Swans Crossing

Swans Crossing is an American teen drama series that aired for thirteen weeks in syndication from June 29 to September 25, 1992.

Swans Crossing
GenreTeen drama
Created byNed Kandel
Mardee Kravit
Written bySteven Phillip Smith
Penina Spiegel
Chris Steinbach
Andrew Stoll
Directed byNoel Black
Robert Scinto
Joshua White
StarringSarah Michelle Gellar
Shane McDermott
Brittany Daniel
Mira Sorvino
Theme music composerDick Winzeller
Composer(s)Robby Merkin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes65
Executive producer(s)Ned Kandel
Mardee Kravit
Producer(s)Joe Hoebel
Running time24 min
Production company(s)Heliosphere Productions
Newlifier Limited
DistributorSachs Film Distribution
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseJune 29 (1992-06-29) 
September 25, 1992 (1992-09-25)


The series chronicles the lives of a group of wealthy teenagers living in the seaside town of Swans Crossing. Sydney Rutledge (Sarah Michelle Gellar) was the daughter of the town's mayor, Margaret "Muffy" Rutledge. They lived right next door to the mayor's political rival, Grant Booth, and his family. Sydney had a close but secret friendship with Grant's son, Garrett (Shane McDermott), but the parents found out and built a literal wall between them and their houses. The couple broke up but still stayed in the same social groups, generating a bitter struggle between them as the season progressed.

Other major characters in Swans Crossing were J.T. Adams (Tom Carroll) and Neil Atwater (Eddie Robinson), best friends and scientific geniuses; Bobby "Saja" De Castro (Alex Tanaka); Saja's sister Sophia Eva McCormick Decastro (Mira Sorvino), Sandy Swan (Kristen Mahon) and Owen Fowler (Evan Ferrante), the talented musicians; Jimmy Clayton (Devin Doherty) and Callie Walker (Stacey Moseley), the auto mechanics; Glory Booth (Carisa Dahlbo), Garrett's younger sister and J.T.'s love interest; Nancy Robbins (Kristy Barbera), Sydney's best friend; and Mila Rosnovsky (Brittany Daniel), Garrett's new girlfriend and the daughter of a countess who is an old friend of the Mayor's.

Spies, first loves, phony birth certificates, and the preservation of endangered species, fueled the plots. One major storyline that never got resolved was Garrett blackmailing Sydney with the fact that he could prove she was swapped at birth with Sandy Swan (the birth certificate was phony). After making peace with Callie and Jimmy, they offered to help Sydney find the evidence to help her disprove it. The 65 episode run ended unsuspectingly with a (to be continued) sign, which it never was; leaving a lot of questions unanswered and a lot of viewers confused and disappointed.


The series, which was created by Ned Kandel and Mardee Kravit, was taped at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Queens, home of Sesame Street and The Cosby Show.


In July 2015, executive producer Ned Kandel announced on the show's Facebook fan listing, that the series would be available for streaming soon. On December 4, 2015, both ShoutFactoryTV and Hulu made available for streaming all 65 episodes of the series. As of September 2016, Hulu has removed the series from its streaming library though it is still available on ShoutFactoryTV. The show is also available on the app Tubi.


A Swans Crossing series of action figures and a Rock Concert Playset were produced.

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1993Young Artist AwardsNominatedBest Young Actress in an Off-Primetime SeriesSarah Michelle Gellar
Brittany Daniel
Best Young Actress in a New Television SeriesSarah Michelle Gellar
Best Young Actor in an Off-Primetime SeriesEddie Robinson
Shane McDermott
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