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Brooklyn Bridge is an American television program which aired on CBS between 1991 and 1993. It is about a Jewish American family living in Brooklyn in the middle 1950s. The premise was partially based on the childhood of executive producer and creator Gary David Goldberg.[1]

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge (TV series).jpg
Brookyln Bridge cast photo
Created byGary David Goldberg
StarringMarion Ross
Jenny Lewis
Jake Jundef
Aeryk Egan
Amy Aquino
David Wohl
Louis Zorich
Adam LaVorgna
Danny Gerard
Matthew Louis Siegel
Peter Friedman
Armin Shimerman
Opening theme"Just Over the Brooklyn Bridge"
performed by Art Garfunkel
Composer(s)David McHugh
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes34
Production
Executive producer(s)Gary David Goldberg
Sam Weisman
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Ubu Productions
Paramount Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1991 –
August 6, 1993

Brooklyn Bridge won a Golden Globe for Best Television Comedy or Musical and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1992.

Throughout the TV show there are various references betraying the fact that the family are from Poland/Russia and that they are Jews. Also, there are various references and actions showing how much the young boys feel as Americans.

The cast was led by Marion Ross; Art Garfunkel performed the theme song, which was titled "Just Over the Brooklyn Bridge."[1]

In 1997, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" was ranked #46 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.[2]

Contents

DVD releaseEdit

Gary David Goldberg had announced on his official website that CBS Home Entertainment (with distribution by Paramount Home Entertainment) would release the complete series of Brooklyn Bridge on DVD in Region 1 in the middle of May 2010.[3] However, the DVD was later delayed indefinitely.[4]

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (1991–92)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1
2
1
2
"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"Sam WeismanGary David GoldbergSeptember 20, 1991 (1991-09-20)
33"Death in Brooklyn"Sam WeismanBrad HallSeptember 27, 1991 (1991-09-27)
44"Boys of Summer"Bradley SilberlingJohn MasiusOctober 4, 1991 (1991-10-04)
55"Sylvia's Condition"Sam WeismanPeter Schneider & Ben CardinaleOctober 18, 1991 (1991-10-18)
66"What I Did for Love"Donald ReikerTheresa RebeckOctober 25, 1991 (1991-10-25)
7
8
7
8
"War of the Worlds"TBATBANovember 6, 1991 (1991-11-06)
99"Dinner at Six"Sam WeismanGary David Goldberg & Brad HallNovember 13, 1991 (1991-11-13)
1010"Old Fools"Kristoffer TaboriPeter Schneider & Ben CardinaleNovember 20, 1991 (1991-11-20)
1111"Saturday"Donald ReikerBrad Hall & John MasiusNovember 27, 1991 (1991-11-27)
1212"Get a Job"Sam WeismanBrad HallDecember 8, 1991 (1991-12-08)
1313"Where Have You Gone, Jackie Robinson?"Sam WeismanGary David Goldberg & Brad HallDecember 11, 1991 (1991-12-11)
1414"The Gift"Seth FreemanSeth Freeman & Brad HallJanuary 1, 1992 (1992-01-01)
1515"Boys and Girls Together: Part 1"TBATBAJanuary 15, 1992 (1992-01-15)
1616"Boys and Girls Together: Part 2"TBATBAJanuary 22, 1992 (1992-01-22)
1717"Boys and Girls Together: Part 3"TBATBAJanuary 29, 1992 (1992-01-29)
1818"On the Road"TBATBAFebruary 5, 1992 (1992-02-05)
1919"Great Expectations"TBATBAMarch 4, 1992 (1992-03-04)
2020"A Tale of Two Boroughs"TBATBAMarch 11, 1992 (1992-03-11)
2121"Rainy Day"Michael J. FoxBrad Hall & John MasiusApril 13, 1992 (1992-04-13)
2222"On the Line"Kenneth ZunderPeter Schneider & Ben CardinaleApril 20, 1992 (1992-04-20)

Season 2 (1992–93)Edit

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
231"Brave New World"TBATBASeptember 13, 1992 (1992-09-13)
242"Plaza Sweet"Donald ReikerBrad HallSeptember 19, 1992 (1992-09-19)
253"Rockette to the Moon"TBATBASeptember 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)
264"Nun But the Brave"TBATBAOctober 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)
275"In the Still of the Night"Sam WeismanBrad HallNovember 7, 1992 (1992-11-07)
286"The Last Immigrant"Sam WeismanPeter Schneider & Ben CardinaleNovember 14, 1992 (1992-11-14)
297"In a Family Way"Sam WeismanBrad HallApril 10, 1993 (1993-04-10)
308"Good as Gold"Sam WeismanTeleplay by: Gary David Goldberg & Brad Hall
Story by: Joyce Maynard
April 17, 1993 (1993-04-17)
319"The Wild Pitch"TBATBAApril 24, 1993 (1993-04-24)
3210"The Date"TBATBAJuly 16, 1993 (1993-07-16)
3311"Keeping Up with the Joneses"Sam WeismanBrad HallJuly 23, 1993 (1993-07-23)
3412"The Hollywood Country Club"TBATBAJuly 30, 1993 (1993-07-30)
3513"No Time Like the Future"TBATBAAugust 6, 1993 (1993-08-06)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1992 American Cinema Editors' Eddie Award Best Edited Episode from a Television Series Roger Bondelli, Jerry U. Frizell and Ron Volk (For episode "War of the Worlds") Won
1993 Best Edited Half Hour Series for Television Roger Bondelli (For episode "Brave New World") Won
American Society of Cinematographers Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular Series Kenneth Zunder Nominated
American Television Awards[5] Best Actress, Situation Comedy Marion Ross Nominated
1992 Golden Globe Award Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Won
1993 Nominated
1992 Humanitas Prize 30 Minute Category John Masius Won
60 Minute Category Gary David Goldberg (For episode "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling") Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Comedy Series Gary David Goldberg, Sam Weisman, Seth Freeman, Brad Hall, Alice West and Craig Zisk Nominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Marion Ross Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series Sam Weisman (For episode "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling") Nominated
Outstanding Main Title Design Ed Sullivan and Judy Korin Nominated
Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Marvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman (For episode "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling") Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Single Camera Production Roger Bondelli, Jerry U. Frizell and Ron Volk (For episode "War of the Worlds") Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a Series Linda M. Bass (For episode "War of the Worlds") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special David Schneiderman, Jim Fitzpatrick, Bruce P. Michaels and Gary Montgomery (For episode "Get a Job") Nominated
1993 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Marion Ross Nominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series Joel Grey Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Single Camera Production Ron Volk (For episode "In the Still of the Night") Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special David M. Ronne, Bruce P. Michaels, Gary Montgomery and Jim Fitzpatrick (For episode "The Wild Pitch") Nominated
1992 Producers Guild of America Award Outstanding Producer of Television Gary David Goldberg Won
Television Critics Association Award Program of the Year Nominated
Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Quality Comedy Series Won
Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Marion Ross Won
1993 Best Quality Comedy Series Won
Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Marion Ross Won
Best Specialty Player Joel Grey Nominated
Writers Guild of America Award Episodic Comedy Gary David Goldberg (For episode "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling") Nominated
1992 Young Artist Award Best New Family Television Series Won
Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television Series Danny Gerard Nominated
Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Under 10 Matthew Louis Seigel Nominated
1993 Best Young Actor Starring in a Television Series Danny Gerard Nominated
Best Young Actor Co-Starring in a Television Series Adam LaVorgna Won
Best Young Actress Co-Starring in a Television Series Jenny Lewis Nominated
Best Young Actor Recurring in a Television Series Aeryk Egan Won
Best Young Actress Guest-Starring in a Television Series Lisa Paige Robinson Nominated
Outstanding Actor Under 10 in a Television Series Matthew Louis Seigel Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b O'Connor, John J. (September 20, 1991). "TV WEEKEND; Family Life in '56 Brooklyn". The New York Times.
  2. ^ "Special Collectors' Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28 – July 4). 1997.
  3. ^ Tvshowsondvd.com Archived February 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ (blog post linked by GDG Web site)
  5. ^ Lowry, Brian (April 16, 1993). "CBS leads noms for Emmy rival". variety.com. Retrieved October 30, 2013.

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