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 »

Quotes

Delilah: I just wish I understood why Jesse was rushing into this marriage. There's no reason for it.
Vivian: People, please. There is only one explanation.
Alex: What's that?
[Vivian pantomimes being pregnant]
Delilah: His fiancee is a mime?
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: Angels Revenge (1995) See more »

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Another That Should Be Brought Out From the Vaults!
5 February 2001 | by (Texas) – See all my reviews

I can't believe CBS killed "The 5 Mrs. Buchanans!" The cast was superb and the dialogue was hysterical. The situations could be corny at times, but nearly every sitcom drastically improves if given enough time. The sad thing is that this show didn't need much improvement. From the start it had a clever sharp-tongued wit about it that you rarely find in new sitcoms -- very close to the early seasons of "Designing Women." Unfortunately, CBS decided to bury this on Saturday nights with minuscule ratings. I thought perhaps Lifetime Network might end up with it, but alas, 7 years later it's still in the vaults. Quite a shame since it really had all the makings of a hit show!


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