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

Creator:

Michael Leeson
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1990  
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Cast

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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Storyline

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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Comedy

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 January 1990 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Production Co:

Carsey-Werner Company See more »
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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The series was originally planned to have hour-long episodes due to its soap opera format. See more »

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A "Soap Operetta" about life in a company town.
9 June 2004 | by JamesL-4See all my reviews

In this case, the "company town" is a town built not around a coal mine or a lumber mill, but around a piano factory.

What do I mean by "soap operetta"? Well, just as an operetta is a comedy in somewhat scaled-down opera form, "Grand" was (far more than outright soap opera spoofs like "Soap" or "Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman") a comedy in scaled-down soap opera form. Also, like a typical operetta, and unlike a typical soap opera spoof, the humor was gentle, witty, and largely suitable for a family audience.

I never even knew there WAS a second season of the show, or that the second season mostly threw out the "soap operetta" format, but what I saw of the series, I thoroughly enjoyed. The characters were the sort of people you actually would want to meet, something sadly lacking in an awful lot of television.

And the open used throughout the first season was certainly one of the best sitcom opens ever constructed.


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