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13
Dauber's Blow-Out
1989-06-07
The season is over, and Dauber is planning an over-the-top bash to celebrate. A reluctant Hayden is asked to supervise the event.

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12
Hoot, Hoot Hike
1989-05-31
Kelly's dance instructor, Madame Roola, is developing a ballet inspired by football. Hayden soon finds himself the object of Madame Roola's desire.

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11
Whose Team Is It, Anyway?
1989-05-17
The team needs one more victory to pull off a winning season. Yet their success depends upon their star player, who's let his triumphs go to his head.

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10
Define Romance
1989-05-03
Hayden's patience, fidelity and temper are put to the test when Christine goes out on a date with another man.

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9
I'm Sorry I Told You My Wife Was Dead
1989-04-26
A benefactor has died, and Hayden fears the loss of his donations will hurt the team. Hayden consoles the man's widow to keep the money flowing.

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8
Parents' Weekend
1989-04-19
Parents' Weekend is fast approaching, and Hayden's ex-wife, Beth, will be attending. Christine is curious to get a look at her.

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7
19 Candles
1989-04-12
Every year, Hayden holds a quiet father-daughter celebration for Kelly's birthday. But this year Kelly has invited her mime boyfriend, Stuart.

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6
Gambling For Meat
1989-04-05
When Luther wins a steak dinner by betting against the Screaming Eagles, Hayden blows his top and suspends him for a month.

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5
The Loss Weekend
1989-03-22
Hayden and his team continue on a losing streak which causes Hayden to take out his frustrations with the team on Christine.

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4
I'm In Love With A Boy Named Stuart
1989-03-15
Kelly brings her new boyfriend, Stuart, to dinner to meet Hayden. However, the more that Hayden gets to know Stuart, the more he starts to dislike him.

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3
Kelly, Meet Christine
1989-03-08
Hayden is being hesitant about telling Kelly about his relationship with Christine, so Christine demands that Hayden talk to Kelly about their relationship.

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2
Love Me Tender
1989-03-01
Hayden begins to feel fatherly when Kelly returns to Minnesota for college. However, his paternal instincts put a damper on his relationship with Christine.

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1
Kelly and the Professor
1989-02-28
Kelly lets Hayden know that she's going to go on a date with a faculty member, which leads Hayden to want to know who the mystery faculty member is.

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Coach is a classic American television sitcom that aired on ABC from 1989-1997 spanning nine exceptional seasons. The series stars esteemed actor Craig T. Nelson, who portrays the central character, Hayden Fox. He is supported in the series by Shelley Fabares, Jerry Van Dyke, Bill Fagerbakke, and Clare Carey, each delivering memorable performances that all contribute to the comedic brilliance, strong character development, and enduring popularity of the sitcom.

The series’ foundation revolves around the life of Hayden Fox, the head coach of a fictional NCAA Division I-A football team at Minnesota State University. The show brilliantly captures Fox's love for the game, his coaching strategies, and his dedication towards the team while striking a balance with his personal life, reflecting the plausible struggles and highlights that many real-life coaches face.

Despite his aggressive and brusque coaching style, Fox is projected as a lovable and dedicated character who commands respect from his team. His toughness is often juxtaposed with his caring side, most notably seen in his interactions with his family and friends.

Supporting characters provide a distinct character layer to the series. Jerry Van Dyke, portraying the character of Luther Van Dam, is a dim-witted but well-meaning assistant coach. Bill Fagerbakke plays Michael "Dauber" Dybinski, a former student athlete and aspiring coach whose lack of experience often lands him in comically awkward situations. These characters, along with Fox's tough exterior yet soft heart, create a perfect comedic mixture.

Playing Fox's longtime love interest is Shelley Fabares in the role of Christine Armstrong, the smart and savvy anchor of a local news program. Their relationship gives the show a romantic subtext, offering a balance to the largely sports-themed narrative. Their on-and-off romance forms an important subplot throughout the series, and the hurdles they encounter on their way to deciding their future together comprise several storylines in the show.

Adding to the family dynamics is Clare Carey in the role of Kelly Fox, Hayden's daughter from a prior marriage. These family episodes usually weave themes of parenthood, father-daughter relationships, and the challenges of raising an adult child.

The show was often set within the confines of a sports-related scenario, be it team meetings, training sessions, or pivotal games. It depicts the struggles and challenges one faces in leading a sports team, including dealing with problematic players, facing smug rival coaches, overcoming the pressure of key games, and managing the demands of the athletic department's administrators.

Involved in the series' creation is the masterful talent of Barry Kemp, renowned for successful shows such as "Newhart," and "Taxi." His excellent storytelling, coupled with the series' talented ensemble of writers, made Coach an impressive amalgamation of comedy, sports, romance, and family drama.

Although the sitcom is inherently male-dominated due to its central theme of American football, it did make an effort to incorporate strong female characters. Among this is Christine, who stood as a defining character with her career-oriented and independent persona providing a striking contrast to the team's often masculine-centric outlook.

The series mixes situational laughs with often touching sentiment and schmaltz, evoking a broad spectrum of emotions from viewers across its nine-year run. It does not shy away from dealing with serious issues, offering life lessons coated in humor and wit, which contributed to its appeal, relevance, and timelessness.

Craig T. Nelson’s excellence in his role as Fox won him an Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series. The collaborations of the actors, and their ability to bring their individual characters alive on screen, were a testament to the show's success.

Overall, the sitcom is a wholesome and satisfying watch, sewn together with the threads of sport, family, love, and stretching bonds of friendship, crossing the boundaries of a typical comedy show. The charm of Coach lies in its ability to maintain a balance of humor while tugging at our heartstrings, making it an enduring classic with its memorable episodes and character portrayals.

In its entirety, Coach allows for hearty laughs, compelling drama, and emotional investment, all rolled into a consistently enjoyable narrative. This makes it a sitcom that holds a special place in television history for its distinctiveness, charm and its undeniable appeal to fans of sports, comedy, and relatable life scenarios.

Coach is a series categorized as a canceled. Spanning 9 seasons with a total of 200 episodes, the show debuted on 1989. The series has earned a moderate reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 7.0.

Channel
ABC
Rating
7.0/10
Cast
Craig T. Nelson, Jerry Van Dyke, Bill Fagerbakke
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