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The Education of Max Bickford
The Education of Max Bickford cast
Created by
Written by
  • David Black
  • Linda Burstyn
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes22
Executive producers
  • Keith Addis
  • Joe Cacaci
  • Rod Holcomb
  • Dawn Prestwich
  • Nicole Yorkin
Production locations
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Original networkCBS
Picture format720p (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 23, 2001 (2001-09-23) –
June 2, 2002 (2002-06-02)

The Education of Max Bickford is an American drama television series that aired Sundays at 8:00 pm (EST) on CBS from September 23, 2001, to June 2, 2002, during the 2001–02 television season. After a strong initial launch, the show's audience 'dropped sharply afterward' despite its prime time slot following 60 Minutes.[1] Within a month, two of its three executive producers were removed and reports claimed the show was being 'overhauled', though CBS denied this, preferring the term 'creative adjustments'.[2] In May 2002, Touched by an Angel was returned to its Sunday 8:00 pm slot, bumping the second-to-last episode of The Education of Max Bickford to Monday.[3] In June 2002, the final episode aired and the show was not renewed.


The series starred Richard Dreyfuss as the title character, a college professor of American Studies at Chadwick College, an all-women's school in Massachusetts. Also starring was child actor, Eric Ian Goldberg, who portrayed the young Lester Bickford, Max's son. Max's colleagues included Marcia Gay Harden as Andrea Haskell, his former student (and lover) who had recently joined the faculty, and Helen Shaver as his best friend, Erica, previously known as Steve before her transition. Max's daughter, Nell, played by Katee Sackhoff, attended the college.





No.TitleDirected by [4]Written by [4]Original air dateProd.
code [4]
1"Pilot"Rod HolcombDawn Prestwich & Nicole YorkinSeptember 23, 2001 (2001-09-23)1AFB79
2"Herding Cats"Rod HolcombDawn Prestwich & Nicole YorkinSeptember 30, 2001 (2001-09-30)1AFB01
3"Who Is Breckenridge Long?"David LongJan OxenbergOctober 14, 2001 (2001-10-14)1AFB02
4"Hearts and Minds"Rod HolcombRob ThomasOctober 21, 2001 (2001-10-21)1AFB03
5"In the Details"Rod HolcombDawn Prestwich & Nicole YorkinOctober 28, 2001 (2001-10-28)1AFB04
6"Do It Yourself"David JonesTom GarrigusNovember 11, 2001 (2001-11-11)1AFB05
7"Revisionism"David PlattSharon Lee WatsonNovember 18, 2001 (2001-11-18)1AFB08
8"A Very Great Man"Martha MitchellDianne HoustonDecember 2, 2001 (2001-12-02)1AFB06
9"It's Not the Wrapping, It's the Candy"Elodie KeeneAnya EpsteinDecember 9, 2001 (2001-12-09)1AFB07
10"The Good, the Bad, and the Lawyers"Rob HolcombJan OxenbergJanuary 6, 2002 (2002-01-06)1AFB10
11"Save the Country"Don ScardinoDavid YorkinJanuary 13, 2002 (2002-01-13)1AFB09
12"The Cost of Living"David JonesTom GarrigusJanuary 20, 2002 (2002-01-20)1AFB11
13"I Never Schlunged My Father"Michael SchultzJoe CacaciJanuary 27, 2002 (2002-01-27)1AFB12
14"Money Changes Everything"Martha MitchellRichard DresserFebruary 24, 2002 (2002-02-24)1AFB13
15"Genesis"Don ScardinoDavid BlackMarch 3, 2002 (2002-03-03)1AFB14
16"An Open Book"Matthew PennStory by : Grace McKeaney & Kate Milliken
Teleplay by : Grace McKeaney
March 10, 2002 (2002-03-10)1AFB15
17"Past, Present, Future"David JonesTom GarrigusMarch 17, 2002 (2002-03-17)1AFB16
18"Murder of the First"Rob HolcombDavid YorkinMarch 31, 2002 (2002-03-31)1AFB17
19"The Bad Girl"David PlattLinda BurstynApril 14, 2002 (2002-04-14)1AFB18
20"The Egg and I"Michael FieldsStory by : Kate Milliken
Story & Teleplay by : Grace McKeaney
April 21, 2002 (2002-04-21)1AFB19
21"One More Time"Don ScardinoJoe CacaciMay 12, 2002 (2002-05-12)1AFB21
22"The Pursuit of Happiness"David PlattStory by : David Black & Lorin Dreyfuss
Teleplay by : David Black & Lorin Dreyfuss & Richard Dresser & Tom Garrigus & Joe Cacaci
June 2, 2002 (2002-06-02)1AFB20


  1. ^ "'Max Bickford' Struggles To Earn Television Tenure". New York Times.
  2. ^ "The Re-Education of Max Bickford". People Magazine.
  3. ^ "Bartcop Entertainment 3 May 2002". Bartcop Entertainment (originally reported by Yahoo News).
  4. ^ a b c From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search [search: "Education of Max Bickford"]". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2017-11-10.