Coming of Age (1988 TV series)

Coming of Age is an American sitcom that aired on CBS in the United States for two seasons from 1988 to 1989.

Coming of Age
Created byEmily Marshall
Written byMiriam Trogdon
Michael Zinberg
Directed byJames Gardner
StarringPaul Dooley
Phyllis Newman
Alan Young
Glynis Johns
Theme music composerLouis Prima
Opening theme"Sing, Sing, Sing" performed by Doc Severinsen
Composer(s)Tim Truman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes15 (4 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Barry Kemp
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Bungalow 78 Productions
Universal Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseMarch 15, 1988 (1988-03-15) –
July 27, 1989 (1989-07-27)

Coming of Age features Paul Dooley and Phyllis Newman as Dick and Ginny Hale, who lived in a retirement community in Arizona. Dick resented his retirement – a former airline pilot, he had been forced to retire by a Federal Aviation Administration rule that requires all U.S. commercial pilots to retire by age 60. Dick hated almost everything about his retirement, including his surroundings. He was appalled by the hot climate, the thin walls separating the Hale's apartment from that of their neighbors (Alan Young and Glynis Johns), and mostly by the contented attitude of the other residents including Pauline Spencer (Ruta Lee).

This program was first aired as a midseason replacement in March 1988. It was not well received and was pulled from the schedule after only three episodes were aired. Nevertheless, it was added to the CBS 1988 fall lineup. It failed again, and was quickly pulled from the schedule. The airing of more episodes in June and July 1989 was a "burn-off", an attempt to recoup at least some of the investment in the show by using it as filler during the traditionally low-rated summer months.



Season 1 (1988)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"TBATBAMarch 15, 1988 (1988-03-15)
22"The Sopwith Pup"TBATBAMarch 22, 1988 (1988-03-22)
33"The Kids Are Coming, The Kids Are Coming"TBATBAMarch 29, 1988 (1988-03-29)

Season 2 (1988–89)Edit

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
41"All I Wanted Was a New Car: Part 1"TBATBAOctober 24, 1988 (1988-10-24)
52"All I Wanted Was a New Car: Part 2"TBATBAOctober 31, 1988 (1988-10-31)
63"Hale to the Chief"TBATBANovember 14, 1988 (1988-11-14)
74"Cindy Flies the Coop"TBATBANovember 21, 1988 (1988-11-21)
85"Todd is My Co-Pilot"TBATBAJune 29, 1989 (1989-06-29)
96"A Wife in the Theatre"TBATBAJuly 6, 1989 (1989-07-06)
107"Pauline et Rouge"TBATBAJuly 20, 1989 (1989-07-20)
118"Boy Meets Girl"TBATBAJuly 27, 1989 (1989-07-27)
1310"Christmas at the Dunes"TBATBAUnaired
1411"Daddy's Girl"TBATBAUnaired
1512"Dick's Back"TBATBAUnaired


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