Rude Awakening (1998–2001)

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Billie Frank, an out of work alcoholic actress, used to be somewhat of a star in her day, but now she's all washed up. With the help of her mother, Trudy, Billie tries to pick up the pieces... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
 Billie Frank (55 episodes, 1998-2001)
 Dave Parelli (55 episodes, 1998-2001)
 Trudy Frank (55 episodes, 1998-2001)
 Jackie Garcia (30 episodes, 1998-1999)


Billie Frank, an out of work alcoholic actress, used to be somewhat of a star in her day, but now she's all washed up. With the help of her mother, Trudy, Billie tries to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. Billie meets Dave, a guy who lives in her apartment building, and is also an alcoholic. The show is based upon their relationship, along with all the others in AA with them. Written by Jonesy

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Release Date:

1 August 1998 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Príserná kocovina  »

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(55 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The character of Billie Frank is based upon Claudia Lonow's experience. Billie is an ex-soap actress who is famous for portraying a character called Diana Gateway in a series called "Emerald Bluff". Claudia Lonow is famous for portraying Diana Fairgate in Knots Landing (1979). See more »


Billie Frank: Mom, with you in A.A., are you sure it's a good idea to *drink*?
Trudy Frank: Don't be ridiculous darling, it's always a good idea to drink.
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Referenced in Une Américaine à Paris (2002) See more »


Another Rude Awakening
(Title Theme: 1998-2000)
Theme by Claudia Lonow, Chuck E. Weiss & Tony Gilkyson
Performed by Alana Davis
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22 November 2003 | by (GA,USA) – See all my reviews

This series is an "ORIGINAL SERIES" in every sense of the word. I must agree with David Lynch's quote "Sherilyn Fenn is five feet of heaven in a ponytail". Sherilyn is a captivating actress, no one else could have embodied Billie Frank's Character. Redgrave & Fenn are electrifying! Their chemistry creates a hilarious comedy of great proportions. These three seasons of "Rude Awakening" need to be released on on DVD! It's a must!

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