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21 September 1999 (USA) See more »
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. Full summary »
Won Golden Globe. Another 9 wins & 34 nominations See more »
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Sela Ward ... Lily Manning (63 episodes, 1999-2002)

Billy Campbell ... Rick Sammler (63 episodes, 1999-2002)

Julia Whelan ... Grace Manning (60 episodes, 1999-2002)

Meredith Deane ... Zoe Manning (60 episodes, 1999-2002)

Marin Hinkle ... Judy Brooks (58 episodes, 1999-2002)

Evan Rachel Wood ... Jessie Sammler (55 episodes, 1999-2002)

Shane West ... Eli Sammler (54 episodes, 1999-2002)

Susanna Thompson ... Karen Sammler (49 episodes, 1999-2002)

Jeffrey Nordling ... Jake Manning (47 episodes, 1999-2002)

Todd Field ... David Cassilli (28 episodes, 1999-2001)

Series Directed by
Dan Lerner (17 episodes, 1999-2002)
Claudia Weill (6 episodes, 1999-2001)
Marshall Herskovitz (5 episodes, 1999-2001)
Edward Zwick (4 episodes, 1999-2002)
Michael Engler (4 episodes, 2000-2001)
Peter Horton (4 episodes, 2000-2001)
James Kramer (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
James Eckhouse (3 episodes, 2001)
Patrick R. Norris (2 episodes, 1999-2002)
Barnet Kellman (2 episodes, 2000-2001)
Mark Piznarski (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Kenneth D. Collins (2 episodes, 2001)

Arvin Brown (unknown episodes)
Series Writing credits
Marshall Herskovitz (55 episodes, 1999-2002)
Edward Zwick (54 episodes, 1999-2002)
Winnie Holzman (13 episodes, 1999-2002)
Daniel Paige (9 episodes, 2000-2002)
Sue Paige (9 episodes, 2000-2002)
Liberty Godshall (6 episodes, 1999-2002)
Richard Kramer (5 episodes, 2000-2002)
Jan Oxenberg (4 episodes, 1999-2001)
Alexa Junge (3 episodes, 1999-2001)
Maggie Friedman (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Emily Whitesell (3 episodes, 2001)
Pamela Gray (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Weller (2 episodes, 1999-2000)
Lynn Siefert (2 episodes, 2001)
David Schulner (2 episodes, 2002)

James Grissom (unknown episodes)
Curt Johnson (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Marshall Herskovitz .... executive producer (62 episodes, 1999-2002)
Daniel Paige .... supervising producer / producer / ... (62 episodes, 1999-2002)
Sue Paige .... supervising producer / producer / ... (62 episodes, 1999-2002)
Winnie Holzman .... co-executive producer / producer / ... (61 episodes, 1999-2002)
Dan Lerner .... supervising producer / producer / ... (61 episodes, 1999-2002)
Edward Zwick .... executive producer (61 episodes, 1999-2002)
Debra Lovatelli .... co-producer / producer (60 episodes, 1999-2002)
Liberty Godshall .... supervising producer / producer (59 episodes, 1999-2002)
Peter Schindler .... producer / supervising producer / ... (59 episodes, 1999-2002)
Jan Oxenberg .... supervising producer / producer (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
Richard Kramer .... consulting producer (39 episodes, 1999-2002)
Emily Whitesell .... producer / supervising producer (37 episodes, 2000-2002)
Christine Larson .... coordinating producer (18 episodes, 2001-2002)
Maggie Friedman .... co-producer (17 episodes, 2001-2002)
Shana Fischer Huber .... associate producer (16 episodes, 2001-2002)
Lynn Siefert .... producer (13 episodes, 2000-2001)
Michael Weller .... producer (12 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Original Music by
W.G. Snuffy Walden (60 episodes, 1999-2002)
Joey Newman (18 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Cinematography by
Charlie Lieberman (55 episodes, 1999-2002)
Michael Genne (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Film Editing by
Paul Karasick (21 episodes, 1999-2002)
David Dworetzky (12 episodes, 2000-2002)
Jim Page (7 episodes, 1999-2000)
Series Casting by
Amy Lippens (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
Lizzie Scheck (7 episodes, 2001)
Series Production Design by
Laurence Bennett (54 episodes, 1999-2002)
Stefania Cella (7 episodes, 1999)
Series Art Direction by
Jeremy Cassells (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
Francis J. Pezza (19 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Set Decoration by
Caitlin Blue (62 episodes, 1999-2002)
Series Costume Design by
Kathryn Morrison (62 episodes, 1999-2002)
Series Makeup Department
Lori Madrigal .... key makeup artist / makeup department head (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
Carl Bailey .... key hair stylist (55 episodes, 1999-2002)
Bernadette Beauvais .... makeup artist / personal make up artist sela ward / ... (41 episodes, 2000-2002)
Peter Montagna .... key makeup artist (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Wendi Lynn Allison .... second makeup artist (19 episodes, 2001-2002)
Cheri Ruff .... key hair stylist (7 episodes, 2000-2001)

Lisa Buono .... key makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Solina Tabrizi .... key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Christine Larson .... unit production manager / production manager (61 episodes, 1999-2002)
Shana Fischer Huber .... post-production supervisor (45 episodes, 1999-2001)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Laura Nisbet .... first assistant director / second assistant director (38 episodes, 1999-2002)
Jill Southern .... second assistant director / first assistant director (38 episodes, 2000-2002)
Kenneth D. Collins .... first assistant director (29 episodes, 1999-2002)
Martha M. Elcan .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1999-2000)
Rusty Mahmood .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 2000)
Philip Elins .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 2001)
Velvet Andrews-Smith .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2001)

Lori Ashfield .... dga trainee (unknown episodes, 2001)
Stephen D'Amato Jr. .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
Joth Riggs .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Cecilia Sweatman .... dga trainee (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Jeanne Bueche .... art department coordinator (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
Steve Morey .... construction coordinator (62 episodes, 1999-2002)
Eric J. Bates .... property master (60 episodes, 1999-2002)
Scott Nifong .... assistant property master / property master (23 episodes, 1999-2001)
Mike Malone .... on-set dresser (19 episodes, 2001-2002)
Gaylene West .... assistant property master (13 episodes, 2001)
Kurt Miller .... carpenter gang boss (7 episodes, 1999)
Chris Brewster .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2002)
Hope M. Parrish .... property master (2 episodes, 2001)

Don 'Tex' Clark .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Beth Emerson .... set dressing shopper (unknown episodes)
Bart C. Hubenthal .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Brian Jewell .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Bruce C. Knight II .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Thomas D. Krausz .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Marc Meisels .... lead man (unknown episodes)
John Naehrlich .... lead man (unknown episodes)
Tom Talley .... location foreman (unknown episodes)
Jeffry C. Voorhees .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Marla McGuire .... supervising sound editor (62 episodes, 1999-2002)
Joel Fein .... sound re-recording mixer (61 episodes, 1999-2002)
Sherry Klein .... sound re-recording mixer (61 episodes, 1999-2002)
Joseph Geisinger .... sound mixer (50 episodes, 1999-2002)
Robert Crozier .... sound editor (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Yvette Hill .... third man sound (44 episodes, 1999-2001)
Carlos Delarios .... sound re-recording mixer (40 episodes, 2000-2002)
Robert Edmondson .... sound re-recorist mixer (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Takako Ishikawa .... sound effects editor (22 episodes, 2000-2001)
David Kirschner .... production sound mixer (13 episodes, 1999-2000)

Skip Adams .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Kami Asgar .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Paul Drenning .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Jonathan Golodner .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Bill Kaplan .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Ken Kobett .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Peggy McAffee .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Robert Nichols II .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
Erin Oakley .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Craig T. Rosevear .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Matt Temple .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Tim Tuchrello .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Eric Coon .... prop maker (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Sean Mullen .... digital artist: high definition main title rebuild: Encore (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
James Lew .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2000)
Mary Albee .... stunt double (1 episode, 2001)

Diana R. Lupo .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Alex Madison .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Michael J. Sarna .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Hatchitt .... key grip (59 episodes, 1999-2002)
Michael Genne .... camera operator (57 episodes, 1999-2002)
Josh Denering .... grip (29 episodes, 1999-2000)
David Maddux .... gaffer (21 episodes, 1999-2000)
Rick Senteno .... assistant chief lighting technician (21 episodes, 1999-2000)
David St. Onge .... gaffer (19 episodes, 2000-2001)
Trace Schneider .... electrician (19 episodes, 2001-2002)
Jesse Wine .... lighting technician (19 episodes, 2001-2002)
Doug Huete .... electrician (13 episodes, 2001-2002)
David Chameides .... steadicam operator (12 episodes, 2001-2002)
Jay W. Yowler .... gaffer (10 episodes, 2001)
Neil Holcomb .... gaffer (9 episodes, 2002)
Mark Vollmer .... grip (4 episodes, 1999-2000)
Martin Reder .... electrician (4 episodes, 2001)
Shawn Talley .... grip (4 episodes, 2002)
Danny Barfield .... key grip (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Michael St. Hilaire .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Darcy Spires .... camera operator (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Richard Cronn .... gaffer (2 episodes, 2001)

Michael Fuhr .... film loader (unknown episodes)
Mike Gentile .... film loader (unknown episodes)
Dan Kneece .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
Frederick Lawrence .... grip (unknown episodes)
Greg Lopez .... lamp operator (unknown episodes)
Scott Medcalf .... lamp operator (unknown episodes)
Andrew Parke .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Thomas J. Ruffner .... dolly grip (unknown episodes)
Nick Shuster .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Lizzie Scheck .... casting associate (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
Michael Hothorn .... casting associate (11 episodes, 2001-2002)

Alisa Kasmer .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Tina Ficaro .... costume supervisor (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
John Patrick Doyle .... set costumer (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Silvia Raiano .... costumer (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Bridgitte Ferry .... key set costumer (14 episodes, 1999-2000)

Eva Fagen .... cutter/fitter (unknown episodes)
Christina Gabriel IV .... costumer (unknown episodes)
Leslie Herman .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Cleo Mannell .... set costumer (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Michael Levy .... colorist (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
Anthony Scott .... assistant editor (30 episodes, 1999-2002)
Jennifer Barbot .... assistant editor (28 episodes, 1999-2002)
Ron Rosen .... supervising editor (23 episodes, 1999-2002)
Greg Faluszczak .... on-line editor (20 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michelle Sabrina Wong .... post-production coordinator (9 episodes, 2000)
Christopher Braun .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Series Music Department
Troy Hardy .... music editor (35 episodes, 2000-2002)
Tom Boyd .... oboe soloist (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Michael Mason .... music production coordinator (22 episodes, 1999-2000)
Dino A. Moriana .... music editor (20 episodes, 1999-2000)
Joey Newman .... composer: additional music (11 episodes, 2001-2002)
Stuart Goetz .... music editor (6 episodes, 2000-2001)

Avi Kipper .... music scoring mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Greg Van Dyke .... transportation coordinator (63 episodes, 1999-2002)

Bobby Jo Cawley .... driver (unknown episodes)
Robert Dulys .... driver (unknown episodes)
J. Armin Garza II .... driver: camera car (unknown episodes)
Maxwell R. Johnson II .... transportation captain (unknown episodes)
Malcolm Mazer .... driver / transportation captain (unknown episodes)
Fred Moshier .... driver (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
Josh Gummersall .... assistant: Marshall Herskovitz (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
Thomas D. Jennings .... payroll accountant (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
Graham Larson .... assistant: Edward Zwick / assistant to executive producer (63 episodes, 1999-2002)
Susan Kong .... production accountant (62 episodes, 1999-2002)
Judy Race .... production coordinator (62 episodes, 1999-2002)
Jeffrey T. Spellman .... location manager (62 episodes, 1999-2002)
Susan Eileen Stewart .... script coordinator (61 episodes, 1999-2002)
Laurence Sullivan .... assistant to producers / assistant to supervising producers / ... (61 episodes, 1999-2002)
Adell Aldrich .... script supervisor (52 episodes, 1999-2002)
Fred Toye .... title designer (52 episodes, 1999-2001)
Mark Gerald .... paramedic coordinator (43 episodes, 1999-2001)
Serena Baker .... assistant location manager (41 episodes, 2000-2002)
Giancarlo Spolidoro .... assistant to supervising producer / assistant to co-executive producer (41 episodes, 2000-2002)
Carol Boehm .... assistant to supervising producers / assistant to co-executive producers / ... (40 episodes, 2000-2002)
Kristen Jordan .... second assistant accountant (21 episodes, 1999-2000)
Karin Lewicki .... assistant to co-executive producer (21 episodes, 2000-2001)
Wesley Staples .... studio teacher (19 episodes, 2001-2002)
Liz Tigelaar .... assistant to executive producer (11 episodes, 2001-2002)
Lauren Strasnick .... assistant to executive producer / assistant: Marshall Herskovitz (8 episodes, 2001)
Faye Brenner .... script supervisor (5 episodes, 2000-2001)
Karen Golden .... script supervisor (4 episodes, 2002)
June Jordan .... stand-in (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Dan Harder .... medic: construction/rigging (2 episodes, 2000)
Andrew J. Areffi .... script coordinator (2 episodes, 2001)

Randy Braverman .... stage manager (unknown episodes)
Shannon Herlihy .... assistant to writer (unknown episodes)
Cathryn Humphris .... assistant to writer / production assistant (unknown episodes)
Eddee Kolos .... assistant production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Hector Leal .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Trent Othick .... assistant to director (unknown episodes)
Jeff 'Doc' Porter .... production medic (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Susan Murphy .... acknowledgment (1 episode, 2000)

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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 »
Therapist:So, your friend is gay...
Jessie Sammler:No no no. My friend being gay wouldn't bother me. What bothers me is people saying she's gay if she's not. Like there are girls in my school who say they're gay, and know if they are or they aren't but at least it's their choice to say it.
Therapist:I see.
Jessie Sammler:And with Katie, I just don't think that she is because I know her really well. And if she was, she would be going to that meeting tonight and she's not, so she's obviously not gay.
Therapist:Well, that settles it then.
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10 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Gems like this one never survive the network BS., 26 June 2005
Author: Afilmman from New York United States

As sad as I am that Once and Again didn't last, I am so thankful that once and again did survive three incredibly imaginative and deeply moving three seasons that will forever keep it as one of the most if not the most telling and honest family drama. It is not a franchise nor is it formulaic and that's why even the Emmys couldn't reward it they way it should have. This show had so much talent in it that if we didn't live in such cynical times when only edgy shows (i.e.: Six feet under, sopranos and CSI) that examine life from a half-empty prospective are appreciated, OAA could have very easily swept the Emmys and even dominated all the supporting and guest actor categories (Just imagine, Susanna Thompson, Marin Hinkle, Evan Rachel Wood and Julia Whelan all getting nominated in the same category in the same year. And they all deserved it for each and every season.) I am not against edgy shows and the ones I mentioned are good at they do. But Once and Again was a show so far a head of it's time because it was a show that valued the traditions of family, love and being a good human being without rounding off the edges of their characters. Everyone had flaws and some of them were very intense but the characters redeem themselves by being so human and unbelievably real that when they do things that can be looked at as wrong, we see their humanity and therefore love them more for it. Karen, Lilly, Jake and Grace especially have those qualities. Grace lies and sabotages Jessie but we see her journey and we don't forgive her necessarily, we fall in love with her commitment (And that's to Julia's credit) To her humanity. Lilly becomes self-involved more often than not but she doesn't need anyone to remind her of it she admits it and apologizes for it without promising that she has undergone some miraculous change but rather just tries to work on it. Karen is stern and by the book but her undeniable devotion to her children and the incredible sensitivity that Susanna brings to the role makes her so lovable and even sexy. And Jake who screws up and yells and gets bankrupt but never fails to have a vulnerability that even the toughest most judgmental critic can't help admitting an affinity toward him. Those qualities are a credit to the writers as well as the amazing actors a better ensemble than which has never existed in a television show; Not on that scale anyway. Children and teens are notorious for being bad bad news for any good show but those 4 (Including an eerily talented and too precise an actress for her young age Meredith Deane) make me reinvest in the belief that young actors are not just there as space fillers.

I can talk endlessly dissecting everything about this show but that could take a book. Once and again is so brilliant, it's network didn't know how to market it. These characters are real people and their problems are not exotic in that TV way, They are purely and simply real. It is hopeful and sweet without being resolved to wearing some ridiculous rose-colored glasses. But it is also real without showing a bleak reality where it's all darkness and despair. The brilliance of this show was in its ability to balance the good with the bad and the dark with the light. It was a very liberal and beautifully open minded show that still valued traditions of love and family. Which is also another aspect that made it art. In true art, not one person is good or bad. Every situation in which there is a villain, the villain has a good guy in them that contrasts with the little villain that lives inside that "Good guy." Every character in this show was like that. They were all lovable at times but not so lovable at others. There are no mythical heroes on OAA, the heroism of those characters comes in the form of their flawed nobility as humans. I think that's why the show was not an instant success but the sort of thing that will be talked about for years and years to come; It never picked sides but shows to show both sides of an issue. No one was 100% right all the time and no one was 100% wrong. Ask anyone and they will tell you that that very idea is the very definition of good literary art. And that once and again is Once and Again.

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