Inside Schwartz

Inside Schwartz is an American sitcom television series created by Stephen Engel, that aired on NBC from September 27, 2001 until January 3, 2002 starring Breckin Meyer as the title character. The show was produced by 20th Century Fox Television and NBC Studios and first aired on NBC on Thursday Night at 8:30 EST.

Inside Schwartz
Created byStephen Engel
Composer(s)Ben Vaughn
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (5 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Stephen Engel
Producer(s)John Ziffren
Production location(s)20th Century Fox Studios
10201 Pico Blvd., Century City, Los Angeles, California
CinematographyPeter Smokler
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Stephen Engel Productions
NBC Studios
20th Television
Original networkNBC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 27, 2001 (2001-09-27) 
January 3, 2002 (2002-01-03)


After losing a long-time girlfriend, minor-league sportscaster Adam Schwartz's (Meyer) dating life is illustrated by sports highlights (as presented by Fox Sports Net) in which various pro sports personalities appear. For instance, when Adam's date reveals that she has three children a referee appears and makes the call "Too many players on the field".




No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
1"Pilot"Pamela FrymanStephen EngelSeptember 27, 2001 (2001-09-27)1AFP79
2"Let's Go to the Videotape"Pamela FrymanStephen EngelOctober 4, 2001 (2001-10-04)1AFP01
3"The Pinch Hitter"Gil JungerGail LernerOctober 18, 2001 (2001-10-18)1AFP05
4"Event Night"Michael LembeckGail Lerner & Bill KunstlerOctober 25, 2001 (2001-10-25)1AFP07
5"Comic Relief Pitcher"Gail MancusoStory by: Stephen Leff & Jim Patterson
Teleplay by: Bill Kunstler
November 29, 2001 (2001-11-29)1AFP09
6"Roommates"Gail MancusoStory by: Michael Gannon & Jon Hotchkiss
Teleplay by: Jack Burditt
December 6, 2001 (2001-12-06)1AFP11
7"Play-Action Fake Boyfriend"Gail MancusoStory by: Debora Cahn
Teleplay by: Gail Lerner
December 20, 2001 (2001-12-20)1AFP10
8"Eve's Date with Schwartz's Destiny"Gil JungerJeff Lowell & Marc SedakaDecember 27, 2001 (2001-12-27)1AFP12
9"Kissing Cousin"Gil JungerStephen Leff & Jim PattersonJanuary 3, 2002 (2002-01-03)1AFP08
10"It's All in the Footwork"Gil JungerJim PattersonUnaired1AFP02
11"Service, Schwartz?"Gail MancusoStephen LeffUnaired1AFP03
12"Bless Me Father, for I Have Fired You"Gil JungerStephen EngelUnaired1AFP04
13"He Ain't Funny, He's My Brother"Gail MancusoStephen EngelUnaired1AFP06


The series followed Friends, which was in its 8th and highest-rated season. Inside Schwartz debuted with 22.5 million viewers. Of the 9 episodes to air, 5 followed new episodes of Friends. But despite having an average household rating of 9.8 and being ranked 16th among all programs in the ratings, Inside Schwartz was cancelled as network executives believed that the valuable time slot could get higher ratings.[1]

The time slot was filled with a new series, Leap of Faith, which aired for six episodes, and finally NBC simply aired repeat episodes of Friends which had higher ratings than either Inside Schwartz or Leap of Faith.

See also


  1. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present.

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