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Genre Sitcom
Created byFredi Towbin
Starring Diana Canova
Jonathan Prince
Maryedith Burrell
Jane Leeves
Richard Cummings Jr.
Paul Walker (season 1)
Sean de Veritch (season 2)
Music byTena Clark
Opening theme"Throb" – performed by The Nylons
Ending theme"Throb" – performed by Diana Canova and The Nylons
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes48
Executive producer(s)Fredi Towbin
Producer(s)Jason Shubb
Production company(s)Swany, Inc.
Procter & Gamble Productions
Taft Entertainment Television
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises
Original network Syndication
Original releaseSeptember 6, 1986 (1986-09-06) 
May 21, 1988 (1988-05-21)

Throbis an American sitcom that aired in syndication from September 6, 1986 to May 21, 1988. The series, created by Fredi Towbin, was produced by Procter & Gamble Productions in association with Taft Entertainment Television, and was distributed by Worldvision Enterprises. The series' rights are currently held by CBS Television Distribution.



The series revolved around thirty-something divorcee Sandy Beatty (Diana Canova), who gets a job at a small new wave record label, Throb. Beatty's boss is Zachary Armstrong (Jonathan Prince), who had a huge crush on Sandy. Beatty also has a 12-year-old son named Jeremy (played in the first season by Paul Walker and in season two by Sean de Veritch). Beatty's best friend was Meredith (Maryedith Burrell), a single teacher who lived in her building, and her co-workers included hip business manager Phil Gaines (Richard Cummings, Jr.), and British-born Prudence Anne Bartlett, who was nicknamed "Blue" (Jane Leeves).

During the second season, Sandy moved from her original apartment to the recently vacated penthouse in her building. She took in her co-worker Blue to help out with rent, but the differences between straitlaced, somewhat conservative Sandy and the free-spirited Blue became more pronounced as they both lived and worked together. However, they were still friends.


Notably, it was the first time much of the American TV audience saw Jane Leeves, who later gained fame as Daphne Moon on Frasier . Also notable is the casting of a young Paul Walker, who played Jeremy Beatty for the first season. Walker became a leading man in Hollywood some 15 years later, particularly after his breakthrough role in The Fast and the Furious .

The creation of the Zachary Armstrong character, and the casting of Jonathan Prince in the role, was inspired by the (then) current rising fame of Michael J. Fox. Prince bore a strong physical resemblance to Fox, and played Zachary with many similar characterizations as Fox's Family Ties character, Alex P. Keaton. Like Alex Keaton, Zachary was also a young, diminutive overachiever on the fast track who found himself attracted to women who were both older and taller than he, the main object of his affection being Sandy.



Season 1: 1986–87

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot" Linda Day Fredi TowbinSeptember 20, 1986 (1986-09-20)
22"Our Song"Linda Day George Tibbles September 27, 1986 (1986-09-27)
33"Getting to Know You" Phil Ramuno Teleplay by: Lee H. Grant
Story by: Mark Duvall & Jay Wolf
October 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
44"My Fair Punker Lady"Linda DayTeleplay by: Hollis Rich
Story by: Sandy Krinski
October 11, 1986 (1986-10-11)
55"I Lost Him at the Movies"Linda DayHollis RichOctober 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
66"Something Extra" Michael Lessac Andy Cowan & David S. WilligerOctober 25, 1986 (1986-10-25)
77"Bus of Dreams" Barnet Kellman Michael Lessac & Fredi TowbinNovember 1, 1986 (1986-11-01)
88"The Concert"Phil RumunoMichael ShortNovember 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
99"The Party"Phil RamunoAndy GoldbergNovember 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
1010"Tassles"Renny TempleFredi TowbinNovember 22, 1986 (1986-11-22)
1111"Wedding Bell Blue" Tony Singletary Fredi TowbinDecember 6, 1986 (1986-12-06)
1212"Nothing Personal"Tony SingletaryRichard MarcusDecember 13, 1986 (1986-12-13)
1313"Confidence Game"Phil RamunoHollis RichJanuary 24, 1987 (1987-01-24)
1414"Brief Encounter"Phil RamunoTeleplay by: Hollis Rich
Story by: Sue Herring
January 31, 1987 (1987-01-31)
1515"Genius"Barnet KellmanJeffrey DuteilFebruary 7, 1987 (1987-02-07)
1616"An Oldie But Goodie"Barnet KellmanTeleplay by: Joel Kimmel & Ann Gibbs
Story by: Seth Weisbord
February 14, 1987 (1987-02-14)
1717"High Anxiety"Nancy HeydornRichard MarcusFebruary 21, 1987 (1987-02-21)
1818"Death Be Not Weird"John BellHollis RichFebruary 28, 1987 (1987-02-28)
1919"Buffalo"Renny TempleFredi TowbinMarch 21, 1987 (1987-03-21)
2020"Party Games"Barnet KellmanBarry RubinowitzApril 25, 1987 (1987-04-25)
2121"Moonlighting"Phil RamunoTeleplay by: Laura Levine
Story by: Jerry Rannow
May 2, 1987 (1987-05-02)
2222"Two Flights Up"Phil RumanoTeleplay by: Richard Marcus
Story by: Jill Sacco & Barbara J. Herndon
May 9, 1987 (1987-05-09)
2323"Nashville, Almost"Phil RamunoTeleplay by: Fredi Towbin & George Arthur Bloom
Story by: Daniel J. Finneran
May 16, 1987 (1987-05-16)
2424"Rainy Day People" Steve Zuckerman Jeffrey Duteil & Hollis RichMay 23, 1987 (1987-05-23)

Season 2: 1987–88

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
251"Moving In"Stan HarrisFredi Towbin & Hollis RichSeptember 19, 1987 (1987-09-19)
262"The Spa"Stan HarrisHollis RichSeptember 26, 1987 (1987-09-26)
273"Torn Between Two Lovers"Gregory LehaneAndy GoldbergOctober 3, 1987 (1987-10-03)
284"Future Shock" Phil Ramuno Teleplay by: Fredi Towbin
Story by: Molly G. Towbin
October 10, 1987 (1987-10-10)
295"Good Vibrations"Phil RamunoLaurie NewboundOctober 17, 1987 (1987-10-17)
306"Whose Coup Is It Anyway?"Gregory LehaneMichael GordonOctober 24, 1987 (1987-10-24)
317"Last Night at the Fire Station: Part 1"Phil RamunoMichael Gordon & Fredi TowbinOctober 31, 1987 (1987-10-31)
328"Last Night at the Fire Station: Part 2"Phil RamunoMichael Gordon & Fredi TowbinNovember 7, 1987 (1987-11-07)
339"Garden Party"Gregory Lehane Diana Canova November 14, 1987 (1987-11-14)
3410"Selling Out"Gregory Lehane Glenn Leopold & Kevin HoppsNovember 21, 1987 (1987-11-21)
3511"The Golden Guys"Gregory LehaneTeleplay by: Fredi Towbin & Hollis Rich
Story by: Fredi Towbin
December 5, 1987 (1987-12-05)
3612"One Christmas"Gregory LehaneHollis Rich & Fredi TowbinDecember 12, 1987 (1987-12-12)
3713"Mary Heartless" Joe Regalbuto Doug McIntyre January 2, 1988 (1988-01-02)
3814"Men Without Lips"Marc GassJane Gould & Shelly LandauJanuary 30, 1988 (1988-01-30)
3915"Make a Joyful Noise"Gregory LehaneBill Barker & Julieta EnglandFebruary 6, 1988 (1988-02-06)
4016"The Cable Show"Gregory LehaneHollis Rich & Fredi TowbinFebruary 13, 1988 (1988-02-13)
4117"Here Come the Amish"Phil RamunoMichael GordonFebruary 20, 1988 (1988-02-20)
4218"Only the Lonely"Joe Regalbuto Lawrence H. Levy March 5, 1988 (1988-03-05)
4319"There's No Place Like Home"John J. DesmondLaurie NewboundMarch 12, 1988 (1988-03-12)
4420"Summer Job"Phil PamunoTeleplay by: Michael Gordon & Fredi Towbin
Story by: Michael Gordon
April 23, 1988 (1988-04-23)
4521"Neil Returns"Gregory LehaneHollis RichApril 30, 1988 (1988-04-30)
4622"Jung Love"Marc GassMichael GordonMay 7, 1988 (1988-05-07)
4723"The Grammy" James Widdoes Barbara J. Herndon & Jill SaccoMay 14, 1988 (1988-05-14)
4824"She Can't Sing, Don't Ask Her"Gregory LehaneTeleplay by: Diana Canova & Colleen Dodson
Story by: Lisa Chernin
May 21, 1988 (1988-05-21)

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