Hanging In

For the 1981 Canadian television sitcom, see Hangin' In.
Hanging In
Genre Sitcom
Written by Bill Davenport
Charlie Hauck
Arthur Julian
Sy Rosen
Directed by Walter C. Miller
Alan Rafkin
Starring Bill Macy
Barbara Rhoades
Dennis Burkley
Nedra Volz
Theme music composer Billy Byers
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 4
Executive producer(s) Norman Lear
Sy Rosen
Producer(s) Ken Stump
Running time 2224 minutes
Distributor Columbia Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television
Original network CBS
Original release August 8 (1979-08-08) – August 29, 1979 (1979-08-29)
Related shows Mr. Dugan

Hanging In is an American sitcom that aired for four episodes on CBS on Wednesday nights from August 8, 1979 to August 29, 1979.


After his failed attempt to launch the sitcom Mr. Dugan, Norman Lear reworked the project, finally coming up with Hanging In, the story of Lou Harper, a former professional football star who becomes president of fictional Braddock University. Bill Macy (who had played Maude's husband, Walter Findlay, in Maude) resurfaced as the star of the version that finally did air, in August 1979. Most of the supporting cast of Mr. Dugan and its several different incarnations appeared in Hanging In.

Hanging In lasted just four weeks on CBS, leaving the air after its August 29, 1979 broadcast.[1]



Title Director Written by Airdate
1"New Man on Campus"Alan RafkinCharlie Hauck, Bill Davenport & Arthur JulianAugust 8, 1979 (1979-08-08)
A new university president has inherited an office from his predecessor and waiting for him is Maggie Gallagher, the high pressured Dean of Faculty; Sam Dickey, the glib Director of Development; and Pinky, a wise-cracking housekeeper – all itching to give this idealistic greenhorn the benefit of their academic savvy.
2"Old Girlfriend"Alan RafkinSy RosenAugust 15, 1979 (1979-08-15)
The unexpected visit of an ex-girlfriend drives Sam to an attack of compulsive eating.
3"Lou's Little Problem"Alan RafkinBill DavenportAugust 22, 1979 (1979-08-22)
Lou pays a pretty price for his snobbish attitude about women while at a gala fund-raising dinner – as TV-news cameras roll.
4"Sleep With the Fishes"Walter C. MillerArthur Julian & Sy RosenAugust 29, 1979 (1979-08-29)
Menacing phone calls on a dark and stormy night suggest to Lou and staff that a mob boss wants revenge because his son was refused admission to the school.


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