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Good Sports is an American sitcom that aired on the CBS network in 1991, starring Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal. It was Fawcett's only scripted TV series after Charlie's Angels.

Good Sports
Created byAlan Zweibel
Written byLarry Levin
Monica Johnson
Matt Wickline
Russ Woody
Ron Zimmerman
Alan Zweibel
Directed byStan Lathan
StarringRyan O'Neal
Farrah Fawcett
Theme music composerAndy Goldmark
Opening themeGood Sports
performed by Al Green
Composer(s)Robert Crew
Michael Tavera
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes15 (6 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Bernie Brillstein
Brad Grey
Alan Zweibel
Producer(s)Vic Kaplan
Ron Zimmerman
CinematographyKenneth Peach, Jr.
Editor(s)Jerry Bixman
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Boom Productions
Silly Robin Productions
Brillstein-Grey Productions
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJanuary 10 (1991-01-10) –
July 13, 1991 (1991-07-13)



The show features the two main characters, Bobby Tannen (O'Neal), a once-famous former football player for the Green Bay Packers gone to seed and Gayle Roberts (Fawcett), an ex-Miss America, as mismatched anchors on an all-sports cable network, Mr. Downtown Bobby Tannen and Ms. Gayle Roberts. Bobby is a self-possessed jock, constantly worried about himself and his image. Gayle is the more down to earth and level-headed of the two. Both characters were concerned with the ratings of their sports show, outwardly disliking each other but nonetheless mutually attracted.[1]

Supporting castEdit

The premiere installment also included:

Reception and cancellationEdit

Good Sports premiered as a mid-season replacement on January 10, 1991.[2] Reviews were generally mixed and ratings were low. After the ratings failed to improve, CBS canceled the series. The final episode, "A Class Act", aired on July 13, 1991.

Production notesEdit

The 30-minute Brillstein-Grey production[3] was created by Alan Zweibel and directed by Stan Lathan. The series' theme song was performed by Al Green.


No Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1"Pros and Ex-Cons"Stan LathanAlan ZweibelJanuary 10, 1991 (1991-01-10)
2"Gayle Wouldn't Do That"TBATBAJanuary 21, 1991 (1991-01-21)
3"Movin' In"TBATBAJanuary 31, 1991 (1991-01-31)
4"The Bigger They Are, the Harder They Hit"TBARon ZimmermanFebruary 7, 1991 (1991-02-07)
5"John McKinney Is a No Yes Man"Stan LathanS : Matt Wickline;
T : Larry Levin,
Ron Zimmerman
February 14, 1991 (1991-02-14)
6"The Reviews Are In"TBALarry LevinFebruary 25, 1991 (1991-02-25)
7"A Kiss Is Just a Kiss"TBARuss WoodyMarch 18, 1991 (1991-03-18)
8"A Book Is Just a Book"TBATBAMay 27, 1991 (1991-05-27)
9"The Cincinnati Kids"TBALarry Levin,
Alan Zweibel
May 27, 1991 (1991-05-27)
10"Electricity"TBATBAJune 3, 1991 (1991-06-03)
11"The Moody Blues Swing"TBATBAJune 8, 1991 (1991-06-08)
12"Love Means Never Having to Say You're Happy"TBARon ZimmermanJune 15, 1991 (1991-06-15)
13"Bobby and Gayle Go on a Date"TBATBAJune 22, 1991 (1991-06-22)
14"The Return of Nick"TBARon Zimmerman,
Alan Zweibel
July 6, 1991 (1991-07-06)
15"A Class Act"Stan LathanLarry LevinJuly 13, 1991 (1991-07-13)


  1. ^ Ken Tucker (January 25, 1991). ""Sports" Report". Entertainment Weekly.
  2. ^ Chapman, Art (December 22, 1990). "Santa: Brings Mid-Season Replacements". Herald-Journal. pp. B5.
  3. ^ "A Hollywood Hotshot Without a Hit Starmaker, Brad Grey is Struggling on the Production Line"., Marc Gunther, Henry Goldblatt, September 29, 1997. September 29, 1997.

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