Suddenly Susan (1996–2000)

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Jack owns a magazine and is the former brother-in-law of Susan. After she runs out on her fiancé on their wedding day, Jack agrees to take her back at the magazine.

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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 8 wins & 12 nominations. See more awards »
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Series cast summary:
 Susan Keane (93 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Luis Rivera (93 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Vicki Groener (93 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Helen 'Nana' Keane / ... (93 episodes, 1996-2000)
 Jack Richmond (71 episodes, 1996-1999)
 Todd Stities (71 episodes, 1996-1999)
 Maddy Piper (48 episodes, 1997-1999)


Jack owns a magazine and is the former brother-in-law of Susan. After she runs out on her fiancé on their wedding day, Jack agrees to take her back at the magazine. Written by Steve Richer <>

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Release Date:

19 September 1996 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Susan  »

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(93 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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After checking in at the Oasis Motel in Las Vegas, David Strickland consumed several bottles of beer. He hanged himself with a bed sheet over the ceiling beam and died during the morning hours of March 22, 1999. After much discussion, the writers of "Suddenly Susan" decided to deal with Strickland's death directly. In the show's third season finale, Todd did not show up to work one day. When Susan called regarding tickets to a show, his pager vibrated on his desk. Susan spent the day searching for Todd, learning for the first time about a number of good deeds he did throughout his life. The episode ends when the police visited Susan and her Office staff, as she was asking if they know where Todd was. The details of Todd's fate were left ambiguous. The episode was interspersed with out-of-character interviews of Shields and the supporting cast. See more »


Maddy: Are you aware that we are out of legal sized writing pads? We only have letter sized! I can't work like this!
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Weakly written show with good comic actors and charming, lovely Brooke Shields
12 March 2002 | by (New York, New York) – See all my reviews

This was never a wonderfully written program. In comparison to shows like Frasier, Friends, Seinfeld, even Mad About You, the plots, the jokes, were just thin. One good reason why is that the subplots never meshed with the plots.

For example, I just watched a rerun of one: the subplot is about the photographer taking pictures of Nana in order for Shields to present a portrait to her grandfather. Predictably, the photographs are far more racy than Shields expects. The main plot is about Griffin's jealousy over Shields' "sudden" success as a star player on Griffin's basketball team - the jealousy spills over into jealousy of Shields' beauty (and she responds that no one has life easy, being so tall, etc.). The plot has NOTHING to do with the subplot. They could have been put in different episodes - that's not very good writing.

For me, the reason for watching the program is to watch Brooke Shields -whose graciousness, modesty and essential sweetness come through in all she's done as an adult. (I was too old to be a fan in her "Endless Summer", "Blue Lagoon" days). More than any other actress, she has that Mary Tyler Moore character's humility, that eagerness to please. I would expect that she is always one of the most diligent actresses in any project.

When someone so beautiful is also so obviously this lovely seeming a person, one's in danger of losing one's heart. That's why I watched this fairly weak program. Shields deserves better writers - and she's really born to be a movie star, not one on television.

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