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By the Bulls (Pilot) 

The wealthy owner of a ragtag California football team is forced to relinquish his rights to his team to his wife in an acrimonious divorce, leaving her to attempt managing a professional sports franchise in disrepair by herself.

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Rod Daniel

Writers:

Carl Kleinschmitt (creator), Carl Kleinschmitt
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Delta Burke ... Diane Barrow
Geoffrey Scott ... Bob Dorsey
Clayton Landey ... Roger Barrow
Marshall R. Teague ... Mace Petty (as Marshall Teague)
Reid Shelton ... Ernie Denardo
Jeff East ... Bryce Smith
Cliff Frazier Cliff Frazier ... Jethro Snell
Prince Hughes Prince Hughes ... Bubba Kincaid
Sam Scarber ... Carl Witherspoon
Michael Toland ... Billy Cooper
Leslie Easterbrook ... Allison
Michael V. Gazzo ... (as Michael Gazzo)
Ruta Lee ... Rona
Robert Miranda Robert Miranda
Earl Boen ... Henry
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The wealthy owner of a ragtag California football team is forced to relinquish his rights to his team to his wife in an acrimonious divorce, leaving her to attempt managing a professional sports franchise in disrepair by herself.

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11 December 1984 (USA) See more »

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This pilot and the first three episodes were released on video in the UK in 1987 as an edited together standalone movie called "California Bulls". See more »

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Written and performed by Michael Jackson
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The Pre-Season Party
2 February 2015 | by Jason Daniel BakerSee all my reviews

Diane Barrow (Delta Burke), the considerably younger trophy wife of successful businessman and socialite Paul Barrow (Ben Cooper) is shocked to find him in the throws of passion with another man. Stung by the betrayal she secures a divorce and as revenge takes ownership of his pro football team in the settlement. Diane is gleeful in having relieved him of his prize possession & status symbol. But not for long.

The team is the California Bulls - a ragtag group of misfits who collectively resemble a special ed class in a medium security prison. They are coached by Ernie Denardo (Reid Shelton) a decrepit narcoleptic.

If that weren't enough adversity for the new owner her general manager Roger Barrow (Clayton Landey) is her ex-husband's nephew and is tied to organized crime. Roger and the league commissioner are manoeuvring to drive Diane out so that her ex can get his team back.

The main character, at first, seems like a vindictive gold-digger who engineered a ruthless power-grab and is comically in over her head. But we see signs that she is not entirely loathsome. We can allow ourselves to laugh at her a little even as we empathize with her. The forces assembled against her seem darker and more powerful.

Professional football which was coming into its own as the premier revenue sport in North America was ripe for lampooning. The show offered viewers a scathing satire of a pro sports team. The California Bulls seemed to send up every excess of professional athletes. Football fans adored this show. A certain professional sports league and its member franchises were considerably less amused.


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