The new head of Philadelphia's First Community Church, Rev. Rueben Gregory, finds dealing with the headstrong, opinionated and unethical Deacon Ernest Frye - who works as a lawyer when not ... See full summary »

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Ed. Weinberger
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5   4   3   2   1  
1991   1990   1989   1988   1987   1986  
1 win & 4 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Sherman Hemsley ...  Deacon Ernest Frye 110 episodes, 1986-1991
Clifton Davis ...  Reverend Reuben Gregory 110 episodes, 1986-1991
Anna Maria Horsford ...  Thelma Frye 110 episodes, 1986-1991
Roz Ryan ...  Amelia Hetebrink 110 episodes, 1986-1991
Jester Hairston ...  Rolly Forbes 110 episodes, 1986-1991
Barbara Montgomery ...  Casietta Hetebrink 88 episodes, 1986-1990
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The new head of Philadelphia's First Community Church, Rev. Rueben Gregory, finds dealing with the headstrong, opinionated and unethical Deacon Ernest Frye - who works as a lawyer when not tending to church business - isn't going to make his job an easy one.

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Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Trivia

The series was produced by Carson Productions, owned by late night talk show king Johnny Carson. According to Carson's lawyer Henry Bushkin's autobiography of the late night king, Carson loved the premise of the show but over time came detest it over quarrels Carson had show producer Ed Weinberger. Although Weinberger was hired due to his successful and stellar record as a television producer, Carson often clashed with Weinberger. Many of the quarrels had to do with Carson's belief that certain jokes in the script would not score with the audience. Weinberger would explain to Carson that unlike live television, which was Carson's domain, situation comedy had a different way in delivering their jokes to an audience. With Weinberger being able able to turn Amen into a hit, proving to Carson he knew the best direction for the show, Carson ultimately relented and left Weinberger alone. Yet according to Bushkin,with his ego bruised, Carson became indifferent and ultimately never cared that much for the series after that. See more »

Quotes

Thelma Frye: [crying] I never want my children to feel so much love!
Rev. Reuben Gregory: Pregnant.
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Connections

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Soundtracks

Shine on Me
Composed by Andraé Crouch
Performed by Vanessa Bell Armstrong
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A Great Show!
18 February 2001 | by JenConSee all my reviews

When this show premiered I was 8 yrs. old. I remember my family and I would sit down together and watch this great sitcom. It had great comedy, a good message about faith, and a great cast! If you catch the reruns of this show I suggest you sit back and watch it.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 September 1986 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Amen See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(110 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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