The 5 Mrs. Buchanans (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 ... See full summary »

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Complete series cast summary:
 Alexandria 'Alex' Buchanan (17 episodes, 1994-1995)
 Delilah Buchanan (17 episodes, 1994-1995)
 Vivian Buchanan (17 episodes, 1994-1995)
 Bree Buchanan (17 episodes, 1994-1995)
 Mother Emma Buchanan (17 episodes, 1994-1995)


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 <>

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







Release Date:

24 September 1994 (USA)  »

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The Five Mrs. Buchanans  »

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Vivian: Oh my God, Alex. The twins have gotten hold of your cat.
Alex: Why do they have her blindfolded?
Vivian: They're playing "International Terrorist" again. It's a little game they made up.
[turns off-screen, shouting]
Vivian: Lyndon! P.J.! What have I told you about taking animals hostage?! Let her go... What?... I don't care if your demands haven't been met yet, let the kitty go!
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The best sitcom ever written...!
24 June 2011 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This was definitely the best series I have ever seen. It related to so many people, having relatives with whom we have nothing in common except being part of the family, and a conniving mother-in-law who wants nothing more than happiness for her sons for whom no other woman could possibly be good enough. The mischievous reactions brought upon by the 3 daughters-in-law was also very hilarious.

Emma could make me burst in laugh with just a facial expression or her unforgettable "Hellooo!" when the front door opened. Never understood why it was eliminated. Maybe was it too witty for some people, I don't know.

If you haven't seen this series, it's a must. All 17 episodes can be found on YouTube, although each broken down in 3 parts. In the meantime we can only expect that some day, one of the TV channels playing oldies will bring it back for everyone who has never had the opportunity to see it.

Whenever I am feeling down, I watch one of the episodes, and it makes me feel great.

Enjoy !

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