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The Associates (American TV series)

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The Associates is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from 1979–1980. The series starred Martin Short and was cancelled after nine of its thirteen episodes aired, but was nominated for two Golden Globes after its cancellation. The series was produced by Paramount Television.

The Associates
Created byJames L. Brooks
Stan Daniels
Charlie Hauck
Ed. Weinberger
Developed byMichael Leeson
StarringMartin Short
Joe Regalbuto
Alley Mills
Shelley Smith
Tim Thomerson
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Theme music composerAlbert Brooks
Opening theme"Wall Street Blues"
performed by B.B King
Composer(s)Craig Safan
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (4 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Stan Daniels
James L. Brooks
Ed. Weinberger
CinematographyLeonard J. South
Editor(s)C. Cory M. McCrum-Abdo
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)John-Charles-Walters Productions
DistributorParamount Domestic Television (until 2006)
CBS Paramount Domestic Television (2006-2007)
CBS Television Distribution (current)
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 23, 1979 –
April 17, 1980


The show was the first bonafide starring vehicle for Short and centered on a small group of young novice lawyers who worked at a Wall Street law firm. One of the creators of the series was John Jay Osborn, Jr., author of The Paper Chase. Episode seven features guest star John Houseman reprising his role as "Professor Kingsfield".



Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The First Day"James BurrowsMichael Leeson (t),
Charlie Hauck (s)
September 23, 1979 (1979-09-23)
The associates learn the ropes on their first day at the firm while the founder considers replacing his partner.
2"Is Romance Dead?"Tony MordenteDavid LloydSeptember 30, 1979 (1979-09-30)
Tucker uses tips from a book on romance to try and impress Sara.
3"Tucker's Courtroom Coup"Tony MordenteDavid LloydOctober 7, 1979 (1979-10-07)
Marshall asks Eliot to defend a client whose ex-lover is suing him.
4"Mr. Marshall's Love Affair"Tony MordenteDavid LloydOctober 14, 1979 (1979-10-14)
Marshall's intended helpmate flirts with Eliot.
5"The Deadly Serve"Tony MordenteJohn Steven OwenOctober 28, 1979 (1979-10-28)
Eliot accidentally kills a partner in a game of squash.
6"Eliot's Revenge"James BurrowsDavid Lloyd (t),
Rich Reinhart (s)
March 27, 1980 (1980-03-27)
Eliot argues with his former professor about a case.
7"Danko's a Daddy"James BurrowsDavid LloydApril 3, 1980 (1980-04-03)
Johnny tries to see his illegitimate son over the mother's objections.
8"The Censors"Tony MordenteStan Daniels,
Ed. Weinberger
April 10, 1980 (1980-04-10)
Tucker defends a network censor being sued by a producer.
9"The Party"James BurrowsEarl PomerantzApril 17, 1980 (1980-04-17)
Leslie falls for a teacher who despises conservative lawyers.
10"A Date with Johnny"Tony MordenteEarl PomerantzN/A
Johnny goes on a date with a married co-worker.
11"Tucker's Co-Op"Charlotte BrownDavid LloydN/A
Tucker moves into the apartment below Marshall, who shows up unexpectedly.
12"Inferno"Charlotte BrownDavid LloydN/A
The lawyers try to find escape routes when a fire starts in the building.
13"The Out of Town Trip"Tom TrbovichRich ReinhartN/A
The associates defend the head of a tire company accused of misusing funds, while Leslie quits the firm thinking it represents criminals.


The series was rerun on A&E in 1988, followed by runs on Comedy Central and TV Land in the 1990s.

Award nominationsEdit

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1980 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Stan Daniels and Ed. Weinberger (For episode "The Censors")
Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series Michael Leeson and Charlie Hauck (For episode "The First Day")
Golden Globe Award Best TV-Series - Musical/Comedy
Best TV Actor - Musical/Comedy Wilfrid Hyde-White

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