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The Closer is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS for 10 episodes in 1998. The show starred Tom Selleck as a successful advertising agency executive.

The Closer
Created byEd Decter
John J. Strauss
StarringTom Selleck
David Krumholtz
Hedy Burress
Ed Asner
Suzy Nakamura
Penelope Ann Miller
Composer(s)Ed Alton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)T.W.S. II Productions
Frontier Pictures
CBS Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseFebruary 23 (1998-02-23) –
May 4, 1998 (1998-05-04)



Jack McLaren (Tom Selleck), a successful advertising executive, starts his own agency. The business, the employees in the agency, and his personal life provide the story lines. The characters include a creative director, Carl Dobson (Ed Asner), an accountant, Erica Hewitt (Penelope Ann Miller), and a bored secretary, Beverly (Suzy Nakamura); McLaren's estranged and eventually divorced wife, Claire McLaren (Joanna Kerns), and daughter Alex (Hedy Burress).



Director and writersEdit

The director for the series was Andrew D. Weyman. It had the following writers:

  • Tom Burkhard
  • Howard Busgang
  • Ed Decter
  • David Kidd
  • Laura Perkins-Brittain
  • Ron Burch


  • Howard Busgang
  • Ed Decter
  • Penny Segal
  • Tom Selleck
  • John J. Strauss
  • Craig Wyrick-Solari


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Andrew D. WeymanEd Decter & John J. StraussFebruary 23, 1998 (1998-02-23)
2"Morality Bites"TBATBAMarch 2, 1998 (1998-03-02)
3"Dobbs Takes A Holiday"TBATBAMarch 9, 1998 (1998-03-09)
4"The Closure"Shelley JensenTad QuillMarch 16, 1998 (1998-03-16)
5"The Rebound"TBATBAMarch 28, 1998 (1998-03-28)
6"Baby, It's Cold Outside"TBATBAApril 6, 1998 (1998-04-06)
An old flame, actress Victoria, visits and she and Jack start to rekindle their romance – Victoria and Jack sing and dance in a fantasy musical sequence.
7"Honor Thy Jack"Will MackenzieHoward Busgang & Mark BlutmanApril 13, 1998 (1998-04-13)
8"Deep Game"TBATBAApril 20, 1998 (1998-04-20)
9"The Hand That Rocks the Office"Shelley JensenStory by : Rita Mimoun
Teleplay by : Ethan Banville & Shari Brooks
April 27, 1998 (1998-04-27)
10"My Best Friend's Funeral"Alan RafkinBill WolkoffMay 4, 1998 (1998-05-04)

Awards and nominationsEdit

  • Emmy Award — Outstanding Music and Lyrics (for the song "You Don't Know Jack") (nominated)


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