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Shades of L.A. is an American crime drama television series that aired from October 10, 1990 until April 6, 1991. Det. Michael Burton of the Los Angeles Police Department is a casual cop until he finds himself in limbo after a bullet grazes his head. He finds himself surrounded by "shades" - spirits trapped between heaven and hell until they can complete any unfinished business on earth. Once resuscitated, he can still see the "shades" so goes about helping them.

  1. William Bleich


Series Cast

  1. John D'Aquino as Det. Michael Burton

    John D'Aquino

    Det. Michael Burton

    20 Episodes

  2. Warren Berlinger as Lt. James Wesley

    Warren Berlinger

    Lt. James Wesley

    20 Episodes

  3. Kenneth Mars as Uncle Louis Burton

    Kenneth Mars

    Uncle Louis Burton

    20 Episodes

  4. Sam J. Jones as

    Sam J. Jones

    2 Episodes

  5. Allyce Beasley as

    Allyce Beasley

    2 Episodes

  6. Tawny Kitaen as

    Tawny Kitaen

    2 Episodes

  7. Beverly Leech

    2 Episodes

  8. Michael Boatman as

    Michael Boatman

    2 Episodes

  9. Brian Libby as

    Brian Libby

    2 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 1

1990 • 20 Episodes

Season 1 of Shades of L.A. premiered on October 10, 1990.

Line of Fire (2)

(1x20, April 6, 1991) Season Finale

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Shades of L.A.


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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