Shannon's Deal is an American legal drama that aired on NBC from April 13, 1990 until May 21, 1991. The series was created by John Sayles and executive produced by Stan Rogow. The show centers on a successful Philadelphia corporate lawyer named Jack Shannon, who lost his family and his job to a compulsive gambling habit. The saga of Shannon, who leaves a prestigious law firm after years of becoming unhappy with the legal system and being forced to take his clients to court, and whom subsequently opens his own low-rent practice, was first explored in the high-rated two-hour movie pilot, which NBC aired on June 4, 1989. The series was highly regarded in the industry for its level of writing, complex character development, and its witty dramedy elements, but is also remembered for the notable people who worked behind the scenes.