An aggressive runway chief and a cocky terminal manager compete with each other over running the famous Los Angeles International Airport and the various characters who work for them.

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Series cast summary:
Heather Locklear ...  Harley Random 13 episodes, 2004-2005
Blair Underwood ...  Roger De Souza 13 episodes, 2004-2005
Paul Leyden ...  Tony Magulia 13 episodes, 2004-2005
Frank John Hughes ...  Henry Engels 13 episodes, 2004-2005
Wendy Hoopes ...  Betty 13 episodes, 2004-2005
David Paetkau ...  Nick 13 episodes, 2004-2005
Joel David Moore ...  Eddie Carson 9 episodes, 2004-2005
Sasha Barrese ...  Caitlin Mansfield 9 episodes, 2004-2005
Chane't Johnson Chane't Johnson ...  Tanika 7 episodes, 2004
Octavia Spencer ...  Flight Attendant 6 episodes, 2004-2005
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Harley Random is an ambitious, take-charge runway chief based at LAX, the 5th busiest airport in the world. Harley is frequently confronted by her rival, terminal boss Roger De Souza, as each jockeys to be named the new director of the airport while working together to solve everything from bomb scares, to VIP arrivals, drunken pilots and roaming pets. Rounding out this group of airport staff are Tony, the suave Airline Passenger Coordinator, who does his best to sooth frazzled nerves; Customs Agent Betty, who along with Immigration Officer Nick and LAPD Officer Henry Engels help keep the airport safe in an increasingly complicated world. Written by Anonymous

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13 September 2004 (USA) See more »

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Dallas, Texas, USA See more »

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NBC halted production after 13 episodes were made due to low ratings. See more »

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One of the main characters who plays the LAPD Sergeant can be seen worn wearing a police badge that says "Police Officer". The badge should have read, "Sergeant". See more »

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Referenced in The Jay Leno Show: Episode #1.83 (2010) See more »

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LAX lacked ER's writing and talent...
27 November 2004 | by ccherryflSee all my reviews

Earlier, a pilot suggested LAX was flawed by a lack of technical accuracy. ER has been a runaway hit for a decade or more, and isn't a particularly accurate portrayal of emergency medicine. They do attempt a certain level of accuracy, but my friends who work in hospitals find it hilarious. I'm also a pilot, while my niece is a flight attendant. We don't speak the same language. Pilots and controllers use one set of terms, airlines another, and airport operations a third. "Niner", "Air Force One" and other terms were invented in response to incidents where pilots and controllers miscommunicated. An Emergency Room deals with hundreds of people per day from every walk of life. An airport deals with hundreds of thousands of people per day, from every nation in the world. LAX had a lot more potential than ER. That being said, it was generally wasted. Thanks to TiVo, I saw a few episodes - and a few of the plot lines I knew to have been actual incidents.

I think the focus on the main actors and not the plot lines was probably the undoing of the show. In reality, the techical life of a pilot is *supposed* to be boring. It only gets exciting when someone makes a mistake. Nearly all the interesting stories are not about the aircrews, but about the passengers. Long flights and free liquor lead to interesting stories. Alcohol is amplified by altitude, as are most medical conditions. Add confined space and being disconnected from the outside world and you get "Cheers", "ER", "Melrose Place", "Big Brother" and a bit of "Survivor" all in one. I think there is no better proof than the fact that "LAX" is in the trash bin, while the documentary series "Airport" is a hit (for cable, anyway). As for my comrade, the days of pilots being romantic heroes died in the seventies. Astronauts are boring to most people - our lives are TOO technical and detail oriented. They also want the feeling that nothing will happen, ever, when they board the aircraft. We haven't been interesting since Roger, Over, and Unger were in the cockpit. So let Frank Abignale get the glory, and the union the drama. I still get a little rush when the wheels leave the ground, and the sim keeps me humble enough to feel a small sense of satisfaction when they are all back on the ground again. As the prayer goes, let me demonstrate my superior judgment rather than my superior skills. Besides, even the interesting stories make us look bad. How many pilots does it take to screw in a light bulb?


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