EZ Streets
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Created byPaul Haggis
StarringKen Olin
Joe Pantoliano
Jason Gedrick
Sarah Trigger
Richard Portnow
ComposerMark Isham
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (1 unaired)
Executive producerPaul Haggis
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesPaul Haggis Productions
Universal Television
DistributorNBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Original releaseOctober 27, 1996 (1996-10-27) –
April 2, 1997 (1997-04-02)

EZ Streets is an American crime drama television series created by Paul Haggis. It premiered on CBS on October 27, 1996, with a two-hour pilot television film and ended on April 2, 1997. The series stars Ken Olin, Joe Pantoliano, and Jason Gedrick.


The series is set in a decaying American city located near the Canada–US border, and deals with the interconnected lives of the city's criminals, politicians, and police officers. The primary characters were three different men from various backgrounds trying to survive in the nameless bombed-out inner city.

Cameron Quinn was a police detective who had just joined the intelligence division to clear his name after being categorized as a "dirty cop" after his partner was killed in a drug sting gone wrong. Quinn then worked undercover for Captain Geary by infiltrating the local criminal underworld. Quinn's prime target (and the thug who murdered his partner) was Jimmy Murtha, an extremely violent hoodlum who was determined to rise in the ranks of the local Mob. Murtha was often helped by his sexy, but unscrupulous attorney, Theresa Connors. She was adept at using every legal loophole and ploy to keep Murtha out of jail. Murtha's primary competition was the mobster who ran the businesses in the other half of the city, Michael "Fivers" Dugan.

It appeared that everyone in the city counsel, even the proud mayor Christian Davidson, were under the thumb of Fivers Dugan. Mayor Davidson was doing business with Dugan to try to re-build the decaying and crime-ridden community for political contributions. Murtha, despite his ruthless nature and frequent evil dealings, had one positive goal: to save his neighborhood from being overrun with drugs, crime and local teen gangs.

Danny Rooney was a mutual childhood friend of Murtha who had just gotten released from prison after serving three years for taking the rap in an armed robbery that one of Murtha's thugs committed. Despite his desire to go straight, Rooney was forced to go to work for Murtha in performing various illegal jobs. Rooney hoped that the dirty money he earned would help him get back together with his estranged, drug-addicted wife Elli, and their young daughter Janie.


Reception and cancellation

After its first episode in its regular timeslot on Wednesday, October 30, 1996, it was put on hiatus with CBS president Leslie Moonves promising that the show would be "relaunched" at a later date. The series was relaunched that spring from March 1, 1997, to April 2, 1997, but failed to garner a substantial audience. CBS canceled EZ Streets in April 1997 due to low ratings.[1] The last episode, "Neither Have I Wings to Fly", never aired on CBS, although it was broadcast once in Canada. Critics criticized Moonves for not reairing the pilot and first series episode before the relaunch.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"Paul HaggisPaul HaggisOctober 27, 1996 (1996-10-27)
2"Every Picture Tells a Story"Ken OlinStory by : Paul Haggis & David Black
Teleplay by : Paul Haggis
October 30, 1996 (1996-10-30)
3"A Terrible Beauty"George BloomfieldPaul Haggis & Robert MorescoMarch 3, 1997 (1997-03-03)
4"St. Jude Took a Bullet"James QuinnStory by : Paul Haggis & David Black
Teleplay by : Paul Haggis
March 5, 1997 (1997-03-05)
5"Every Dog Has Its Day"Donna DeitchStory by : Paul Haggis & David Black
Teleplay by : Paul Haggis
March 12, 1997 (1997-03-12)
6"One Acquainted with the Night"Antina W. AddisonPaul Haggis & Robert MorescoMarch 19, 1997 (1997-03-19)
7"On the Left Side of the Angel"Peter MarklePaul Haggis & Patrick HarbinsonMarch 26, 1997 (1997-03-26)
8"A Ceremony of Innocence"Michael FieldsPaul Haggis & Mark SaraceniApril 2, 1997 (1997-04-02)
9"Neither Have I Wings to Fly"Randall ZiskStory by : Paul Haggis & Kimberly Hill
Teleplay by : Kimberly Hill & Jeff King


In 2006, repeats of the series began airing on the new U.S. cable channel, Sleuth. All episodes, including the one not shown on CBS, were aired.

Home media

On May 23, 2006, Universal Studios released the 2-hour pilot episode and the episodes "Every Dog Has Its Day" and "One Acquainted with the Night" on a single DVD as part of its Brilliant But Cancelled series.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1997 Casting Society of America's Artios Award Best Casting for TV, Dramatic Pilot Nan Dutton and Jane Alderman Won
Online Film & Television Association Award[2] Best New Drama Series Won
Best New Theme Song in a Series Mark Isham Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Won
Television Critics Association Award Program of the Year Won
Outstanding Achievement in Drama Nominated
Individual Achievement in Drama Joe Pantoliano Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series Nominated
Jason Gedrick Nominated
Founder's Award Paul Haggis Won
1998 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Courtney Jacquin Nominated


  1. ^ Lowry, Brian (1997-04-07). "CBS Cancels 'EZ Streets' Series After Ratings Continue to Slide". articles.latimes.com. Retrieved 29 January 2011.
  2. ^ "1996-97: The Season of The Shining". Online Film & Television Association. Archived from the original on 3 March 2016. Retrieved 2 November 2013.