Malibu, CA (TV series)

Malibu, CA

The season 1 cast of Malibu, CA. Top row (L-R): Brandon Brooks, Trevor Merszei, and Gina Marie May. Bottom row (L-R): Jason Hayes and Wendi Kenya.
Created by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 52
Executive producer(s) Peter Engel
Running time 30 minutes (with commercials)
Production company(s) Peter Engel Productions
NBC Enterprises
Tribune Entertainment
Distributor NBCUniversal Television Distribution
Original network Syndicated
Original release October 11, 1998 (1998-10-11) – May 20, 2000 (2000-05-20)

Malibu, CA is an American teen sitcom television program produced by Peter Engel that aired from 1998 to 2000 in syndication.[1] Co-created by Engel and Carl Kurlander, the show centred on the lives of twin brothers Scott (Trevor Merszei) and Jason Collins (Jason Hayes), who move to Malibu, California from New York City to live with their father, Peter (Edward Blatchford).

Guest appearances on the show included Dennis Haskins (who had previously worked with Engel for several years on Saved by the Bell), Scott Whyte and Marissa Dyan from City Guys, Daniella Deutscher from Hang Time, and model Victoria Silvstedt.

The series was one of two post-Saved by the Bell: The College Years series executive produced by Peter Engel that did not air on NBC's TNBC lineup, USA High being the other. Prior to the 2012 premiere of The First Family, Malibu, CA was the last situation comedy to be broadcast for the first-run syndication market.



SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
126October 11, 1998 (1998-10-11)May 23, 1999 (1999-05-23)
226October 9, 1999 (1999-10-09)May 20, 2000 (2000-05-20)

Season 1 (1998–1999)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"Welcome to Malibu"Gary ShimokawaCarl KurlanderOctober 11, 199870001
Fraternal twins Scott and Jason Collins move from New York to Malibu to be with their father Peter, who runs a restaurant there called the Lighthouse. Both boys are immediately attracted to their neighbour Samantha and just as quickly start competing for her attention.
22"Surf Sale"Gary ShimokawaEddie Ring and Mark LavineOctober 18, 199870003
Condo developers plan to get rid of The Surf Shack, Murray's favourite place. For a time, it looks like The Surf Shack has a date with the bulldozer, but then Peter steps in to save the day.
33"Miss Malibu"Gary ShimokawaRenee PalyoOctober 25, 199870002
While caring for their father's tropical fish while he is away, Jason and Scott find one of them, Peter's favourite "Goldie," dead. To raise the money to replace the expensive fish, the brothers hold a Miss Malibu contest and fix it so that Samantha will be the winner.
44"The Classic Car"Gary ShimokawaCarl KurlanderNovember 1, 199870004
Scott is restoring a 1965 Mustang and Samantha is spending a lot of time helping him with it, causing concern for Jason and Stads. To stop Scott and Sam from going to a car show in Santa Barbara, Stads and Jason make it look like the Mustang was stolen.
55"Photo Shoot"Gary ShimokawaRoss AbrashNovember 8, 199870006
Samantha is chosen by fashion photographer Devon for a photo shoot, but Jason believes he is just hitting on her and tells Scott to stop it.
66"My Hero"Gary ShimokawaBob UnderwoodNovember 15, 199870005
Jason and Stads are dating, but Jason is embarrassed by always being outdone by Stads in athletics. A robbery is attempted at the Lighthouse while the couple are there. The lights go out and Stads knocks out the robber. When the confusion settles down, Stads gives Jason credit for subduing the thief.
77"Scott's Old Girlfriend"Gary ShimokawaBrett DeweyNovember 22, 199870007
Megan, Scott's ex-girlfriend from New York, visits Malibu, causing a strain in his relationship with Samantha.
88"Two 'Man' Bowling"Gary ShimokawaEddie Ring and Mark LavineNovember 29, 199870010
Jason and Scott enter a bowling tournament against the reigning Malibu Lanes champ Louie.
99"Murray Wear"Gary ShimokawaBrett DeweyDecember 6, 199870012
Scott and Jason are desperate to make some money after they mess up supply orders at the restaurant. To do this, they put their own home shopping show on the Public-access television channel.
1010"The Costume Party"Gary ShimokawaBob UnderwoodDecember 13, 199870009
Jason is jealous of Stads' hunky lifeguard partner Kip. Scott advises him to flirt with Traycee to make Stads jealous. Samantha advises Stads to do likewise with Kip. Jason and Stads argue while shopping for costumes for a party and the two break up.
1111"Malibu Holiday"Gary ShimokawaRoss AbrashDecember 20, 199870008
Scott recognizes actress Jessie Sinclair at The Lighthouse, but he agrees to keep the news quiet.
1212"The Big Storm"Gary ShimokawaRenee PalyoJanuary 10, 199970014
Jason and Stads have a big fight over his gift to her, tickets to a concert that he is anxious to go to. Samantha advises Jason to buy another gift for Stads and the two of them set out for Beverly Hills to buy a necklace. On the way a big storm rolls in, causing a mudslide.
1313"Mom Returns"Gary ShimokawaBrett DeweyJanuary 17, 199970011
Jason and Scott worry that they will have to move back to New York when their mother visits.
1414"Murray for Mayor"Gary ShimokawaCarl Kurlander
and Bob Underwood (teleplay)
Eddie Ring
and Mark Lavine (story)
January 24, 199970013
Murray decides to run for mayor of Malibu to save a 500-year-old tree stump slated for removal in order to build a road to a hospital. His opponent, Dennis Haskins (the actor who played Mr. Belding on Saved by the Bell), is determined to catch Jason and Scott, who have been illegally using campaign funds.
1515"Love on the 'Net"Gary ShimokawaBob Underwood
and Ross Abrash
January 31, 199970015
After his breakup with Stads, Jason is striking out with women while Scott is having great success with girls he's met through the Internet. Meanwhile Traycee is training with Stads to become a lifeguard to appear on Baywatch.
1616"Mrs. Murray"Gary ShimokawaRob Hammersley (teleplay)
Renee Palyo
and Ross Abrash (story)
February 7, 199970017
Murray is attracted to a sunbather on the beach named Amber. To help him out, Jason lets her know that Murray is a trust-fund baby, and Amber all of a sudden is wild about Murray.
1717"The Game Show"Gary ShimokawaRenee Palyo and Ross AbrashFebruary 14, 199970018
Peter promotes Scott to a position over Jason at the restaurant. In their sibling rivalry, the boys make a $200 bet over who is the better ladies' man. To do this they appear on Traycee's new cable show which is similar to The Dating Game.
1818"The Dude of Love"Gary ShimokawaRenee Palyo and Ross AbrashFebruary 21, 199970019
Jason likes a girl he meets on the beach named Holly, but she has a boyfriend.
1919"Jason's New Job"Gary ShimokawaRenee Palyo
and Carl Kurlander (teleplay)
Tony Soltis (story)
February 28, 199970021
Jason is hurt and offended when his father snaps at him at work, and takes a new job at a health club. However, when Peter's new hire robs his restaurant, a familiar face comes to the rescue.
2020"The Older Woman"Gary ShimokawaCarl Kurlander
and Ross Abrash
April 11, 199970024
Laura, a graphic designer, is hired to design new menus for The Lighthouse, and the boys notice that their father has more than a professional interest in her.
2121"Scott's Secret Dream"Gary ShimokawaTony Soltis (teleplay)
Scott Yaffe (story)
April 18, 199970023
Stads is interning at a local TV station and everyone else seems to want to get in on the act. Traycee tries out for weather girl, Jason enters the jingle-writing contest, and Scott wants to be a sports commentator.
2222"Mom's Gift"Gary ShimokawaRenee PalyoApril 25, 199970026
The boys have forgotten to buy their mother a birthday present, so they decide to make her a videotape all about their lives in Malibu.
2323"The New Cook"Gary ShimokawaEddie Ring and Mark LavineMay 2, 199970016
Peter gives Jason and Scott the responsibility of hiring a new cook while he is away, and they choose a beautiful, statuesque blonde – whose cooking is awful.
2424"Uncle Charlie"Gary ShimokawaTony SoltisMay 9, 199970020
The boys' favourite uncle, Charlie, is coming to visit, but he is not as happy about it as they are.
2525"The Yacht"Gary ShimokawaRenee Palyo
and Carl Kurlander (teleplay)
Ross Abrash (story)
May 16, 199970022
Scott and Jason accidentally destroy their father's $2000 watch. To raise money to replace it, they convince Murray to hold a "Casino Night" on his father's yacht while he is out of town.
2626"The Triathlon"Gary ShimokawaRoss Abrash
and Carl Kurlander
May 23, 199970025
Jason gets jealous when Stads and Scott spend time together for an upcoming triathlon. Meanwhile, after an accident in The Lighthouse, Traycee decides to sue Peter, but then later marries him.

Season 2 (1999–2000)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
271"Race Your Dream"Gary ShimokawaTBAOctober 9, 199970051

Medical student Lisa Jones insults Jason and Scott.

Note: Priscilla Taylor (Traycee Banks) is added to the main cast and appears in the show's opening credits.
282"Jason's Song"Gary ShimokawaTBAOctober 16, 199970052
Jesse, a member of Peter's 1970s band the Disco Dudes, shows up at the Lighthouse.
293"Aloha"Gary ShimokawaTBAOctober 23, 199970053
The Lighthouse is losing business to another restaurant, the Aloha. Meanwhile, Traycee decides to have a new look to get a proper date.
304"Chasing Stads"Gary ShimokawaTBAOctober 30, 199970054

Stads experiences too much bad luck so she decides to leave Malibu.

Note: This is Wendi Kenya's last appearance on the show, though her character is mentioned in one subsequent episode.
315"Off the Deep End"Gary ShimokawaTBANovember 6, 199970055

Peter has been ignoring Scott's swim meets and now only three are left before the Olympic trials. Fearing that he's doing the same thing to Scott now that he did to him when he was younger, Mr. Collins now tries to get as involved as possible.

Note: This is Suzanne Davis' first appearance on the show as Alex Kaufman.
326"Dancing Fools"Gary ShimokawaTBANovember 13, 199970056
337"The Long Goodbye"Gary ShimokawaTBANovember 20, 199970057
348"Guess Who's Coming to Malibu"Gary ShimokawaTBANovember 27, 199970058(?)
359"Starstruck"Gary ShimokawaTBADecember 4, 199970059
3610"The Comeback"Gary ShimokawaTBADecember 11, 199970060
3711"The Best Man"Gary ShimokawaTBAJanuary 15, 200070061
While trying to avoid hurting Murray's feelings, Scott and Lisa kiss.
3812"Jason's Deal"Gary ShimokawaTBAJanuary 22, 200070062
Jason is on cloud nine when the news comes that his CD will be released and he's even happier when Steve Lansing from the record company gives him a $20,000 advance. He starts spending the money lavishly, which concerns his father Peter and brother Scott, especially when he leaves them out of certain events.
3913"Lisa's Ex"Gary ShimokawaTBAJanuary 29, 200070063
Lisa is caught in a triangle between current boyfriend Scott and her basketball player ex-boyfriend.
4014"Retiring Dad"TBATBAFebruary 5, 2000TBA
The boys run the restaurant when Peter decides to retire.
4115"Goin' Up in Smoke"Gary ShimokawaTBAFebruary 12, 200070064
Scott, Peter and visiting Uncle Charlie learn that Jason is smoking again.
4216"Movin' on Out"TBATBAFebruary 19, 2000TBA
Traycee is driving Lisa crazy as a room-mate. Traycee's late-night parties make it hard for her to study, she doesn't remember to give Lisa her phone messages, and she interrupts Scott and Lisa when they are alone. Frustrated, Lisa types up a list of house rules for Traycee to follow, which leads to a big blow-up between the room-mates and Traycee says she'll move out. After another far worse room-mate takes Traycee's place, Lisa realises that Traycee isn't such a bad room-mate after all.
4317"The New York Girl"TBATBAFebruary 26, 2000TBA
Peter wants his son Jason to take out his friend's daughter Maggie Taylor while she's in town from New York. Jason is reluctant, since he remembers her as a geek. Scott remembers how Jason stood her up for the freshman prom back when they lived in New York. Jason bribes Murray into going out with Maggie in his place, but he changes his mind when she shows up and looks quite attractive.
4418"Educating Lisa"TBATBAMarch 4, 2000TBA
4519"Wonderful Life"TBATBAApril 1, 2000TBA
Lisa is fed up, after an argument with her friends goes outside. Her guardian angel, in the form of Traycee who is trying to get new wings, tries to persuade her that her life isn't as miserable as she thinks.
4620"The Interview"TBATBAApril 8, 2000TBA
Lisa is extremely nervous about her interview with a professional doctor which makes her snappy and irritating, so Scott and Traycee play a joke on her to show her how silly she is, but it all backfires.
4721"Parent Trap"TBATBAApril 15, 2000TBA
Peter is not happy when a surprise birthday party reminds him of his age. Murray gives him some bungee-jumping tickets and he decides to do it, hoping to feel younger, but the next day at the Lighthouse he regrets it. Traycee tells Scott and Jason that their dad may be having a mid-life crisis and suggests he meet her mother Candee, a former supermodel who's in town, who maybe can provide some companionship.
4822"Dr. Freeze"TBATBAApril 22, 2000TBA
Lisa is worried about her medical abilities when she faints while helping an injured Scott.
4923"The House Guest"TBATBAApril 29, 2000TBA
Jason and Scott offer to house-sit for Murray while he's away at a surfer's convention. Meanwhile, Traycee makes the mistake of letting Alex be her new personal assistant.
5024"Scott a Go Go"TBATBAMay 6, 2000TBA
Scott gets a job as a male dancer, while Jason and Peter use Traycee's dreams to gamble.
5125"Big Daddy"TBATBAMay 13, 2000TBA
Jason becomes a big brother to a boy. Scott, Peter and Murray think Alex's new boyfriend (Scott Whyte) is a car thief.
5226"Three Dudes and a Baby"TBATBAMay 20, 2000TBA
Jason, Peter and Murray look after a friend's baby. Lisa's sister comes to visit and Traycee's TV show gets cancelled.

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  1. Cynthia Littleton (December 10, 1997). "Tribune, NBC ready 'Malibu'". Variety. Retrieved 2016-05-25. Tribune Entertainment has struck a deal with NBC Enterprises and Peter Engel Prods. to launch a new syndie weekly series, “Malibu, CA,” next fall.
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