Pacific Station (TV series)

Pacific Station is an American sitcom television series starring Robert Guillaume and Richard Libertini that aired on NBC from September 15, 1991 to January 3, 1992.[1] The series was created by the team of Barry Fanaro, Mort Nathan, Kathy Speer and Terry Grossman.

Pacific Station
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Created byBarry Fanaro
Mort Nathan
Kathy Speer
Terry Grossman
Directed byArt Dielhenn
James Burrows
Gary Brown
StarringRobert Guillaume
Richard Libertini
Ron Leibman
Joel Murray
Megan Gallagher
John Hancock
Opening theme"Rescue Me"
ComposersScott Gale
Rich Eames
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (3 unaired)
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesKTMB Productions
Touchstone Television
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 15, 1991 (1991-09-15) –
January 3, 1992 (1992-01-03)


Pacific Station centered around Detective Bob Ballard (Robert Guillaume), a wisecracking veteran cop who had been assigned to Pacific Station in Venice, California, apparently usually a dumping ground for eccentric and/or incompetent officers. Even more eccentric were the suspects the officers of Pacific Station brought in, as many were from nearby Venice Beach, a celebratedly off-center locale. The other officers of Pacific Station included Detective Richard Capparelli (Richard Libertini), fresh from treatment for his psychological problems, Detective Sandy Calloway (Megan Gallagher), and the brown-nosing Detective Al Burkhardt (Ron Leibman). In command of this hodgepodge was the recently promoted, immature, mother-fixated Captain Ken Epstein (Joel Murray), who had received the place which logic dictated should have gone to Bob. Frequently blustering his way through the station was Deputy Commissioner Hank Bishop (John Hancock), who never let anyone forget for a moment that he was a deputy commissioner.

Richard Libertini had just recently worked with creators/producers Fanaro, Nathan, Speer and Grossman on NBC's The Fanelli Boys the previous season.



Pacific Station did not garner solid ratings, due to competition from ABC's America's Funniest People and CBS's Murder, She Wrote. It was put on hiatus in October 1991. Brought back in a new time slot in December, it was permanently cancelled in January 1992.

Title SequenceEdit

The opening theme for Pacific Station was an in-house cover of Fontella Bass' "Rescue Me". The sequence began with shots of Venice Beach attractions, followed by the view of a police truck driving into the parking lot of the station as the title appeared on-screen. This proceeded into more videotaped scenes of the show and cast.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"TBATBASeptember 15, 1991 (1991-09-15)
2"Magnificent Obession"Art DielhennMartin Weiss & Robert BruceSeptember 22, 1991 (1991-09-22)
3"A Man's Best Friend"TBATBASeptember 29, 1991 (1991-09-29)
4"Love and Death"TBATBAOctober 6, 1991 (1991-10-06)
5"Friend of the Devil"Art DielhennMichael Davidoff & Bill RosenthalOctober 13, 1991 (1991-10-13)
6"Miata Es Su Ata"TBATBAOctober 20, 1991 (1991-10-20)
7"Waiting for the Other Gumshoe to Drop"TBATBAOctober 27, 1991 (1991-10-27)
8"Bob's Son"TBATBADecember 20, 1991 (1991-12-20)
9"Operation!"TBATBADecember 27, 1991 (1991-12-27)
10"My Favorite Dad"TBATBAJanuary 3, 1992 (1992-01-03)
11"Whose Dad Is It Anyway?"TBATBAUNAIRED
12"The Last Angry Detective"TBATBAUNAIRED
13"One for the Road"TBATBAUNAIRED


  1. ^ Cotter, Bill (1997). The Wonderful World of Disney Television. Hyperion Books. pp. 415–417. ISBN 0-7868-6359-5.