A Fine Romance (1989 TV series)

A Fine Romance
Starring Margaret Whitton
Ernie Sabella
Dinah Lenney
Christopher Cazenove
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (5 unaired) (list of episodes)
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Phoenix Entertainment Group
Original network ABC
Original release January 18 – March 2, 1989

A Fine Romance is an American comedy-drama series that aired from January 18, 1989 to March 2, 1989. The series was filmed on location at various places in Europe.[1]


A divorced couple work together as hosts of a travel show[2] called Ticket to Ride. Among the locations they traveled to included Paris, Dublin, Budapest, and Malta.



The series was originally slated to air as a part of ABC's fall 1988 schedule, Sundays at 8/7c. However, the 1988 Writers Guild of America Strike had officially taken hold by the time of network upfronts in May, and A Fine Romance, along with all other scripted network shows, was affected. Although still featured in ABC's official fall preview reel as airing on Sundays in the fall, the series was soon announced to be on midseason status by the time the fall schedule was released, due to the strike delaying production. To fill the Sunday slot in the fall, ABC commissioned the revival of Mission: Impossible, one of many inexpensive programming alternatives the network was using to fill time during the strike.

The new M:I filled the Sunday 8 p.m. slot for several episodes until being moved to Saturdays in December 1988. Despite the Sunday slot becoming available, A Fine Romance instead premiered in January 1989 on Thursdays at 8/7c, where it replaced the cancelled freshman series Knightwatch. As was the case with the series it replaced, A Fine Romance lost out to The Cosby Show and A Different World on NBC and 48 Hours on CBS, and was pulled after barely two months. Five episodes remain unaired.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Desperately Seeking Louisa"Thomas J. WrightPeachy Markowitz and Jane PettewayJanuary 18, 1989 (1989-01-18)
Set in Paris. Louisa tries to convince Michael to return to the show. Anne has been kidnapped and Michael and Louisa work together to find her.
2"A Horse is a Horse, Of Course, Of Course"Stan LathanIan GurvitzJanuary 26, 1989 (1989-01-26)
In Dublin, Louisa steals Michael's paycheck in order to buy a racehorse. Miles suspects his wife of having an affair with a butcher.
3"Absence of Chalice"Gabrielle BeaumontBill FroelichFebruary 2, 1989 (1989-02-02)
In Ireland, Louisa and Michael finds out that they are still legally married. Two thieves are trying to find a chalice that the townspeople are hiding.
4"Below Suspicion"Reza BadiyiJohn AmodeoFebruary 9, 1989 (1989-02-09)
In Malta, both Michael and Louisa are preparing for dates. George tries to work a product placement into the show.
5"The Day of the Third, Thin, Wrong Woman Who Knew All Too Much About Eve"Gene ReynoldsMichael AitkensFebruary 16, 1989 (1989-02-16)
Michael and Louisa bets on who will be the first to start an argument. Louisa gets an assistant when she breaks her foot. George tries to cut the budget.
6"A Yank and the RAF"Kevin HooksMark LissonFebruary 23, 1989 (1989-02-23)
Suffering the effects of a minor auto accident in France, Louisa dreams about herself and Michael in World War II.
7"It's Just the Gypsy in My Soul"Reza BadiyiPeachy Markowitz and Kathy McCormickMarch 2, 1989 (1989-03-02)
In Budapest, Louisa tries to make up with Michael after she destroys his prized possession, a first edition book. She's also told she has only a week or two to live, causing an unexpected reaction from Michael.
8"South by Southeast"David TuckerIan GurvitzUNAIRED
Michael is mistaken for a man named Rappaport. Louisa tries to talk Michael into doing a Japanese dog food commercial.
9"Double Indignity"Harry HarrisTerence Brady and Charlotte BinghamUNAIRED
In London, Louisa refuses to wear glasses. The show is filming at an old house owned by Michael's old girlfriend. There's a rumor that the house is haunted by a ghost.
10"School Daze"Ray AustinPeter SpenceUNAIRED
In England, Michael is invited back to his old school to accept an award. A mink coat falls out of the sky and lands on Louisa, but she is chased by the coats owner and a thief.
11"The Tomas Crown Affair"Ray AustinTerry NationUNAIRED
Michael breaks a tooth in Madrid after Louisa force him to try some candy. Michael and Louisa are pursued by agents in San Francisco who try to get the diamond in Michael's tooth. Friday has lost her luggage.
12"Th-The-That's All, Folks!"Harry HarrisIan Gurvitz and Kathy McCormickUNAIRED
The show is shot in Santa Cruz, California. There's a rumor that the travel show will be cancelled. Louisa doesn't know that she has valuable baseball in her purse.


  1. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 410. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. TV.com. "A Fine Romance (1989)". TV.com. Retrieved 2012-09-06.

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