Plot[ edit ] The series follows the on-and off-field antics of the fictional American football team , the California Bulls. During the first season Diane Barrow Delta Burke becomes the owner of her ex-husband's team as part of a divorce settlement, after he has an affair with the team's tight end.
She quickly learns the ups and downs of pro football. In one episode, she is forced to coach the team herself after the head coach, Ernie Denardo, is placed in the hospital. The second season dealt with two themes: Barrow was dealing with her players taking recreational drugs during training camp. During this season, O. Simpson joined the cast as T. Parker, a veteran running back who is forced to make the transition from player to coach. Two real life football stars made cameo appearances.
Marcus Allen portrayed a rookie who was taking over T. And Vince Ferragamo played "Mainstreet" Manneti, a veteran quarterback. Jason Beghe joined the cast to play Tom Yinessa, a walk-on quarterback who deals with his overnight celebrity. Delta Burke left the show midway through the third season, after committing herself to CBS ' Designing Women , which she had begun starring on in , and which was renewed.
Diane loses control of the Bulls to Teddy Schraeder, her former lover, who manipulates everyone to his own ends. His antics include having T. Legal issues force him to leave the country and turn control over to his daughter, played by Leah Ayres. Season 4 was briefly renamed 1st and Ten: The Bulls Mean Business.
Shanna Reed joins the cast as the team's new female president, representing the new owners, the Dodds Corporation. Her attempts to innovate include bringing a female soccer player in to kick, and signing an Olympic sprinter as wide receiver. Joe Namath has a cameo appearance. Shannon Tweed would replace her in Season 5, and remain with the show to the end. The show was renamed 1st and Ten: Do it Again for the fifth season. The final season was 1st and Ten: Series themes[ edit ] The Bulls somehow manage to make it to the championship football game, yet lose in a controversial, heartbreaking manner.
Mad Dog and Dr. Death haze the rookies and rally the defense. Bubba and Jethro help each other with their various often sex-related mishaps. The volatile ownership position of the franchise. Controversial aspects of professional sports in the late s: Steroids, the instant replay, women in the locker room, the role of free agency, multi-sport stars, endorsements. During simulated game shots, the Bulls football helmet has a decal of horns on the side.
When the show uses actual game footage, you can clearly see the letters "L" and "A" on the helmets side, representing the L. The Bulls quarterbacks wore 14 to match the actual game footage of L. Express real life quarterback Tom Ramsey.
As the series went on, aerial shots were used of Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum to represent the Bulls home stadium. Game footage from the USFL stopped midway through the third season, as scripted football plays were being used instead, and the USFL had ceased operations by that point.
At one point, Denardo suggests trading for a running back. He mentions the Bulls from "that other league. John Kassir and O. Simpson joined the cast the second season and stayed till the show's end.