Dennis Weaver as Rear Admiral Thomas Mallory
Maud Adams as Maggie Farrell
Jill St. John as Deanna Kincaid
Andrew Stevens as Lt. Glenn Matthews
Charles Frank as Lt. Cmdr. Jack Warren
Richard Dean Anderson as Lt. Simon Adams
Sela Ward as Hilary Adams
Doran Clark as Ensign Leslie Mallory
Stephanie Dunnam as Kay Mallory Matthews
Susan Dey as Celia Mallory Warren
Patrick O'Neal as Harlan Adams (1983)
Robert Vaughn as Harlan Adams (1983-1984)
Robert Loggia as Adm. Yuri Bukharin
Michael Carven as Lt. Alexi Gorichenko
Michael Brandon as David Marquette
Created by: Richard and Esther Shapiro
Executive Producers: Richard and Esther Shapiro and Michael Filerman
Producer: Freyda Rothstein
Music by: Bill Conti
A Richard and Esther Shapiro Production in association with
Twentieth Century-Fox Television
Broadcast on CBS Television
First Telecast: September 26, 1983
Last Telecast: March 12, 1984
Created by the same team that brought Dynasty to television, this serial drama, set on the southern Naval Air Station of Emerald Point, centers around the relationships of two powerful families headed by Rear Admiral Thomas Mallory (Dennis Weaver), commander of the base, and Harlan Adams (Patrick O'Neal/Robert Vaughn), a ruthless industrialist. Richard Dean Anderson plays Lieutenant Simon Adams, son of Harlan Adams, an exceptional Navy pilot who is highly thought of by the Admiral.
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The interlocking worlds of the military and big business provided the backdrop for this prime-time soap opera. Commanding officer at the Emerald Point Naval Air Station was Admiral Thomas Mallory, a widowed career military man with three beautiful young daughters -- Celia, married to brilliant military lawyer Jack Warren; Kay, who in midseason wed Glenn Matthews, a former pilot who had been discharged from the navy after being convicted of manslaughter; and youngest daughter Leslie, recently graduated from Annapolis. The local business magnate, appropriately unscrupulous, was Harlan Adams, president of Adams Industries. Harlan's son, navy pilot Simon Adams, was as honorable and good as his father and sister Hilary were bad. There was the usual mix of maneuvering for power, sleeping around, and horrible revelations about flawed characters and hidden pasts, along with the intrigue added by the military setting. Admiral Mallory's bitchy but beautiful sister-in-law, Deanna Kincaid, who wanted power and wealth, had her heart set on marrying Harlan. In the meantime she got involved with KGB spy Yuri Bukharin and when caught by naval intelligence, became a double agent. The love life of Admiral Mallory was shared with Maggie Farrell, the liaison between the town's military affairs council and the naval base. She and Mallory, who were good friends at the start of the season, were about to be married at its end. The wedding never took place, however, since she was kidnapped by a mentally disturbed David Marquette in the cliffhanger season-ending episode. Since the series was not renewed, viewers never did find out what happened.
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September 10, 1983
Richard and Esther Shapiro, the creators of Dynasty, have grown wealthy on the premise that life is just a bowl of serial. This one is set somewhere on the coast of the Southern US, at the Emerald Point Naval Air Station. The man in charge is Rear Adm. Thomas Mallory (Dennis Weaver), a widower and the father of three daughters. Celia, 28 (Susan Dey), hates the Navy but is married to a Navy lawyer who likes it. Kay, 24 (Stephanie Dunnam), has eyes for a handsome young pilot, Glenn (Andrew Stevens), who -- alas -- is engaged to Hilary Adams (Sela Ward), a calculating chameleon who happens to be Kay's best friend. Then there's the youngest daughter, Leslie, 22 (Doran Clark), who has made Dad proud by graduating from Annapolis. In the pilot script there are various seductions, one murder and an indecent pinch of a tavern maid. You won't be watching it over breakfast, but this is a hot serial. Steamy, you might say.
Review by Robert MacKenzie
January 7, 1984
They "get to flying around up there and nothing but the scent of female flesh will bring them down." That was a line in the premiere of this CBS series about life at a naval air station. Some viewers must have bailed out then and there, but I know my duty.
Actually, the flyboys of Emerald Point NAS hardly ever get off the ground, what with all that female flesh thrashing about. Now and then there's a flying sequence, but most of the maneuvers are of the bedroom variety. This is what the networks like to call a "continuing nighttime drama", in other words, a soap, and almost any Emerald Point character could walk into Dynasty or Falcon Crest and be out the other side before anyone noticed.
By the unbreakable law of soap drama, we start with two prominent families, headed by Dennis Weaver and Robert Vaughn -- both playing characters conveniently single and with concupiscent offspring. Weaver plays Tom Mallory, who commands the base, but his big job is coping with the romantic adventures of his three beautiful daughters.
When I last tuned in, daughter Leslie (Doran Clark), an officer herself, was in love with a Soviet aide. Mallory doesn't like his daughter fooling with a Russki, but she blurts, "He's still a human being, with feelings and desires." Daughter Kay (Stephanie Dunnam) was in love with a handsome young pilot named Glenn (Andrew Stevens) and daughter Celia (Susan Dey) was divorcing her husband, Jack (Charles Frank), a Navy lawyer, because she's in love with another young pilot, Simon (Richard Dean Anderson). Are you still there?
Simon is the son of Harlan Adams (Vaughn), a businessman who makes shrewd deals. Harlan also has a daughter, Hilary (Sela Ward). Every soap requires at least one Conniving Witch. Emerald Point has two: Hilary, who is scheming to get Glenn away from Kay, and Deanna (Jill St. John), who wants to marry Harlan and doesn't care how she manages it. In the witch category, Hilary and Deanna seem a pretty good match; Deanna is blackmailing Hilary with sex tapes, in which Hilary appears with a man Glenn was accused of killing in a fight.
If you've followed me this far, you must be exhausted. But regular viewers are, I'm sure, pulsating with suspense. Will Celia become a hopeless alcoholic? Will Glenn find out about Hilary and the tapes? Will Maggie (Maud Adams) find her MIA husband or settle for Mallory? Will Jack find out about the time Celia and Simon spent the night in the haystack? Where do they find these haystacks?
Emerald Point has its points. Weaver is credible as Mallory, a decent cuss, weary but doggedly ethical. Sela Ward is straining at her witch mannerisms, but she has nice, disdainful eyebrows. The actors are all attractive, and there's an occasional, exhilarating burst of airplane action.
But mainly this is an attenuated sexual saga, clotted and rubbishy, and not to my taste. This may be a deficiency in me; I can stay mildly interested in my own love life, by concentrating, but can't work up much enthusiasm for anyone else's. If vicarious gropings in haystacks pep up your evening, welcome to Emerald Point NAS.
Emerald Point N.A.S. Episode Guide