Grace is a recovering alcoholic, now divorced from an abusive husband, struggling to bring up three children on her own.

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 Grace Kelly (112 episodes, 1993-1998)
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 Wade Swoboda (112 episodes, 1993-1998)
Kaitlin Cullum ...
 Libby Kelly (112 episodes, 1993-1998)
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 Patrick Kelly (112 episodes, 1993-1998)
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 Patrick Kelly (112 episodes, 1993-1998)
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 Russell Norton (112 episodes, 1993-1998)
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 Nadine Swoboda (98 episodes, 1993-1997)
Jon Paul Steuer ...
 Quentin Kelly #1 (73 episodes, 1993-1996)
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 Jean Kelly (51 episodes, 1993-1998)
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 Dougie Boudreau (49 episodes, 1993-1997)
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After divorcing her abusive, alcoholic husband and recovering from her own alcoholism, Grace tries to rebuild her life and protect her children from making the same mistakes. Against this serious backdrop, this show is actually a comedy, finding humor in the relationships between Grace and her co-workers at the oil refinery, her neighbors Wade and Nadine, and Russel Norton, the bachelor pharmacist. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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29 September 1993 (USA)  »

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The show's premise of a recovering alcoholic hit too close to home as Brett Butler was an alcoholic in real life. She drunkenly fought for creative control resulting in five producers either quitting or being forced out in the five years the sitcom was on the air. Off-set, Butler pulled such stunts as stumbling onto David Letterman and claiming Walt Disney 's last words were, 'Whatever you do, don't let the Jews get the place." (the sitcom aired on ABC, which had recently been purchased by Disney.)

Butler's supporting cast soon grew tired of her expletive-filled rants and on-set breakdowns. Co-star Julie White quit the show, and child actor Jon Paul Steuer reportedly left after he received a firsthand look at Butler's new boob job, which Butler proudly flashed about set. ABC hastily ended the show mid season in 1998. See more »

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Grace Kelly: Ex-husbands are like Crosby, Stills & Nash. They keep coming back - older and fatter.
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Featured in Heroes of Comedy: Women on Top (2003) See more »

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Lady Madonna
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performance by Aretha Franklin
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self destruction
2 May 2017 | by See all my reviews

Grace Kelly (Brett Butler) is divorced from her abusive loser husband Jimmy (Geoff Pierson) and raising her three kids, Libby, Quentin, and Patrick, by herself in Missouri. She starts her job at the oil refinery working with lovable co-workers Dougie and Vic among others. Her neighbor friend Nadine (Julie White) sets her up with pharmacist Russell Norton (Dave Thomas). They become best friends connecting over their bad former marriages and lack of sexual chemistry. Nadine is happily married to Wade Swoboda (Casey Sander). There are Grace's sisters Faith and Evie, and her intrusive mother-in-law Jean Kelly. There is Russell's father Floyd (Tom Poston). Grace is a recovering alcoholic since giving birth to Quentin and had given up Matthew (Tom Everett Scott) for adoption.

This Chuck Lorre show is similar to Roseanne if Roseanne got beaten by her drunken husband and left him. I can do without the abuse background which is hard for any comedy. There is good irreverent sarcasm from Butler. Thomas is a veteran who delivers. The cast sometimes barely hold back laughing at their own jokes. Libby and Quentin #2 are great. They're allowed to be little angels and devils. It's a good white trash sitcom. However, Butler's personal addiction demons slowly destroyed the show.

The decline started in the third season and the slide picked up steam in the fourth until its end after a shortened fifth season. I'm not sure how much Emmet's Secret bothered the blue collar fans. A new Quentin #3 was needed to start season four. The new much-older Quentin is an annoying whiny delinquent teen. The fifth season sees the departure of Julie White and some wholesale changes. It's the beginning of the end as Butler fell apart behind the scenes.


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