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28 January 1986 (USA) See more »
Newly divorced Melba is raising her pre-teen daughter Tracy with the help of her mother Rose. Besides hanging out with her long time best friend Susan, she works at a NYC visitor center with Jack and Gil.
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 (Series Cast [6])

Melba Moore ... Melba Patterson (6 episodes, 1986)
Gracie Harrison ... Susan Slater (6 episodes, 1986)
Barbara Meek ... Rose (6 episodes, 1986)
Jamilla Perry ... Tracy Patterson (6 episodes, 1986)
Evan Mirand ... Gil (6 episodes, 1986)

Lou Jacobi ... Jack (6 episodes, 1986)

Series Directed by
Mel Ferber (3 episodes, 1986)
Doug Rogers (2 episodes, 1986)
Series Writing credits
Laurie Gelman (2 episodes, 1986)

Series Produced by
Larry Balmagia .... producer (6 episodes, 1986)
Michael S. Baser .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1986)
Saul Ilson .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1986)
Mike Milligan .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 1986)
Jay Moriarty .... supervising producer (6 episodes, 1986)
Bob Peete .... producer (6 episodes, 1986)
Kim Weiskopf .... executive producer (6 episodes, 1986)
Series Cinematography by
Mark J. Levin (unknown episodes, 1986)
Series Casting by
Fran Bascom (5 episodes, 1986)

Tim Flack (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Andrea Friebert .... dresser (3 episodes, 1986)
Series Other crew
Bernard F. Basley .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Welton Smith .... unit publicist (unknown episodes)

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Additional Details

30 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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The show's premiere date, January 28, 1986, was the same day the pace Shuttle Challenger exploded. The rating were so low, CBS canceled it immediately. In August of that year, CBS broadcast the shows they commissioned and on the night of it's return, the show produced the lowest rated prime time evening in the network's historySee more »


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10 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Notorious for lasting just ONE episode, 26 July 2004
Author: bronty ( from Key West, FL, US

Long after Melba Moore's singing career came to a standstill, CBS provided her with this, her very own sitcom. Alas, for her, CBS, and all involved, it had the distinct misfortune of arriving the night of the first space shuttle disaster, garnering THE lowest ratings EVER for a first-run show and was canceled immediately. I happened to be one of the very few, probably, who caught this show and the space shuttle disaster merely hastened what was inevitable: cancellation. One cannot always base a review on just one episode, particularly a pilot - just as in life, a show must find its way, develop its own voice and flavor - but this was obviously another attempt by CBS to try and capture some of the audience the way NBC and "The Cosby Show" had, and it was done poorly, with writing that was, at best, mediocre and very forced, with hardly an honest-to-goodness laugh to be found, and featuring a leading lady who, while not without her charms (Moore comes off as a nice enough person and not without talent), seemed distinctly uneasy shouldering the burden of an entire show, something made all the clearer by a lack of any real chemistry with anyone else on-screen. Still, she tried, but it was a lousy show and what CBS did could only be called a mercy killing. If anyone remembers this show - and I don't profess to remember much about it, just how I felt about the show! - it's as a footnote in the history of Very Bad TV.

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