Created by Lydia Woodward
Final episode date 3 November 2001
Program creator Lydia Woodward
Composer(s) Marty Davich
|Written by Patty LinWill SchefferP.K. SimondsKaryn UsherJohn WellsLydia Woodward|
Directed by Christopher ChulackLesli Linka GlatterCharles HaidDwight Little
Starring James CromwellEmbeth DavidtzJane AdamsJacinda BarrettArye GrossScotty LeavenworthMatt McCoy
Cast Embeth Davidtz, Jacinda Barrett, James Cromwell, Jane Adams, Matt McCoy
Cromwell starred as Elliot Baines, a former three-term U.S. Senator who loses a re-election for the senate and goes back home to Seattle to re-establish his relationships with his three grown daughters Ellen (Embeth Davidtz), Reeva (Jane Adams), and Dori (Jacinda Barrett).
Scheduled on Saturdays following Touched by an Angel., the series ranked #90 (the lowest rank for a regularly scheduled series on one of the Big Four networks), and averaged 8.2 million viewers. Due to the low ratings, CBS canceled the series in October 2001 after six of the nine episodes produced were aired.
Criticism & Acclaim
PopMatters: Citizen Baines showed genuine signs of bucking the CBS feel-good Saturday night orthodoxy, by assuming the complex task of creating family-friendly entertainment without soaking in sentiment the raw textures of domestic life. In theory, there's no reason at all why the elimination of "adult" elements (explicit sex, strong language, violent storylines) should limit the emotional and intellectual range of a TV drama and the sophisticated satisfactions it might offer its audiences. But Citizen Baines symbolizes the lack of imagination driving so much of prime-time, whether drama or sitcom, cable or network. With honorable exceptions, like the underrated Third Watch, TV life between 8 and 11pm is either R-rated racy or Disney-utopian, where, no matter the problem, no more than 50 minutes will solve it. And always, always, check your intelligence at the door.
USA Today's Robert Bianco gave it a negative one and a half star review and stated "After all, the only interesting thing about Elliott Baines is his job as a U.S. senator — and he loses that at the end of Saturday's premiere. Don't worry: I'm not revealing anything that the "citizen" in the title didn't already tell you."