A struggling, middle-aged actress attempts to make a career in Hollywood, all while surrounded by her hard-drinking best friend Maryann, her two ex-husbands, Ira and Jeff, and her two daughters, headstrong Zoey and agreeable Rachel.


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 Ira Woodbine / ... 85 episodes, 1995-1998
 Waiter / ... 50 episodes, 1995-1998


Cybill Sheridan is a 40-something actress living in Los Angeles. Past her prime and working in an industry that worships youth, Cybill has the remnants of her two failed marriages all around her. Her ex-husbands, stuntman Jeff and novelist Ira, are always hanging around, sometimes sleeping on the couch. Also present are her two daughters, a grandson, and Cybill's hysterical and slightly alcoholic best friend, Maryann. Written by Jwelch5742

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A comedy about the best 10 years of a woman's life... between 39 and 40.




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2 January 1995 (USA)  »

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Despite critical praise and strong ratings, CBS abruptly cancelled the show at the end of its fourth season. In her autobiography, Cybill Shepherd attributes this to increasing backstage tensions between the cast and crew, as well as the network's displeasure with the show's feminist leanings. See more »


The array of the Hollywood Walk of Fame stars in the title sequence is fictitious. All of them are spread across one mile on Hollywood Blvd., even on opposite sidewalks. The title sequence order is: Carole Lombard (6930 Hollywood Blvd.), Lana Turner (6241), Kim Novak (6332), Lassie (6368), Jean Harlow (6910), - and Cybill. See more »


Zoey: It's like I'm roasting on a spit in hell, and you two are there with chefs hats and barbeque tongs.
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12 April 2004 | by See all my reviews

I had been aware of Alicia Witt in my filmic peripheral vision, but this series converted me into a fan. My father told me; 'Always meet a girls mother before considering getting serious - you will spend the next 25 years watching the daughter become her mother.'

Spending 25 years watching Alicia Witt become Cybil Shepard? Where do I sign? Julia Sowala becoming Jennifer Saunders? Maybe not.

I had become aware of Alicia Witt in my filmic 'peripheral vision', but not as a comic actress. It defies dramatic, though not comic convention for a pretty girl to take comic risks, deal with their vulnerability, and send herself up. Toy with my expectations, why don't you.

Christine Baranski may have walked away with every scene she was in, and have an order of magnitude more scope for layered, funny, and subtle comic acting than Megan Mullally from 'Will & Grace', but Alicia Witt is the real find of this show. Bravo and fair play to Cybil Shepard for not using her veto to remain the prettiest actress on the show.

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