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Citizen Baines is an American drama series that starred James Cromwell. The series premiered September 29, 2001 on CBS and was created by Emmy Award-winning producer Lydia Woodward.

Citizen Baines
Created byLydia Woodward
Written byPatty Lin
Will Scheffer
P.K. Simonds
Karyn Usher
John Wells
Lydia Woodward
Directed byChristopher Chulack
Lesli Linka Glatter
Charles Haid
Dwight Little
StarringJames Cromwell
Embeth Davidtz
Jane Adams
Jacinda Barrett
Arye Gross
Scotty Leavenworth
Matt McCoy
Composer(s)Marty Davich
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (3 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Christopher Chulack
John Wells
Lydia Woodward
Producer(s)Lesli Linka Glatter
David J. Latt
CinematographyErnest Holzman
Editor(s)Kevin Casey
Susanne Stinson Malles
Suzanne Michaels
Frederick Peterson
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)John Wells Productions
Lydia Woodward Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 29 –
November 3, 2001 (2001-11-03)


Cromwell starred as Elliot Baines, a former three-term U.S. Senator who loses a re-election for the senate and goes back home to Seattle to re-establish his relationships with his three grown daughters Ellen (Embeth Davidtz), Reeva (Jane Adams), and Dori (Jacinda Barrett).




  • Tom Verica as Andy Carlson
  • McCaleb Burnett as Claude Waverley
  • Easton Gage as Sam Eidenberg
  • David Kriegel as David Goldman
  • Bryn Lauren Lemon as Ruthie Eidenberg
  • Emmett Shoemaker as Otis Croland
  • Paul McCrane as Sherman Bloom


No.TitleOriginal air date
1"A Day Like No Other"September 29, 2001 (2001-09-29)
2"The Whole Thump-Thump-Thump"October 6, 2001 (2001-10-06)
3"Days of Confusion"October 13, 2001 (2001-10-13)
4"Three Days In November"October 20, 2001 (2001-10-20)
5"The Appraisal"October 27, 2001 (2001-10-27)
6"Lost and Found"November 3, 2001 (2001-11-03)
7"Out in the Rain"Unaired
8"A Song That Never Ends"Unaired
9"Safe at Home"Unaired



PopMatters wrote that, "Citizen Baines showed genuine signs of bucking the CBS feel-good Saturday night orthodoxy, by assuming the complex task of creating family-friendly entertainment without soaking in sentiment the raw textures of domestic life... But Citizen Baines symbolizes the lack of imagination driving so much of prime-time, whether drama or sitcom, cable or network..."[citation needed] USA Today's Robert Bianco gave the series a negative, one-and-a-half star review, and stated, "After all, the only interesting thing about Elliott Baines is his job as a U.S. senator — and he loses that at the end of Saturday's premiere. Don't worry: I'm not revealing anything that the "citizen" in the title didn't already tell you."[1]


Scheduled on Saturdays following Touched by an Angel,[2] the series ranked #90 (the lowest rank for a regularly scheduled series on one of the Big Four networks), and averaged 8.2 million viewers.[3][4] Due to the low ratings, CBS canceled the series in October 2001 after six of the nine episodes produced were aired.[5]

Award nominationEdit

Year Award Category Recipient Result Ref
2002 American Society of Cinematographers Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Miniseries/Pilot for Network or Basic Broadcast TV Ernest Holzman
(for pilot episode)
Nominated [citation needed]


  1. ^ "'Baines' doesn't get my vote". Retrieved 2019-02-14.
  2. ^ Garron, Barry (2001-09-28). "Citizen Baines". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  3. ^ "The Week That Was". Broadcasting & Cable. 2001-11-04. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  4. ^ Kevin, Downey (2001-10-17). "'Friends' shows 'Survivor' its stuff". Media Life Magazine. Archived from the original on 2012-03-08. Retrieved 2009-03-22.
  5. ^ Littleton, Cynthia; Andreeva, Nellie (2001-12-07). "Wells, Wbtv On Call At Cbs". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2009-03-22.

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