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Associates, The

1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 0 (USA)
13 x 30 minute episodes

Three young law school graduates have just joined the prestigious New York law firm of Bass and Marshall as associates, beginning their five-to-seven-year trial period.

Daughter of a poor New York family, Leslie Dunn (Alley Mills), had recently graduated from Columbia and felt for the oppressed. Bass and Marshall, however, did not usually represent the oppressed.


Tucker Kerwin (Martin Short) was a Midwesterner slightly out of step with his Ivy League Colleagues, a little nerdy and naive but very charming.

Boston blueblood Sara James (Shelley Smith) was tall, blonde, sexy, bright and very confident.

She was usually the target of the overtly testosterone-laden laden 21-year-old mailroom boy named Johnny Danko (Tim Thomerson).

They were all at the mercy of a hierarchy including oddballs such as formidable but slightly dotty and forgetful senior partner Emerson Marshall (Wilfrid Hyde-White) and obnoxious but dedicated junior partner Eliot Streeter (Joe Regalbuto), who had only one goal – to take over the firm.

The ABC series came from the makers of Taxi and debuted on 23 September 1979. Critics loved it, but it was a colossal flop with viewers.

Emerson Marshall
Wilfrid Hyde-White
Tucker Kerwin
Martin Short
Leslie Dunn
Alley Mills
Eliot Streeter
Joe Regalbuto
Sara James
Shelley Smith
Johnny Danko
Tim Thomerson