Forrest Bedford is a Southern lawyer in the late 1950s, generally content with his privileged life. But the winds of change are blowing, and he becomes increasingly involved with civil ... See full summary »
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Won 2 Golden Globes. Another 31 wins & 37 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Sam Waterston ...  Forrest Bedford 38 episodes, 1991-1993
Regina Taylor ...  Lilly Harper 38 episodes, 1991-1993
Jeremy London ...  Nathaniel 'Nathan' Bedford 38 episodes, 1991-1993
Ashlee Levitch ...  Francie Bedford 38 episodes, 1991-1993
John Aaron Bennett John Aaron Bennett ...  John Morgan Bedford 38 episodes, 1991-1993
Kathryn Harrold ...  Christina LeKatzis 38 episodes, 1991-1993
Peter Simmons Peter Simmons ...  Paul Slocum 38 episodes, 1991-1993
RaéVen Kelly ...  Adlaine Harper 19 episodes, 1991-1993
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Forrest Bedford is a Southern lawyer in the late 1950s, generally content with his privileged life. But the winds of change are blowing, and he becomes increasingly involved with civil rights cases. Mean- while, Lilly Harper, who cares for his children, is on her own journey of political and personal awareness. Written by Cleo <frede005@maroon.tc.umn.edu>

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USA

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English

Release Date:

7 October 1991 (USA) See more »

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En vakker dag See more »

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Atlanta, Georgia, USA See more »

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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In the 2013 book "Difficult Men: Behind the Scenes of a Creative Revolution: From The Sopranos and The Wire to Mad Men and Breaking Bad", David Chase (a writer and Executive Producer on this show before creating The Sopranos (1999)) recalled his impatience with some of the network's strategies for marketing the show, especially NBC airing commercials featuring Louis Armstrong's "What a Wonderful World". "If I'd had a gun, I would have killed somebody. What fucking wonderful world? Ku Klux Klan, Mississippi civil rights workers being murdered, housewives from Detroit being gunned down in their cars, black kids being lynched? They were trying to sell a series about human pain as a cute story about some cute little boy and his nanny. And it fucking made me want to puke." See more »

Quotes

[Francie and John Morgan are fighting in the back seat]
D.A. Forrest Bedford: If I have to stop this car somebody's going to regret it!
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Referenced in Seinfeld: The Virgin (1992) See more »

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An incredible series that I'm amazed was originally on commercial TV.
18 July 2005 | by brennerpSee all my reviews

Respectfully, I disagree with the one comment posted so far.

My wife and I discovered this series when it was on PBS. As stated, we are amazed that something this good was originally on commercial TV. Is it totally unrealistic that a maid would ultimately be that outspoken, and that a Southern white lawyer could slowly have his eyes opened? Maybe. But I think the key is that everything developed slowly, over time. There were no unrealistically sudden conversions.

Among the other things that impressed us: There were no easy answers; every episode, it seems, almost painfully explored issues with complexity. If you want easy answers, this is not the series for you.

"To Kill a Mockingbird" was certainly a classic (although, as my 85 year-old father has observed, Gregory Peck played the same essential character in virtually every movie.) And it may be true that its characterization was true of the vast majority of even well-meaning southern whites. But I accept the possibility that, even in that time, at least one person of color "pushed the envelope". And that at least one Southern white of good heart found himself or herself slowly transformed.

If you can accept this, admire this series for its excellent performances and refusal to take the easy way out in any episode.


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