Four sisters-in-law struggle to deal with small town life and their overbearing mother-in-law.
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 Alexandria 'Alex' Buchanan (17 episodes, 1994-1995)
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 Delilah Buchanan (17 episodes, 1994-1995)
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 Vivian Buchanan (17 episodes, 1994-1995)
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 Bree Buchanan (17 episodes, 1994-1995)
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 Mother Emma Buchanan (17 episodes, 1994-1995)
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Set in fictional Mercy, Indiana, this comedy centers around four completely different women who have only two connections to each other: they each are married to a Buchanan boy, and they each cannot stand their mother-in-law. Alex, married to Roy, is a Jewish feminist from New York City. Vivian, married to Ed, is a frumpy Hoosier housewife with two children from hell, twins Lyndon and P.J. Delilah, married to preacher Charles, is a somewhat ditzy former stripper from Corpus Christi, Texas. Bree, newly married to Jesse, is a perky Californian who used to work with her mother. They constantly are trading barbs with the cruel but hilarious Mother Buchanan, who tries as hard as she can to make their lives a living hell through meddling and manipulating, her two specialties. Written by Jason Hones <onedones@aol.com>

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The story of 4 daughters-in-law...And the mother of all mothers-in-law

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24 September 1994 (USA)  »

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The Five Mrs. Buchanans  »

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Eileen Heckart found inspiration for her portrayal of Mother Buchanan from her own domineering mother-in-law. See more »

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Alex: [pulling Mother Buchanan aside] Now you listen to me, old woman, and you listen good: There is a real big chance that some time in the future, you are going to be sick, possibly very sick; and while you're lying in the hospital kept alive only by a machine, the doctor is going to come to my husband and say, "Her chances don't look good. Should I pull the plug or not?" Roy, of course, will be too grief-stricken to make that decision, so it will fall upon me to decide whether you live or die. How ...
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Well written and well acted
27 February 2003 | by (Sweden) – See all my reviews

This show was great, and I don't understand why they didn't give it a chance. Instead they decided to cancel it after only 17 episodes. The whole cast was terrific and Beth Broderick and Eileen Heckart played their roles especially well. The episodes were always well written and well acted and to sum up; This show was hilarious, and it shouldn't have been cancelled so fast.


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