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 Elliot Weston (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Ellyn Warren (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Hope Murdoch Steadman (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Gary Shepherd (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Melissa Steadman (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Michael Steadman (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Nancy Krieger Weston (85 episodes, 1987-1991)
Brittany Craven ...
 Janey (66 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Janey (66 episodes, 1987-1991)
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 Ethan Weston / ... (41 episodes, 1987-1991)
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Hope and Michael are a married couple in their thirties, living in Philadelphia, and struggling with everyday adult angst. Michael runs an ad agency with his friend Elliot, whose marriage to Nancy is beginning to show the cracks of age, as is the friendship between Hope and her best friend Ellyn. Michael's best friend, Gary, on the other hand, is trying to get on with his womanising life, and get over the mutually-destructive affair he had with Michael's cousin, Melissa. It all sounds like just another soap, but is given a unique atmosphere by the production team (the Bedford Falls company, also responsible for 'My So Called Life') whose intelligent scripts, believable characters and frequent dips into the slightly surreal world of the character's minds places the series as one of the highlights of the late 1980s. Written by Spiral Lobster <discordia@tanagra.demon.co.uk>

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[Miles shows up, with flowers etc., at Melissa's place, after the night he nearly raped her]
Melissa Steadman: I didn't know there was a Hallmark card for this kind of thing...
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The Apology Show
31 May 2003 | by (NJ) – See all my reviews

For a few seasons I compulsively watched this show the way one might keep checking a closet to see if the bad smell is still there. Who can explain what drives us to watch what annoys us? After a few months I figured out that the spine of the story was based on apologizing. Subtract apologies between these characters the day after they find miniature ways to offend each other, and you've hardly got a plot.

My favorite bit was when Timothy B-something, I think his name was (the red-headed actor) got his big chance to direct a commercial, and showed a black guy how he wanted a 'hood walk performed.

Worst moment was when a most annoying woman character went ballistic because on a date the guy (the boss at the ad agency) tried to kiss her! Imagine trying to steal a kiss from your thirty-something date! Take back the night, and keep this show.


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