Joe Gardner, a child of the Depression, is a successful plastics manufacturer in Seattle, Washington. After his wife dies, his four adult children move back in. Anne, 35 and an ex-hippie, ... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
 Joe Gardner (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Trey Ames ...
 David Sisk (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Jim Eisenberg (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Lindley Gardner Eisenberg (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
David Oliver ...
 Sam Gardner (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Kay Ericson Gardner (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Sunny Sisk (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
 Anne Gardner Maxwell (22 episodes, 1987-1988)
Morgan Stevens ...
 Jack Gardner (22 episodes, 1987-1988)


Joe Gardner, a child of the Depression, is a successful plastics manufacturer in Seattle, Washington. After his wife dies, his four adult children move back in. Anne, 35 and an ex-hippie, has been divorced twice and returns with her two children, David and Sunny. Lindley, 31, is a sales representative in her father's company and a new mother. Jack, 30, is a drifter "trying to find himself," and Sam, Joe's youngest child, is a preppy who is married to Kay, a free-spirit. Written by J.E. McKillop <>

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16 September 1987 (USA)  »

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Un anno nella vita  »

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I Knew It....
18 June 2002 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

The subject matter, acting and directing of this series were, in its time, on the level of cable television -- and I knew upon viewing it that it would never last. I've got every episode, including the miniseries on videocasette, but they are now very hard to watch (on the edge of extinction), but I still have a "Year in the Life" marathon about once a year when I feel like visiting this most interesting Seattle family. My favorite scene, and the crowning glory of this series was when Anne explains to Sunny that she was not responsible for a friend's suicide.....just excellent. I don't know if this will ever be run again, perhaps on cable...but someone send a shoutout because I will resubscribe to cable just to tape fresh copies of every television is rarely this excellent.

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