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Created byAaron Spelling
Developed byJohn Furia Jr.
Barry Oringer
StarringAnne Baxter
James Brolin
Connie Sellecca
Shea Farrell
Nathan Cook
Michael Spound
Heidi Bohay
Shari Belafonte
Music byHenry Mancini
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes114 (list of episodes)
Running time48–49 minutes
Production companyAaron Spelling Productions
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 21, 1983 (1983-09-21) –
May 5, 1988 (1988-05-05)

Hotel is an American primetime soap opera series which aired on ABC from September 21, 1983, to May 5, 1988, in the timeslot following Dynasty.

Based on Arthur Hailey's 1965 novel of the same name (which had also inspired a 1967 feature film), the series was produced by Aaron Spelling and set in the elegant and fictitious St. Gregory Hotel in San Francisco (changed from the New Orleans setting of the novel and film). Establishing shots of the hotel were filmed in front of the Fairmont San Francisco atop the Nob Hill neighborhood. Episodes followed the activities of passing guests, as well as the personal and professional lives of the hotel staff.

The distribution rights to the series were originally owned by Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution, until 2006 when CBS Paramount Network Television bought the television libraries and properties of Spelling Entertainment Inc. from Paramount Pictures Domestic Distribution and Viacom Enterprises.[citation needed]


Rich aristocrat Victoria Cabot (Anne Baxter) runs the St. Gregory Hotel, assisted by general manager Peter McDermott (James Brolin) and his staff. McDermott and assistant general manager Christine Francis (Connie Sellecca) became romantically involved. Halfway through the series Cabot died, leaving McDermott her share of the St. Gregory Hotel. When McDermott inherited half of the St. Gregory, he ran the hotel and promoted Francis to general manager.

Other staff members included: the guest relations director Mark Danning (Shea Farrell); ex-conman now head of hotel security, Billy Griffin (Nathan Cook); reception manager Julie Gillette (Shari Belafonte); young couple Dave and Megan Kendall (real life spouses Michael Spound and Heidi Bohay), a bellhop and a desk clerk, respectively; and Harry the bartender (Harry George Phillips). Characters Eric Lloyd (Ty Miller); Cheryl Dolan (Valerie Landsburg) and Ryan Thomas (Susan Walters) were added to the cast during its final season.

Cast members Brolin, Sellecca, Belafonte and Cook appeared in every episode of the series. In later years, Efrem Zimbalist Jr., made numerous guest appearances as an opponent of Victoria Cabot and Peter McDermott who plants his daughter, played by Michelle Phillips, in the hotel staff as the concierge.

Bette Davis appeared in the pilot episode as hotel owner Laura Trent, and publicity for the series indicated that Davis was to be a regular on the program. However, the onset of ill health forced Davis to withdraw from the series and Anne Baxter, who had played her nemesis in the 1950 film All About Eve, was brought in as Victoria Cabot, Mrs. Trent's sister-in-law. When Davis' health improved it was intended to bring her back; however, with Baxter on board fulfilling the series matriarchal role it was decided to make Davis' character an offscreen character, who though mentioned, was never seen. Coincidentally, Davis would outlive Baxter by four years and the series itself by over a year.[1]

Similar to Spelling's other ABC show, The Love Boat, episodes of Hotel relied heavily on the appearance of recognizable guest stars. However, unlike The Love Boat's comedic story lines, Hotel generally broached more serious and controversial subject matter, such as abortion, infidelity, rape, suicide, AIDS, homophobia, spousal abuse and child molestation.

Guest stars


Pilot (1983)

TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
"Hotel"Jerry LondonJohn Furia, Jr. & Barry OringerSeptember 21, 1983 (1983-09-21)

A hooker (Morgan Fairchild) is beaten and raped by four rich kids, of which the ringleader's father (Lloyd Bochner) is a rich and imperious father. A young singer (Erin Moran) is given her big chance by Mel Tormé. A suffering, sensitive divorcee (Pernell Roberts) helps a woman (Shirley Jones) give her philandering husband a taste of his own medicine. The King of Portugal (Alejandro Rey) checks into the hotel for a rest and leaves with a former hash-slinger (Stephanie Faracy). A man (Jack Gilford) dies of a heart attack during an affair. An overbearing couple (Bill Macy and Lainie Kazan) also checks in.

Guest stars: Lloyd Bochner as Bradford Sievers, Morgan Fairchild as Carol, Stephanie Faracy as Judy Gillette, Jack Gilford as Max, Shirley Jones as Claire Langley, Lainie Kazan as Fay Wells, Bill Macy as Herman Wells, Erin Moran as Karen Donnelly, Alejandro Rey as King Fernando, Pernell Roberts as Charles Stanton, and Mel Tormé as himself.

Season 1 (1983–84)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"Blackout"Robert ScheererBill & Jo LaMondSeptember 28, 1983 (1983-09-28)001

Laura Trent's sister-in-law, the hotel administrator, is visited by an old flame, Christine receives threatening letters from a would-be suitor, and a pregnant woman runs out on her fiance.

Guest stars: Stewart Granger as Tony Fielding, Richard Hatch as Don Walden, and Tracy Nelson as Isabel Darby.
22"Choices"Richard KinonAndrew LaskosOctober 5, 1983 (1983-10-05)004

A beauty contestant (Heather Locklear) decides if she should compromise her morals in an effort to influence a contest judge, and Billy is reunited with a professional thief who has designs on both Julie and the hotel vault.

Guest stars: Robert Hooks as Frank 'Squire' Vance, Heather Locklear as Miranda Hardwick, Peter Marshall as Garrett Rhodes, and Connie Stevens as Barbara Hardwick.
33"Charades"Jerome CourtlandGeoffrey FischerOctober 19, 1983 (1983-10-19)002

The staff is on pins and needles when a visiting politician is marked for assassination, and a troubled woman wanders the halls trying to pick up tricks as a prostitute.

Guest stars: Peggy Cass as Sheila, Ron Ely as Evan Paige, Nanette Fabray as Harriet Gold, Hermione Gingold as Felicity, Christopher Norris as Patricia St. Claire, Dick Van Patten as Herbert Pitts, and Robert Vaughn as an assassin.
44"Secrets"Bruce BilsonJames FritzhandOctober 26, 1983 (1983-10-26)003

A college student (Leigh McCloskey) hired as a babysitter is accused of molesting his charge, but the victim (Carrie Wells) points the finger of guilt at an unlikely party. A buddy of Peter (Dack Rambo), a priest on sabbatical, is introduced to the joys of the flesh and must make up his mind about his vocation.

Guest stars: Leigh McCloskey as Hank Miller, Michelle Phillips as Gerry Howland, Dack Rambo as Chad Lawrence, Robert Reed as Phil Jamison, Leigh Taylor-Young as Carole Jamison, and Carrie Wells as Amy Jamison.
55"Relative Loss"Richard KinonE. Jack KaplanNovember 2, 1983 (1983-11-02)006

An affair with a young newswoman could destroy a candidate's (Paul Burke) presidential ambitions. Meanwhile, Mrs. Cabot's niece plots to get Christine fired so she can assume that post with the hotel.

Guest stars: Paul Burke as Senator Tom Andrews, Hope Lange as Gwen Andrews, Donna Pescow as Gloria Beck, Lynn Redgrave as Carly Knight, Vic Tayback as Wallace Egan, and Charlene Tilton as Holly Lane.
66"Flashback"Bruce BilsonGeoffrey Fischer & John Furia, Jr. & Barry OringerNovember 9, 1983 (1983-11-09)005

Peter's ex-wife (Cathy Lee Crosby) makes an unexpected appearance, and Christine and Mark arrange for a romance for a depressed guest (Diana Canova).

Guest stars: Diana Canova as Nancy Domenico, Cathy Lee Crosby as Janet Weaver McDermott, Ken Kercheval as Leo Cooney, John McIntire as Donald Blackwell, and Jeanette Nolan as Edith Krause.
77"Confrontations"Harry HarrisJames FritzhandNovember 16, 1983 (1983-11-16)008

A convention of racial supremacists, who try to practice their policy at the St. Gregory, communicating with a street mime proves helpful for a mute young woman (Dawn Jeffory).

Guest stars: Scatman Crothers as Garland Fisk, Abby Dalton as Helen Scofield, Dawn Jeffory as Andrea Scofield, Martin Landau as Russell Slocum, Maidie Norman as Carrie Garland, and Parker Stevenson as Michael.
88"Faith, Hope & Charity"Alf KjellinThom ThomasNovember 23, 1983 (1983-11-23)007

A visiting family is embarrassed when one member (Scott Baio) faces charges of shoplifting, and an unexpected twist mars the long-awaited reunion of two college friends (Carol Lynley and Barbara Parkins).

Guest stars: Scott Baio as Nick Tomasino, Michael Constantine as Mr. Tomasino, Elaine Joyce as Ms. Gleason, Carol Lynley as Zane Elliott, Barbara Parkins as Eileen Weston, Don Porter as Jonathan Corry, and DeAnna Robbins as Donna Corry.
99"Deceptions"Curtis HarringtonJohn Furia, Jr. & Barry OringerNovember 30, 1983 (1983-11-30)010

Hillary (Pat Klous) is shattered when a vacation romance at Puerto Vallarta turns into sexual blackmail, Mrs. Cabot meddles in the life of a lonely widower, and Billy discovers a street urchin living off the fruits of the St. Gregory.

Guest stars: John Davidson as Michael Robson, Elinor Donahue as Louise, James Houghton as Rob, Pat Klous (credited as Patricia Klous) as Hillary Lindamont, Jeremy Licht as Cat Locatelli, and Jean Simmons as Milly Toland.
1010"The Offer"Don ChaffeyRoss Teel & Geoffrey FischerDecember 7, 1983 (1983-12-07)009

Peter is courted by Mrs. Cabot's rival who threatens to take him from the hotel; an ambitious journalist goes after a rock singer; a couple (Margaret O'Brien and Donald O'Connor) returns to relive their wedding day at the St. Gregory with entertainer Liberace.

Guest stars: Albert Hague as Dr. Kazmir, Arte Johnson as Eddie, Dianne Kay as Jennifer Jane Powell, Lorenzo Lamas as Diz Wilder, Liberace as himself, Margaret O'Brien as Martha Connelly, Donald O'Connor as David Connelly, Eleanor Parker as Leslie DeVere, and Craig Stevens as Craig Chase.
1111"Christmas"Philip LeacockMaryanne Kasica & Michael ScheffDecember 21, 1983 (1983-12-21)012

A bus-boy forced into setting up a robbery masterminded by his brother, learns of an impending promotion and fears going through with the heist; Lisa (Tori Spelling), wishing for a baby brother, is fascinated by a robot on display at the hotel, and discovers that his "master" is divorced, as is her mother, and she schemes to unite them, and a $10 bill bearing a telephone number, which Peter needs in order to reach his special friend, returns to him after passing through numerous hands in the hotel.

Guest stars: Karen Grassle as Susan Walker, Martin Hewitt as Ray Follard, Robert Pine as Paul Manning, Tori Spelling as Lisa Walker, Iggie Wolfington as Nicholas Edmund, and Jane Wyatt as Agnes Simpson.
1212"Designs"Don ChaffeyJames FritzhandDecember 28, 1983 (1983-12-28)013

Peter falls victim to Cupid's arrow at a charity luncheon where he meets a wealthy socialite with a secret; Megan starts knitting booties, and Christine is drafted as a model in a fashion show.

Guest stars: Gary Collins as Cody Blake, Monte Markham as Daniel Brunell, Constance McCashin as Allison Brunell, and Cristina Raines as Diana Aikin.
1313"Reflections"Vincent McEveetyRobert E. SwansonJanuary 4, 1984 (1984-01-04)011

The daughter (Danielle Brisebois) of divorced parents (John McCook and Joanna Pettet) attempts to reconcile them, a financially troubled man (McLean Stevenson) tries to swindle the hotel, and two women compete for the attention of one man.

Guest stars: Danielle Brisebois as Darcy Chapman, Kay Lenz as Mary Morowsky, John McCook as Dr. Frank Chapman, Joanna Pettet as Lauren Chapman, McLean Stevenson as Harry Gilford, and Karen Woncemore as Monique Bennett.
1414"Tomorrows"Philip LeacockStory by : David P. Harmon & Geoffrey Fischer
Teleplay by : Geoffrey Fischer
January 11, 1984 (1984-01-11)014

Mrs. Cabot unites a prince (Jon-Erik Hexum) with a maid (Emma Samms), a law student (Timothy Patrick Murphy) discovers his mother (Adrienne Barbeau) has become dependent upon drugs.

Guest stars: Adrienne Barbeau as Barbara Harrington, Phil Coccioletti (credited as Philip Coccioletti) as Frank Rowland, Jon-Erik Hexum as Prince Erik, Anne Jeffreys as Mrs. Jenks, Timothy Patrick Murphy as Andy, Emma Samms as Kathleen Shaye, and Robert Sterling as Mr. Jenks.
1515"Passages"Jerome CourtlandStory by : Bill & Jo LaMond and Mann Rubin
Teleplay by : Bill & Jo LaMond
January 18, 1984 (1984-01-18)015

A bar mitzvah celebration at the hotel nearly turns to tragedy when the father of the boy spies a concentration camp survivor who was responsible for the death of thousands of Jews and wants to take vngeance into his own hands. A wealthy industrialist sends his trusted aide to retrieve his willful daughter at tie St. Gregory, but surprisingly the encounter turns romantic.

Guest stars: José Ferrer as Alex Huff, Pamela Hensley as Brooke Whitfield, Ken Howard as Bill Tillery, and Barnard Hughes as Joe Freilich.
1616"Mistaken Identities"Philip LeacockStory by : Mann Rubin & James Fritzhand
Teleplay by : James Fritzhand
February 1, 1984 (1984-02-01)018

A teenager faces a test of manhood that unexpectedly backfires; two bickering hotel employees discover they are secret pen pals.

Guest stars: Phyllis Davis as Claire Thompson, Steve Kanaly as Ed Kerwin, Lance Kerwin as Ron Kerwin, Tom Smothers as Sam, and Carlene Watkins as Karen Halveston.
1717"The Wedding"Vincent McEveetyAndrew LaskosFebruary 22, 1984 (1984-02-22)019

The families of a couple (Mary Crosby and Boyd Gaines) about to be wed could be destroyed by a woman's (Patty McCormack) dark secret; the bride's parents (Dina Merrill and Robert Stack) face an emotional trial; financial ruin threatens the father of the groom (Steve Forrest).

Guest stars: Mary Crosby as Maggie Blackwood, Steve Forrest as Gil Strider, Boyd Gaines as Jeff Strider, Patty McCormack (credited as Patricia McCormack) as Paula, Dina Merrill as Eleanor Blackwood, Vera Miles as Teresa Clayborne, and Robert Stack as Lewis Blackwood.
1818"Memories"Kim FriedmanBill & Jo LaMondFebruary 29, 1984 (1984-02-29)017

Christine falls in love with an amnesiac (Roy Thinnes) involved in murder and robbery; two couples (Katherine Cannon and Rod McCary, Larry Wilcox and Cassie Yates) try to conceive a baby for the childless pair.

Guest stars: Katherine Cannon as Dana Peterson, Rod McCary as Skip Peterson, Roy Thinnes as John White, Larry Wilcox as Brad Koburg, and Cassie Yates as Jennifer Koburg.
1919"Encores"Curtis HarringtonThom ThomasMarch 7, 1984 (1984-03-07)016

Peter learns he is the father of a 4-year-old child; a former singer (Engelbert Humperdinck) with a drug dependency makes a comeback at the St. Gregory; Julie discovers she has a secret admirer.

Guest stars: Marilyn Hassett as Joanne Maxwell, Bo Hopkins as Walt Solanski, Engelbert Humperdinck as Danny Maxwell, Steven Keats as Bix Coleman, and Jan Smithers as Lacey Grant.
2020"Prisms"Corey BechmanStory by : Robert E. Swanson & David P. Harmon
Teleplay by : Robert E. Swanson
March 14, 1984 (1984-03-14)020

The daughter (Morgan Brittany) of a jewel thief (Louis Jourdan) embroils Peter in a robbery scheme; a man (Don Galloway) and wife (Markie Post) reunite after his mental breakdown; an actress (Eva Gabor) stages a comeback after 20 years.

Guest stars: Morgan Brittany as Marila Collins, Bradford Dillman as Paul Stanton, Eva Gabor as Anna Bronti, Don Galloway as Ron Bowman, Louis Jourdan as Adam Vidocq, and Markie Post as Jill Stanton.
2121"Trials"Bruce BilsonGeoffrey FischerMay 2, 1984 (1984-05-02)021

Mrs. Cabot and Peter are held at gunpoint in the penthouse; Mark agrees to help a flashdancer-interior designer (Lydia Cornell) with an elaborate ruse to impress her minister-father (Lew Ayres).

Guest stars: Lew Ayers as Nelson O'Neil, Lonny Chapman as Edgar Ellsworth, Lydia Cornell as Doris O'Neil, Gary Frank as Luther, and Shelley Winters as Adele Ellsworth.
2222"Lifelines"Joseph B. WallensteinStory by : Gerald K. Siegel
Teleplay by : James Fritzhand
May 9, 1984 (1984-05-09)022

A former Queen of racy films (Sally Kellerman) who is now a successful business executive is threatened with extortion by a man from her past (Mitchell Ryan); a young unwed mother (Melissa Sue Anderson) struggles to give her child up for adoption.

Guest stars: Denise Alexander as Gail McLain, Melissa Sue Anderson as Cassie Ray, Howard Duff as Byron Comstock, Sally Kellerman as Lauren Webb, Mitchell Ryan as Steve Cutler, and Ted Shackelford as Tom Webb.

Season 2 (1984–85)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
231"Intimate Strangers"Vincent McEveetyStory by : James Fritzhand
Teleplay by : Bill & Jo LaMond
September 26, 1984 (1984-09-26)028
242"Flesh and Blood"Bruce BilsonGeoffrey FischerOctober 10, 1984 (1984-10-10)024
253"Fantasies"Bruce BilsonStory by : Allison Hock
Teleplay by : James Fritzhand & Sheila R. Allen
October 17, 1984 (1984-10-17)023
264"Resolutions"Charles S. DubinAndrew LaskosOctober 24, 1984 (1984-10-24)[2]027
275"Obsessions"Vincent McEveetyRobert E. SwansonOctober 31, 1984 (1984-10-31)[3]030
286"Detours"Jerome CourtlandJames FritzhandNovember 7, 1984 (1984-11-07)[4]029
297"Transitions"Bill LaMondThom ThomasNovember 14, 1984 (1984-11-14)033
308"Outsiders"Kim FriedmanJames FritzhandNovember 21, 1984 (1984-11-21)026
319"Illusions"Georg Stanford BrownBill & Jo LaMondNovember 28, 1984 (1984-11-28)[5]025
3210"Vantage Point"Kevin HooksGeoffrey FischerDecember 5, 1984 (1984-12-05)034
3311"Ideals"Robert ScheererAndrew LaskosDecember 12, 1984 (1984-12-12)036
3412"Final Chapters"Joseph B. WallensteinAlan MandelDecember 19, 1984 (1984-12-19)040
3513"Fallen Idols"Bruce BilsonAlan LandsbergJanuary 2, 1985 (1985-01-02)032
3614"Promises"James BrolinAlan MandelJanuary 9, 1985 (1985-01-09)031
3715"Love and Honor"Burt BrinckerhoffStory by : Gary Kott
Teleplay by : Andrew Laskos
January 16, 1985 (1985-01-16)038
3816"New Beginnings"Richard WellsMaranne Kasica & Michael ScheffJanuary 23, 1985 (1985-01-23)042
3917"Crossroads"Bill LaMondStory by : James Fritzhand
Teleplay by : Bill & Jo LaMond
January 30, 1985 (1985-01-30)039
4018"Lost and Found"Jerome CourtlandKimmer RingwaldFebruary 13, 1985 (1985-02-13)[6]037
4119"Anniversary"Charles S. DubinAndrew LaskosFebruary 20, 1985 (1985-02-20)045
4220"Distortions"Kim FriedmanStory by : Jerry Kaufmann & Jerry Sedley
Teleplay by : James Fritzhand
February 27, 1985 (1985-02-27)044
4321"Sleeping Dogs"Gabrielle BeaumontVincent Virom CoppolaMarch 6, 1985 (1985-03-06)041
4422"Bystanders"James BrolinStory by : Maxine Herman
Teleplay by : Tom Sawyer
March 13, 1985 (1985-03-13)043
4523"Identities"Jerome CourtlandGreg StrangisMarch 20, 1985 (1985-03-20)046
4624"Wins and Losses"Kevin ConnorGeoffrey FischerMarch 27, 1985 (1985-03-27)[7]047
4725"Images"Kim FriedmanThom ThomasApril 3, 1985 (1985-04-03)035
4826"Passports"Jerome CourtlandMichael MarksApril 10, 1985 (1985-04-10)[8]049
4927"Hearts and Minds"Bill LaMondJames FritzhandMay 8, 1985 (1985-05-08)[9]050
5028"Skeletons"Charles S. DubinKimmer RingwaldMay 15, 1985 (1985-05-15)048

Season 3 (1985–86)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
511"Missing Pieces"Gabrielle BeaumontStory by : Carol Saraceno & Michael Marks
Teleplay by : Michael Marks
September 25, 1985 (1985-09-25)052
522"Rallying City"Bruce BilsonJames FritzhandOctober 2, 1985 (1985-10-02)053
533"Imperfect Union"Charles S. DubinGeoffrey FischerOctober 9, 1985 (1985-10-09)054
544"Second Offense"Charles S. DubinMitch ParadiseOctober 16, 1985 (1985-10-16)[10]058
555"Pathways"Burt BrinckerhoffJames FritzhandOctober 30, 1985 (1985-10-30)[11]055
566"Saving Grace"Jerome CourtlandStory by : Donna Pekkonen & Andrew Laskos
Teleplay by : Andrew Laskos
December 4, 1985 (1985-12-04)057
577"Echoes"James BrolinStory by : Mark D. Kaufmann
Teleplay by : Robert E. Swanson
December 11, 1985 (1985-12-11)059
588"Celebrations"Richard ComptonAndrew LaskosDecember 18, 1985 (1985-12-18)056
599"Cry Wolf"Nancy MaloneJames FritzhandDecember 25, 1985 (1985-12-25)060
6010"Shadows of Doubt: Part 1"Bruce BilsonStory by : Michael Marks & Barry Pollack
Teleplay by : Michael Marks
January 8, 1986 (1986-01-08)061
6111"Shadows of Doubt: Part 2"Bruce BilsonStory by : Michael Marks & Barry Pollack
Teleplay by : Michael Marks
January 15, 1986 (1986-01-15)062
6212"Scapegoats"Jerome CourtlandJames FritzhandJanuary 22, 1986 (1986-01-22)069
6313"Recriminations"Nancy MaloneStory by : Arlene Stadd
Teleplay by : Arlene Stadd & Mitch Paradise
January 29, 1986 (1986-01-29)067
6414"Child's Play"Gabrielle BeaumontMitch ParadiseFebruary 5, 1986 (1986-02-05)065
6515"Facades"Bruce BilsonRobert E. SwansonFebruary 12, 1986 (1986-02-12)051
6616"Lovelines"Alan CookeMichael MarksFebruary 19, 1986 (1986-02-19)068
6717"Heroes"Jerome CourtlandSteven SmithFebruary 26, 1986 (1986-02-26)071
6818"Harassed"Mike RobeStory by : Bruce Shelly
Teleplay by : Michael Marks & Bruce Shelly
March 5, 1986 (1986-03-05)064
6919"Triangles"James BrolinMatt GellerMarch 12, 1986 (1986-03-12)070
7020"Hidden Talents"James BrolinChris ManheimMarch 19, 1986 (1986-03-19)066
7121"Hearts Divided"Gabrielle BeaumontAndrew LaskosApril 2, 1986 (1986-04-02)063
7222"Changes of Heart"James BrolinMitch ParadiseApril 9, 1986 (1986-04-09)072
7323"Promises to Keep"Nancy MaloneJames FritzhandApril 30, 1986 (1986-04-30)073
7424"Separations"Bruce BilsonAndrew LaskosMay 14, 1986 (1986-05-14)074
7525"Horizons"Nancy MaloneStory by : Geoffrey Fischer & Michael Marks
Teleplay by : Geoffrey Fischer
May 21, 1986 (1986-05-21)075

Season 4 (1986–87)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
761"Opening Moves"Nancy MaloneAndrew LaskosOctober 1, 1986 (1986-10-01)077
772"Queen's Gambit"Richard KinonJ. P. BrownOctober 22, 1986 (1986-10-22)078
783"Enemies Within"Bruce BilsonJames FritzhandOctober 29, 1986 (1986-10-29)079
794"Double Jeopardy"Alan CookeStory by : Garn Stephens & Emilie R. Small
Teleplay by : J. P. Brown & Garn Stephens & Emilie R. Small
November 5, 1986 (1986-11-05)080
805"Hornet's Nest"James L. ConwayJames FritzhandNovember 12, 1986 (1986-11-12)081
816"Undercurrents"Bruce BilsonDuane Poole & Tom SwaleNovember 19, 1986 (1986-11-19)082
827"Forsaking All Others"Alan CookeAndrew LaskosNovember 26, 1986 (1986-11-26)083
838"Pressure Points"Nancy MaloneSandra Kay SiegelDecember 3, 1986 (1986-12-03)084
849"Restless Nights"James BrolinDuane Poole & Tom SwaleDecember 10, 1986 (1986-12-10)TBA
8510"Shadow Play"Bruce BilsonSteven SmithDecember 17, 1986 (1986-12-17)085
8611"Pitfalls"Roy Campanella IIMitch ParadiseJanuary 7, 1987 (1987-01-07)086
8712"Discoveries"Jerome CourtlandStory by : Gary Rigdon
Teleplay by : Duane Poole & Tom Swale
January 14, 1987 (1987-01-14)087
8813"Fast Forward"Alan CookeKimmer RingwaldJanuary 21, 1987 (1987-01-21)088
8914"Controlling Interests"James BrolinJ.P. BrownJanuary 28, 1987 (1987-01-28)089
9015"Unfinished Business"James L. ConwayDoris SilvertonFebruary 4, 1987 (1987-02-04)090
9116"Fatal Attraction"Jerome CourtlandJames Fritzhand & Henry ColmanFebruary 11, 1987 (1987-02-11)091
9217"Class of '72"Vincent McEveetyDuane Poole & Tom SwaleMarch 4, 1987 (1987-03-04)092
9318"Barriers"Roy Campanella IIWilliam SchmidtMarch 11, 1987 (1987-03-11)094
9419"Glass People"James BrolinAndrew LaskosMarch 18, 1987 (1987-03-18)093
9520"Second Thoughts"Vincent McEveetySandra Kay SiegelMay 20, 1987 (1987-05-20)095
9621"Past Tense"Nancy MaloneJames FritzhandMay 27, 1987 (1987-05-27)096-097
9722"All the King's Horses"James L. ConwayDuane Poole & Tom Swale

Season 5 (1987–88)

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TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
981"Hail and Farewell"Harry FalkDuane Poole & Tom SwaleOctober 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)099
992"Mixed Emotions"Robert ScheererSandra Kay SiegelOctober 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)107
1003"Reservations"Oz ScottGary RigdonOctober 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)103
1014"And Baby Makes Two"Harry FalkDuane Poole & Tom SwaleOctober 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)104
1025"Born to Run"Bruce BilsonJean ClarkeNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)100
1036"Desperate Moves"Harry FalkErica BryneNovember 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)101
1047"Revelations"Nancy MaloneSandra Kay SiegelNovember 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)105
1058"Dark Horses"Bruce BilsonStory by : Michelle Poteet Lisanti
Teleplay by : Jean Clarke & Michelle Poteet Lisanti
November 28, 1987 (1987-11-28)106
1069"Fallen Angels"Nancy MaloneBruce Shelly & Reed ShellyDecember 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)TBA
10710"Prized Possessions"Bruce BilsonDuane Poole & Tom SwaleDecember 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)108
10811"Comfort and Joy"Bruce BilsonDuane Poole & Tom SwaleDecember 19, 1987 (1987-12-19)110
10912"Double Take"James BrolinPaul Monette & Alfred SoleJanuary 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)102
11013"Till Death Do Us Part"Gwen ArnerPaul Monette & Alfred SoleJanuary 9, 1988 (1988-01-09)111
11114"Power Play"Harry FalkStory by : Rena Down
Teleplay by : Paul & Sharon Boorstin
March 10, 1988 (1988-03-10)109
11215"Contest of Wills"Nancy MaloneDuane Poole & Tom SwaleMarch 17, 1988 (1988-03-17)112
11316"Grand Designs: Part 1"Richard KinonJean ClarkeApril 28, 1988 (1988-04-28)113
11417"Aftershocks: Part 2"Nancy MaloneStory by : Joel J. Feigenbaum
Teleplay by : Joel J. Feigenbaum & Jean Clarke & Duane Poole & Tom Swale
May 5, 1988 (1988-05-05)114


The theme music used for the opening titles was composed by Henry Mancini, who composed famous songs such as "Moon River", "Charade" and "Days of Wine and Roses".

Home media

On July 21, 2009, Paramount Home Entertainment and CBS DVD released Season 1 of Arthur Hailey's Hotel on DVD in Region 1.[12] The episodes are uncut, with most of them clocking in at over 48 minutes, and some coming in at just a shade under that.

On October 20, 2015, Visual Entertainment released Hotel – The Complete Collection on DVD in Region 1 for the first time in a 29-disc box set.[13]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The First Season 22 July 21, 2009

On December 6, 2016, VEI re-released the complete series in a condensed, 20-disc edition. The discs were all compiled in a single, jumbo DVD case (the original complete series edition was released with each individual season contained in five individual DVD cases). The box claims the discs to be Region 1 protected but Seasons 1, 2 and 3 are actually region-free.


In 2003, Aaron Spelling tried to remake the show, twenty years after the original's premiere. The pilot, which starred Michael Jai White and Christina Vidal, was shot for UPN, which passed on the show.[citation needed]


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  13. ^ Street Date, Pricing are Revealed for 'The Complete Collection' DVDs! Archived September 4, 2015, at the Wayback Machine