The series chronicles the goings-on of various people in a small Pennsylvanian town which is renowned for its piano company.

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Michael Leeson
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Complete series cast summary:
Pamela Reed ...  Janice Pasetti 26 episodes, 1990
Bonnie Hunt ...  Carol Anne Smithson 26 episodes, 1990
John Neville ...  Desmond 26 episodes, 1990
Joel Murray ...  Norris Weldon 26 episodes, 1990
Sara Rue ...  Edda Pasetti 26 episodes, 1990
John Randolph ...  Harris Weldon 26 episodes, 1990
Michael McKean ...  Tom Smithson 13 episodes, 1990
Andrew Lauer ...  Off. Wayne Kasmurski 13 episodes, 1990
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Tom and Carol Anne Smithson move to the tiny town of Grand, Pennsylvania, where Tom has gotten a job at the Weldon Piano Works. Tom is soon fired, however, after his "innovative idea for the future of the company" (making golf clubs at the piano factory) is panned by Mr. Weldon. Mr. Weldon takes a liking to Carol Anne, however, and hires her. Over the course of the series, Carol Anne meets and befriends the working class Janice Pasetti. The goings on of the small town are covered in humorous and often touching detail. Written by Jason A. Cormier <wildrose@mindspring.com>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

18 January 1990 (USA) See more »

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Carsey-Werner Company See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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NBC was unsure whether to renew the series for a second season. By the time the network decided to renew it, Michael McKean, Andrew Lauer and several members of the production staff had already committed to other projects. See more »

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We're All Different Drummers Playing In The Same Big Band!
28 May 2002 | by MindoggerSee all my reviews

"32,000" people inhabit Grand. This is the story of eight or nine of them."

"Grand" was my favorite show of 1990! It ran only 25 episodes (although there was a 26th episode filmed which never aired). Pamela Reed and Bonnie Hunt hit their peak in this quirky series! It was a psuedo-soap opera revolving around the lives of a piano manufacturer (Harris Weldon), his family (reformed pyromaniac son Norris, neurotic neice Carol Anne and her get-rich-quick-scheming husband, Tom), and his servants (butler Desmond and cleaning lady Janice Pasetti--a former homecoming queen raising a daughter in a travel tailer!). With a handful of other quirky characters (Janice's ex-husband Eddie and policeman Wayne Kazmusky, most notably), the show seemed destined to go down in the annals of TV history before "Twin Peaks" began airing opposite it. NBC didn't hold out much hope for the series from the begining, apparently, and the first season finale was a tour-de-force intended to end the show's brief run. It's unexpected ratings caused them to renew the show in the fall, but the soap opera format was dropped for much of the season. Sadly, just as the show returned to its soap opera format, it was cancelled, leaving Janice and Carol Anne trapped at the bottom of an abandoned well. The dream sequence Janice has while in the well was one of the classics of TV! I would have loved to see this one go on and on!


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