American Playhouse

  • 1982
  • 11 Seasons

One of PBS's most distinguished series, mounting superb dramas and musicals by the likes of (to name just a few) Eugene O'Neill, John Cheever, Lanford Wilson, Mark Twain, Thornton Wilder, James Baldwin and Stephen Sondheim. Perhaps the most memorable (and controversial) presentation: `Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City,' which won a Peabody Award.

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Season 5, Episode 2 The Roommate

First Aired: January 27, 1986

"The Roommate," John Updike's story of college life in the '50s, tells how the world of Orson Ziegler (Lance Guest) is turned upside down by his eccentric roommate (Barry Miller). Emily: Melissa Ford. Lester: Elmer Two Crow. Barbara: Elaine Wilkes. Silverstein: David Bachman.

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