TV 101
Title screen
Created byKarl Schaefer
Directed byScott Brazil
Eric Laneuville
Sam Pillsbury
Beth Hillshafer
Ben Bolt
Jan Eliasberg
Bruce Seth Green
Win Phelps
John Heath
Sam Weisman
StarringSam Robards
Brynn Thayer
Leon Russom
Andrew Cassese
Stacey Dash
Matt LeBlanc
ComposersTodd Rundgren
Stacy Widelitz
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17 (4 unaired)
Executive producersScott Brazil
Karl Schaefer
ProducersMichael Cassutt
James C. Hart
CinematographyPaul Goldsmith
EditorsAugie Hess
Noel Rogers
M. Edward Salier
Running time60 minutes
Production companyGTG Entertainment
Original release
ReleaseNovember 29, 1988 (1988-11-29) –
March 25, 1989 (1989-03-25)

TV 101 is an American drama television series that aired on CBS from November 29, 1988 until March 25, 1989.[1] The series stars Sam Robards, Brynn Thayer, Leon Russom and Andrew Cassese. Other notable cast members include Stacey Dash, Teri Polo, Alex Désert and Matt LeBlanc. The music for this show was created and produced by Todd Rundgren.


Recently divorced Kevin Keegan (Robards) is a photojournalist who quits his job and returns to alma mater, Roosevelt High School, to teach journalism. He then teaches his class how to produce a television news program instead of a traditional school newspaper.


The series was scheduled opposite ABC's top 10 hits Who's the Boss? and Roseanne, and NBC's top 20 hit, Matlock. After airing only 13 episodes of the 17 that were produced, TV 101 was canceled due to low ratings and a controversy that erupted when one of the show's characters became pregnant and decided to have an abortion.


Actor Role
Sam Robards Kevin Keegan
Brynn Thayer Emilie Walker
Leon Russom Principal Edward Steadman
Andrew Cassese Sherman Fischer
Stacey Dash Monique
Matt LeBlanc Chuck Bender
Alex Désert Holden Hines
Teri Polo Amanda Hampton
Stewart Goddard Marty Voight
Monique Salcido Angela Hernandez
Mary B. Ward Penny Lipton
Andrew White Vance Checker
Matt Dearborn Skip the Janitor


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateU.S. viewers
1"Rolling"Sam WeismanKarl SchaeferNovember 29, 1988 (1988-11-29)9.9[2]7.2/11[2]
2"Everything You've Always Wanted to Know About Teenagers a.k.a. But Were Afraid to Ask"Beth HillshaferKarl SchaeferDecember 6, 1988 (1988-12-06)8.4[3]6.0/9[3]
3"The Unbearable Rightness of Penny"Eric LaneuvilleMichael CassuttDecember 13, 1988 (1988-12-13)9.2[4]6.6/10[4]
4"Home"Eric LaneuvilleDavid RothenbergDecember 20, 1988 (1988-12-20)7.6[5]5.5/9[5]
5"On the Road"Beth HillshaferMatt DearbornJanuary 4, 1989 (1989-01-04)10.4[6]7.1/11[6]
6"Kangaroo Gate"Ben BoltJohn Eisendrath & Kathryn PrattJanuary 11, 1989 (1989-01-11)8.5[7]6.2/10[7]
7"The Last Temptation of Checker: Part 1"Dan LernerMichael CassuttJanuary 18, 1989 (1989-01-18)7.2[8]5.3/8[8]
8"The Last Temptation of Checker: Part 2"Jan EliasbergMichael CassuttJanuary 25, 1989 (1989-01-25)9.1[9]6.5/10[9]
9"Clicks"Beth HillshaferMatt DearbornFebruary 1, 1989 (1989-02-01)9.4[10]6.7/10[10]
10"First Love: Part 1"Win PhelpsStory by : Pamela Douglas & Karen Croner
Teleplay by : Pamela Douglas & Racelle Friedman & Michael Cassutt
February 25, 1989 (1989-02-25)10.2[11]6.8/12[11]
11"First Love: Part 2"Sam PillsburyStory by : Pamela Douglas & Karen Croner
Teleplay by : Pamela Douglas & Racelle Friedman & Michael Cassutt
March 4, 1989 (1989-03-04)9.7[12]6.1/10[12]
12"First Love: Part 3"Bruce Seth GreenStory by : Karen Croner & Pamela Douglas
Teleplay by : Karen Croner
March 11, 1989 (1989-03-11)7.4[13]5.1/9[13]
13"Keegan's Past"Scott BrazilJohn Eisendrath & Kathryn PrattMarch 25, 1989 (1989-03-25)7.4[14]4.5/8[14]
14"Teacher of the Year"TBDMatt DearbornUnaired (Unaired)N/AN/A
15"Modern, Steamy Romance"TBDRacelle FriedmanUnaired (Unaired)N/AN/A
16"Bang, Zoom: Part 1"TBDKarl SchaeferUnaired (Unaired)N/AN/A
17"Bang, Zoom: Part 2"TBDMichael CassuttUnaired (Unaired)N/AN/A


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