Brooklyn Bridge (TV series)

Brooklyn Bridge is an American sitcom television program which aired on CBS between September 20, 1991 to August 6, 1993. It is about a Jewish American family living in Brooklyn in the middle 1950s. The premise was partially based on the childhood of executive producer and creator Gary David Goldberg.[1]

Brooklyn Bridge
Brooklyn Bridge cast photo
GenreSitcom
Created byGary David Goldberg
StarringMarion Ross
Jenny Lewis
Jake Jundef
Aeryk Egan
Amy Aquino
David Wohl
Louis Zorich
Adam LaVorgna
Danny Gerard
Matthew Louis Siegel
Peter Friedman
Armin Shimerman
Opening theme"Just Over the Brooklyn Bridge"
performed by Art Garfunkel
Composer(s)David McHugh
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes34
Production
Executive producer(s)Gary David Goldberg
Sam Weisman
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Ubu Productions
Paramount Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1991 (1991-09-20) 
August 6, 1993 (1993-08-06)

Brooklyn Bridge won a Golden Globe for Best Television Comedy or Musical and was nominated for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1992.

Throughout the TV show there are various references to the family's origins as Jews from Poland/Russia. There are also various references and actions showing how much the young boys feel as Americans.

The cast was led by Marion Ross; Art Garfunkel performed the theme song, which was titled "Just Over the Brooklyn Bridge."[1]

In 1997, "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" was ranked #46 on TV Guide's 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time.[2]

DVD release

Gary David Goldberg had announced on his official website that CBS Home Entertainment (with distribution by Paramount Home Entertainment) would release the complete series of Brooklyn Bridge on DVD in Region 1 in the middle of May 2010.[3] However, the DVD was later delayed indefinitely.[4]

Cast

Episodes

Season 1 (1991–92)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1
2
1
2
"When Irish Eyes Are Smiling"Sam WeismanGary David GoldbergSeptember 20, 1991 (1991-09-20)
33"Death in Brooklyn"Sam WeismanBrad HallSeptember 27, 1991 (1991-09-27)
44"Boys of Summer"Bradley SilberlingJohn MasiusOctober 4, 1991 (1991-10-04)
55"Sylvia's Condition"Sam WeismanPeter Schneider & Ben CardinaleOctober 18, 1991 (1991-10-18)
66"What I Did for Love"Donald ReikerTheresa RebeckOctober 25, 1991 (1991-10-25)
7
8
7
8
"War of the Worlds"TBATBANovember 6, 1991 (1991-11-06)
99"Dinner at Six"Sam WeismanGary David Goldberg & Brad HallNovember 13, 1991 (1991-11-13)
1010"Old Fools"Kristoffer TaboriPeter Schneider & Ben CardinaleNovember 20, 1991 (1991-11-20)
1111"Saturday"Donald ReikerBrad Hall & John MasiusNovember 27, 1991 (1991-11-27)
1212"Get a Job"Sam WeismanBrad HallDecember 8, 1991 (1991-12-08)
1313"Where Have You Gone, Jackie Robinson?"Sam WeismanGary David Goldberg & Brad HallDecember 11, 1991 (1991-12-11)
1414"The Gift"Seth FreemanSeth Freeman & Brad HallJanuary 1, 1992 (1992-01-01)
1515"Boys and Girls Together"Sam WeismanGary David Goldberg & Brad HallJanuary 15, 1992 (1992-01-15)
1616"Boys and Girls Apart"Sam WeismanGary David Goldberg & Brad HallJanuary 22, 1992 (1992-01-22)
1717"Boys and Girls Together Again"Sam WeismanGary David Goldberg & Brad HallJanuary 29, 1992 (1992-01-29)
1818"On the Road"TBATBAFebruary 5, 1992 (1992-02-05)
1919"Great Expectations"TBATBAMarch 4, 1992 (1992-03-04)
2020"A Tale of Two Boroughs"TBATBAMarch 11, 1992 (1992-03-11)
2121"Rainy Day"Michael J. FoxBrad Hall & John MasiusApril 13, 1992 (1992-04-13)
2222"On the Line"Kenneth ZunderPeter Schneider & Ben CardinaleApril 20, 1992 (1992-04-20)

Season 2 (1992–93)

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
231"Brave New World"TBATBASeptember 13, 1992 (1992-09-13)
242"Plaza Sweet"Donald ReikerBrad HallSeptember 19, 1992 (1992-09-19)
253"Rockette to the Moon"TBATBASeptember 26, 1992 (1992-09-26)
264"Nun But the Brave"TBATBAOctober 3, 1992 (1992-10-03)
275"In the Still of the Night"Sam WeismanBrad HallNovember 7, 1992 (1992-11-07)
286"The Last Immigrant"Sam WeismanPeter Schneider & Ben CardinaleNovember 14, 1992 (1992-11-14)
297"In a Family Way"Sam WeismanBrad HallApril 10, 1993 (1993-04-10)
308"Good as Gold"Sam WeismanTeleplay by: Gary David Goldberg & Brad Hall
Story by: Joyce Maynard
April 17, 1993 (1993-04-17)
319"The Wild Pitch"TBATBAApril 24, 1993 (1993-04-24)
3210"The Date"TBATBAJuly 16, 1993 (1993-07-16)
3311"Keeping Up with the Joneses"Sam WeismanBrad HallJuly 23, 1993 (1993-07-23)
3412"The Hollywood Country Club"TBATBAJuly 30, 1993 (1993-07-30)
3513"No Time Like the Future"TBATBAAugust 6, 1993 (1993-08-06)

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1992American Cinema Editors' Eddie AwardBest Edited Episode from a Television SeriesRoger Bondelli, Jerry U. Frizell and Ron Volk (For episode "War of the Worlds")Won
1993Best Edited Half Hour Series for TelevisionRoger Bondelli (For episode "Brave New World")Won
American Society of Cinematographers AwardOutstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Regular SeriesKenneth ZunderNominated
American Television Awards[5]Best Actress, Situation ComedyMarion RossNominated
1992Golden Globe AwardBest Television Series – Musical or ComedyWon
1993Nominated
1992Humanitas Prize30 Minute CategoryJohn MasiusWon
60 Minute CategoryGary David Goldberg (For episode "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling")Nominated
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Comedy SeriesGary David Goldberg, Sam Weisman, Seth Freeman, Brad Hall, Alice West and Craig ZiskNominated
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMarion RossNominated
Outstanding Directing for a Comedy SeriesSam Weisman (For episode "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling")Nominated
Outstanding Main Title DesignEd Sullivan and Judy KorinNominated
Outstanding Main Title Theme MusicMarvin Hamlisch, Alan Bergman and Marilyn Bergman (For episode "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling")Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Single Camera ProductionRoger Bondelli, Jerry U. Frizell and Ron Volk (For episode "War of the Worlds")Nominated
Outstanding Costumes for a SeriesLinda M. Bass (For episode "War of the Worlds")Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a SpecialDavid Schneiderman, Jim Fitzpatrick, Bruce P. Michaels and Gary Montgomery (For episode "Get a Job")Nominated
1993Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesMarion RossNominated
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy SeriesJoel GreyNominated
Outstanding Editing for a Series - Single Camera ProductionRon Volk (For episode "In the Still of the Night")Nominated
Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a SpecialDavid M. Ronne, Bruce P. Michaels, Gary Montgomery and Jim Fitzpatrick (For episode "The Wild Pitch")Nominated
1992Producers Guild of America AwardOutstanding Producer of TelevisionGary David GoldbergWon
Television Critics Association AwardProgram of the YearNominated
Outstanding Achievement in ComedyNominated
Viewers for Quality Television AwardBest Quality Comedy SeriesWon
Best Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesMarion RossWon
1993Best Quality Comedy SeriesWon
Best Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesMarion RossWon
Best Specialty PlayerJoel GreyNominated
Writers Guild of America AwardEpisodic ComedyGary David Goldberg (For episode "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling")Nominated
1992Young Artist AwardBest New Family Television SeriesWon
Best Young Actor Starring in a New Television SeriesDanny GerardNominated
Exceptional Performance by a Young Actor Under 10Matthew Louis SeigelNominated
1993Best Young Actor Starring in a Television SeriesDanny GerardNominated
Best Young Actor Co-Starring in a Television SeriesAdam LaVorgnaWon
Best Young Actress Co-Starring in a Television SeriesJenny LewisNominated
Best Young Actor Recurring in a Television SeriesAeryk EganWon
Best Young Actress Guest-Starring in a Television SeriesLisa Paige RobinsonNominated
Outstanding Actor Under 10 in a Television SeriesMatthew Louis SeigelNominated

References

  1. O'Connor, John J. (September 20, 1991). "TV WEEKEND; Family Life in '56 Brooklyn". The New York Times.
  2. "Special Collectors' Issue: 100 Greatest Episodes of All Time". TV Guide (June 28 – July 4). 1997.
  3. Tvshowsondvd.com Archived February 13, 2010, at the Wayback Machine
  4. (blog post linked by GDG Web site)
  5. Lowry, Brian (April 16, 1993). "CBS leads noms for Emmy rival". variety.com. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
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