The Lawrenceville Stories

The Lawrenceville Stories (also known as The Prodigious Hickey) is a 1987–1989 miniseries, directed by Allan A. Goldstein and Robert Iscove, based on The Lawrenceville Stories written by Owen Johnson. The series was originally broadcast as episodes of the American Playhouse anthology television series on Public Broadcasting Service starting on January 26, 1987 (Season 6, Episode 2). It follows the adventures of school prankster Hickey (Zach Galligan) and his rival, The Tennessee Shad (Nicholas Rowe).[1]

The Lawrenceville Stories
GenreHistorical novel-based
Written byJan Jaffe Kahn
Directed byAllan A. Goldstein
Robert Iscove
StarringZach Galligan
Edward Herrmann
Nicholas Rowe
Stephen Baldwin
Theme music composerHagood Hardy
Country of originCanada
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes3
CinematographyRene Ohashi
Editor(s)Ronald Sanders
Original releaseJanuary 26, 1987 (1987-01-26) –
April 5, 1989 (1989-04-05)


Lawrenceville prankster Hickey pulls one prank too many and is expelled from school. When he returns he finds that there's a new joker in town, The Tennessee Shad, and although they initially are rivals, they soon realize that together they can cause more trouble, so they establish a partnership that they call "The Firm".[2]



Part Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The Prodigious Hickey"Robert IscoveJan Jaffe KahnJanuary 26, 1987 (1987-01-26)[3]
Hickey, the Lawrenceville prankster pulls one stunt too many and the Headmaster is forced to expel him.
2"The Return of Hickey"Allan A. GoldsteinJan Jaffe KahnFebruary 3, 1988 (1988-02-03)[4]
Hickey returns to school, and to his shock he finds that a new prankster called "The Tennessee Shad" has taken his crown.
3"The Beginning of the Firm"Allan A. GoldsteinJan Jaffe KahnApril 5, 1989 (1989-04-05)[5]
The rivalry between Hickey and The Shad begins to take a different direction when they realize they can cause more trouble together, as "The Firm".


  1. ^ Tom Shales (January 26, 1987). "TV Preview: "The Prodigious Hickey"". Retrieved 2018-04-14.
  2. ^ Boys Costumes Depicted in Television Shows: The Lawrenceville Stories
  3. ^ American Playhouse: The Lawrenceville Stories: The Prodigious Hickey (TV)
  4. ^ American Playhouse: The Lawrenceville Stories: The Return of Hickey (TV)
  5. ^ American Playhouse: The Lawrenceville Stories: The Beginning of the Firm (TV)

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