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The Bad News Bears 

To avoid a year in jail, swimming pool cleaner Morris Buttermaker agrees to coach a Little League baseball team called the Bears. Unfortunately, the Bears are the worst team in the league, ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Jack Warden ...  Morris Buttermaker 26 episodes, 1979-1980
J. Brennan Smith J. Brennan Smith ...  Mike Engelberg 26 episodes, 1979-1980
Tricia Cast Tricia Cast ...  Amanda Wurlitzer 26 episodes, 1979-1980
Billy Jayne ...  Rudi Stein 26 episodes, 1979-1980
Sparky Marcus Sparky Marcus ...  Leslie Ogilvie 26 episodes, 1979-1980
Corey Feldman ...  Regi Tower 26 episodes, 1979-1980
Meeno Peluce ...  Tanner Boyle 26 episodes, 1979-1980
Kristoff St. John ...  Ahmad Abdul Rahim 26 episodes, 1979-1980
Shane Butterworth ...  Timmy Lupus 26 episodes, 1979-1980
Catherine Hicks ...  Dr. Emily Rappant 26 episodes, 1979-1980
Phillip R. Allen ...  Roy Turner 20 episodes, 1979-1980
Rad Daly ...  Josh 15 episodes, 1979-1980
Bill Lazarus Bill Lazarus ...  Frosty 14 episodes, 1979-1980
Cobber the Dog Cobber the Dog ...  Cobbie 11 episodes, 1979-1980


To avoid a year in jail, swimming pool cleaner Morris Buttermaker agrees to coach a Little League baseball team called the Bears. Unfortunately, the Bears are the worst team in the league, boasting a roster of the most inept and least disciplined players in school. Buttermaker, with the help of principal Rappant, eventually wins the respect of the Bears, and they even win a few games along the way. Written by Marty McKee <mmckee@soltec.net>

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Release Date:

24 March 1979 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Die Bären sind los See more »

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(26 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Aired as a mid-season replacement early in 1979, with a brief 13-episode run. Was picked up for the new fall season, but cancelled after another thirteen episodes were produced. These re-aired the following summer (1980). See more »


Follows The Bad News Bears (1976) See more »

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30 March 2019 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Pool cleaner Morris Buttermaker (Jack Warden) gets into a fight with a dead-beat client. Instead of jail, he is ordered by the court to coach the troubled local school's baseball team, the Bears. He recruits his former girlfriend's daughter Amanda Wurlitzer to be his star pitcher. Dr. Emily Rappant (Catherine Hicks) is the principal. Corey Feldman plays one of the kids named Regi Tower.

The movie is a classic but most people forget its foul-mouthed and violent nature. It wouldn't be a kiddie movie today. The TV show is a different story. The swear words have been squashed into non-sense. It fits much more into the network TV mode. As long as one doesn't expect the child abuse to transfer onto the TV show, this is fine. Jack Warden is a great Buttermaker and he's no longer a drunk. He's a simple grumpy old man. The kids are all cute and fun. Amanda is great. Corey Feldman has a smaller role. Other than Kelly and Josh, the kids have good functional charisma. The problem with Josh is that he's supposed to be smart and edgy. He's not a meathead who doesn't see Amanda's flailing attempts at romance. He has to acknowledge it sooner. It could have been a fun back and forth but he's not written as a good partner. This is a fun (modern day PG) version of the movie.

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