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Release Date:
21 September 1991 (USA) See more »
As a single mother of five, Mrs. Millicent Torkelson is a do-it-yourselfer with a flair for finding ingenious ways to make ends meet... See more »
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Connie Ray ... Millicent Torkelson (20 episodes, 1991-1992)

Olivia Burnette ... Dorothy Jane Torkelson (20 episodes, 1991-1992)

Lee Norris ... Chuckie Lee Torkelson (20 episodes, 1991-1992)
Rachel Duncan ... Mary Sue Torkelson (20 episodes, 1991-1992)

William Schallert ... Wesley Hodges (20 episodes, 1991-1992)

Aaron Michael Metchik ... Steven Floyd Torkelson (19 episodes, 1991-1992)
Anna Slotky ... Ruth Ann Torkelson (19 episodes, 1991-1992)
Paige Gosney ... Kirby Scroggins (11 episodes, 1991-1992)

Series Directed by
Arlene Sanford (19 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Writing credits
Wayne Lemon (6 episodes, 1991-1992)
Philip LaZebnik (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Lynn Montgomery (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Richard Christian Matheson (3 episodes, 1992)
Thomas E. Szollosi (3 episodes, 1992)
Diana Ayers (2 episodes, 1991)
Norma Safford Vela (2 episodes, 1991)
Susan Sebastian (2 episodes, 1991)

Series Produced by
Michael Jacobs .... executive producer (20 episodes, 1991-1992)
Wayne Lemon .... supervising producer (19 episodes, 1991-1992)
Mitchell Bank .... co-producer (16 episodes, 1991-1992)
Lynn Montgomery .... co-producer (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Dawn Tarnofsky .... supervising producer (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Arlene Grayson .... co-producer (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Philip LaZebnik .... producer (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Norma Safford Vela .... co-executive producer (2 episodes, 1991)
Richard Christian Matheson .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 1992)
Thomas E. Szollosi .... supervising producer (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Original Music by
Ray Colcord (18 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Cinematography by
Richard Hissong (4 episodes, 1991-1992)

Vincent Contarino (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Marco Zappia (19 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Casting by
Allison Jones (3 episodes, 1992)
Robin Lippin (2 episodes, 1991)
Series Production Design by
John C. Mula (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Set Decoration by
Rochelle Moser (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Costume Design by
Tom Bronson (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Makeup Department
Dale Miller .... hair stylist (19 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bruce Grayson .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Production Management
Denis McCallion .... executive in charge of production (20 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jan DeWitt .... unit production manager (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Chuck Gayton .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Shari Genser .... second assistant director (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Art Department
Bruce Wayne Mecchi .... leadman (12 episodes, 1991-1992)
Horst Grandt .... property master (2 episodes, 1991)
Anne Sidaris-Reeves .... property master (2 episodes, 1992)
Series Sound Department
J. Mark King .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1991)
Dana Mark McClure .... production sound mixer (2 episodes, 1992)

Dean Okrand .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Ryne Niner .... assistant camera (20 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jenna Abrahamson-Minardi .... lamp/dimmer operator (13 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Casting Department
Mary V. Buck .... original casting (19 episodes, 1991-1992)
Susan Edelman .... original casting (19 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
David Baca .... key costumer (5 episodes, 1991-1992)
Mindy Kurtz .... key costumer (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Editorial Department
Marco Zappia .... supervising editor (1 episode, 1992)
Series Music Department
Ray Colcord .... composer: theme music (20 episodes, 1991-1992)

Avi Kipper .... music scoring mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Shari Sontag .... assistant accountant (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Lauren Breiting .... technical coordinator (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Janice Minsberg .... production coordinator (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Kit Wilkinson .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Diana Ayers .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1991)
Susan Sebastian .... executive story editor (2 episodes, 1991)

Russell Dague .... post-production co-producer (unknown episodes)

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30 min | 30 min (33 episodes)
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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful.
Shafted by the networks, 22 July 2003
Author: Aurorajaye from Des Moines, IA, USA

Although The Torkelsons was an ensemble comedy, Connie Ray and Olivia Burnette were the obvious stars. They took characters who could have been caricatures (the frazzled, whacky southern mama and her precocious wannabe-poet daughter) and gave rich, realistic and complex performances. Dorothy Jane's crush on Riley was realistically poignant, exciting and angsty as only unrequited teen love can be. The jokes were cute, the lessons learned didn't clobber watchers over the head, and the Torkelsons had a moral-center much more admirable and realistic than most "family values" programming. Networks didn't know what to do with this show. It was so unique that it was difficult to fit smoothly into programming blocks. It was bounced around in the schedule so much that devoted fans set up calling networks to alert each other when they happened to find an episode on the air.

Almost Home tried to put The Torkelsons' heart and wit into a more marketable package, but the sarcastic city kids' reaction to the earnest Oklahomans mirrored the condescension shown by network executives.

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