Season 1
Episode 8
Written By Aaron Sorkin
Director Thomas Schlamme
Original Airdate November 17, 1998
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"Thespis" is the eighth episode of the first season and the eighth episode of the series overall. It originally aired on November 17, 1998. It was written by Aaron Sorkin and directed by Thomas Schlamme.


The mischievous Greek ghost Thespis is in the building, causing havoc with the show. Dana worries about impressing her mother at Thanksgiving dinner, while Isaac worries about his oldest daughter's pregnancy complications.





  1. Josh Charles as Dan Rydell
  2. Peter Krause as Casey McCall
  3. Felicity Huffman as Dana Whitaker
  4. Joshua Malina as Jeremy Goodwin
  5. Sabrina Lloyd as Natalie Hurley
  6. and Robert Guillaume as Isaac Jaffe

Guest starring

  1. Kayla Blake as Kim
  2. Greg Baker as Elliott


  1. Jeff Mooring as Dave
  2. Timothy Davis-Reed as Chris
  3. Ron Ostrow as Will
  4. Russell Andrews as Matt McGregor


Opening Credits

  1. Aaron Sorkin - Creator
  2. Brian Grazer - Executive Producer
  3. Ron Howard - Executive Producer
  4. Tony Krantz - Executive Producer
  5. Aaron Sorkin - Executive Producer
  6. Rob Scheidlinger - Executive Producer
  7. Thomas Schlamme - Executive Producer
  8. Lynn Siefert - Consulting Producer
  9. Tracey Stern - Producer
  10. Rachel Sweet - Producer
  11. John Amodeo - Produced by
  12. Aaron Sorkin - Writer
  13. Thomas Schlamme - Director

Closing credits

  1. Bonnie Zane - Casting
  2. Paula Rosenberg - Casting
  3. Matt Tarses - Co-producer
  4. Stephen Putnam - Associate Producer
  5. David Walpert - Executive Story Editor
  6. Bill Wrubel - Story Editor
  7. Peter Smokler - Director of Photography
  8. Theo E. Azzari - Production Designer
  9. Janet Ashikaga - Editor
  10. Bruce Chevillat - Unit Production Manager
  11. Keri McIntyre - First Assistant Director
  12. Nicole Burke - Second Assistant Director
  13. W.G. Snuffy Walden - Music


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