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Breaking Away is a short-lived television series that was based on the film of the same name. As a prequel, it was set during the year prior to the events of the film. Shaun Cassidy took over the role of Dave Stoller, a young man mad about bicycle racing and all things Italian (the Italians being a cycling power). Barbara Barrie, Jackie Earle Haley and John Ashton reprised their roles.



  • Dominique Dunne as Paulina Bornstein (episodes 2, 5, 6, & 8)
  • Shelby Brammer as Nancy (episodes 1, 4, 5)
  • Steve Doubet as Steve (episodes 2, 4)
  • John Ashton as Roy, Mike's brother


Episode summaries[1]
# Title Director Writer(s) Airdate
1x01 "The Cutter" Joe Rubin Steve Tesich 29 November 1980 (1980-11-29)
The series opens one year before the film as Dave and his friends graduate high school. 
1x02 "The American Dream" Stan Lathan Charles Rosin 6 December 1980 (1980-12-06)
Dave audits a college class and meets Paulina, while a co-ed gets Mike to play in a football game for a fraternity.
Guest stars: Jeff Corey as Professor Manchester 
1x03 "Knowing Her" Kim Friedman Jerry McNeely 13 December 1980 (1980-12-13)
Cyril dates a co-ed, Moocher gets a job in a movie theater, Evelyn takes a real-estate course.
Guest stars: Larry Larson as Grant/Greg Prince, Woody Eney as Dougherty, Lenora May as Jeanne Lindsay 
1x04 "King of the Quarry" Victor Lobel Steve Pritzker 20 December 1980 (1980-12-20)
Ray guest lectures at the university, Moocher get a job offer in Chicago.
Guest stars: Brian Lane Green as Jerry, Lauri Huffer as Jennifer 
1x05 "Heart Like a Wheel" Jack Bender Caroline Elias 27 December 1980 (1980-12-27)
Paulina meets Dave's parents over dinner, Moocher asks Nancy to move in together, and Mike drag races a college student.
Guest stars: Chris Lemmon as Danny 
1x06 "Rainy Night in Georgia" Stan Lathan Jerry McNeely & Charles Rosin 3 January 1981 (1981-01-03)
The guys get a painting job, Dave's bicycle is stolen, and Evelyn wants Ray to buy land near the university as an investment 
1x07 "La Strada" Jeff Bleckner Steve Tesich & Glenn Gordon Caron 10 January 1981 (1981-01-10)
Guest stars: Mark Metcalf as Racer, Dennis Robertson as Simms 
1x08 "Grand Illusion" —— —— unaired


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