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The Client (also referred to as John Grisham's The Client) is an American drama series that aired on CBS from September 17, 1995 until April 16, 1996.[1] It aired for one season, premiering with a two-hour movie pilot on September 17, 1995,[2] and airing new episodes through April 16, 1996. The series was based on the 1994 eponymous film The Client, itself adapted from the 1993 John Grisham eponymous novel. It starred JoBeth Williams, John Heard, and Polly Holliday in the roles created in the film by Susan Sarandon, Tommy Lee Jones, and Micole Mercurio, respectively.

The Client
The Client CBS Series JoBeth Williams.jpg
Promotional poster for series
GenreDrama, legal thriller
Based onThe Client by John Grisham
The Client
Developed byJudith Paige Mitchell
Written byJudith Paige Mitchell
John Grisham
Grace McKeaney
Edward Tivnan
Directed byHelaine Head
Mike Pavone
Win Phelps
Michael W. Watkins
StarringJoBeth Williams
John Heard
Polly Holliday
Ossie Davis
Theme music composerSteven Graziano
Dino A. Moriana
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Judith Paige Mitchell
Mitchell Binder
CinematographyLowell Peterson
Editor(s)Robert L. Sinise
M. Edward Salier
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Michael Filerman Productions
Judith Paige Mitchell Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 17, 1995 (1995-09-17) –
April 16, 1996 (1996-04-16)

Contents

CastEdit

MainEdit

The leads of the series were played by JoBeth Williams as Reggie Love,[3] and John Heard as Roy Foltrigg. As series regulars, Polly Holliday as Big Momma and David Barry Gray as Clint McGuire are the only other characters to appear in all 20 episodes.

Besides Micole Mercurio, who played Big Momma in the film and guest-starred in the fourteenth episode, Winning, as Naomi, the only other actor to appear in both the series and film was Ossie Davis. His portrayal of Judge Harry Roosevelt in the film, led him to recreate that part in 13 of the 20 first-season episodes of the series.

RecurringEdit

The following actors were considered recurring, with many of them portraying characters already created in the book and/or movie:

  • Valerie Mahaffey as Ellie Foltrigg (4 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Mac Davis as Waldo Gaines (3 episodes 1995–96)
  • David Michael Mullins as Lewis Maddox (7 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Burke Moses as Jackson Love (6 episodes, 1995–96)
  • William Converse-Roberts as Dr. Gus Cardoni (6 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Derek McGrath as Arnie (4 episodes, 1996)
  • Thom Barry as Judge Waite-Barkley (4 episodes, 1996)
  • Brixton Karnes as Officer Brill (4 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Harry Lennix as Daniel Holbrook (3 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Emilio Borelli as Nick (3 episodes, 1996)
  • Allen Williams as Howard Straithe (3 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Timothy Carhart as Walon Clark (3 episodes, 1995)
  • Katy Perry as Nicole (3 episodes, 1995–96)
  • Ray McKinnon as Lenny Barlow (3 episodes, 1995)

EpisodesEdit

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1
2
"Pilot"TBATBASeptember 17, 1995 (1995-09-17)
3"A Perfect World"TBATBASeptember 19, 1995 (1995-09-19)
4"Then That Has.."TBATBASeptember 26, 1995 (1995-09-26)
5"The Peach Orchard"TBATBAOctober 10, 1995 (1995-10-10)
6"Drive, He Said"TBATBAOctober 17, 1995 (1995-10-17)
7"The Burning of Atlanta"TBATBAOctober 24, 1995 (1995-10-24)
8"Dear Harris"TBATBAOctober 31, 1995 (1995-10-31)
9"The Prodical Father"TBATBANovember 7, 1995 (1995-11-07)
10"Child's Play"TBATBANovember 14, 1995 (1995-11-14)
11"Happily Ever After"TBATBANovember 21, 1995 (1995-11-21)
12"The Way Things Never Were"TBATBADecember 19, 1995 (1995-12-19)
13"Sympathy for the Devil"TBATBAJanuary 9, 1996 (1996-01-09)
14"Motherless Child"TBATBAJanuary 11, 1996 (1996-01-11)
15"Private Lives"TBATBAJanuary 16, 1996 (1996-01-16)
16"Winning"TBATBAJanuary 30, 1996 (1996-01-30)
17"The Morning After"TBATBAFebruary 6, 1996 (1996-02-06)
18"Damn Yankees"TBATBAMarch 19, 1996 (1996-03-19)
19"The High Ground"TBATBAMarch 26, 1996 (1996-03-26)
20"Past Imperfect"TBATBAApril 2, 1996 (1996-04-02)
21"The Good Samaritan"TBATBAApril 9, 1996 (1996-04-09)
22"Money Talks"TBATBAApril 16, 1996 (1996-04-16)

SyndicationEdit

 
John Heard as Roy Foltrigg & JoBeth Williams as Reggie Love, 1996

While the series lasted 20 episodes, it reached a larger audience when the TNT Network rebroadcast the series five nights a week, March 1999 through February 2001, to solid ratings.[4]

Home mediaEdit

While the full series is not yet available on DVD or Blu-ray, the 1995 pilot episode of the series was included as a bonus feature on the 2013 Blu-ray release of the 1994 film.[5]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bruce Fretts (June 9, 1995). "CBS Fall Television Preview". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  2. ^ Todd Everett (September 15, 1995). "Review: 'John Grisham's the Client'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  3. ^ "'Client'-Ele". Variety. March 12, 1995. Retrieved 2016-05-11.
  4. ^ "JoBeth Williams' 'THE CLIENT' begins encore run on TNT". The Houston Chronicle. March 14, 1999. Archived from the original on 2012-07-09.
  5. ^ "The Client (Blu-ray)". WalMart.

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