Shades of L.A.

Shades of L.A. is an American crime drama television series that aired from October 10, 1990 until April 6, 1991.

Shades of L.A.
GenreCrime drama
Created byWilliam Bleich
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Robert A. Papazian
James G Hirsch
Producer(s)Richard J O'Connor
William Bleich
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Papazian-Hirsch Entertainment
MCA Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseOctober 10, 1990 
April 6, 1991


An L.A. detective, while recovering from a gunshot wound, finds that he can see the spirits of the dead trapped in limbo until their missions on Earth are complete.[1]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Rest in Peace"Bob SweeneyWilliam BleichOctober 10, 1990 (1990-10-10)

A dead astronaut contacts Michael.

Guest stars: Ben Murphy, Greg Mullavey, John Dennis Johnston, Anthony Charnota, Conrad Bachmann, Szu-Ming Wang, Nicholas Shaffer, and Agustine Lam
2"The Wrong Man"Jack SheaBill TaubOctober 17, 1990 (1990-10-17)

A deceased thief feels guilty for sending a man to death row.

Guest stars: Ron Glass, Beverly Johnson, Michael Winslow, Bob Sweeney, Christopher Birt, E. Danny Murphy, Nicholas Phillips, Freddie Dawson, and Daniel Faraldo
3"Cooper's Coroner"Jim JohnstonJim BrecherOctober 24, 1990 (1990-10-24)

A baseball announcer framed a former rival for gambling and now wants to make peace with his adult son.

Guest stars: Chuck McCann, Garrison Hershberger, Zelda Rubinstein, James Parks, and Beverly Leech
4"Concrete Evidence"Nancy MaloneEd ScharlachOctober 31, 1990 (1990-10-31)

The ghost of a union leader wants Burton to locate his missing corpse.

Guest stars: Edward Winter, Conrad Janis, Frank Gorshin, and Kimberley Kates
5"Big Brother is Watching"Nancy MaloneBrenda Lilly, Renee Palyo and Bruce JacobsNovember 7, 1990 (1990-11-07)

A murdered ventriloquist returns to point out his killer.

Guest stars: David Naughton, Terri Garber, Donny Most, Preston Maybank, Holly Wilkinson, and Susan Ware
6"Pointers from Paz"David JacksonJerry Stahl and Bruce CerviNovember 14, 1990 (1990-11-14)

A dead detective wants help with finding the cop who framed him for corruption.

Guest stars: Carmen Argenziano, Carrie Snodgress, Sal Lopez, Peter Murzik, Kenneth Edwards, Gina Spellman, Dan Sturdivant, Kristopher Logan, Bill Dearth, and Lisa Marie Soble
7"Where There's No Will There's a Weigh In"Bob SweeneyRandy HollandNovember 21, 1990 (1990-11-21)

The nephew of a recently deceased woman wants to keep the money that was set aside to her financially strapped senior centre.

Guest stars: Janis Paige, Jeff Conaway, Mary Crosby, Ronnie Schell, Ray Walston, Juanita Moore, Dorothy Neumann, and Toni O'Grady
8"The Teacher from Hell"Judith VogelsongBruce Cervi, Tom Blomquist, Renee Palyo and Brenda LillyNovember 28, 1990 (1990-11-28)

Michael's old high school science teacher wants him to solve the murder case of a reporter.

Guest stars: Ray Stricklyn, Leigh J. McCloskey, Lonny Chapman, Marily Hassett, Jim Antonio, Will Nye, Mark Fauser, and Michael Blakely
9"Some Like It Cold"Bob SweeneyRenee Palyo and Brenda LillyDecember 5, 1990 (1990-12-05)

A dead lawyer falls in love with Michael.

Guest stars: Lee Purcell, Clarence Williams III, Jeff East, Alma Beltran, Susan Ware, Betty Lynn, Barry Kinyon, and Gustavo Rex
10"Dreams"Steve BeersN/aDecember 12, 1990 (1990-12-12)


Guest stars: Marilyn Jones and Allyce Beasley
11"Dead Dogs Tell No Tales"Jerry JamesonBruce CerviJanuary 8, 1991 (1991-01-08)

Michael helps a dog that was accidentally killed in a bank robbery.

Guest stars: Geoffrey Lewis, Casey Biggs, Allyce Beasley, Vincent Schiavelli, Marvin Kaplan and H. Ray Huff
12"Send Up the Clowns"Dennis DonnellyEd ScharlachJanuary 15, 1991 (1991-01-15)

Michael investigates the murder of two clowns.

Guest stars: Gregory Sierra, Melody Rogers, Lisa Rinna, Miguel Fernandes, Susan Tyrell, Chip Reynolds, Scott Land, Dick Monday, and April Tatro
13"Last Laugh"Kevin CreminWilliam BleichJanuary 22, 1991 (1991-01-22)


Guest stars: Stephen Furst, Cassie Yates, John McCann, Coleby Lombardo, Gary Lazer, Debi A. Monahan, Joseph Della Sorta, and Roger Rook
14"Burial Ground"Sutton RoleyJohn Lansing and Bruce CerviJanuary 29, 1991 (1991-01-29)

Michael helps a Nevada cop stop a robbery.

Guest stars: Stephen Nichols, Robert Beltran, Dana Hill, Michael J. Pollard, and L.Q. Jones
15"Cross the Center Line"Jim JohnstonTom BlomquistFebruary 5, 1991 (1991-02-05)

Michael is haunted by two biker ghosts from the 1950s.

Guest stars: Chris Nash, Lycia Naff, Michael McGuire, Ritch Brinkley, William Smith, and Vonte Sweet
16"Til Death Do Us Part"Chris PechinBrenda Lilly and Renee PalyoFebruary 9, 1991 (1991-02-09)


Guest stars: Chad Everett, Elaine Joyce, Richard Narita, Michael Cole, Daniel Greene, Devon Ericson, and Dean Butler
17"Ten Little Thespians"Chuck BowmanWilliam BleichFebruary 16, 1991 (1991-02-16)

Michael attends a murder mystery weekend and encounters a novelist who was really killed at the house.

Guest stars: Crystal Carson, Fern Fitzgerald, Clive Revill, Dee Dee Rescher, Henry Woronicz, Kenny Johnson, and Beverly Leech
18"The Really Big Sleep"Richard L. O'ConnorBruce RushFebruary 23, 1991 (1991-02-23)

A private detective killed 50 years ago wants Michael's help with finding his killer.

Guest stars: Don Stroud, Mary Fanaro, Stephen Elliott, Michael Anderson Jr., Joan Leslie, Susan Ware, Robert Broyles, Ted Mehous, and Wiley Pickett
19"Line of Fire (1)"Jim JohnstonN/aMarch 30, 1991 (1991-03-30)

The widow of Michael's former partner is stalked by a TV evangelist.

Guest stars: Sam J. Jones, Tawny Kitaen, Brian Bonsall, Michael Parks, Michael Boatman, James Nixon, Duke Moosekian, Vahan Moosekian, Ava Dupress, and Kathleen Bonsall
20"Line of Fire (2)"Jim JohnstonTBAApril 6, 1991 (1991-04-06)

B.J.'s ghost helps Michael save Linda from Scarborough.

Guest stars: Sam J. Jones, Tawny Kitaen, Michael Boatman, Duke Moosekian. Vahan Moosekian, Ava Dupress, and Kathleen Bonsall

See also



  1. "Shades of L.A. Cast and Details". TV Guide. New York City: NTVB Media. Retrieved February 17, 2013.
  2. Alegretti 2004, p. 254.
  3. Terrace 2011, p. 953.


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