Civil Wars (TV series)

Civil Wars is an American legal drama that aired on ABC from November 20, 1991 to March 2, 1993. The series was created and executive produced by William M. Finkelstein and produced by Steven Bochco.[1]

Civil Wars
Created byWilliam M. Finkelstein
StarringMariel Hemingway
Peter Onorati
Debi Mazar
Alan Rosenberg
David Marciano
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes36
Executive producer(s)William M. Finkelstein
Steven Bochco
Co-executive producers
Charles H. Eglee
Mark Tinker
Channing Gibson
Producer(s)Michael M. Robin
Gregory Hoblit
Ted Mann
Steven DePaul
Running time44 minutes
Production company(s)Steven Bochco Productions
20th Century Fox Television (1991-1992)
20th Television (1992-1993)
Original networkABC
Original releaseNovember 20, 1991 –
March 2, 1993
Related showsL.A. Law


The series focused on the lives and cases of New York City divorce attorneys. In the series, two of New York City's top divorce lawyers, Charlie Howell (Peter Onorati) and Sydney Guilford (Mariel Hemingway), form a partnership despite barely knowing each other, following the mental breakdown of Guilford's stressed-out partner, Eli Levinson (Alan Rosenberg).[1] The show had a famously misanthropic opening credits sequence; in it, romantic photo albums were shown as the voice track played couples ripping into each other in court, as each of the show's principal attorneys interrogated them, one by one, on the stand.


Two of the characters lived on longer than the show itself. After Civil Wars was canceled, Eli Levinson (Rosenberg) and Denise Iannello (Mazar) were transplanted to the final season of L.A. Law, despite the fact that L.A. Law aired on NBC and Civil Wars aired on ABC.


Season 1 (1991–92)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"TBATBANovember 20, 1991
22"Daveja Vu All Over"TBATBANovember 27, 1991
33"The Pound and the Fury"TBATBADecember 4, 1991
44"A Long, Fat Frontal Presentation"TBATBADecember 11, 1991
55"Have Gun, Will Unravel"TBATBADecember 18, 1991
66"Honi Soit Qui Mal y Pense"TBATBAJanuary 8, 1992
77"Oceans White with Phone"TBATBAJanuary 15, 1992
88"For Better or Perverse"TBATBAJanuary 21, 1992
99"Pro Se Can You See"TBATBAJanuary 22, 1992
1010"Shop 'til You Drop"TBATBAJanuary 29, 1992
1111"His Honor's Offer"TBATBAFebruary 5, 1992
1212TBATBATBAFebruary 12, 1992
1313"Tape Fear"TBATBAMarch 17, 1992
1414"Chute First, Ask Questions Later"TBATBAMarch 24, 1992
1515"Dirty Pool"TBATBAMarch 31, 1992
1616"Mob Psychology"TBATBAApril 14, 1992
1717"Denise and De Nuptials"TBATBAApril 21, 1992
1818"Till Debt Do Us Part"TBATBAApril 28, 1992

Season 2 (1992–93)

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
191"The Naked and the Wed"TBATBASeptember 23, 1992
202"Grin and Bare It"TBATBASeptember 30, 1992
213"Oboe Phobia"TBATBAOctober 7, 1992
224"Drone of Arc"TBATBAOctober 14, 1992
235"Below the Beltway"TBATBAOctober 21, 1992
246"Devil's Advocate"TBATBAOctober 28, 1992
257"Das Boat House"TBATBANovember 11, 1992
268"A Bus Named Desire"TBATBADecember 2, 1992
279"The Old Man and the "C""TBATBADecember 9, 1992
2810"The Triumph of DeVille"TBATBADecember 16, 1992
2911"A Partridge in a Pair's Tree"TBATBADecember 23, 1992
3012"Hit the Road, Jack"TBATBAJanuary 6, 1993
3113"Dances with Sharks"TBATBAJanuary 19, 1993
3214"Split Ends"TBATBAJanuary 26, 1993
3315"Watt, Me Worry?"TBATBAFebruary 9, 1993
3416"Alien Aided Affection"TBATBAFebruary 16, 1993
3517"Captain Kangaroo Court"TBATBAFebruary 23, 1993
3618"A Liver Runs Through It"TBATBAMarch 2, 1993

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1992 American Society of Cinematographers Award Outstanding Achievement in Cinematography in Movies of the Week/Pilots Brian J. Reynolds Nominated
Casting Society of America's Artios Award Best Casting for TV, Pilot Junie Lowry-Johnson Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Editing for a Series Dave Weathers, Richard Taylor, Barbara Issak, Frank A. Fuller Jr., Pat McCormick, Gary Lewis, Albert Edmund Lord III, James Hebenstreit (For episode "Oceans White With Phone") Nominated
Television Critics Association Award Outstanding Achievement in Drama Nominated
1993 American Television Awards[2] Best Supporting Actress, Dramatic Series Debi Mazar Nominated
Golden Globe Award Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Drama Mariel Hemingway Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama Series Alan Rosenberg Nominated
Young Artist Award Best Young Actor Guest Starring in a Television Series Gregor Hesse Nominated


  1. ^ a b Rosenberg, Howard (20 November 1991). "TV REVIEW : 'Civil Wars' Loses Battle to Absurdities". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2018-04-02.
  2. ^ Lowry, Brian (1993-04-16). "CBS leads noms for Emmy rival". Retrieved October 27, 2013.

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