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Created by  Steve Tesich
Country of origin  United States
First episode date  29 November 1980
Number of episodes  8
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Genre  Comedy/Drama
Composer(s)  Lance Rubin
Original language(s)  English
Final episode date  10 January 1981
Number of seasons  1
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Starring  Shaun Cassidy Jackie Earle Haley Barbara Barrie
Network  American Broadcasting Company
Cast  Shaun Cassidy, Jackie Earle Haley, Barbara Barrie, Thom Bray, Vincent Gardenia
Similar  Hooperman, Moonlighting, Doogie Howser - MD, Eight Is Enough, Tattingers

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Breaking Away is a 1980 American comedy-drama television series that was based on the 1979 film of the same name. It was created by Steve Tesich, who wrote the original film, and the film's director Peter Yates served as Executive Producer.

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As a prequel, the series was set during the year prior to the events of the film. Shaun Cassidy took over the role of Dave Stohler (played by Dennis Christopher in the film), a young man mad about bicycle racing and all things Italian. Barbara Barrie, Jackie Earle Haley and John Ashton reprised their roles from the film. The television series was set in Bloomington, Indiana, but was actually shot in Athens, Georgia.

The show was caught up in the 1980 Screen Actors Guild Strike and did not begin production until that fall. While heavily promoted by ABC, it was overlooked by TV audiences once it got on the air and suffered low ratings. It was cancelled after eight episodes were filmed, though only seven episodes aired during its original run. ABC showed reruns of the show during the summer of 1981, and it was also rerun by the Arts & Entertainment cable channel during 1985–1987.

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Cast

  • Shaun Cassidy as Dave Stohler
  • Tom Wiggin as Mike
  • Thom Bray as Cyril
  • Jackie Earle Haley as Moocher
  • Barbara Barrie as Evelyn Stohler, Dave's mother
  • Vincent Gardenia as Raymond Stohler, Dave's father
  • Recurring
  • Dominique Dunne as Paulina Bornstein (episodes 2, 5, 6, & 8)
  • Shelby Brammer as Nancy (episodes 1, 4, 5)
  • Steve Doubet as Steve (episodes 2, 4)
  • John Ashton as Roy, Mike's brother
  • References

    Breaking Away (TV series) Wikipedia


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