The Bad News Bears the TV Series

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I loved the Bad News Bears as a kid, I watched every film over and over again, so when The Bad News Bears came to TV, needless to say, I was all over the show. In the short lived series, Jack Warden portrayed former minor-leaguer Morris Buttermaker, the coach of the Bears. Catherine Hicks played principal Dr. Emily Rappant. Phillip Richard Allen played Roy Turner, the coach of the dreaded rival Lions. Look for early career performances by Corey Feldman, Billy Jayne and Meeno Peluce, who were cast amongst the team’s players. Tricia Cast, who would go onto The Young and the Restless fame, played the Bears’ star pitcher, Amanda Wurlitzer.

The show ran for two seasons and aired on CBS from March 24, 1979 until July 26, 1980. Only 23 episodes were made. Sadly none of those 23 episodes are currently available on DVD that I could find and while they had some re-runs of the series back in he 1990s, the only place I have been able to find it since than is on YouTube. Luckily their are a bunch of episodes available there, including episode 1.

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