Home Television Drama Breaking Away

Breaking Away

1 9 8 0 – 1 9 8 1 (USA)
8 x 60 minute episodes

Sunny-natured Dave Stoller (Shaun Cassidy) – sometimes known to his race buddies as Dr Jekyll and Mr Ravioli – has two passions: bicycle racing and all thing Neapolitan. Combinations of the two, such as Italian bikes or biking Italians, are best of all.


His buddies are Mike (Tom Wiggin), the athletic one; Cyril (Thom Bray), the wry one; and Moocher (Jackie Earle Haley), the practical one who gets physical when anyone calls him “shorty”.

As the four high school grads decide what to do with their lives, only two things are certain: they will stick together, and they will frequently collide with the guys on Fraternity Row in this Midwestern college town.

Dave’s parents (Vincent Gardenia and Barbara Barrie) look on with a mixture of love, concern, exasperation and the devout hope that an adaptation of an Oscar-winning movie will also pay off as an ABC tv series.

Alas, only eight episodes were produced before the show was axed.

Dave Stoller
Shaun Cassidy
Jackie Earle Haley
Tom Wiggin
Thom Bray
Evelyn Stoller
Barbara Barrie
Ray Stoller
Vincent Gardenia
Shelby Brammer