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Union Square is a 1997 television sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for one season. It follows the story of a lawyer-turned-playwright in Manhattan, who attempts to gain inspiration from a host of characters populating the fictitious Union Square cafe, obviously inspired by the New York area of the same name. The show was originally supposed to be a vehicle for actress Mel Gorham, but after poor test screenings for the pilot, the producers retooled the show and replaced Gorham with Constance Marie.[1]

Union Square
Created byMarco Pennette
Fred Barron
Written byFred Barron
George McGrath
Directed byJames Burrows
Brent Carpenter
StarringJim Pirri
Mel Gorham
Michael Landes
Harriet Sansom Harris
Jonathan Slavin
Composer(s)Bruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes14 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Fred Barron
Marco Pennette
Michael B. Kaplan
Gary Murphy
Neil Thompson
Producer(s)Tim Berry
CinematographyRichard Brown
Editor(s)Brent Carpenter
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Barron/Pennette Productions
Three Sisters Entertainment
NBC Studios
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 25, 1997 –
January 22, 1998

The program replaced Fired Up (which was halfway through the 1997-1998 season) on NBC's "Must See TV" night of programming; it was given an 8:30pm timeslot on Thursday evenings, a highly coveted spot due to its location between popular sitcoms Friends (which aired at 8:00pm) and Seinfeld (which aired at 9:00pm). Like The Single Guy, Union Square attempted to capitalize on attractive singles in their 20s and 30s enjoying New York City life, which both Seinfeld and Friends (as well as other NBC programs) had turned into successes. The show also featured guest appearances from actor David Krumholtz, who appeared on two episodes, as did actress Rhea Perlman. Despite these advantages and the fact that it had the #7 spot in the ratings for the 1997–98 season with almost 20 million viewers, it lost a large portion of its lead-in audience from Friends, and was cancelled after 14 episodes had been made.




No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Hasta La Muerta, Baby"James BurrowsMarco Pennette & Fred BarronSeptember 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)
2"The Audition"James BurrowsGary Murphy & Neil ThompsonOctober 2, 1997 (1997-10-02)
3"Enjoy Your Haddock"James BurrowsGeorge McGrathOctober 9, 1997 (1997-10-09)
4"A Stool with a View"James BurrowsEric Abrams & Matthew BerryOctober 16, 1997 (1997-10-16)
5"Michael's First Stand"Arlene SanfordMichael B. KaplanOctober 30, 1997 (1997-10-30)
6"Harassed"James BurrowsGary Murphy & Neil ThompsonNovember 6, 1997 (1997-11-06)
7"Get Rusty"Leonard R. Garner, Jr.Michael B. KaplanNovember 13, 1997 (1997-11-13)
8"Jack Gets a Hot Tip"James BurrowsDonald ToddDecember 4, 1997 (1997-12-04)
9"No Sex 'Til After Homework"Lee Shallat ChemelDonald ToddDecember 11, 1997 (1997-12-11)
10"The First Christmas Show"James BurrowsTeleplay: Nora Lynch & Phil Palisoul; Story: Eric Abrams & Matthew BerryDecember 18, 1997 (1997-12-18)
11"What Are Friends For?"Leonard R. Garner, Jr.Colleen TaberJanuary 8, 1998 (1998-01-08)
12"Out and In"James BurrowsNeil Thompson & Gary MurphyJanuary 15, 1998 (1998-01-15)
13"It Takes a Thief"James BurrowsMichael B. KaplanJanuary 22, 1998 (1998-01-22)


  1. ^ Studio Briefing News (1997-06-19). "Big Break Broken". News for Mel Gorham. Internet Movie Database.

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