The Bedford Diaries (TV Mini-Series 2006)


The Bedford Diaries (TV Series 2006–2006)

IMDb  7.0 /10
Creator Tom Fontana
Creator Julie Martin
Release Date2006-03-29
Runtime1h 0mins
GenreDrama, Romance
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
CompanyHBO Independent Productions, Warner Bros. Television, The Levinson / Fontana Company
Owen Gregory 8 episodes, 2006
Zoe Lopez 8 episodes, 2006
Sara Gregory 8 episodes, 2006
Corri English
Corri English
Natalie Dykstra 8 episodes, 2006
Richard Thorne III 8 episodes, 2006
Ernest Waddell
Ernest Waddell
Lee Hemingway 8 episodes, 2006
Professor Carla Bonatelle / ... 8 episodes, 2006
Professor Jake Macklin / ... 8 episodes, 2006
Aaron Evans 8 episodes, 2006
Dean Harold Harper 7 episodes, 2006
Kamil Sharif 7 episodes, 2006
James Fong 6 episodes, 2006
Peter Wortman 6 episodes, 2006
Student 6 episodes, 2006
Rachel Fein 5 episodes, 2006
Mia Thorne 5 episodes, 2006
Chris Hernandez / ... 5 episodes, 2006
Katrina 4 episodes, 2006
Professor Sean Dixon / ... 4 episodes, 2006
Norris 4 episodes, 2006
Trey Anderson 4 episodes, 2006
Amelia Kallman
Amelia Kallman
Gina Troeller 4 episodes, 2006
Olive Bettes 3 episodes, 2006
Steve Antonucci
Steve Antonucci
Swimmer / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Student 3 episodes, 2006
Rylan Garvey 3 episodes, 2006
Marshall Elliott
Marshall Elliott
3 episodes, 2006
Annie - Bartender / ... 3 episodes, 2006
Peter Scanavino
Peter Scanavino
Gunther Halstead 2 episodes, 2006
Thaddeus Cole 2 episodes, 2006
Richard Thorne II 2 episodes, 2006
April / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Franco Bulaon
Franco Bulaon
Dancing guy #1 / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Coffee House Singer / ... 2 episodes, 2006
Genia Lear Morgan
Genia Lear Morgan
Student Government Panel Member 2 episodes, 2006
Pete Pastore
Pete Pastore
Bar Tender 2 episodes, 2006
Jason Miller 2 episodes, 2006
Erin Kavenaugh 2 episodes, 2006

The Bedford Diaries

The Bedford Diaries is an American drama television series that premiered on March 29, 2006 on The WB and concluded its first season on May 10, 2006. The series was created by Tom Fontana and Julie Martin. This series was canceled on May 18, 2006 after one season.

A week prior to its premiere, The WB attempted to build buzz with scenes from the series' pilot posted on their website with more adult material not meant for broadcast, with those scenes edited out for the actual broadcast episode.


The Bedford Diaries explores the excitement and intensity of New York City college life through the eyes of six students with different backgrounds, experiences and ages, who are brought together in a provocative sexuality seminar. The seminar, which examines the human condition through sexuality, is taught by maverick Professor Jake Macklin, who will challenge and inspire his students as they question their assumptions about their own sexuality, life and identity. The themes include sexual responsibility, manipulation, and the differences between love and sex, passion and abstinence.

The students’ innermost thoughts and desires are told through video diaries they make to fulfill their weekly class assignments.

Among the students are Sarah Gregory, the Student Government President, poised and assured but vulnerable in love, and her younger brother, Owen Gregory, a freshman pre-med major, who plans to take advantage of all the fun college life has to offer. Natalie Dykstra, a lovely, outgoing and emotional woman, has returned to campus after a suicide attempt. She now struggles with being stereotyped as “the jumper.” Natalie’s ex-boyfriend, Richard Thorne, a former Park Avenue bad boy who turned his life around after Natalie’s jump, is also a member of the class. He’s now clean, sober and works as the college newspaper’s editor, but he’s still tormented by old demons. Lee Hemingway is a scholarship student from Queens with ambitions to become an art historian. Lee has a serious girlfriend, Rachel, but he’s attracted to another scholarship student, Zoe Lopez. Zoe talks a fast and flirty game, but despite her brash veneer, she is still a virgin and struggles with her growing feelings for Lee.

The series also stars Tony Award-winner Audra McDonald as Professor Carla Bonatelle, a Political Science professor and head of the Ethics Committee, who regularly clashes with Professor Macklin, as well as with Harold Harper (Peter Gerety), the fatherly, compassionate and often beleaguered Dean of Students.


The series was produced by HBO Independent Productions, Warner Bros. Television Production Inc. and The Levinson/Fontana Co., with executive producers Tom Fontana, Julie Martin, and Barry Levinson.

Outdoor scenes were filmed at Barnard College in New York City.


  • Matthew Modine as Professor Jake Macklin
  • Penn Badgley as Owen Gregory
  • Victoria Cartagena as Zoe Lopez
  • Tiffany Dupont as Sarah Gregory
  • Corri English as Natalie Dykstra
  • Audra McDonald as Professor Carla Bonatelle
  • Darien Sills-Evans as Aaron Evans
  • Milo Ventimiglia as Richard Thorne
  • Ernest Waddell as Lee Hemmingway
  • Aaron Yoo as James Fong
  • Scott Porter as Jason Miller
  • Jason Jurman as Peter Wortman
  • Emma Bell as Rachel Fein


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1"I'm Gonna Love College"Adam BernsteinTom Fontana, Julie MartinMarch 29, 20064762912.000
At Bedford University, Professor Macklin presides over a “sex and the human condition” seminar. It is soon revealed however that Sarah had an affair with a professor, which is about to be made public by Richard, the school newspaper's editor, who happens to be a recovering alcoholic. Meanwhile, Sarah is upset over the fact that her younger brother, Owen, is also a part of the sex seminar, which means he will hear the sordid details of her sex life.
2"The Truth About Sex"Adam BernsteinTom Fontana, Julie MartinApril 5, 20062T72511.690
The ethics committee meets about Professor Dixon's sleeping with two of his students and whether he should be censured. His wife asks Sarah if she is sleeping with him and she denies it. After inviting Natalie to a dorm party, Owen is shocked when she shows up with another man on her arm. Rachel shocks Lee with her news.
3"Tell Me No Secrets"Ed BianchiBradford WintersApril 12, 20062T72521.790
Professor Macklin decides to make the theme of the class confidentiality after Lee's personal life ends up in the school paper. However, Richard claims free speech as his reasoning for publishing the information. Meanwhile, Sarah starts dating a hot athlete but she is unaware that he is just using her to help fund his team.
4"Zen and the Art of Manipulation"David AnspaughTom Fontana, Chris Dingess,
Julie Martin
April 19, 20062T72531.580
Richard has no idea that the older woman in his new relationship is none other than Professor Macklin's ex wife, Katrina. Owen and Natalie volunteer at a psychiatric center and Natalie begins to think differently of him. Meanwhile, all the students are learning about sexual manipulation, both in and out of the seminar.
5"Love and the Tenth Planet"Whitney RansickJessica BrickmanApril 26, 20062T72541.600
Owen tries to impress Natalie on a date. Lee begins playing online poker and faces the consequences. Sarah decides to dump her new guy after she realizes that sex is not enough. Meanwhile, Richard, Professor Macklin and his wife Katrina all end up at the same concert.
6"The Passion of the Beaver"Adam BernsteinJason YoshimuraMay 3, 20062T72551.370
After Professor Macklin selects passion as the topic for the week, Zoe complains to him that she has nothing to be passionate about. Richard decides to use his family name to get his lover, Katrina, access to city officials. Natalie and Owen decide to try to help save the school's health clinic, although Owen is only in it to try to get Natalie. However, soon Owen's sister, Sarah, decides to oppose the heath clinic, placing Owen in an awkward situation.
7"Risky Business"Ron LagomarsinoBrant EnglesteinMay 10, 20062T72561.060
Richard is still depressed over the loss of Katrina after she decides to go back to Professor Macklin. He soon ends up in the arms of ex-girlfriend, Natalie, which makes Owen extremely jealous. Meanwhile, Lee continues his gambling addiction and has to buy a term paper for his most important class. Zoe begins to contemplate losing her virginity just so she can make Lee jealous.
8"Abstinence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder"Ted BogosianLyle WeldonMay 10, 20062T72570.940
Professor Macklin decides that abstinence will be the topic of the week. Owen and Natalie begin to rethink their relationship after she will not allow him to stay with her for a few days. This makes Natalie think about giving Richard a second chance. Lee, however, is having problems abstaining from gambling and sex and must take a loan from Richard to pay his gambling debt. Richard decides to hire Zoe to be the school newspaper’s new sex columnist, and Sarah almost gives her former professor/lover another chance, until she discovers that she's not the only student he has eyes for.