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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2001   2000   1999   1998  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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 Billie Frank (55 episodes, 1998-2001)
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 Dave Parelli (55 episodes, 1998-2001)
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 Trudy Frank (55 episodes, 1998-2001)
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 Jackie Garcia (30 episodes, 1998-1999)
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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 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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1 August 1998 (USA)  »

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Príserná kocovina  »

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(55 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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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 »

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Sidney Gibson: [about the new web page Billie's supposed to take care of] Are we on the internet yet?
Billie Frank: Didn't you hear the internet's closed today?
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Another Rude Awakening
(Title Theme: 1998-2000)
Theme by Claudia Lonow, Chuck E. Weiss & Tony Gilkyson
Performed by Alana Davis
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This show is perfect...
1 October 2000 | by (Evansville, Indiana) – See all my reviews

From the storylines to the characters, Rude Awakening is awesome. I love this show, and to the first comment on the page, it's awful? No way. The characters, almost all of them alcoholics, well...former alcoholics sort of...they have something to them that just makes you wanna watch every week. I think this is definitely one of Showtime's best series, and I hope it stays on for some time to come. I must say, I hate this season's version of the theme song at the start of the show--AWFUL...it sounds like a drunk sang it! Other than that, Billie cracks me up every episode, and Dave...Dave is the man. I haven't seen him outside of Rude Awakening very often, but I think he is a great, funny actor, who keeps me watching week after week. I sometimes find myself wishing to be in Dave's shows...what a great life he has. Run the coffee bar, get into the sack with Billie, run the coffee bar.....


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