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A Year in the Life 

Joe Gardner, a child of the Depression, is a successful plastics manufacturer in Seattle, Washington. After his wife dies, his four adult children move back in. Anne, 35 and an ex-hippie, ... See full summary »
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1988   1987  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 3 wins & 3 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Richard Kiley ...  Joe Gardner 22 episodes, 1987-1988
Trey Ames Trey Ames ...  David Sisk 22 episodes, 1987-1988
Adam Arkin ...  Jim Eisenberg 22 episodes, 1987-1988
Jayne Atkinson ...  Lindley Gardner Eisenberg 22 episodes, 1987-1988
David Oliver ...  Sam Gardner 22 episodes, 1987-1988
Sarah Jessica Parker ...  Kay Ericson Gardner 22 episodes, 1987-1988
Amanda Peterson ...  Sunny Sisk 22 episodes, 1987-1988
Wendy Phillips ...  Anne Gardner Maxwell 22 episodes, 1987-1988
Morgan Stevens Morgan Stevens ...  Jack Gardner 22 episodes, 1987-1988
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Joe Gardner, a child of the Depression, is a successful plastics manufacturer in Seattle, Washington. After his wife dies, his four adult children move back in. Anne, 35 and an ex-hippie, has been divorced twice and returns with her two children, David and Sunny. Lindley, 31, is a sales representative in her father's company and a new mother. Jack, 30, is a drifter "trying to find himself," and Sam, Joe's youngest child, is a preppy who is married to Kay, a free-spirit. Written by J.E. McKillop <jack-mckillop@worldnet.att.net>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

16 September 1987 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Un anno nella vita See more »

Filming Locations:

Edmonds, Washington, USA See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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It rarely happens that a cancelled series will win any awards but Richard Kiley won both the Emmy and the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor for his role of Joe Gardner on A Year in the Life. In his acceptance speech he joked "I'm proud to accept this award for the show that TV Guide rightly calls 'The best show on television' A show that I only wish a few more of you had watched" See more »

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Follows A Year in the Life (1986) See more »

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Blame the '88 Winter Olympics
22 December 2007 | by cvnn2See all my reviews

I too thought the series was well done and I believe it was gathering steam until the Sarajevo Winter Olympics started on ABC. It lost viewership to the Games for those couple weeks causing NBC to move it a less desirable time slot further causing a slide. It's a shame but all the major networks make the same business decision - appealing to the masses to sell more soap instead of finding and keeping niche audiences with quality programming (such as Byrds of Paradise (ABC) and Now and Again (CBS)). However, with the advent of niche cable channels (Lifetime, Oxygen, BET, etc...), more diverse programming can be aired. That trend could be accelerated if the FCC will allow us to choose only those cable channels we wish to subscribe. Then the market could work and quality programming may get a chance. Until then, the lowest common denominator will win out (Fox's recipe for success).


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