A divorced father and a soon-to-be divorced mother meet and begin a romantic courtship which is always complicated by their respective children and their own life problems.
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Complete series cast summary:
 Lily Manning (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
 Rick Sammler (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
 Grace Manning (60 episodes, 1999-2002)
 Zoe Manning (60 episodes, 1999-2002)
 Judy Brooks (58 episodes, 1999-2002)
 Jessie Sammler (55 episodes, 1999-2002)
 Eli Sammler (54 episodes, 1999-2002)
 Karen Sammler (49 episodes, 1999-2002)
 Jake Manning (47 episodes, 1999-2002)
 David Cassilli (28 episodes, 1999-2001)


Rick is a divorced father-of-two who meets Lily, a newly-separated mother-of-two. They begin a relationship, which has a significant impact not only on their lives but on those of their children and ex-spouses, as well. Written by Phil Fernando

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She's starting to see other people. A man, his kids, his ex-wife.


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Release Date:

21 September 1999 (USA)  »

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Começar de Novo  »

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(63 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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The character 'Rick Sammler' was ranked #36 in TV Guide's list of the "50 Greatest TV Dads of All Time" (20 June 2004 issue). See more »


Judy Brooks: Because your bond is so strong she has to pull herself away that much harder to prove to herself she can do it without you.
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Without Question My Very Favorite Show of All Time
1 August 2003 | by (Chicago,Illinois, U.S.A.) – See all my reviews

"Once and Again" is without question my very favorite show of all time. One of the show's greatest strengths is the writing. The writing is wonderfully crisp and natural and actually sounds like people talking for a change. It examines daily life in a very intricate, exquisite, and truthful way. The second greatest strength is its acting. I don't know if there has ever been a television ensemble this good. From Sela Ward's self absorbed and yet lovable Lily to Billy Campbell's conflicted Rick to Jeffrey Nordling's perpetual screwup Jake to Susanna Thompson's uptight but loving Karen to Marin Hinkle's resilient romantic Judy, all of the adults in the cast put in consistently stellar performances.

But perhaps the show's finest performances came from its younger actors. Julia Whelan was perfect as whiny teenager Grace,awkwardly trying to survive the hell of being an adolescent. Shane West touched our hearts as Eli, never quite sure of his place in the world, and Evan Rachel Wood lit up the screen as Jessie,blossoming in front of our eyes from a shy, insecure child to a beautiful, more confident young woman. All three of these young people have the potential to be stars someday soon.

"Once and Again" is a gem of a show that was never truly given the recognition it deserved. Nevertheless, it's a show that has touched my heart. I can't imagine television being any better than this.

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