Tom and Carol Anne Smithson move to the tiny town of Grand, Pennsylvania, where Tom has gotten a job at the Weldon Piano Works. Tom is soon fired, however, after his "innovative idea for ... See full summary »

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 Janice Pasetti (26 episodes, 1990)
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 Carol Anne Smithson (26 episodes, 1990)
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 Desmond (26 episodes, 1990)
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 Norris Weldon (26 episodes, 1990)
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 Edda Pasetti (26 episodes, 1990)
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 Harris Weldon (26 episodes, 1990)
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 Richard Peyton (20 episodes, 1990)
Jackey Vinson ...
 Dylan (19 episodes, 1990)
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 Tom Smithson (13 episodes, 1990)
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 Off. Wayne Kasmurski (13 episodes, 1990)
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Tom and Carol Anne Smithson move to the tiny town of Grand, Pennsylvania, where Tom has gotten a job at the Weldon Piano Works. Tom is soon fired, however, after his "innovative idea for the future of the company" (making golf clubs at the piano factory) is panned by Mr. Weldon. Mr. Weldon takes a liking to Carol Anne, however, and hires her. Over the course of the series, Carol Anne meets and befriends the working class Janice Pasetti. The goings on of the small town are covered in humorous and often touching detail. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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NBC was unsure whether to renew the series for a second season. By the time the network decided to renew it, Michael McKean, Andrew Lauer and several members of the production staff had already committed to other projects. See more »

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A "Soap Operetta" about life in a company town.

In this case, the "company town" is a town built not around a coal mine or a lumber mill, but around a piano factory.

What do I mean by "soap operetta"? Well, just as an operetta is a comedy in somewhat scaled-down opera form, "Grand" was (far more than outright soap opera spoofs like "Soap" or "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman") a comedy in scaled-down soap opera form. Also, like a typical operetta, and unlike a typical soap opera spoof, the humor was gentle, witty, and largely suitable for a family audience.

I never even knew there WAS a second season of the show, or that the second season mostly threw out the "soap operetta" format, but what I saw of the series, I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters were the sort of people you actually would want to meet, something sadly lacking in an awful lot of television.

And the open used throughout the first season was certainly one of the best sitcom opens ever constructed.


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