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Glitter main title screen
Created by
Theme music composerLalo Schifrin
ComposersLalo Schifrin
David Kurtz
Ben Lanzarone
Dennis McCarthy
Peter T. Meyers
Duane Tatro
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes14 (8 unaired)
Executive producers
Production locationsLos Angeles, California, United States
Running time60 minutes
Production companyAaron Spelling Productions
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 13 (1984-09-13) –
December 25, 1984 (1984-12-25)

Glitter is an American drama television series broadcast by the ABC network from September 13 to December 25, 1984.

The series was produced by Aaron Spelling and was set behind the scenes of a top entertainment magazine titled Glitter, and attempted to combine the urgency of journalism and business politics with the glamorous lifestyles of the rich and famous featured in the pages of the magazine. The leading cast members were David Birney, Morgan Brittany, Christopher Mayer, Dianne Kay, and Arthur Hill.

The format of the series was similar to two other popular ABC shows, which were also produced by Aaron Spelling; The Love Boat and Hotel, in that each week it featured high-profile guest appearances from famous celebrities, including Ginger Rogers and Cyd Charisse. Unlike the other shows, Glitter was not a ratings success. It was scheduled on Thursday nights against Simon & Simon, Cheers, and Night Court, which were all among the top-20 most-watched programs at that time. The first three episodes aired in September 1984, and then the show was taken off the air (though was still in production) until December 1984, when three more episodes were shown. Ratings did not improve and the series was cancelled. The remaining eight episodes were shown during December 1985 as part of ABC's late-night line-up.

Despite its lack of success in the US, Glitter was sold internationally. It was shown in the UK on BBC1 in the summer of 1985 (though not all episodes were shown).



Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date PC
"Pilot"Jackie CooperNancy Sackett & Art Baer & Ben JoelsonSeptember 13, 1984 (1984-09-13)N/A
Two-hour pilot
2"Trouble in Paradise"Robert ScheererRick MittlemanSeptember 20, 1984 (1984-09-20)005
3"In Tennis, Love Means Nothing"Gabrielle BeaumontSari BensonSeptember 27, 1984 (1984-09-27)004
4"On Your Toes"Alan RafkinDuane Poole & Tom SwaleDecember 11, 1984 (1984-12-11)001
5"A Minor Miracle"Curtis HarringtonDuane Poole & Tom SwaleDecember 18, 1984 (1984-12-18)009
6"Illusions"Bruce BilsonAnne CollinsDecember 25, 1984 (1984-12-25)012
7"The Tribute"Alan RafkinLan O'KunUnaired003
8"The Covergirl"Allen ReisnerDel ReismanUnaired007
9"Nightfall"Bob SweeneyDuane Poole & Tom SwaleUnaired013
10"The Matriarch"John PattersonStory by : Larry Forrester
Teleplay by : Jeff Stuart
11"Fathers and Children"Gabrielle BeaumontStory by : Gary Kott & Rudolph Borchert
Teleplay by : Rudolph Borchert & Tom Sawyer
12"Rock 'n Roll Heaven"Kim FriedmanDonald RossUnaired002
13"The Runaway"Russ MayberryRobert Van ScoykUnaired008
14"Suddenly Innocent"Richard A. WellsRudolph BorchertUnaired006