The Family Holvak (1975– )

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Rev. Holvak and his brood struggle to get by in 1930s Tennessee.

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Series cast summary:
 Rev. Tom Holvak (10 episodes, 1975)
 Elizabeth Holvak (10 episodes, 1975)
 Ramey Holvak (10 episodes, 1975)
Elizabeth Cheshire ...
 Julie Mae Holvak (10 episodes, 1975)
Ted Gehring ...
 Chester Purdle (10 episodes, 1975)
Cynthia Howard ...
 Ida (10 episodes, 1975)


Reverend Tom Holvak and his family--wife Elizabeth, teenage son Ramey and young daughter Julie Mae--battled to survive the Depression in the Deep South, sometimes with their love for each other as their only defense. Being the religious head of their Tennessee town wasn't enough to keep food on the table, so Tom farmed a small piece of land owned by the church to get by. Written by Marty McKee <>

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Release Date:

7 September 1975 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La famiglia Holvak  »

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(6 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Follows The Greatest Gift (1974) See more »

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Not a bad show
4 February 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Some of the previous reviews, were not accurate.

Glenn Ford was not a boring actor. The Famiy Holvak did not focus on the mother and daughter. I don't remember a white family/black family interaction (whoever wrote that was thinking of a show starring a young Michael J. Fox, produced in the early 80s.) I think most of the reviewers have this show mixed up with others from the 70s. As for a limitation of choices (re: no cable). I believe the limitation actually affected the quality of programming. Yes, back then the independent channels only showed films from the 30s and 40s. You know what, that stuff in my opinion was a lot better than the garbage around today. Most of the shows back then were much better than what the viewers must watch today. I was a t.v. junkie back then. With the exception of public television, I rarely watch the "idiot box"...There is absolutely nothing worthwhile.

I know I digress, but I was just very surprised by the mixed up reviews for this television show.

I thought the quality was good, the acting fine (Julie Harris is a great stage actress. I guess most people on IMDb don't know who she is.)and story lines similar to the time the show was set. I was disappointed when it was suddenly canceled after such a short run. I believe it was really never given a chance.

Oh well...

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