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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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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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... perfect for Showtime. See more »








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: How do I know you don't badmouth me to your friends when I'm not there?
Trudy Frank: Because, darling, when you're not here I forget all about you.
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Another Rude Awakening
(Title Theme: 2000-2001)
Lyrics by Claudia Lonow and Chuck E. Weiss
Music by Jonathan Wolff and Paul Buckley
Arranged by Gerard McMahon
Performed by Roger Daltrey
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The season premiere was brutally honest look at how far someone will go to score drugs.
24 July 2000 | by (Beverly Hills, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw the season premiere and I couldn't stop laughing. Sure the show had it's serious moments, but it was funnier more than it was dramatic. I liked Billie's (Sherilyn Fenn's) friend, Maureen (a guest appearance by off and on actress/singer Taylor Dayne). Taylor was great as Billie's druggie friend. I just hope that her role is a recurring one. If you who loved "Seinfeld" and adore "Veronica's Closet" then this show is definitely for you. Of course, you have to get Showtime before you can watch it.

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