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Dirty Dancing aired from October 1988 until January 1989 on CBS.
Set in the 1960's, Dirty Dancing was the musical story of 2 young people falling in love while working at Kellerman's, a summer resort in the catskills. The young lovers were 17 year old Baby( Melora Hardin), daughter of resort owner Max ( McLean Stevenson), and Johnny ( Patrick Cassidy), the resort's sexy dance instructor. Baby had come to Kellerman's to spend the summer between High School and College with her dad after living with her mom since her parent's divorce. It was a summer to be remembered. Dad made her talent coordinator, which irked Johnny who had been doubling in that capacity. But when Johnny began to teach her " dirty dancing" the relationship between upscale Baby and working class Johnny blossomed into romance-much to her dotting father's disgust. Complicating matters was Penny ( Constance Marie), Johnny's fiery Latin dance partner, who did not appreciate the boss's daughter butting in. Also seen were Norman ( Paul Feig), an obnoxious pre-med student working as a waiter; Sweets ( John Wesley), the resort's talented jazz pianist; Neil( Charles stratton), the young comic and bellhop; and Robin ( Mandy Ingber), Baby's spoiled, boy-crazy cousin and confidante.
Loosley adapted from the 1987 movie of the same name, which starred Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey. As with the movie, sensual dancing . albeit somewhat sanitized for tv was an integral part of each episode.
A Review from The New York Times
Review/Television; A 'Dirty Dancing' Series
By JOHN J. O'CONNOR
Published: October 29, 1988
Just over a year ago, a little movie called ''Dirty Dancing'' turned into a big box-office hit as it caught the romantic fancy of teen-agers. The film, set in a Catskills resort in 1963, told the story of a streetwise dance instructor and a blossoming middle-class young woman who found summer love while dancing the mambo. Sniffing a concept for weekly consumption, television has devised its own version of ''Dirty Dancing.'' The series, a Vestron Production made in association with the Steve Tisch Company, makes its special one-hour debut on CBS at 8 this evening.
Adjustments have been made. This may be the Catskills, but the Jewish character of the famed borsch belt has been reduced to near invisibility. Our heroine is no longer the daughter of a well-to-do guest but of the resort's owner, Max Kellerman, played by McLean Stevenson, who is probably about as non-Jewish as you can find in central casting. The rest, however, written and produced by Robert Rabinowitz and Barra Grant, will be familiar to fans of the movie.
Max's daughter Frances (Melora Hardin), whom he likes to call Baby, will spend the summer working at the resort before entering Mount Holyoke College. She hasn't visited the place since her parents were divorced. Times are changing. Her role model now, Baby tells us, is Jacqueline Kennedy, not Donna Reed. Enter Johnny Castle (Patrick Cassidy), the resort's dance instructor. Max is convinced that Johnny has ''wowed half the female population here'' and warns Baby to stay away from him. But middle-class Baby is a obviously wowed herself by lower-class Johnny. He may not have as much of a future in sight as a pre-med student, but can he ever dance.
The action, directed by Tony Bill, is interrupted periodically for brief but suggestive dance sequences choreographed by Kenny Ortega. The dominant beat is Latin and irresistible. Ms. Hardin is appealing but a bit lumpish in the dance scenes. Mr. Cassidy, looking as if he has just spent hours pumping iron, bumps, grinds and gyrates with all the sexual steaminess the producers are clearly seeking. Can Johnny and Baby keep this misbegotten romance simmering for a few weeks, never mind a full season? Can enough ''dirty dancing'' be squeezed into future half-hour episodes to maintain the mambo momentum? I doubt it. *
For more on Dirty Dancing go to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dirty_Dancing_(1988_TV_series)
For Patrick Cassidy's official website go to http://patrickcassidy.webs.com/
For Melora Hardin's oficial website go to http://melora.com/
For a website devoted to the movie Dirty Dancing go to http://web.archive.org/web/20091021003852/http://geocities.com/TelevisionCity/Set/3100/indexa.html
For another Website dedicated to the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing go to http://www.dirtydancing.com/site.php
For The Dirty dancing Festival Website go to http://www.dirtydancingfestival.com/
For a review of the 1987 movie Dirty dancing go to http://www.fast-rewind.com/ddance.htm
For an Article on the TV Show go to https://www.yahoo.com/entertainment/dirty-dancing-melora-hardin-looks-back-1988-tv-series-forgot-existed-140056864.html
To watch the opening credits go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oPKA3Z1HiQs
To listen to the full theme song of Dirty Dancing go to http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_l4LZxN7Uc
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