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The Closer (1998 TV series)

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5.3/10 TV

Country of origin  United States
No. of seasons  1
Network  CBS
6.9/10 IMDb

Composer(s)  Ed Alton
Original language(s)  English
Director  Andrew D. Weyman
Final episode date  4 May 1998
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Created by  Ed DecterJohn J. Strauss
Starring  Tom SelleckDavid KrumholtzHedy BurressEdward AsnerSuzy NakamuraPenelope Ann Miller
Program creators  Ed Decter, John J. Strauss
Cast  Tom Selleck, Ed Asner, David Krumholtz, Penelope Ann Miller, Hedy Burress
Similar  Good Company (TV series), The Brian Benben Show, The Nanny

The Closer is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS for 10 episodes in 1998. The show starred Tom Selleck as a successful advertising agency executive.


Tom Selleck as Jack McLaren on The Closer. | Tom selleck, Selleck, Actors


Jack McLaren (Tom Selleck), a successful advertising executive, starts his own agency. The business, the employees in the agency, and his personal life provide the story lines. The characters include a creative director, Carl Dobson (Ed Asner), an accountant, Erica Hewitt (Penelope Ann Miller), and a bored secretary, Beverly (Suzy Nakamura); McLaren's estranged and eventually divorced wife, Claire McLaren (Joanna Kerns), and daughter Alex (Hedy Burress). In the "Baby It's Cold Outside" episode, an old flame, actress Victoria (Bernadette Peters), visits and she and Jack start to rekindle their romance. Victoria and Jack sing and dance in a fantasy musical sequence. (The music and lyrics of the song from that episode were nominated for an Emmy Award.)


  • Tom Selleck as Jack McLaren
  • Hedy Burress as Alex McLaren
  • Edward Asner as Carl "Dobbs" Dobson
  • David Krumholtz as Bruno Verma
  • Suzy Nakamura as Beverly Andolini
  • Penelope Ann Miller as Erica Hewitt
  • Crew

  • Director—Andrew D. Weyman
  • Writers

  • Tom Burkhard
  • Howard Busgang
  • Ed Decter
  • David Kidd
  • Laura Perkins-Brittain
  • Ron Burch
  • Producers

  • Howard Busgang
  • Ed Decter
  • Penny Segal
  • Tom Selleck
  • John J. Strauss
  • Craig Wyrick-Solari
  • Episode list and special guests

  • February 23, 1998—Pilot
  • Joanna Kerns, Michael McKean
  • March 2, 1998—Morality Bites
  • Michael McKean
  • March 9, 1998—Dobbs Takes A Holiday
  • Gregory Jbara
  • March 16, 1998—The Closure
  • Joanna Kerns
  • March 28, 1998—The Rebound
  • Christine Tucci
  • April 6, 1998—Baby, It's Cold Outside
  • Bernadette Peters, Michael Feinstein
  • April 13, 1998—Honor Thy Jack
  • April 20, 1998—Deep Game
  • April 27, 1998—The Hand That Rocks the Office
  • Christine Tucci
  • May 4, 1998—My Best Friend's Funeral
  • Joanna Kerns, and Gregory Itzin

    Awards and nominations

  • Emmy Award — Outstanding Music and Lyrics (for the song "You Don't Know Jack") (nominated)
  • References

    The Closer (1998 TV series) Wikipedia