Executive Suite (TV series)

Executive Suite is an American drama television series based on the 1954 film of the same name. It aired from September 20, 1976, until February 11, 1977.

Executive Suite
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (2 unaired) (list of episodes)
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesArena Productions
MGM Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1976 (1976-09-20) –
February 11, 1977 (1977-02-11)


The series is a prime time soap opera set at the Cardway Corporation in Los Angeles.[1] Much of the action focused on the power-struggle between Don Walling (Cardway's president) and Howell Rutledge (the company's vice president and his chief rival). Howell was assisted by his equally scheming and conniving wife, Astrid. Don's home life included his wife Helen; his prodigal son Brian; and his daughter Stacey, who was often involved in radical politics, to her family's dismay. Other characters are various employees of Cardway and members of the company's board.



Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The Secret"Joseph Hardy,
Charles S. Dubin
Henry Slesar,
Barbara Avedon,
Barbara Corday
September 20, 1976 (1976-09-20)
The new board nominee of the company president faces fierce opposition. A factory plant is rocked by a terrorist's bomb.
2"The Trap"Charles S. DubinHenry Slesar,
Barbara Avedon,
Barbara Corday
September 27, 1976 (1976-09-27)
Brian finds out that his sister is involved in terrorist activities. The Rutledges put up a fight against the new board nominee.
3"The Porno Ploy"Joseph PevneyPeter Allan FieldsOctober 4, 1976 (1976-10-04)
Yvonne's husband wants to reissue a pornographic film.
4"The Serpent's Tooth"Charles S. DubinDon BrinkleyOctober 18, 1976 (1976-10-18)
Yvonne has taken an overdose of sleeping pills. The daughter of The Wallings is arrested. Hilary and Nick continue to develop their relationship.
5"A Day Full of Surprises"Joseph PevneyAnn Marie Barlow,
Don Brinkley
October 25, 1976 (1976-10-25)
Anderson Galt copes with Glory's departure. Stacey is released to her parents.
6"People Who Live in Glass Houses"Vincent ShermanBarbara Avedon,
Barbara Corday
November 8, 1976 (1976-11-08)
Walling has the company picnic at his house. Rutledge is under investigation by the government.
7"Power Play"Joseph PevneyPeter Allan FieldsNovember 15, 1976 (1976-11-15)
A power struggle erupts among Rutledge's associates. Nick almost gets arrested as an industrial spy.
8"Fear of Falling"Vincent ShermanRichard Fielder,
Peter Allan Fields
November 22, 1976 (1976-11-22)
Walling convinces Rutledge to undergo heart surgery. Walling and Gibson tries to trap an industrial spy.
9"Who Shall Bring Mercy?"Charles S. DubinDaniel WeisburdNovember 29, 1976 (1976-11-29)
Hilary takes in Nick's young son when Nick is arrested.
10"The Sounds of Silence"Vincent ShermanBarbara Avedon,
Barbara Corday
December 6, 1976 (1976-12-06)
Brian and Summer break up. Hilary wins custody of B.J.
11"What Are Patterns For?"Joseph PevneyDon BrinkleyDecember 13, 1976 (1976-12-13)
Andy hears a rumor about his wife. Helen wants to find more fulfillment with her work.
12"The Identity Crisis"TBAHoward LakinDecember 20, 1976 (1976-12-20)
Summer is assaulted by a gang. Leona feels guilty after Julie's death. Helen is attracted to her drama coach.
13"The Dominant Sex"TBAHoward LakinJanuary 3, 1977 (1977-01-03)
Summer can't tell Brian that she is pregnant with his child.
14"Kin Less than Kind"TBATBAJanuary 14, 1977 (1977-01-14)
Astrid thinks she might be responsible for Howell's impotence. Summer moves to her grandmother's house. Hilary visits Nick in prison. Walter arranges an abortion for Summer's baby.
15"The Woman Inside"TBATBAJanuary 21, 1977 (1977-01-21)
Stacey and Harry's relationship become more intimate. Leona slips into a catatonic state. Summer's grandmother tells Brian about Summer's pregnancy.
16"The Rules of Seduction"TBAHoward LakinJanuary 28, 1977 (1977-01-28)
Brian tries to stop Summer from having an abortion. Howell tells Astrid that Helen and David are having an affair.
17"Passionate Journey"TBATBAFebruary 4, 1976 (1976-02-04)
Don meets the sexy wife of a business client. Helen thinks Don has been unfaithful.
18"Aftermath of a Tragedy"TBAPeter Allan FieldsFebruary 11, 1977 (1977-02-11)
Helen is stunned by David's death. Don resists Bree's attempt at seduction.
19"The Topless Towers of Ilium"TBATBAN/A
20"A House Divided"TBATBAN/A


  1. ^ TV Guide. "Executive Suite Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-01-21.
  2. ^ Morris, Bruce B. (1997). Prime Time Network Serials. McFarland. pp. 293–299. ISBN 0786401648.

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