Throb

Throb is an American sitcom that aired in syndication from September 6, 1986 to May 21, 1988. The series, created by Fredi Towbin, was produced by Procter & Gamble Productions in association with Taft Entertainment Television, and was distributed by Worldvision Enterprises. The series' rights are currently held by CBS Television Distribution.

Throb
Title card
GenreSitcom
Created byFredi Towbin
StarringDiana Canova
Jonathan Prince
Maryedith Burrell
Jane Leeves
Richard Cummings Jr.
Paul Walker (season 1)
Sean de Veritch (season 2)
Music byTena Clark
Opening theme"Throb" – performed by The Nylons
Ending theme"Throb" – performed by Diana Canova and The Nylons
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes48
Production
Executive producer(s)Fredi Towbin
Producer(s)Jason Shubb
Production company(s)Swany, Inc.
Procter & Gamble Productions
Taft Entertainment Television
DistributorWorldvision Enterprises
Release
Original networkSyndication
Original releaseSeptember 6, 1986 
May 21, 1988

Synopsis

The series revolved around thirty-something divorcee Sandy Beatty (Diana Canova), who gets a job at a small new wave record label, Throb. Beatty's boss is Zachary Armstrong (Jonathan Prince), who had a huge crush on Sandy. Beatty also has a 12-year-old son named Jeremy (played in the first season by Paul Walker and in season two by Sean de Veritch). Beatty's best friend was Meredith (Maryedith Burrell), a single teacher who lived in her building, and her co-workers included hip business manager Phil Gaines (Richard Cummings, Jr.), and British-born Prudence Anne Bartlett, who was nicknamed "Blue" (Jane Leeves).

During the second season, Sandy moved from her original apartment to the recently vacated penthouse in her building. She took in her co-worker Blue to help out with rent, but the differences between straitlaced, somewhat conservative Sandy and the free-spirited Blue became more pronounced as they both lived and worked together. However, they were still friends.

Casting

Notably, it was the first time much of the American TV audience saw Jane Leeves, who later gained fame as Daphne Moon on Frasier. Also notable is the casting of a young Paul Walker, who played Jeremy Beatty for the first season. Walker became a leading man in Hollywood some 15 years later, particularly after his breakthrough role in The Fast and the Furious.

The creation of the Zachary Armstrong character, and the casting of Jonathan Prince in the role, was inspired by the (then) current rising fame of Michael J. Fox. Prince bore a strong physical resemblance to Fox, and played Zachary with many similar characterizations as Fox's Family Ties character, Alex P. Keaton. Like Alex Keaton, Zachary was also a young, diminutive overachiever on the fast track who found himself attracted to women who were both older and taller than he, the main object of his affection being Sandy.

Cast

Episodes

Season One

Overall
No.
Season
No.
Title Director Writer Original airdate
11"Pilot"Linda DayFredi TowbinSeptember 20, 1986 (1986-09-20)
22"Our Song"Linda DayGeorge TibblesSeptember 27, 1986 (1986-09-27)
33"Getting to Know You"Phil RamunoMark Duvall & Jay Wolf (story), Lee H. Grant (teleplay)October 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
44"My Fair Punker Lady"Linda DaySandy Krinski (story), Hollis Rich (teleplay)October 11, 1986 (1986-10-11)
55"I Lost Him at the Movies"Linda DayHollis RichOctober 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
66"Something Extra"Michael LessacAndy Cowan & David S. WilligerOctober 25, 1986 (1986-10-25)
77"Bus of Dreams"Barnet KellmanMichael Lessac & Fredi TowbinNovember 1, 1986 (1986-11-01)
88"The Concert"Phil RumunoMichael ShortNovember 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
99"The Party"Phil RamunoAndy GoldbergNovember 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
1010"Tassles"Renny TempleFredi TowbinNovember 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
1111"Wedding Bell Blue"Tony SingletaryFredi TowbinDecember 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)
1212"Nothing Personal"Tony SingletaryRichard MarcusDecember 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)
1313"Confidence Game"Phil RamunoHollis RichJanuary 24, 1987 (1987-01-24)
1414"Brief Encounter"Phil RamunoHollis RichJanuary 31, 1987 (1987-01-31)
1515"Genius"Barnet KellmanJeffrey DuteilFebruary 7, 1987 (1987-02-07)
1616"An Oldie But Goodie"Barnet KellmanAnn Gibbs & Joel KimmelFebruary 14, 1986 (1986-02-14)
1717"High Anxiety"Nancy HeydornRichard MarcusFebruary 21, 1987 (1987-02-21)
1818"Death Be Not Weird"John BellHollis RichFebruary 28, 1987 (1987-02-28)
1919"Buffalo"Renny TempleFredi TowbinMarch 21, 1987 (1987-03-21)
2020"Party Games"Barnet KellmanBarry RubinowitzApril 25, 1987 (1987-04-25)
2121"Moonlighting"Phil RamunoJerry RannowMay 2, 1987 (1987-05-02)
2222"Two Flights Up"Phil RumanoRichard MarcusMay 9, 1987 (1987-05-09)
2323"Nashville, Almost"Phil RamunoDaniel Finneran (story), George Arthur Bloom & Fredi Towbin (teleplay)May 16, 1987 (1987-05-16)
2424"Rainy Day People"Steve ZuckermanJeffrey Duteil & Hollis EichMay 23, 1987 (1987-05-23)

Season Two

Overall
No.
Season
No.
Title Director Writer Original airdate
251"Moving In"Stan HarrisFredi TowbinSeptember 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
262"The Spa"Stan HarrisHollis RichSeptember 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
273"Torn Between Two Lovers"Gregory LehaneAndy GoldbergOctober 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
284"Future Shock"Phil RamunoFredi TowbinOctober 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
295"Good Vibrations"Phil RamunoLaurie NewboundOctober 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
306"Whose Coup Is It Anyway?"Gregory LehaneMichael GordonOctober 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
317"Last Night at the Fire Station (Part 1)"Phil RamunoMichael Gordon & Fredi TowbinOctober 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
328"Last Night at the Fire Station (Part 2)"Phil RamunoMichael Gordon & Fredi TowbinNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
339"Garden Party"Gregory LehaneDiana CanovaNovember 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
3410"Selling Out"Gregory LehaneKevin Hopps & Glenn LeopoldNovember 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
3511"The Golden Guys"Gregory LehaneHollis Rich & Fredi TowbinDecember 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
3612"One Christmas"Gregory LehaneHollis Rich & Fredi TowbinDecember 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)
3713"Mary Heartless"Joe RegalbutoDoug McIntyreJanuary 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)
3814"Men Without Lips"Marc GassJane Gould & Shelly LandauJanuary 30, 1988 (1988-01-30)
3915"Make a Joyful Noise"Gregory LehaneBill Barker & Julieta EnglandFebruary 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
4016"The Cable Show"Gregory LehaneHollis Rich & Fredi TowbinFebruary 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)
4117"Here Come the Amish"Phil RamunoMichael GordonFebruary 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)
4218"Only the Lonely"Joe RegalbutoLawrence H. LevyMarch 5, 1988 (1988-03-05)
4319"There's No Place Like Home"John J. DesmondLaurie NewboundMarch 12, 1988 (1988-03-12)
4420"Summer Job"Phil PamunoMichael Gordon & Fredi TowbinApril 23, 1988 (1988-04-23)
4521"Neil Returns"Gregory LehaneHollis RichApril 30, 1988 (1988-04-30)
4622"Jung Love"Marc GassMichael GordonMay 7, 1988 (1988-05-07)
4723"The Grammy"James WiddoesBarbara Herndon & Joe SaccoMay 14, 1988 (1988-05-14)
4824"She Can't Sing, Don't Ask Her"Gregory LehaneDiana Canova & Colleen DobsonMay 21, 1988 (1988-05-21)

Stations

City Station
Atlanta WXIA 11[1]
Bakersfield KERO 23
Bangor WABI 5[2]
Boston WLVI 56[3]
Chicago WMAQ 5[4]
Cleveland WUAB 43[5]
Columbus WSYX 6[6]
Des Moines KDSM 17[7]
Fargo KVRR 15[8]
Fresno KSEE 24[9]
Green Bay WXGZ 32[10]
Hamilton CHCH 11[11]
Harrisburg WHTM 27[12]
Hartford WTIC 61[13]
Houston KTXH 20[14]
Huntington WSAZ 3[15]
Miami WCIX 6[16][17]
Milwaukee WTMJ 4[18]
Minneapolis KMSP 9[19]
New York WNBC 4[20]
Oakland KTVU 2[21]
Oklahoma City KOCO 5[22]
Peoria WEEK 25[23]
Philadelphia WTXF 29[24][25][26]
Pittsburgh WPGH 53[27]
Red Deer CKRD 6[28]
Reliance KPLO 15[29]
Sacramento KSCH 58[30]
Salinas KSBW 8
Seattle KING 5[31]
Spokane KXLY 4[32]
Springfield WRSP 55[33]
Syracuse WTVH 5[34]
Thief River Falls KBRR 10
Toledo WUPW 36[35]
Washington, D.C. WDCA 20[36][37]
WRC 4

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