiler ... Congregation
Robert May ... Congregation
Heather Linden ... Congregation
Janice Davies ... Congregation
Forest Shirley ... Congregation
Beverly Dvorett ... Congregation
Sandy Rose ... Congregation
Ruth Marsh ... Congregation
Gordon Ross ... Congregation
J. Michael Baran ... Congregation
Judy Pledger ... Congregation

Clark Middleton ... Congregation
Anne Williams ... Congregation
Alma Rotsten ... Congregation
John Zigler ... Congregation

Valen Watson ... Party Guest
Nadine Cutright ... Party Guest
William H. White ... Party Guest
J. Dinan Myrtetus ... Party Guest (as J.D. Myrtetus)

Trudy Forbes ... Party Guest
Mark Stuart Lane ... Reporter
Chase Linden ... Congregation

Season 2, Episode 3: Family Business

1 February 1983
Isaiah Stern is a wealthy, but dying, toy manufacturer. Once more Stern has gathered together his grown sons to once more revise his will. Three of the four boys are used to these idiosyncratic changes, and have come to accept them: the fourth son , a married psychologist, is heavily in debt and doesn't like his thin share of the pie, which sparks a confrontation. The remaining sons, are a bachelor who runs the family store, an indecisive sort who still lives at home, and daddy's favorite, a closet homosexual.

Milton Berle ... Isaiah Stern

Jeffrey Marcus ... Jerry Stern
David Garfield ... Norman Stein

H. Richard Greene ... Bobby Stern (as Richard Greene)
David Rosenbaum ... Phil Stern

Brian Benben ... David
Julia Meadows ... Margaret
Roy Garber ... Cantor
Kathi Sordello ... Arlene

Season 2, Episode 4: Keeping On

8 February 1983


Alice Beardsley ... Melva

James Broderick ... Luke Rankovich
Rosalind Cash

Danny Glover ... Lester
Scotty Greene ... Teddy

Carol Kane ... Lavinia
Carl Lee ... Davis
Leslie Lee ... Narrator (voice)
Gary Lee Love ... Reporter

Marcia Rodd ... Mary Goodwin

Dick Anthony Williams ... Samuel Taylor

Season 2, Episode 5: The Files on Jill Hatch: Part I

15 February 1983

John Atkinson
Holly De Jong ... Samantha

Anthony Forrest ... US Lieutenant
Frances Foster ... Aunt Mabel

Gloria Foster ... Mrs. Hatch
Robert Giarratano ... Fat Man

Penny Johnson ... Jill Hatch

Jeffrey Joseph ... Student

Joe Morton ... Carl Hatch
Cassandra Murray ... Young Jill

Lynne Thigpen ... Louisa
Frances Tomelty ... Sheila Bennett Hatch

Tim Woodward ... Billy

Gary Martin ... GI (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 6: The Files on Jill Hatch: Part II

22 February 1983

Season 2, Episode 7: The Files on Jill Hatch: Part III

1 March 1983

Season 2, Episode 8: For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story

22 March 1983


Howard E. Rollins Jr. ... Medgar Evers

Irene Cara ... Myrlie Evers

Margaret Avery ... Dottie

Roscoe Lee Browne ... Gloster Current

Laurence Fishburne ... Jimbo Collins (as Larry Fishburme)
Janet MacLachlan ... Mildred (as Janet McLaughlan)
Thalmus Rasulala

Dick Anthony Williams

Paul Winfield
Kevin Crysler ... Priest
David Keith Anderson ... Junior (uncredited)
Tim Card ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Larry Larson ... Talley (uncredited)

Kevin McCorkle ... News Photographer (uncredited)

Gus Peters ... Sheriff (uncredited)
H. Kevin Russell ... Activist (uncredited)

Season 2, Episode 9: Verse Person Singular

29 March 1983


Richard Kiley ... Himself - Host

Season 2, Episode 10: Until She Talks

6 April 1981


Susan Haskins ... Fugitive radical
Kaiulani Lee ... Lawyer

Pamela Reed ... College Girl

Season 2, Episode 11: Wings

26 April 1983

Constance Cummings ... Emily Stilson
Mary-Joan Negro ... Amy (as Mary Joan Negro)

Holgie Forrester ... Nurse

Frances Bay ... Mrs. Timmins

Phil Leeds ... Brownstein
Howard Mann ... Thomas

James Tolkan ... Billy

Season 2, Episode 12: The Rothko Conspiracy

3 May 1983
A drama based on the fight over the estate of artist Mark Rothko, who killed himself in 1970.
David Healy ... Samuel Greenspoon
Larry Hoodekoff ... Mark Rothko
Ronald Lacey ... Frank Lloyd
Andrea Levine ... Kate Rothko
Barry Morse ... Bernard Reis

Michael Praed ... Ilya Prizal
Bob Sessions ... Arthur Richenthal (as Robert Sessions)
Mildred Shay ... Becky Reis
Pat Starr ... Mell Rothko

Season 3


Season 3, Episode 1: The Ghost Writer

17 January 1984

Rose Arrick ... Mrs. Zuckerman

Claire Bloom ... Hope
MacIntyre Dixon ... Dr. Zuckerman
Patricia Fellows ... Mrs. Wapter

Mark Linn-Baker ... Nathan Zuckerman
Cecile Mann ... Nurse
Ralph Morse ... Writer
Paulette Smit

Sam Wanamaker ... E.I. Lonoff

Joseph Wiseman ... Judge Leopold Wapter

Season 3, Episode 2: Pudd'nhead Wilson

24 January 1984
A slave switches her light-skinned baby with her master's baby. The child grows up raised by whites.
Lise Hilboldt ... Roxana

Ken Howard ... Pudd'nhead Wilson
James Pritchett ... Traynor
Dick Latessa ... Creech
Susan McWilliams ... Lucy
Kenneth Bethany ... Minister

Tom Aldredge ... Judge Mark Driscoll
Scotty Bloch ... Mrs. Driscoll

Steven Weber ... Tom Driscoll
Rachel Longaker ... Rowena
Preston Maybank ... Chambers
Jack Hallett ... Philo Bartley

Nicholas Kadi ... Angelo Cappella (as Nameer El-Kadi)
Lori Kerfoot ... Effie Howard
Susan Crane ... Angeline Howard
Jack Stark ... Mr. Howard
Cecilia Parker ... Mrs. Howard
Robert Bornarth ... Slave Dealer
Alice McGill ... Slave Woman
Harvey Arnold ... Jess
Neal Randell ... Trial Judge
Samuel Morrow ... Clerk of the Court
David Samson ... Abraham Spooner
Clifford Soubier ... Mr. Beckly
MacIntyre Dixon ... Mr. Vance
Alan J. Wendl ... Lucas Dawkins

Season 3, Episode 3: True West

31 January 1984
A videotaped stage performance of Sam Shepard's play

John Malkovich ... Lee
Sam Schacht ... Saul

Gary Sinise ... Austin
Margaret Thomson ... Mom

Season 3, Episode 4: Nothing But a Man

7 February 1984

Season 3, Episode 5: Popular Neurotics

14 February 1984

Season 3, Episode 6: The Cafeteria

21 February 1984
Esther, a traumatized Holocaust survivor, frequents a Manhattan cafeteria where she meets Aaron, a Jewish writer, who tries to uncover the ghosts of her past.

Bob Dishy ... Aaron
Zohra Lampert ... Esther Mirkin
Morris Carnovsky ... Boris Mirkin
Howard Da Silva ... Critic
Pierre Epstein ... Cafeterianik

Richard Leighton ... Berger (Aaron's agent)
Guy Sorel ... Cafeterianik

Ron Silver ... Gruenwald (lawyer)
Robert Heller ... Cafeterianik
Leib Lensky
Michael Shilo

Adolf Hitler ... Himself (archive sound)
Neville Archambault ... Nazi youth (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 7: Refuge

28 February 1984

Anne Twomey ... Jean
James Congdon ... Haskell
Alexandra O'Karma ... Alexandra
Will Jeffries ... Bill

Season 3, Episode 8: The Gin Game

6 March 1984

Season 3, Episode 9: Haunted

20 March 1984

Season 3, Episode 10: The Killing Floor

10 April 1984
During World War I, a poor black Southerner travels north to Chicago to get work in the city's slaughterhouses, where he becomes embroiled in the organized labor movement. He becomes prominent as a leader of fellow African-Americans in the union, though many, including his best friend, view him as a sell-out.
Cynthia Baker ... Emma

Dennis Farina ... Supervisor

Clarence Felder ... Bremer

Moses Gunn ... Heavy Williams
Richard Lavin

Damien Leake ... Frank Custer

Ted Levine ... Policeman
Robert Minkoff ... Extra
Ernest Rayford ... Thomas Joshua
Miklos Simon ... Michora

James Vallo ... Army Man

Alfre Woodard ... Mattie

Bill Blair ... Dock Security Guard (uncredited)
Paula Slade ... Mother (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 11: Heartland

17 April 1984

Season 3, Episode 12: City News

9 September 1983

Elliot Crown ... Tom Domino
Nancy Cohen ... Daphne
Thomas Trivier ... Frenchy
Richard Schlesinger ... Lou
Valerie Felitto ... DeeDee
Tony Mangis ... Tony
Gail Gibney ... Gail
David Fishelson ... Punch
Zoe Zinman ... Judy

Season 3, Episode 13: Hughie

1 May 1984


Jason Robards ... Erie Smith

Jack Dodson ... Charlie Hughes

Season 3, Episode 14: Concealed Enemies, Part I: Suspicion

7 May 1984
A dramatized account of the actual events that led to the 1950 conviction of former U.S. State Department official Alger Hiss of perjury before a federal grand jury and his resulting imprisonment.

Gerry Bamman ... Father John Cronin
John Harkins ... Whittaker Chambers

Edward Herrmann ... Alger Hiss
Maria Tucci ... Priscilla Hiss
Jamie E. Pierce ... Tony Hiss

Alice Drummond ... Hiss's Secretary
Kurt Knudson ... Walter Sarnoff

Peter Riegert ... Richard M. Nixon
Alan North ... Karl Mundt
MacIntyre Dixon ... John McDowell
Lee Wallace ... Ben Mandel

Stuart Burney ... Louis Russell

Jack Dodson ... F. Edward Hebert
Kevin O'Morrison ... John E. Rankin
Wayne Tippit ... Robert Stripling
Mart Hulswit ... Chrles Dollard
Henderson Forsythe ... John Foster Dulles
Priscilla Reetz ... Dulles' Secretary
George Hamlin ... Allen Dulles
Frank Maraden ... Julian Wadleigh
Jean De Baer ... Edythe Wadleigh

John McMartin ... William Marbury

Eunice Anderson ... Hisses' Neighbor

Marcia Jean Kurtz ... Esther Chambers
Michael Tucker ... Harold Rosenwald
Melissa Ann Green ... Rosenwald's Secretary
Barton Heyman ... Mr. Oseas
Richard Hamilton ... Club Member

Stephen Mendillo ... Mr. Appell

Vic Polizos ... Mr. Wheeler

Ron Rifkin ... Samuel Roth
Peter Bigelow ... James Reston
Mort Kaplan ... Radio Announcer
John Valentine ... Edward T. Folliard
Jess Cain ... Lawrence E. Spivak
Tim Wise ... Tom Reynolds

Richard Jenkins ... Nicholas Vazzana
Maurice Plasse ... Richard Cleveland

Charles Kimbrough ... Edward McLean
Peter Kovner ... Journalist
Christopher Childs ... Burdick, FBI

Holland Taylor ... Mrs. Marbury
Victoria Howard ... Marburys' Maid
Remak Ramsay ... Dr. Carl Binger
William Miller ... Miami Journalist

Bart McCarthy ... Miami Journalist
Anne Pitoniak ... Chambers' Mother
J. Bradford Jones ... Seed Salesman

Peter Gerety ... Edwin H. Fearon

Earl Hindman ... Lombardo, FBI

William Prince ... John W. Davis
Michael Ryan ... Raymond Whearty
Madison Arnold ... Alexander Campbell
Ted Kazanoff ... Grand Juror
Charles Werner Moore ... Grand Juror
Eugene Boles ... Grand Juror
Tom Griffin ... Grand Juror
June Judson ... Grand Juror
W. Clapham Murray ... Grand Jury Official
David Ian ... Nixon Aide
James Spruill ... Bill
Joe Ponazecki ... Leon Herald
Evan Bell ... Sam Noisette
Raymond Serra ... J. Edgar Hoover
Roger Curtis ... Young, FBI Agent
Bill L. McDonald ... Cab Driver
Paul Bates ... Mike Catlett

Theresa Merritt ... Clytie Catlett
William E. Kennedy ... Pat Catlett

Regina Taylor ... Burnetta
Mel Winkler ... Mr. Marlow
Frank Adu ... Vernon

Ralph Byers ... Clyde Tolson

Richard Dysart ... Lloyd Paul Stryker

Saul Rubinek ... Harold Shapero
Linda Peterson ... Stryker's Secretary
Walter Covell ... Court Clerk
Frederick Coffin ... Thomas Murphy
Richard Grusin ... Theo Becker
Sam Gray ... Judge Samuel Kaufman
Leonard Zola ... Jury Foreman
Sloane Shelton ... Psychoanalyst
Bob Owczarek ... Walter H. Anderson
Ed Vannuys ... Ramos Feehan

Will Lyman ... Gabriel Javsicas
Alexandra Bleckner ... Girl on Piano
Charles W. Wolf ... Caretaker
Scott Richards ... Journalist
David Ellsworth ... Juror
Eric Swanson ... Timothy
Jonathan Baltzer ... Ralph

Mary Alice ... Edith Murray
Robert Milli ... Claude Cross

Hansford Rowe ... Judge henry Goddard
David Thomas ... Court Clerk
Louis Farrah ... Press Room Reporter
June Lion ... Jury Foreman
Al Conti ... Assistant Prosecuting Attorney (uncredited)

Season 3, Episode 15: Concealed Enemies, Part II: Accusation

7 May 1984

Season 3, Episode 16: Concealed Enemies, Part III: Investigation

8 May 1984

Season 3, Episode 17: Concealed Enemies, Part IV: Verdict

9 May 1984


Season 4


Season 4, Episode 1: Testament

26 November 1984

Season 4, Episode 2: A Matter of Principle

3 December 1984
Flag Purdy, a "man of many principles" must learn the hard lesson of compromisation in order to keep his wife and children. The "final straw" comes when Flag's wife and children bring a Christmas tree into his house. Flag's principles will not allow such extravagances, and he destroys the tree. The next morning Flag's wife, Ada, and the children are gone. Flag learns his lesson in time for Christmas, and as Ada says, "A man with as many principles as Flag, some of them are bound to be wrong.".

Alan Arkin ... Flagg Purdy
Barbara Dana ... Ada Purdy
Tony Arkin ... Edgar Purdy
Danny Corkill ... Cousin Laura's Boy (as Dan Corkill)

Gary Cole ... Man with Xmas Tree

Deanna Dunagan ... Miss Keyes
Aaron Freeman ... Otey Hartsook
Daniel Garza II ... Purdy Baby
Cinnamon Idles ... Eleanor Purdy
Alison Jacoby ... Nellie Mae Purdy
Corey Kasdin ... Billy Joe Purdy
Mark D. Kennerly ... Jeb (as Mark Kennerly)

Virginia Madsen ... Lou Ellen Purdy
Brendan Phillips ... Dink Kibler
Samuel Schmidt ... Orville Wright Purdy
Mary Seibel ... Molly Purdy
Alexandra Shapiro ... Becky Sue Purdy
Christopher Spahr ... Franklin Roosevelt Purdy
James W. Sudik ... Al Harlan
John Underwood ... Sandy
Melva Williams ... Telephone Supervisor
Hillary Wolf ... Lindy Lou Purdy
George Womack ... Ben Purdy
Diane Dorsey ... Phone Lady (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 3: Solomon Northup's Odyssey

10 December 1984
This is based on a true story. Solomon Northrop is a black man in the mid 19th century before slavery was abolished. He's a born freeman who works as a carpenter and is also a part time musician. One day he is approached by some men who want him to play for them. However, that is not their intention; they have kidnapped him and sold him into slavery. Now he has to endure the hardships that he has been spared because of his status as a freeman. And his family who don't know what happened to him is searching for him but where do they go? And Solomon also wishes to let them know where he is so that they could get him but unfortunately no one believes his story or is willing to help him.

Season 4, Episode 4: Tomorrow

17 December 1984

Season 4, Episode 5: Go Tell It on the Mountain

14 January 1985


Paul Winfield ... Gabriel
James Bond III ... John

Olivia Cole ... Elizabeth
Roderick Wimberly ... Roy
Rosalind Cash ... Aunt Florence
Rose Weaver ... Mother Washington
Desiree Coleman ... Ella Mae

Giancarlo Esposito ... Elisha

Linda Hopkins ... Sister McCandless
Douglas Turner Ward ... Rev. James

Ruby Dee ... Mrs. Grimes

Ving Rhames ... Young Gabriel
Joy A. Aaron ... Young Florence

CCH Pounder ... Deborah

Alfre Woodard ... Esther

Kadeem Hardison ... Royal
Lou Walker ... Rev. Joshua
Marsha Jackson ... Whore
Hugh Jarrett ... Principal
Dan Biggers ... Mr. North
Marion Bolton ... School Teacher
Pete Munro ... First White Man
Danny Nelson ... Second White Man
Bob Hannah ... Third White Man
Marci Brown ... Esther's Mother
Claude Brooks ... Boy on Street
Kevin Crysler ... Rapist

Ralph Cole Jr. ... Elisha's Friend (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 6: Noon Wine

21 January 1985
On a hot day in Texas in the the 1890s, a stranger shows up at the small dairy farm of Royal and Ellie Thompson. He asks for work and is hired. He's a taciturn, English-speaking Swede from North Dakota; he's competent, strong, and good at farming and dairying. The years pass, the farm flourishes. Then one day a second stranger, also from North Dakota, Homer Hatch, arrives and lives are changed in ways no-one could have imagined.

Fred Ward ... Royal Earle Thompson

Stellan Skarsgård ... Olaf Helton

Pat Hingle ... Homer T. Hatch

Jon Cryer ... Teenage Herbert

Roberts Blossom ... Mr. McClellan
James N. Harrell ... Tom Allbright
Lise Hilboldt ... Ellie Thompson
Brent Hadaway ... Teenage Arthur
Adam Faraizl ... Young Arthur

James Gammon ... Sheriff
Wayne Tippit ... Mr. Burleigh
Enrique Brown ... Young Herbert
Billie Keller ... Mrs. McClellan
Shawn Sattler ... McClellan Boy
Jerry Biggs ... Mr. Manning
Doris Hargrave ... Mrs. Manning

Season 4, Episode 7: The Joy That Kills

28 January 1985

Season 4, Episode 8: Overdrawn at the Memory Bank

4 February 1985
The mind of a computer programmer is removed by a totalitarian government and accidentally trapped in a virtual reality simulation.
Linda Griffiths ... Computech Apollonia James

Raul Julia ... Aram Fingal / Rick Blaine
Donald Moore ... Novicorp Chairman / The Fat Man (as Donald C. Moore)

Wanda Cannon ... Felicia Varley / Lola
Helen Carscallen ... Dr. Darwin
Rex Hagon ... Shuttle Passenger (as Rex Hagan)
Patrick Brymer ... Nirvana Clerk
Chapelle Jaffe ... Djamilla
Denise Pidgeon ... Doppling Medico (as Denise Pigeon)
Bunty Webb ... Teacher
Audra Williams ... Desirée
Hadley Kay ... Marco

Gary Farmer ... Tooby
Arnie Achtman ... Slavin

Maury Chaykin ... Gondol
Paula Barrett ... Lexicorp Reporter

Sugith Varughese ... Transcorp Reporter
Larry Schwartz ... Plinth
Vivian Reis ... Flavia Drancy
Sheila Moore ... 20th Century Doctor
Steve Payne ... Watson

Jackie Burroughs ... Emmaline Ozmondo Fingal
Lou Pitoscia ... Thug No. 1
Louis Negin ... Pierre
Don Lamont ... Fingal / Rick's Double
Al Maini ... Arab in Alley
Joyce Gordon ... Data Supervisor

James Kidnie ... Thug No. 2
Marvin Goldhar ... HX368 / Computer (voice)

Bill Smitrovich ... (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 9: The Star-Crossed Romance of Josephine Cosnowski

11 February 1985

Jeff Yonis ... Schwartz
Barbara Bolton ... Mom

George Coe ... Old Man

Armen Garo ... Stosh Cosnowski
Jay Ine ... Randy

Katherine Kamhi ... Josephine Cosnowski
Peter Kowanko ... Young Ralph (as Pete Kowanko)

William Lampley ... Flick
Jim Quinn ... Howie
Jean Shepherd ... Himself (in frame story - movie theatre) (voice)
Leigh Brown ... Extra (in frame story - movie theatre) (uncredited)
Kenn Rabin ... Extra (in frame story - movie theatre) (uncredited)
Alison Smith ... Extra (in frame story - movie theatre) (uncredited)

David C. Waite ... Teen (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 10: Some Men Need Help

18 February 1985


Philip Bosco ... Gaetano Altobelli

Treat Williams ... Hudley T. Singleton III

Season 4, Episode 11: Charlotte Forten's Mission: Experiment in Freedom

25 February 1985
Drama based on the true story of Charlotte Forten, a young black woman who became an integral part of President Lincoln's "great experiment." During the Civil War, Southern troops were forced off the Sea Islands off the coast of Georgia, which left 8,000 slaves as free. Miss Forten's mission was to journey south to Sea Island and lead those slaves in the transition from slavery to freedom, where she sought to give newly freed black children a decent education and chance for a better life

Mary Alice ... Blind Lily

Ned Beatty ... Reverend Mansfield French
Carla Borelli ... Laura Towne

Moses Gunn ... Hannibal

Anna Maria Horsford ... Hannah

Bruce McGill ... Edward Philbrick

Melba Moore ... Charlotte Forten

Jay Patterson ... Edward Pierce

Vyto Ruginis ... Col. Thomas Higginson

Glynn Turman ... Joshua
Roderick Wimberly ... Jacob

Oyafunmike Ogunlano ... Slave / Ring Shout Dancer (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 12: Breakfast with Les and Bess

11 March 1985


Shaun Cassidy ... David Dischinger

Mark Humphrey ... Roger Everson
Bill Kemp ... Announcer

Cloris Leachman ... Bess Dischinger

Wendel Meldrum ... Shelby Dischinger Everson

Dick Van Dyke ... Les Dischinger

Season 4, Episode 13: Nightsongs

July 1984

Mei Bo Kwong ... Chinese / Vietnamese Woman (as Mabel Kwong)
David Lee ... Fung Tak Men

Victor Wong ... Fung Leung
Ida F.O. Chung ... Fung Lai Ping
Rose Lee ... Fung Mei Fun
Roger Chang ... Fung Tak Sing

Geoff Lee ... Gang Recruiter

Season 4, Episode 14: Under the Biltmore Clock

1984
In 1915 Chicago, 21-year-old Myra Harper sets her sights on the wealthy and reserved Knowleton Whitney to get him to marry her. All goes well, but later when Myra gets to meet his wacky parents, it turns out to be much harder for Myra than simply landing the man of her dreams.

Sean Young ... Myra Harper

Lenny von Dohlen ... Knowleton Whitney

Barnard Hughes ... Ludlow Whitney
Mark Hulsey ... David
Wayne Kneeland ... Lloyd
David Malcolm Thompson ... Boy at Dance
Joseph Dean ... Boy at Dance

Megan Mullally ... Lilah
Seth Gleason ... Joe
Thomas Robert Clark ... Couple in Library
Kerry Thomas ... Couple in Library
Peri Kaczmarek ... Couple in Library

Larry Neumann Jr. ... Couple in Library

Deanna Dunagan ... Mrs. Harper
Fern Persons ... Aunt Vera
Laura Hughes ... Sally
John Gegenhuber ... Chauffeur
Edgar Erwin Meyer ... Butler

James Deuter ... Mr. Whitley
Melva Williams ... Maid
Pauline Brailsford ... Mrs. Cavanaugh
Frank Smith ... Vaudeville Performer
Elizabeth Shaw ... Vaudeville Performer
Jean David ... Vaudeville Performer
H. Brooks Smith ... Vaudeville Performer
Rosemary Dean ... Vaudeville Performer
Alan Barcus ... Orchestra Leader
Roger Mueller ... Cousin Walter

Bonnie Hunt ... Foxtrot Dancer (uncredited)
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Season 4, Episode 15: Displaced Person

6 May 1985


Stan Shaw ... Sergeant
Rosemary Leach ... Sister Agnes

Ricco Ross ... Jackson (as Rico Ross)
Neville Aurelius ... Lieutenant
Kate Saunders ... Sister Marie-Therese
Julius Gordon ... Tobias
Jason Smart ... Peter
Jeremy Osborn ... Karl Fredrich
Tom Espiner ... Philippe

David Bartlett ... Oswald
Richard Humphreys ... Stanislaw
John J. Carney ... Norbert Fischer

Jerome Flynn ... Kurt
David Pinner ... Helmut

Joseph Mydell ... Johnson

Mark Rolston ... Bodine

Matt Frewer ... Soldier

Rolf Saxon ... Soldier
John Segal ... Soldier
Bradley Lavelle ... Soldier
Keith Edwards ... Soldier
Lindsay Holiday ... Corporal
William Merrow ... Publican

Season 4, Episode 16: The Europeans

15 May 1985

Season 4, Episode 17: El Norte

20 May 1985

Season 4, Episode 18: Three Sovereigns for Sarah: Part I

27 May 1985


Vanessa Redgrave ... Sarah Cloyce

Kim Hunter ... Mary Easty

Will Lyman ... Rev. Parris
Buffy Baldauf ... Mercy Lewis
Les Barden ... Ipswich Jailer
Hamilton Benz ... Israel Portor
Barbara Blossom ... Lydia
Judy Braha ... Elizabeth Parris
Stacey Caplin ... Bette Parris
Christopher Childs ... Rev. Noyes
Jim Chiros ... Jailer / Guard
Mara Clark ... 1st Matron
Bijou Clinger ... Sarah Good
Bob Colonna ... Judge Corwin

Shay Duffin ... Judge Hathorne
John Dukakis ... Joseph Putman

Jennifer Dundas ... Anne Putnam Jr. (as Jennie Dundas)
Martha Farrar ... 2nd Matron
Rebecca Fasanello ... Liz Hubbard
Richard Grusin ... Sargeant
David Hannegan ... 1st Magistrate
Ronald Hunter ... Samuel Nurse
John Kelly ... Giles Cory
Karol Kostka ... 2nd Minister
Richard Joseph Lafond Jr. ... Youth
Victor Magnotta ... Executioner

Patrick McGoohan ... Chief Magistrate
Judy McIntyre ... Farmer's Wife
Jessica Pisano ... Jailer's Daughter
Maryann Plunkett ... Anne Putnam Sr.
Sigmund Polozny ... 1st Minister
Dana Putnam ... Dorcy Good
Harriet Rogers ... Hana
John Savoia ... Sheriff
Brian Smiar ... Sargeant's Ass't
Sylvia Anne Soares ... Tituba
Donald Symington ... Peter Cloyce

Phyllis Thaxter ... Rebecca Nurse
Rino Thunder ... John Indian
Derek Till ... 2nd Magistrate
Maria Todd ... Mary Wolcott

Daniel von Bargen ... Thomas
Kyrsha Wildasin ... Abigail Williams
William Young ... Dr. Griggs

Season 4, Episode 19: Three Sovereigns for Sarah: Part II

3 June 1985

Season 4, Episode 20: Three Sovereigns for Sarah: Part III

10 June 1985

Season 4, Episode 21: Paper Angels

15 June 1985


James Hong ... Chinese immigrant

Season 4, Episode 22: Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

24 June 1985


Season 5


Season 5, Episode 1: The Rise and Rise of Daniel Rocket

20 January 1986
A young boy is ridiculed by his school mates for his eccentric behavior and assertions that he can fly. Little do they know..... All parts are performed by adults in a stage-play type setting.

Tim Daly ... Richard (as Timothy Daly)

James Eckhouse ... Steven

Elizabeth Franz ... Mrs. Rice

Tom Hulce ... Daniel Rocket
Jane Jones ... Judy

Valerie Mahaffey ... Alice
Tom Robbins ... Jeffrey
Katie C. Sparer ... Claudia

Jesse R. Tendler ... Little Daniel (as Jesse Tendler)

Jodi Thelen ... Penny
Scott Waara ... Roger

Season 5, Episode 2: The Roommate

October 1984
Set in 1952, this tells of two young men who are polar opposites being assigned to the same dorm room at Northwestern University.

Lance Guest ... Orson Ziegler
Elmer Two Crow ... Lester Spotted Elk
Melissa Ford ... Emily
Laurie McEathron ... Couples at Drive-in

John Mueller ... Couples at Drive-in
Tracy Griffith ... Couples at Drive-in

Jeffrey Hutchinson ... Couples at Drive-in

Deanna Dunagan ... Mrs. Ziegler
Elaine Wilkes ... Barbara
David Bachman ... Corky Silverstein
Elliot Banen ... Paul Koshland
Tom Greene ... Charles Carter
Orbert Davis ... Jonathan Young

Larry Neumann Jr. ... Greg Dawson

John Cameron Mitchell ... Calvin Fitch
Jase Draper ... Larsen Petersen
Wayne Kneeland ... Philip Kern
Barry Miller ... Henry 'Hub' Palamountain
James Eaton ... Telegraph Boy

Gary Houston ... Student Advisor
William Leach ... History Instructor
Tony Mockus Jr. ... Dr. Ziegler (as Tony Mockus)
Mary Seibel ... Aunt Bernice
Glenn Kovacevich ... Housing Administrator
Robert Minkoff ... Bit (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 3: Valentine's Revenge

3 February 1986

Season 5, Episode 4: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Part I

10 February 1986
Huckleberry Finn, a rambuctious boy adventurer chafing under the bonds of civilization, escapes his humdrum world and his selfish, plotting father by sailing a raft down the Mississippi River. In HD.

Patrick Day ... Huck
Anne Shropshire ... Miss Watson

Sada Thompson ... Widow Douglas
Eugene Oakes ... Tom Sawyer
Samm-Art Williams ... Jim

Frederic Forrest ... Pap Finn

Lillian Gish ... Mrs Loftus

Richard Kiley ... Col. Grangerford

Jim Dale ... The Duke

Barnard Hughes ... The King

Butterfly McQueen ... Blind Negress

Geraldine Page ... Sally Phelps

Jason Hankins ... Billy
Shag Adamson ... Mr. Bradish
Robert Bowen ... Clerk
Harriett Cartmell ... Mrs. Sprague

Bill Chamness ... Judge
Royce Clark ... Arkansas
Andy Duke ... Stover
Hula Duke ... Aunt Polly
Ronnie French ... John

David Gray ... Scotty
Ivan Green ... Davy
Lewis Hankins ... Deputy
Omer W. Johnson ... Pete
Michael Jones ... Tom Grangerford
Kelly Kalb ... Bob Grangerford
Michael Kalman ... Minister

James McDaniel ... Jack
Conrad McLaren ... Silas Phelps (as Conrad McClaren)
Gary Morse ... Hank (as Gary Moser)
Richard Niehaus ... Sheriff
Ralph Page ... Bob (as Ralph Pace)
Mark Parraut ... Ned
Jack Reidelberger ... Buck Grangerford
Allan Schmitt ... Heber
Jeff Seibert ... Slade
Amy Shouse ... Agnes
Kimberly Skeens ... Sophie Grangerford
Robert Stocker ... Preacher
Fay Thomas ... Cook
Shirley Tongray ... Rachel Grangerford (as Shirley Toncray)
Mark Vaughan ... Horace
Fay Washington ... Servant
David Watters
Phil Weber ... Buck Harkness
Roberta Wooten ... Hannah

Season 5, Episode 5: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Part II

1986

Season 5, Episode 6: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Part III

1986

Season 5, Episode 7: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Part IV

1986

Season 5, Episode 8: Tell Me a Riddle

17 March 1986

Season 5, Episode 9: The Little Sister

7 April 1986

Season 5, Episode 10: The House of Ramon Iglesia

14 April 1986
Ramón Iglesias has plans to retire from his janitorial job, sell his house in a Long Island suburb and return to Puerto Rico with his wife and three sons. Unfortunately, he does not hold the deed to his house which was purchased through a verbal agreement, harping back to a different cultural tradition involving codes of honor and community. Javier, his oldest son, a college graduate who refuses to return to Puerto Rico, chastises him for being so foolish in his business dealings. Ramón seems stuck in a homeowner's limbo until Javier, who is constantly clashing with his family, has a change of heart and decides to help.
Jaime Sánchez ... Ramon Iglesia

Jsu Garcia ... Javier Iglesia (as Nick Corri)
Robert Badillo ... Julio (as Roberto Badillo)
Marina Durell ... Dolores

Annie Golden ... Caroline
Israel Juarbe ... Charlie
Raymond Serra ... Callas (as Ray Serra)

Season 5, Episode 11: A Flash of Green

15 September 1984
Local reporter gets involved with corrupt county commissioner.

Ed Harris ... Jimmy Wing

Blair Brown ... Kat Hubble

Richard Jordan ... Elmo Bliss

George Coe ... Brian Haas
Joan Goodfellow ... Mitchie
Jean De Baer ... Jackie Halley
Helen Stenborg ... Aunt Middy
William Mooney ... Leroy Shannard
Isa Thomas ... Doris Rohl
Bob Murch ... Dial Sinnat

John Glover ... Ross Halley

Joan MacIntosh ... Nan Haas
Bob L. Harris ... Borklund (as Bob Harris)
Nancy Griggs ... Nat Sinnat
Linda Lee Larsen ... Sally Ann Lesser
Michael Doyle ... Burt Lesser
Joe Karioth ... Tom Jennings (as Joe Carioth)
Maggie Beistle ... Dellie Bliss
Maggie Klekas ... Trailer Lady
Charles Kahlenberg ... Ernie Willihan
Phil Hunt ... Barlow
Gregory Jones ... Walker
Brad Wallace ... Martin Cable
Margaret Bachus ... Eloise Cable
Gene Densmore ... Photographer

Malcolm Gets ... Jigger Lesser
Rey ... Gloria Wing (as Tiel Rey)
Rusty Salling ... Copy Boy (as Rusty Stalling)

Season 5, Episode 12: Damien

28 April 1986

Season 5, Episode 13: Rocket to the Moon

5 May 1986
In 1938 New York, a dentist finds his business failing and his marriage on the rocks. Turning 40, he is a hen-pecked husband with little drive left for success. That is, until he starts getting involved with his lively assistant, a free spirit with a penchant for tall tales and a hidden loneliness. Receiving encouragement from his own father-in-law, the two find comfort in each other's attention.

Connie Booth ... Belle Stark

Judy Davis ... Cleo

William Hootkins ... Phil Cooper

John Malkovich ... Ben Stark

Ian McShane ... Willy Wax

Eli Wallach ... Mr. Prince
Edward Wiley ... Frenchy

Season 5, Episode 14: A Case of Libel

12 May 1986

Season 5, Episode 15: Painting Churches

19 May 1986


Donald Moffat ... Gardner Church

Sada Thompson ... Fanny Church

Roxanne Hart ... Mags Church

Season 5, Episode 16: Roanoak: Part I

26 May 1986


Victor Garber ... John White

Paul Guilfoyle

Patrick Kilpatrick ... Amadas
Joseph Runningfox ... Wanchese

Will Sampson ... Wingina

Adrian Sparks ... Ralph Lane
Tino Juarez ... Manteo
Eddie Benton-Banai ... Tirchtough
Sherry Blakey-Banai ... Ascopo

Victoria Racimo ... Appomosiscut

Ralph Brannen ... Cossine

J. Kenneth Campbell ... Walter Ralegh
Andrew Davis ... Harriot

James Eckhouse

Giancarlo Esposito ... Simon Fernandes
Hallie Foote ... Agnes Wood
Taryn Grimes ... Eleanor
Michael Hammond ... Dare
James Bigwood ... Fisherman (uncredited)
Richard Jennings ... Griff Jones (uncredited)

Season 5, Episode 17: Roanoak: Part II

2 June 1986

Season 5, Episode 18: Roanoak: Part III

9 June 1986

Season 5, Episode 19: Sunday in the Park with George

16 June 1986
Video production of the Pulitzer-prize winning musical stage production. In the first act, "George", a fictionalized Georges Seurat paints his lover, Dot, and "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of Le Grande Jatte." Characters who become figures and vice versa walk through the story. In Act 2, George's descendant, a sculptor, comes to terms with his grandmother, Life, and Art.

Mandy Patinkin ... Georges Seurat / George

Bernadette Peters ... Dot / Marie
Barbara Bryne ... Old Lady / Blair Daniels
Mary D'Arcy ... Celeste #2 / Elaine
Sue Anne Gershenson ... Woman / Photographer
Cris Groenendaal ... Louis / Billy Webster

Dana Ivey ... Yvonne / Naomi Eisen
John Jellison ... Man with bicycle / Museum Assistant

Charles Kimbrough ... Jules / Bob Greenberg

Frank Kopyc ... Mr. / Lee Randolph
Judith Moore ... Nurse / Mrs. / Harriet Pawling
Nancy Opel ... Frieda / Betty
William Parry ... Boatman / Charles Redmond
Natalie Polizzi ... Louise
Michele Rigan ... Girl

Brent Spiner ... Franz / Dennis
Melanie Vaughan ... Celeste #1 / Waitress
Robert Westenberg ... Soldier / Alex
Brad Kane ... Boy (uncredited)

T.J. Meyers ... Singer (uncredited)

Season 6


Season 6, Episode 1: All My Sons

19 January 1987
Two families, related by friendship and love, face up to the consequences of greed and avarice in the post-war years. Love and death play equal roles in determining the outcome of events.

Joan Allen ... Ann Deever

Michael Learned ... Kate Keller

Aidan Quinn ... Chris Keller

James Whitmore ... Joe Keller

Zeljko Ivanek ... George Deever

Joanna Miles ... Sue Bayliss

Alan Scarfe ... Dr. Jim Bayliss
Layne Coleman ... Frank Lubey
Mary Long ... Lydia Lubley
Marlow Vella ... Burt

Season 6, Episode 2: The Prodigious Hickey

26 January 1987


Zach Galligan ... William 'Hickey' Hicks
Damir Andrei ... Al

Stephen Baldwin ... Gutter Pup
Leslie Carlson ... Conover
Hans Engel ... Hungry Smeed

Dave Foley ... Welsh Rabbit / Old Ironsides / Smith
Paul Haddad ... The Triumphant Egghead

Josh Hamilton ... Lovely Mead
Patricia Hamilton ... Mrs. Conover

Edward Herrmann ... Headmaster

Robert Joy ... Tapping
Keith Knight ... Mr. 'Elder Brother' Baldwin
Kevin Lund ... Tuckey Reiter
George Merner ... Dr. Jackson
David Orth ... The Uncooked Beefsteak

Cynthia Preston ... Sally (as Cyndy Preston)

Jeremy Ratchford ... Charley De Soto

Nicholas Rowe ... Tennessee Shad
Albert Schultz ... Doc Macnooder
Tony Van Bridge ... The Roman

Season 6, Episode 3: The Wide Net

2 February 1987

Season 6, Episode 4: A Mistaken Charity

16 February 1987
Two elderly, impoverished women are forced from the family farm by well-meaning neighbors. Ensconced at a "Home for Elderly Ladies", they are miserable and begin their journey back home.
Anne Pitoniak ... Harriet
Bonnie Bishoff ... Mrs. Arnold
Deborah Burns ... Cook
Elaine Eldridge ... Widow Gale
Eli Garnish ... Caleb
M. Patrick Hughes ... Madman
Nina Karp ... Mrs. Francis Little
Chris Kavanaugh ... Eli
Helen B. Kelly ... Miss Rowe
Philip Levy ... Driver
Leroy Logan ... Reverend Smith
Jane Marino ... Mrs. Hamden
Nicholas Martin ... Leverett Waters

Ralph P. Martin ... Mr. Simonds
Grace Myers ... Mrs. Jones
Richard Robbins ... John Upton
Dorothy Van Der Honert ... Miss Framingham
Kate Wilkinson ... Charlotte
Mary Louise Wilson ... Mrs. Simonds

Season 6, Episode 5: Eleanor: In Her Own Words

9 March 1987
A one-woman show with Lee Remick as former First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt giving her views on politics, communism, race relations, the McCarthy witch hunts and other issues that were important to her.

Season 6, Episode 6: The Innocents Abroad

23 March 1987

Season 6, Episode 7: Charley's Aunt

11 May 1987
Charley Wyckham and Jack Chesney pressure fellow student Fancourt Babberly to pose as Charley's Brazilian Aunt Donna Lucia. Their purpose is to have a chaperone for their amorous visits with Amy and Kitty, niece and ward of crusty Stephen Spettigue. Complications begin when Fancourt, in drag, becomes the love object of old Spettigue and Sir Francis Chesney. - Written by Ed

Season 6, Episode 8: The House of Blue Leaves

25 May 1987
Zoo attendant Artie Shaughnessy dreams of being a successful songwriter. What his mistress, Bunny Flingus, who lives downstairs from his Queens apartment won't tell him -- and what his insane wife, Bananas, tries to get through to him -- is that Artie's songs stink. On Oct. 4, 1965, the day Pope Paul visits New York City, Bunny convinces Artie to call his old school buddy Billy Einhorn, a famous film director from Los Angeles, to finagle a job writing music for Billy's movies. (After all, Bunny feels that with the Pope here, there must be "miracles in the air.") But before Artie can reach out to Billy, Artie's son, Ronnie, goes AWOL from Fort Dix, secretly preparing to blow up His Holiness at Yankee Stadium. Instead, when the bomb explodes prematurely, the victims include a deaf film starlet and two Sisters of Charity ... but no Pope.

Swoosie Kurtz ... Bananas Shaughnessy

John Mahoney ... Artie Shaughnessy

Christine Baranski ... Bunny Flingus

Julie Hagerty ... Corrinna Stroller

Ben Stiller ... Ronnie Shaughnessy

Richard Portnow ... Billy Einhorn
Debra Cole ... Little Nun
Patricia Falkenhain ... Head Nun
Jane Cecil ... Second Nun

Ian Blackman ... MP / El Dorado bartender
Brian Evers ... The White Man / El Dorado Bartender

Season 6, Episode 9: Blue Window

1 June 1987
In an affluent area of downtown New York City, a Sunday evening dinner party is taking place. Hosted by Libby, an insecure thirty-something widow who lost her husband in an unfortunate accident, her guest of honor is downstairs neighbor Alice, a successful novelist, and Alice's lesbian lover, Boo, a family therapist. The other guests are Griever, Libby's best friend from group therapy; Norbert, Libby's gentle skydiving instructor; Tom, an old high-school boyfriend of Libby's now working as a jazz musician and composer, and Emily, Tom's current live-in girlfriend.

Matt Craven ... Norbert
Randy Danson ... Libby
Jane Galloway ... Boo

Larry Joshua ... Tom
Brad O'Hare ... Griever
Maureen Silliman ... Emily
Margo Skinner ... Alice

Season 6, Episode 10: Dottie

8 June 1987


Betsy Aidem ... Nancy
Michelle Burkert ... Young Dottie

Elizabeth Franz ... Dottie McCann

Meg Gibson ... Cydney (as Margaret Gibson)
Shannon Healy ... Young Agnes
Barry Heins ... Chris
Betty Miller ... Agnes

Season 6, Episode 11: Waiting for the Moon

January 1987
Sundance prizewinner. Fictionalized portrait of one of history's great literary couples: Stein & Toklas. Summer 1930s France, Alice tends to ailing Gertrude; they visit Fernande Olivier, Guillaume Apollinaire, others; and Hemingway pops in.

Linda Hunt ... Alice B. Toklas

Linda Bassett ... Gertrude Stein
Jacques Boudet ... Guillaume Apollinaire

Andrew McCarthy ... Henry Hopper
Bernadette Lafont ... Fernande Olivier
Adolfo Vargas ... Pablo Picasso (voice)
Pierre-Alain Chapuis ... Priest
Daniel Langlet ... Monsieur Thiele
Michèle Gleizer ... Madame Thiele (as Michèle Gleiser)

Bruce McGill ... Ernest Hemingway

K.C. Schulberg ... Stage Manager
Pascal Cambon ... Sound Effects Man
Liliane Rovère ... Bordello Madame (as Liliane Rovere)
Brigitte Bellac ... Prostitute
Jean Achache ... Doctor
Mauricette Laurence ... Hélène
Catherine Dubuc ... Pauline
Emilie Zinetti ... Baby Willi

Season 6, Episode 15: Gal Young 'Un

18 May 1987


Season 7


Season 7, Episode 1: Strange Interlude

18 January 1988
In this experimental play, first produced in 1928, Eugene O'Neill bares the inner souls of his characters by having them speak their thoughts as well as their dialog. Nins Leeds, the daughter of an Ivy League professor, is devastated by the loss of her fiance in World War I. Ignoring the unconditional love of the novelist Charlie Marsden, she rebounds by marrying an amiable fool, Sam Evans, in the hope that a child will give meaning to the marriage. Nina is thus devastated when she learns a secret know only to Sam's mother- insanity runs in the family and could be inherited by any child of Sam's. At the mother's behest, Nina decides on a "scientific" solution; she will conceive a child with the physician Ned Darrell and let Sam believe he is the father. The plan backfires when the intimacy between Nina and Darrell results in their falling passionately in love. Twenty years later, only Nina and Darrell know the true parentage of young Gordon Evans, just reaching manhood.

Kenneth Branagh ... Gordon Evans

David Dukes ... Dr. Ned Darrell
Julie Eccles ... Madeline Arnold

José Ferrer ... Professor Leeds

Rosemary Harris ... Mrs. Amos Evans

Ken Howard ... Sam Evans

Glenda Jackson ... Nina Leeds
Elizabeth Kelly ... Mary
Edward Petherbridge ... Charles Marsden

Jadrien Steele ... Gordon Aged 11

Season 7, Episode 2: Episode #7.2

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Season 7, Episode 3: Episode #7.3

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Season 7, Episode 4: The Return of Hickey

3 February 1988

Season 7, Episode 5: Lemon Sky

10 February 1988

Season 7, Episode 6: The Revolt of Mother

17 February 1988


Amy Madigan ... Sarah Penn

Jay O. Sanders ... Adam Penn
Katherine Hiler ... Nanny Penn
Benjamin Bernouy ... Sammy Penn
Frank Hamilton ... The Reverend
Robert Walker ... Rufus (as Rob Walker)

Season 7, Episode 7: Pigeon Feathers

17 February 1988
A young boy suffers a crisis of faith when he begins to question whether or not the soul exists and if there is life after death. Based upon a John Updike story.
Christopher Collet ... David

Caroline McWilliams ... Elsie

Jeffrey DeMunn ... George
Lenka Peterson ... Grandmom

Boyd Gaines ... Reverand Dobson

Season 7, Episode 8: Billy Galvin

24 February 1988

Season 7, Episode 9: Episode #7.9

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Season 7, Episode 10: Journey Into Genius

6 April 1988


Matthew Modine ... Eugene O'Neill

Jane Kaczmarek ... Susan Glaspell

Kate Burton ... Agnes Bolton O'Neill

Jeffrey DeMunn ... George Pierce Baker

Dylan Baker

Chris Cooper ... Louis Halladay

Season 7, Episode 11: Suspicion

20 April 1988
A remake of Hitchcock's 1941 suspenser about a wealthy young woman who comes to suspect that her new husband is plotting to murder her.

Anthony Andrews ... Johnnie Aysgarth

Jane Curtin ... Lina McLaidlaw
Ron Pember ... Ticket collector

Martin Clunes ... Photographer
Sally Home ... Mrs. Barham
Cory Pulman ... Jessie Barham
Melissa Simmonds ... Alice Barham
Penn Ashton ... Mrs. Newsham

Betsy Blair ... Lady McLaidlaw

Michael Hordern ... Lord McLaidlaw
Simone Lloyd-Davies ... Mrs. Jenner
Tim Bannerman ... Reggie Wetherby
Eric Dodson ... Sir Gerald
Paul Nicholson ... Butler
John Serret ... Waiter on the Orient Express
Barry Woolgar ... Mr. Bailey
Nola Haynes ... Sarah Phillips

Jonathan Lynn ... Beaky Thwaite
Vivian Pickles ... Isobel Sedbusk

Jo Anderson ... Capt. Melbeck's secretary
Donald Pickering ... Capt. Melbeck
Brian Oulton ... Mr. Webster
Denis Lill ... Insp. Hodgson

Jeremy Northam ... Mr. Benson
Nigel Stephenson ... Insurance clerk
Ellis Dale ... Bertram Sedbusk
Tricia George ... Phyllis Swinghurst

Season 7, Episode 12: The Trial of Bernhard Goetz

11 May 1988


Andrew Robinson ... Waples
Michael Bruce ... Juror 8
Peter Crombie ... Bernhard Goetz
Raúl Dávila ... Flores

Dann Florek ... Judge Crane
Dick Latessa ... Hirsch

Richard Libertini ... Barry Slotnick

Jordan Lund ... Detective Clark

David Margulies ... Yudwitz

JoAnna Rhinehart

Larry B. Scott ... James Ramseur

Season 7, Episode 13: I Never Sang for My Father

15 June 1988
A man who wants to move on with his life by moving to California and marry his girlfriend, finds it difficult as he still lives in the towering shadow of his aging father.
William Cain ... Dr. Mayberry

Harold Gould ... Tom Garrison
Sonja Lanzener ... Mary

Dorothy McGuire ... Margaret Garrison
Edward Penn ... Marvin Scott
Jenifer Royer ... Nurse
Margo Skinner ... Alice
Richard Thomsen ... Reverend Pell

Daniel J. Travanti ... Gene Garrison

Season 7, Episode 14: Native Son

29 June 1988
In 1940s Chicago, a young black man takes a job as a chauffeur to a white family, which takes a turn for the worse when he accidentally kills the teenage daughter of the couple and then tries to cover it up.

Season 7, Episode 15: The Big Knife

27 July 1988
Charles Castle is a successful Hollywood actor who has opted for screen success over art. He must make critical decisions regarding his career, his marriage, his art & morality. In this screen adaptation of a Clifford Odets play, Castle is pressured by his studio boss and manipulated into a potentially murderous cover-up to protect his career. An indictment of the amoral world of 50's Hollywood and its corrosive effect upon the artist.

Season 8


Season 8, Episode 1: A Raisin in the Sun

1 February 1989
A substantial insurance payment could mean either financial salvation or personal ruin for a poor black family.

Starletta DuPois ... Ruth Younger

Lou Ferguson ... Joseph Asagai

John Fiedler ... Karl Lindner

Danny Glover ... Walter Lee Younger

Stephen Henderson ... Bobo
Kimble Joyner ... Travis Younger

Helen Martin ... Mrs. Johnson

Joseph C. Phillips ... George Murchison

Esther Rolle ... Lena 'Mama' Younger
Kim Yancey ... Beneatha 'Bennie' Younger

Season 8, Episode 2: Ask Me Again

8 February 1989

Leslie Ayvazian ... Maxine
Steve Bassett ... James' Pal
Robert Blumenfeld ... French Actor
William Bogert ... Roger Leopold
Robert Bruce ... Nelson Rodker
Eileen Burns ... Rodker's Maid
Edward Conery ... Leland
Alice Haining ... Holly

Cynthia Harris ... Elinor Leopold
Kathryn Hays ... Harriet Rodker

Leslie Hope ... Elizabeth Leopold
Kristen Mahon ... Young Elizabeth

D.W. Moffett ... James Rodker
Cheri Nakamura ... Sara
Andres Nichols ... Boxer

Jeffrey Nordling ... Roy Howard
David O'Brien ... Marshall Rodker
Robert Oliveri ... Young Nelson
Harlan Cary Poe ... Boxer
Lutz Rath ... French Actor
Hillary Rollins ... Woman on Phone

David Thornton ... Nelson's Pal

Jaime Tirelli ... Panamanian
Millie Tirelli ... Panamanian
Robert M. Tomlinson ... Attorney

Season 8, Episode 3: Stacking

22 January 1987
A Montana teenager struggles to keep her family's farm together.

Ray Baker ... Dan Morgan
Jacqueline Brookes ... Mrs. Connaloe
Pat Coggins ... Auctioneer

Peter Coyote ... Photographer
Irene Dailey ... Mrs. McGuire

Megan Follows ... Anna Mae Morgan

Frederic Forrest ... Buster McGuire

James Gammon ... Clate Connaloe

Jason Gedrick ... Gary Connaloe

Christine Lahti ... Kathleen Morgan
Kaiulani Lee ... Connie Van Buskirk

Season 8, Episode 4: My American Cousin

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Season 8, Episode 5: Love and Other Sorrows

1 March 1989

Season 8, Episode 6: Stand and Deliver

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Season 8, Episode 7: The Silence at Bethany

22 March 1989

Ann Marie Breen ... Ella Brightbill
Tom Dahlgren ... Phares Mitgang

Richard Fancy ... Elam Swope
Allen Fitzpatrick ... Gideon Maust

Paul Hartel ... Jake Nissley
Bob Lorman ... Rowan Brightbill

Dakin Matthews ... Sam Mitgang

Mark Moses ... Ira Martin

Suzanne H. Smart ... Dorcus Nissley
Susan Wilder ... Pauline Mitgang Martin

Season 8, Episode 8: Life Under Water

12 April 1989
Young man, who can't get along with the rest of the world, especially his mother, decides to try to take his life in his own hands.

Season 8, Episode 9: The Diaries of Adam and Eve

26 April 1989


David Birney ... Adam

Meredith Baxter ... Eve (as Meredith Baxter Birney)

Season 8, Episode 10: The Meeting

3 May 1989
Fictional meeting between Dr. Martin Luther King and Malcolm X in Harlem in the early '60's.

Season 8, Episode 11: Big Time

17 May 1989

Season 8, Episode 12: The Thin Blue Line

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Season 8, Episode 13: Land of Little Rain

31 May 1989
In 1900, if you wanted to be a writer in California, you had better be a man. Mary Austin sought to prove herself against incredible odds as a poet, novelist, and playwright, teaching feminist ideals and becoming one of the foremost writers to document the complex culture and heritage of the American Southwest.

Season 8, Episode 14: Imagining America

7 June 1989


Season 9


Season 9, Episode 1: Sensibility and Sense

24 January 1990
Two women and a man start out their adult life with all good intentions to change the world and keep their love alive and vital, but as time shows them (and us) it's not that easy.

Season 9, Episode 2: Women & Wallace

31 January 1990


Josh Hamilton ... Wallace Kirkman

Joanna Going ... Nina

Mary Joy ... Mother

Joan Copeland ... Grandmother
Shaie Dively ... Victoria

Debra Monk ... Psychiatrist

Cynthia Nixon ... Sarah
Jill Tasker ... Lili

Erica Gimpel ... Wendy

Season 9, Episode 3: Zora Is My Name!

14 February 1990

Season 9, Episode 4: Andre's Mother

7 March 1990
Three days in the life of the lover, Mother and Grandmother of Andre who has just died of AIDS.

Richard Thomas ... Cal Porter - Andre's lover

Sada Thompson ... Katherine Gerard - Andre's Mother

Sylvia Sidney ... Mrs. Downs - Andre's Grandmother
Richard Venture ... Arthur

Haviland Morris ... Penny - Cal's Sister

Conan McCarty ... Waiter
Arthur Hanket ... Joel
Kim Shambach ... Young Mother
Nick Smith ... Guard

Mark Zeisler ... Balloon Vendor

Season 10


Season 10, Episode 1: Into the Woods

15 March 1991
In this Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim, several fairy tale characters learn the hard way that the 'Happily Ever After' they sought isn't necessarily so happy after all.

Season 10, Episode 2: The Grapes of Wrath

22 March 1991
A poor Midwest family is forced off of their land. They travel to California, suffering the misfortunes of the homeless in the Great Depression.

Gary Sinise ... Tom Joad

Robert Breuler ... Pa Joad

Ron Crawford ... Willy
Mark Deakins ... Connie Rivers

Francis Guinan ... First Narrator / Car Salesman / The Man Going Back / Weedpatch Camp Director / Mr. Wainwright

Terry Kinney ... Jim Casy
Keith Kirk ... Car Dealer

Sally Murphy ... Rose of Sharon
James Noah ... Uncle John

Jeff Perry ... Noah Joad
Christopher M. Russo ... Al Joad (as Christopher Michaels)

Lois Smith ... Ma Joad
Rick Snyder ... Car Salesman / Floyd Knowles

Alan Wilder ... Muley Graves

Season 10, Episode 3: Three Hotels

29 March 1991


Richard Jordan ... Kenneth Hoyle

Kate Nelligan ... Barbara Hoyle

Season 10, Episode 4: The Hollow Boy

12 June 1991


Alexis Arquette ... Werner Hauser
Craig Boccia

Kathleen Chalfant ... Mrs. Hauser
George Dickerson ... Hauser
Marty Finkelstein ... Eli

Stephen Mailer ... Leo

Jerry Stiller ... Sam
Kathleen Widdoes ... Mrs. Rosenbloom

Season 10, Episode 6: Hot Summer Winds

22 May 1991


Tricia Joe ... Yoneko
Natsuko Ohama ... Hatsu Hosoume

Yuji Okumoto ... Teruo Kuroda
Dennis Sakamoto ... Yosh Oka

Pepe Serna ... Marpo

Sab Shimono ... Takahashi Hosoume
Rand Takeuchi ... Seigo

Season 10, Episode 7: The Sunset Gang

5 April 1991
Three stories about the Jewish elderly in Florida: in "Yiddish," a man and a woman, both married to others, form a bond through their native language; in "The Detective," a married couple who have grown apart come together again as they pursue a thief in the neighborhood; and in "The Home," a woman struggles against her grown children, who want to place her in a nursing facility.
Leslie Ayvazian ... (segment "The Home")
Francine Beers ... Judy
Harold Bergman ... Heshy (segment "Yiddish")
Dori Brenner ... Cynthia (segment "The Home")

Harold Gould ... Velvil Finkelstein (segment "Yiddish")
Sam Gray ... David Goldfarb (segment "Yiddish")
Kathryn Grody ... Sandy (segment "The Home")

Uta Hagen ... Sophie (segment "The Home")

Tresa Hughes ... Genendel Goldfarb (segment "Yiddish")

Linda Lavin ... Herself - Hostess
Joe Levy ... Son (segment "The Home")

Anne Meara ... Bernice Shapiro (segment "The Detective")

Barrie Mizerski ... Larry

Christine Page ... Opthalmologist (segment "The Home

Ron Rifkin ... Leonard

Doris Roberts ... Mimi Finkelstein (segment "Yiddish")

Jerry Stiller ... Seymour Shapiro (segment "The Detective")
Ruth Vool ... (segment "The Detective")

Season 11


Season 11, Episode 1: Fires in the Mirror

28 April 1993

Season 11, Episode 2: La Carpa

16 June 1993

Season 11, Episode 3: Porgy and Bess

6 October 1993
The story of a disabled beggar in Charleston,S.C. who falls in love with a prostitute, this is the first filmed version of Gershwin's opera which uses Gershwin's own orchestrations and practically all of the music, with only one major cut.

Season 11, Episode 4: Tales of the City

15 November 1993

Season 11, Episode 5: Hallelujah

22 December 1993

Ray Aranha ... Rev. Foy
Phyllis Bash ... Elmira
Ruth Brown ... Mrs. Sherman
Rosanna Carter ... Minnie
Kristian Damian ... Peanut

Keith David ... Big Willie

Suzzanne Douglas ... Eunice Perry
Tracy Douglas ... Katherine
Michael Genet ... Homeless Man
Clabe Hartley ... Bishop Talley

Isaac Hayes ... Prophet
Tiger Haynes ... Rev. Sherman

Dennis Haysbert ... Rev. Oliver Crawford

James Earl Jones ... Old Man Taylor

Carol Maillard ... Ms. Harris
Lex Monson ... Deacon Conoly

Phylicia Rashad ... Mayor Turner

Deon Richmond ... Nat Crawford
Sarah Baley
Wilfred Callender (as Reverend Wilfred Callender)

Dulé Hill
Maria C. Hurtado
John Lathan
Gloria McCarther
Nicole Mayard
Francine Piggott
Ian Quiles
Terry Robinson
Patti Roe

Frederick Strother
Cori Thomas
Sandye Wilson
Greg Coale ... Businessman (uncredited)

Season 12


Season 12, Episode 1: Tru

23 November 1992

Season 12, Episode 7: In the Wings: Angels in America on Broadway

11 June 1993


Kathleen Chalfant ... Herself

Tony Kushner ... Himself

Ron Leibman ... Himself

George C. Wolfe ... Himself

Unknown Season


Fool's Fire

25 March 1992

Long Shadows

22 August 1994

Mrs. Cage

20 May 1992
A proper matron marches into a police station to announce that she has just shot a fellow shopper in a supermarket's parking lot.

Anne Bancroft ... Mrs. Cage

Hector Elizondo ... Lieutenant Angel
Stanley Grover ... Martin Cage
Stephen Hornyak ... The Detective (as Steve Hornyak)
Amy Morton ... Elizabeth Cage

Tom Noga ... The Thief

Jack Noseworthy ... Billy

Tracy Brooks Swope ... Phyllis Dean

Smooth Talk

9 February 1987

Story of a Marriage, Part I: Courtship

4 April 1987

Story of a Marriage, Part II: After the Elopement

13 April 1987

Story of a Marriage, Part III: Reconciliation

13 April 1987

The Great Whodunit

1 March 1983
The viewer is led through crime mysteries by the stars and encouraged to outwit them. The viewer decides at home....Whodunit!

Gene Barry ... Himself

William Conrad ... Himself

Howard Duff ... Himself

Geraldine Fitzgerald ... Herself

Armen Garo ... Police Officer

Tammy Grimes ... Herself

Triple Play

28 March 1990
A trio of short films from Chanticleer Films and Columbia Pictures: Ray's Male Heterosexual Dance Hall (1987), Teach 109 (1990) (TV) and Homesick (1988).

Triple Play II

21 June 1991
A trio of short films from Chanticleer Films and Columbia Pictures: "Peacemaker", "Astronomy" and "The Price of Life".

John Randolph ... Himself - Host
Dana Andersen ... Alice

Diana Bellamy ... Mother
Ron Campbell ... Stiles

Dustin Diamond ... Young Stiles
Elizabeth Farley ... Customer #2

John Fleck ... Walter
Ray Galvin ... Old Man
Danna Garen ... Old Woman

Willie Garson ... Father

Richard Green ... Gambler
Julia Wilk Itzin ... Alice at age 4
Briana Ziegler ... Baby Zachary
Coleby Lombardo ... Young Ned
Coleen Maloney ... Customer #1

Bob McCracken ... Tone
James Ray ... Official
Richard Sassin ... Chauffeur

Ebbe Roe Smith ... Ned
R.J. Williams ... Young Zachary
R.J. Anderson ... Young Zachary
Roy Brocksmith ... Old One

Judy Geeson ... Anthea

Alison Sweeney ... Young Alice
Theadora Tolkin ... The Girl at the Crossroads

Fred Ward ... Mr. Crouch
Jim Youngs ... Zachary

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