A Year at the Top

A Year at the Top
Genre Sitcom
Created by Heywood Kling
Written by Heywood Kling
Sandy Veith
Directed by Marlene Laird
Alan Rafkin
Starring Paul Shaffer
Greg Evigan
Theme music composer Howard Greenfield
Paul Shaffer
Composer(s) Greg Evigan
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5
Executive producer(s) Norman Lear
Don Kirshner
Producer(s) Patricia Fass Palmer
Darryl Hickman
Running time 2224 minutes
Production company(s) Don Kirshner Productions
TAT Communications Company
Tandem Productions
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network CBS
Original release August 5 (1977-08-05) – September 2, 1977 (1977-09-02)

A Year at the Top is an American sitcom that aired for five episodes on CBS from August 5 to September 2, 1977. Produced by T.A.T. Communications Company, the series was created by Heywood Kling and co-executive produced by Don Kirshner and Norman Lear.


Based on the Faust legend, the series stars Paul Shaffer and Greg Evigan as two struggling musicians who make a pact with the son of the devil for a year of success. A Year at the Top also stars Nedra Volz, Priscilla Morrill, Gabriel Dell, and Julie Cobb. Mickey Rooney guest-starred on the pilot episode.[1] The series aired for only five episodes before being canceled by CBS in September 1977.



Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 "Pilot" August 5, 1977
1-2 "The Contracts" August 12, 1977
1-3 "Tightrope" August 20, 1977
1-4 "The Visits" August 26, 1977
1-5 "Gray is Beautiful" September 2, 1977


  1. Harrison, Ed (1976-12-18). "Kirshner & Lear Tie On TV Skein". Billboard. Nielsen Business Media, Inc. 88 (51): 6. ISSN 0006-2510.

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