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)
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 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
(1 episode, 1987)
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
(1 episode, 1987)
Jackson Davies ...
 Charlie (1 episode, 1987)
John Steadman ...
 Grandpa Buckshot (1 episode, 1987)
Álvaro Carcaño
(1 episode, 1989)
Ellen Gollas
(1 episode, 1989)
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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Wonderful series.
21 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Here's another television series that cries out for home-video rediscovery, or at least revival by public-broadcasting syndicates or Comedy Central, but instead languishes in obscurity. The standard of writing, performance and production on this anthology was very high, indeed, and it's a pity that the PBS network of stations weren't more supportive (of this production of LA's KCET), or didn't properly get the word out (perhaps it was feared that this was too much like commercial television offerings...although it handily outclassed most situation comedy on the other US networks, with even its weakest episodes worth the viewing). The Spalding Gray episode would seem particularly poignant as well as funny today, after his suicide; Catherine O'Hara, Steven Wright, and Teri Garr's episodes were all highlights.


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