Trying Times (1987– )

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A half-hour sitcom anthology on PBS, about people who are struggling with the daily routines of life.

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 Kara Dimley (1 episode, 1987)
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 Barbara (1 episode, 1987)
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 Robin Stone (1 episode, 1987)
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 Gary (1 episode, 1987)
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 Dwight Harper (1 episode, 1987)
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 Hilda Bundt (1 episode, 1989)
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 Enid (1 episode, 1989)
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 Agripina Gravanescu-Smith (1 episode, 1989)
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 Buddy Amber (1 episode, 1989)
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 Edna (1 episode, 1989)
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 Sydney (1 episode, 1987)
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 Mitch (1 episode, 1987)
Ted Stidder ...
 Fred (1 episode, 1987)
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 Maxwell Fletcher (1 episode, 1987)
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 George Stone (1 episode, 1987)
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 David (1 episode, 1989)
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 Bill (1 episode, 1989)
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 Jenny Amber (1 episode, 1989)
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 Jed (1 episode, 1989)
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 Howard LaMotta (1 episode, 1989)
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 Stu (1 episode, 1987)
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 Actress (1 episode, 1987)
Hagan Beggs ...
 Dad (1 episode, 1987)
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 Frances Fletcher (1 episode, 1987)
Ketty Lester ...
 Mildred (1 episode, 1987)
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 Luanda (1 episode, 1989)
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 Nancy (1 episode, 1989)
Katherine McGrath ...
 Mother St Helen (1 episode, 1989)
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 Laura (1 episode, 1989)
Danitra Vance ...
 Emma St. John (1 episode, 1989)
Dustin Berkovitz ...
 Young Gary (1 episode, 1987)
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 Byron (1 episode, 1987)
Bruno Gerussi ...
 Harry (1 episode, 1987)
Betty Phillips ...
 Mom (1 episode, 1987)
Ruth Springford ...
 Dr. Iris Goldberg (1 episode, 1987)
Richard Dimitri ...
 Dean (1 episode, 1989)
Alejandra Gollas ...
 Jennifer (1 episode, 1989)
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 Gene (1 episode, 1989)
Marcell Rosenblatt ...
 Tracy (1 episode, 1989)
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 Father (1 episode, 1989)
Melanie Jones ...
 Gary's Mom (1 episode, 1987)
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 Rebecca (1 episode, 1987)
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 Joey (1 episode, 1987)
Robert Ridgely ...
 Marlin Fletcher (1 episode, 1987)
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 Driving Instructor (1 episode, 1987)
Eric Ayala ...
 Young Benjie (1 episode, 1989)
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 The Man on TV (1 episode, 1989)
Kurt Knudson ...
 Jack (1 episode, 1989)
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 Agent Caponello (1 episode, 1989)
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 Allison (1 episode, 1987)
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 Gypsy (1 episode, 1987)
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 Frank (1 episode, 1987)
Doug Tuck
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Laura White ...
 Jennifer (1 episode, 1987)
George Belanger
(1 episode, 1989)
Kalimba ...
 Abdul (1 episode, 1989)
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 Older Benjie (1 episode, 1989)
Ken Smith
(1 episode, 1989)
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 2nd Driving Instructor (1 episode, 1987)
Norman Browning
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Jackson Davies ...
 Charlie (1 episode, 1987)
John Steadman ...
 Grandpa Buckshot (1 episode, 1987)
Álvaro Carcaño
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Ellen Gollas
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Dondee Spencer ...
 Clarissa (1 episode, 1989)
Alex Bruhanski ...
 Bruno (1 episode, 1987)
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 Reggie (1 episode, 1987)
David Alden
(1 episode, 1989)
Gabriela Goldsmith
(1 episode, 1989)
Ron Wertheim
(1 episode, 1989)
Janne Mortil
(1 episode, 1987)
Jaqueline Fernandez
(1 episode, 1989)
John Sabol
(1 episode, 1989)
Irina Areu
(1 episode, 1989)
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 Jim (1 episode, 1987)
Christopher Durang ...
 The Waiter (1 episode, 1987)
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 Marsha (1 episode, 1987)
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 Wanda (1 episode, 1987)
Roger Cudney ...
 Persival (1 episode, 1989)
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 Daphne (1 episode, 1989)
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 The Neighbor (1 episode, 1989)
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 Bill (1 episode, 1989)
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A half-hour sitcom anthology on PBS, about people who are struggling with the daily routines of life.

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'Wanda's Visit' is a MUST - get this out on DVD
18 October 2005 | by (San Francisco Bay Area) – See all my reviews

Christopher Durang's contribution to this anthology series, 'Wanda's Visit' is a comic gem that really should be more widely seen. I taped it in its original run and virtually everyone I've shown it to screams with laughter. It really is hysterically funny. Swoosie Kurtz gives a wonderful performance as the ex-girlfriend from hell. Durang himself appears in a small cameo. Julie Haggarty and Jeff Daniels are equally strong. Although Durang subsequently adapted it for the stage, the original is a masterpiece of comic writing and acting. I really don't remember and didn't tape any of the other segments, but from the people involved and the descriptions, it seems like this would be a winner. Whoever owns the rights (PBS?) really should dig through the vaults and release this.


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