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Sunday Dinner 

Set in New York's Long Island, Ben Benedict is a 56-year-old widowed owner of a printing business who brings out family conflicts after announcing his engagement to TT Fagori, an ... See full summary »


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Complete series cast summary:
Robert Loggia ...  Ben Benedict 6 episodes, 1991
Teri Hatcher ...  TT Fagori 6 episodes, 1991
Patrick Breen ...  Kenneth Benedict 6 episodes, 1991
Kari Lizer Kari Lizer ...  Diana 6 episodes, 1991
Shiri Appleby ...  Rachel 6 episodes, 1991
Marian Mercer ...  Martha Benedict 6 episodes, 1991
Martha Gehman ...  Vicky Benedict 5 episodes, 1991


Set in New York's Long Island, Ben Benedict is a 56-year-old widowed owner of a printing business who brings out family conflicts after announcing his engagement to TT Fagori, an environmental activist 26 years younger than him. Written by Matthew Patay

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2 June 1991 (USA) See more »

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11 August 2011 | by MicheauxSee all my reviews

I'm sorry that Norman Lear divorced his wife of thirty years. I don't know Lear, nor do I know his wife or ex-wife. I am sorry, because Lear decided to take this situation and turn it into a show. This was a show about a man who has grown daughters and has remarried a younger woman. They all gather together for Sunday dinner, hence the title. The daughters are not happy about the new wife.

Robert Loggia played the Dad, Teri Hatcher was the new wife. The wife was a Christian who prayed and called God, "Chief".

As a Christian, Hurrah for the use of prayer, but, "Chief"!? Would you go up to your father and call him Jimbo or Skinny? Twee with a dusting of arrogance. Bleh.

I'm not against writers turning real situations into comedy or drama. Carl Reiner did this to good effect in the "Dick Van Dyke Show". "Never Name a Duck" was based on ducks that ended up at his house. "Seinfeld" had a character named Kramer, based on a real person. However, when one sees show after show with similar themes, it makes one cry out, "Can't you just tell your therapist or church leader about this, instead of subjecting the viewing public to it?" Imagine what we would have been spared. If the writing staffs of "The Boys Are Back" or "Happy Family" didn't have sons that moved out when they were grown, how much happier would we be? All of the above would have been forgiven (told you I was a Christian!) had not the writing been lackluster, the characters unlikable and the chemistry non-existent. All of this covered with the patina of the real-life parallel of a man marrying a younger woman and divorcing the older one makes this show one best left forgotten.

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