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Complete series cast summary:
 Wood Newton (98 episodes, 1990-1994)
 Ava Evans Newton (98 episodes, 1990-1994)
 Dr. Harlan Elldridge (98 episodes, 1990-1994)
 Herman Stiles (98 episodes, 1990-1994)
 Taylor Newton (98 episodes, 1990-1994)
Jacob Parker ...
 Will Newton (98 episodes, 1990-1994)
 Merleen Elldridge (98 episodes, 1990-1994)
 Ponder Blue (97 episodes, 1990-1994)
 Freida Evans (97 episodes, 1990-1994)
 Evan Evans (80 episodes, 1990-1994)
Candace Hutson ...
 Molly Newton (74 episodes, 1991-1994)
 Nub Oliver (71 episodes, 1990-1994)
Burton Gilliam ...
 Virgil (68 episodes, 1990-1994)


In this laid-back comedy, Wood Newton is a former pro American Football player who has retired and returned to his childhood home, the small town of Evening Shade, Arkansas. He's now the coach of the local high school American Football team, which brings him in constant contact with the other residents of the town. Written by Afterburner <>

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Release Date:

21 September 1990 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Daddy schafft uns alle  »

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(100 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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According to Rider Strong in an interview with Vanity Fair, he was scared of Burt Reynolds because Reynolds often lost his temper on set. See more »


Dr. Harlan Elldridge: He had a splinter, in his butt, the size of a Louisville Slugger.
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Referenced in Midnight Screenings: God's Not Dead 2 (2016) See more »


Evening Shade Theme
Written by Bobby Goldsboro
Performed by Bobby Goldsboro
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One Lucky Night
2 March 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I was up late one night last week and channel surfing when I heard an old familiar favorite theme song. " got my front porch swing, a glass of lemonade". I thought I had died and went to heaven. Is it possible ? Yes, Evening Shade was actually on CMT. I loved this show when it originally aired on CBS in the early 90's. I found the warmth and humor so refreshing and was a loyal viewer until the end. Burt and his cast were close in real life and that brought a wonderful humanity to the screen. The talent alone on that show was enough to make it believable. But knowing that these actors, Micheal Jeter, Charles Durning, Hal Holbrook, Ozzie Davis, Marilu Henner, and of course Burt Reynolds had not only worked together in the past, but actually were friends made the chemistry on the show so enjoyable to watch. I have spent the last week hoping to see Evening Shade on the CMT line-up, but I have been disappointed. If anyone knows anything about any DVD sales or any station listing it, please post. THANK YOU. HAPPY WATCHING.

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