EZ Streets

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EZ Streets
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Genre Drama
Created by Paul Haggis
Starring Ken Olin
Joe Pantoliano
Jason Gedrick
Sarah Trigger
Richard Portnow
Composer Mark Isham
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes9 (1 unaired)
Executive producerPaul Haggis
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time60 minutes
Production companiesPaul Haggis Productions
Universal Television
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original releaseOctober 27, 1996 (1996-10-27) 
April 2, 1997 (1997-04-02)

EZ Streets is an American crime drama television series created by Paul Haggis. It premiered on CBS on October 27, 1996, with a two-hour pilot television film and ended on April 2, 1997. The series stars Ken Olin, Joe Pantoliano, and Jason Gedrick.



The series is set in a decaying American city located near the Canada–US border, and deals with the interconnected lives of the city's criminals, politicians, and police officers.


Reception and cancellation

After its first episode in its regular timeslot on Wednesday, October 30, 1996, it was put on hiatus with CBS president Leslie Moonves promising that the show would be "relaunched" at a later date. The series was relaunched that spring from March 1, 1997, to April 2, 1997, but failed to garner a substantial audience. CBS canceled EZ Streets in April 1997 due to low ratings. [1] The last episode, "Neither Have I Wings to Fly", never aired on CBS, although it was broadcast once in Canada. Critics criticized Moonves for not reairing the pilot and first series episode before the relaunch.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot" Paul Haggis Paul Haggis October 27, 1996 (1996-10-27)
2"Every Picture Tells a Story"Ken OlinStory by: Paul Haggis & David Black
Teleplay by: Paul Haggis
October 30, 1996 (1996-10-30)
3"A Terrible Beauty"George BloomfieldPaul Haggis & Robert MorescoMarch 3, 1997 (1997-03-03)
4"St. Jude Took a Bullet"James QuinnStory by: Paul Haggis & David Black
Teleplay by: Paul Haggis
March 5, 1997 (1997-03-05)
5"Every Dog Has Its Day"Donna DeitchStory by: Paul Haggis & David Black
Teleplay by: Paul Haggis
March 12, 1997 (1997-03-12)
6"One Acquainted with the Night"Antina W. AddisonPaul Haggis & Robert MorescoMarch 19, 1997 (1997-03-19)
7"On the Left Side of the Angel"Peter MarklePaul Haggis & Patrick HarbinsonMarch 26, 1997 (1997-03-26)
8"A Ceremony of Innocence"Michael FieldsPaul Haggis & Mark SaraceniApril 2, 1997 (1997-04-02)
9"Neither Have I Wings to Fly"Randall ZiskStory by: Paul Haggis & Kimberly Hill
Teleplay by: Kimberly Hill & Jeff King


In 2006, repeats of the series began airing on the new U.S. cable channel, Sleuth. All episodes, including the one not shown on CBS, were aired.

Home media

On May 23, 2006, Universal Studios released the 2-hour pilot episode and the episodes "Every Dog Has Its Day" and "One Acquainted with the Night" on a single DVD as part of its Brilliant But Cancelled series.

Awards and nominations

1997 Casting Society of America's Artios Award Best Casting for TV, Dramatic PilotNan Dutton and Jane AldermanWon
Online Film & Television Association Award [2] Best New Drama SeriesWon
Best New Theme Song in a Series Mark Isham Nominated
Primetime Emmy Award Outstanding Main Title Theme Music Won
Television Critics Association Award Program of the Year Won
Outstanding Achievement in Drama Nominated
Individual Achievement in Drama Joe Pantoliano Nominated
Viewers for Quality Television Award Best Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesNominated
Jason Gedrick Nominated
Founder's Award Paul Haggis Won
1998 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actress Courtney JacquinNominated

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