Glitter (TV series)

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Glitter main title screen
StarringDavid Birney
Morgan Brittany
Melinda Culea
Arthur Hill
Tracy Nelson
Timothy Patrick Murphy
Christopher Mayer
Dianne Kaye
Arte Johnson
Barbara Sharma
Theme music composerLalo Schifrin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes14
Executive producer(s)Aaron Spelling
Douglas S. Cramer
Production location(s)Los Angeles, California, United States
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Aaron Spelling Productions
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 13, 1984 (1984-09-13) –
December 27, 1985 (1985-12-27)

Glitter is an American television drama series broadcast by the ABC network during the 1984-1985 season.

The series was produced by Aaron Spelling and was set behind the scenes of a top entertainment magazine titled "Glitter" and attempted to combine the urgency of journalism and business politics with the glamorous lifestyles of the rich and famous featured in the pages of the magazine. The leading cast members were David Birney, Morgan Brittany and Arthur Hill.

The format of the series was similar to two other popular ABC shows which were also produced by Aaron Spelling; The Love Boat and Hotel, in that each week it featured high-profile guest appearances from famous celebrities, including Ginger Rogers and Cyd Charisse. Unlike the other shows, Glitter was not a ratings success. It was scheduled on Thursday nights against Simon & Simon, Cheers and Night Court which were all among the Top 20 most-watched programs at that time. The first three episodes aired in September 1984, and then the show was taken off the air (though was still in production) until December 1984 when three more episodes were shown. Ratings did not improve and the series was cancelled. The remaining eight episodes were shown during December 1985 as part of ABC's late-night line-up.

Despite its lack of success in the US, Glitter was sold internationally. It was shown in the UK on BBC1 in the summer of 1985 (though not all episodes were shown).


Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date PC
1"Glitter"Jackie CooperArt Baer,
Ben Joelson,
Nancy Sackett
September 13, 1984 (1984-09-13)N/A
Two-hour pilot.
2"Trouble in Paradise"Robert ScheererRick MittlemanSeptember 20, 1984 (1984-09-20)005
3"In Tennis, Love Means Nothing"Gabrielle BeaumontSusan SilverSeptember 27, 1984 (1984-09-27)004
4"On Your Toes"Alan RafkinDuane Poole,
Tom Swale
December 11, 1984 (1984-12-11)001
5"A Minor Miracle"Curtis HarringtonDuane Poole,
Tom Swale
December 18, 1984 (1984-12-18)009
6"Illusions"Bruce BilsonAnne CollinsDecember 25, 1984 (1984-12-25)012
7"The Tribute"Alan RafkinTBADecember 13, 1985 (1985-12-13)003
8"The Covergirl"
"Death in the Fast Lane"
Allen ReisnerTBADecember 17, 1985 (1985-12-17)007
9"Nightfall"Bob SweeneyTBADecember 18, 1985 (1985-12-18)013
10"The Matriarch"John PattersonTBADecember 19, 1985 (1985-12-19)011
11"Fathers and Children"Gabrielle BeaumontTBADecember 20, 1985 (1985-12-20)010
12"Rock 'n Roll Heaven"Kim FriedmanTBADecember 25, 1985 (1985-12-25)002
13"The Runaway"Russ MayberryTBADecember 26, 1985 (1985-12-26)008
14"Suddenly Innocent"Richard A. WellsTBADecember 27, 1985 (1985-12-27)006

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