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FM (American TV series)

FM is an American television sitcom, which aired on NBC in 1989 and 1990.[1] The series title was a pun, referring both to the show's setting at an FM radio station and to its themes of female-male interaction.[2]

Created byAllan Burns
Dan Wilcox
Shelley Zellman
Directed byAndy Cadiff
David Trainer
Burt Metcalfe
Dan Wilcox
StarringRobert Hays
Patricia Richardson
Lynne Thigpen
DeLane Matthews
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Executive producer(s)Allan Burns
Dan Wilcox
Producer(s)Andy Cadiff
Production company(s)MTM Enterprises
Distributor20th Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseAugust 17, 1989 (1989-08-17) –
June 28, 1990 (1990-06-28)


Set in Washington, D.C., the series was a workplace comedy which took place at a small public radio station.[3] Robert Hays starred as program director Ted Costas, a man whose harried professional life and eccentric coworkers distract him from dealing with problems in his personal life, particularly his relationships with women. The women in his life include Lee-Ann Plunkett (Patricia Richardson), his ex-wife and a political commentator with the station; Gretchen Schreck (DeLane Matthews), a young woman he used to babysit who is now an intern for the station; Naomi Sayers (Lynne Thigpen), the station manager; and Maude (Nicole Huntington), his daughter with Lee-Ann.

The cast also included Leo Geter, Fred Applegate, James Avery and John Kassir.

The radio station in the series was partially based on KCRW.[1] Ted Costas was modeled on Tom Schnabel,[4] and was the host of a morning radio show, Long Day's Journey into Lunch, which was based on Morning Becomes Eclectic.[4]


The show initially ran for five weeks as a summer series in 1989, premiering on August 17 in Dear John's regular Thursday night time slot following Cheers before moving to Wednesday nights for four more weeks.[3] It then returned as a midseason replacement in 1990, airing eight more episodes between March 28 and June 28.[1] The series was not renewed for a second season.


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Love or Money"David TrainerAllan Burns, Dan Wilcox and Shelley ZellmanAugust 17, 1989 (1989-08-17)
2"Play Laura for Me"David TrainerAllan Burns and Dan WilcoxAugust 23, 1989 (1989-08-23)
3"Ultimate Aphrodisiac"Andy CadiffAllan Burns and Howard M. GouldAugust 30, 1989 (1989-08-30)
4"Kiss and Tell"Andy CadiffAllan Burns and Dan WilcoxSeptember 6, 1989 (1989-09-06)
5"If a Man Answers"Andy CadiffPaul HaggisSeptember 13, 1989 (1989-09-13)
6"Doing It Again"Andy CadiffHoward M. GouldMarch 28, 1990 (1990-03-28)
7"Leave It to Me"Andy CadiffHoward M. GouldApril 4, 1990 (1990-04-04)
8"Two Taxing Women"Burt MetcalfeRoz MooreApril 11, 1990 (1990-04-11)
9"No Fool Like an April Fool"Andy CadiffJ. J. WallApril 18, 1990 (1990-04-18)
10"Let's Spend the Night Together"Dan WilcoxAllan BurnsMay 26, 1990 (1990-05-26)
11"The Last Virgin"Andy CadiffTerrie CollinsJune 2, 1990 (1990-06-02)
12"Sex, Lies and 35mm Slides"Andy CadiffHoward M. GouldJune 9, 1990 (1990-06-09)
13"Off the Record"Andy CadiffLincoln KibbeeJune 28, 1990 (1990-06-28)


  1. ^ a b c "Checking the casserole with Robert Hays of 'FM'". The Index-Journal, April 8, 1990.
  2. ^ "Creators hope 'FM' is on right wavelength". Ukiah Daily Journal, August 27, 1989.
  3. ^ a b "Robert Hays is down to earth in new series, 'FM'". The San Bernardino Sun, August 17, 1989.
  4. ^ a b "Hays back in fun series". Ottawa Citizen, August 17, 1989.

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