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Married People is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC as part of its 1990–91 schedule. Jay Thomas and Bess Armstrong led the ensemble cast.

Married People
Bess Armstrong ensemble Married People.jpg
GenreSitcom
Created byPrudence Fraser
Robert Sternin
Written byPrudence Fraser
Robert Rabinowitz
Robert Sternin
Directed byAsaad Kelada
StarringRay Aranha
Bess Armstrong
Megan Gallivan
Barbara Montgomery
Jay Thomas
Chris Young
Composer(s)Bob Boykin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes18
Production
Executive producer(s)Prudence Fraser
Robert Sternin
Producer(s)Asaad Kelada
Kathy Landsberg
Jan Siegelman
CinematographyMark J. Levin
Editor(s)Marco Zappia
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Sternin & Fraser Ink, Inc.
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Release
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 18, 1990 (1990-09-18) –
March 16, 1991 (1991-03-16)

SynopsisEdit

The series follows three couples in different stages of their relationships who lived in the same building in New York City. Newlyweds Allen and Cindy Campbell (Chris Young and Megan Gallivan) were occupants of the third floor; he attended Columbia University while she supported them as a waitress. On the second floor were the Meyers, Russell (Jay Thomas) and Elizabeth (Bess Armstrong). Elizabeth was a lawyer while Russell was a free-lance writer and househusband, particularly after the birth of their son, Max. Living on the ground floor were Nick and Olivia Williams (Ray Aranha and Barbara Montgomery), an older couple who were the building's owners (the building was in a gentrified area of Harlem, but often referred to by the street name "Central Park North"). Nick was an irascible traditionalist who constantly wondered why Russell didn't go out and get a "real" job and found Allen to be "too white" ("even for a white boy"), but was basically a good, decent man.

Married People was critically acclaimed but garnered low ratings, particularly after the outbreak of the Persian Gulf War, news coverage of which caused the show to be frequently pre-empted. The series was cancelled in March 1991, but rerun in August and September of that year just prior to the beginning of the 1991–92 schedule.

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Married People"Asaad KeladaRobert Sternin & Prudence FraserSeptember 18, 1990 (1990-09-18)
2"The Truth, the Whole Truth..."Asaad KeladaTBASeptember 19, 1990 (1990-09-19)
3"First Impression"Asaad KeladaTBASeptember 26, 1990 (1990-09-26)
4"Once More, With Passion"Asaad KeladaTBAOctober 3, 1990 (1990-10-03)
5"Money Changes Everything"Asaad KeladaTBAOctober 10, 1990 (1990-10-10)
6"Live and Let Go"Asaad KeladaTBAOctober 17, 1990 (1990-10-17)
7"Room for One More"Asaad KeladaTBAOctober 24, 1990 (1990-10-24)
8"Who You Gonna Call?"Asaad KeladaTBAOctober 31, 1990 (1990-10-31)
9"Term Paper"Asaad KeladaTBANovember 7, 1990 (1990-11-07)
10"The Baby Cometh"Asaad KeladaTBANovember 14, 1990 (1990-11-14)
11"Four Neighbors and a Baby"Asaad KeladaTBANovember 28, 1990 (1990-11-28)
12"Partners"Asaad KeladaTBADecember 5, 1990 (1990-12-05)
13"Compromise"Will MackenzieTBADecember 19, 1990 (1990-12-19)
14"To Live and Drive in New York"Will MackenzieTBADecember 26, 1990 (1990-12-26)
15"The Nanny"Will MackenzieTBAJanuary 9, 1991 (1991-01-09)
16"Mommy and Me"Will MackenzieTBAJanuary 23, 1991 (1991-01-23)
17"Dance Ten, Friends Zero"Will MackenzieTBAJanuary 30, 1991 (1991-01-30)
18"You Were Right and I Was..."Will MackenzieTBAMarch 16, 1991 (1991-03-16)

AwardsEdit

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1991 Emmy Award Won Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series Marty Brown, Dave Owen, Rich Rose, Marvin Shearer, Mark Warshaw, and Jerry Weiss
For episode "Dance Ten, Friends Zero"

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