Monday, November 7, 2011

Margaret Colin, Hector Elizondo & Michael Lembeck in Foley Square (1985)

Obscurity factor: 10

Before Murphy Brown became a big hit for Diane English she produced this quirky sitcom about an assistant DA in New York City. Alex Harrigan (Colin) is a dedicated professional who has some issues with her love life (sound familiar, Murphy Brown fans?). She works for DA Jessie Steinberg (Elizondo) who is a task master and she's having an on-again, off-again affair with her neighbor, school teacher Peter Newman (Lembeck). The series was short lived (14 episodes) and was paired with another series about a strong female in the work force - Mary, which was written up earlier on the blog. Neither series performed as expected and both were cancelled in their first year. They were programmed against the ΓΌber popular Touched by an Angel.

The series has never made it to DVD and only the opening credits can be found on YouTube, buried in a compilation of opening credits from other shows from the same year. They're above, uploaded by bobtwcatlanta.

Obscurity factor: 10 (not well remembered, hard to find, not on DVD)


  1. Actually I loved Foley Square a lot and was sorry that it was cancelled. Somewhere in my digitized files is an episode which featured Margaret Colin having to take a deposition from an Al Pacino-like actor . The guy was totally hot and absolutely a star and as the end credits rolled I made note of his name: Andy Garcia. Two days later I was having lunch with an agent friend of mine and I asked him about him and he said: my agency reps him and after that episode he's being offered EVERYTHING. The show was well cast and perfomed like a hit - it just wasn't. Sad.

  2. That's a great anecdote. It's hard to tell what's going to make a show a hit. This one had so much to offer...