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  • Shaun Cassidy as bicycle-obsessed Dave Stoller in the "Breaking Away" TV series

    Shaun Cassidy as bicycle-obsessed Dave Stoller in the "Breaking Away" TV series

  • Vincent Gardenia (L) and Barbara Barrie (R) with Shaun Cassidy (C) in the TV series "Breaking Away"

    Vincent Gardenia (L) and Barbara Barrie (R) with Shaun Cassidy (C) in the TV series "Breaking Away"

Following the success of the 1979 feature film, a TV version of "Breaking Away"—the story of four townies who graduate from high school in Bloomington, Indiana—was filmed in Athens, Georgia, and aired during the 1980-81 series. Shaun Cassidy starred as Dave Stoller, the cycling-obsessed leader of the group originated by Dennis Christopher in the film version. Barbara Barrie (reprising her film role) and Vincent Gardenia play Stoller's parents.