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Grace Under Fire 

Grace is a recovering alcoholic, now divorced from an abusive husband, struggling to bring up three children on her own.

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Chuck Lorre
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1998   1997   1996   1995   1994   1993  
Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Brett Butler ...  Grace Kelly 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Casey Sander ...  Wade Swoboda 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Kaitlin Cullum ...  Libby Kelly 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Dylan Sprouse ...  Patrick Kelly 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Cole Sprouse ...  Patrick Kelly 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Dave Thomas ...  Russell Norton 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Julie White ...  Nadine Swoboda 98 episodes, 1993-1997
Jon Paul Steuer ...  Quentin Kelly 73 episodes, 1993-1996
Peggy Rea ...  Jean Kelly 51 episodes, 1993-1998
Walter Olkewicz ...  Dougie Boudreau 49 episodes, 1993-1997
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Storyline

After divorcing her abusive, alcoholic husband and recovering from her own alcoholism, Grace tries to rebuild her life and protect her children from making the same mistakes. Against this serious backdrop, this show is actually a comedy, finding humor in the relationships between Grace and her co-workers at the oil refinery, her neighbors Wade and Nadine, and Russel Norton, the bachelor pharmacist. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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TV-PG

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 September 1993 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Grace Under Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Elgin, Illinois, USA See more »

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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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Trivia

The show's premise of a recovering alcoholic hit too close to home, as Brett Butler was an alcoholic in real-life. She drunkenly fought for creative control, resulting in five producers either quitting or being forced out in the five years the sitcom was on the air. Off-set, Butler pulled such stunts as stumbling onto David Letterman and claiming Walt Disney's last words were, 'Whatever you do, don't let the Jews get the place." (the sitcom aired on ABC, which had recently been purchased by Disney.) Butler's supporting cast soon grew tired of her expletive-filled rants and on-set breakdowns. Julie White quit the show, and Jon Paul Steuer reportedly left after he received a firsthand look at Butler's new boob job, which Butler proudly flashed about set. ABC hastily ended the show mid season in 1998. See more »

Goofs

During the series Grace is portrayed as a lower class southerner. She often calls herself a redneck but when her mother visits. She's as a portrayed as a southern belle. See more »

Quotes

[Sitting at Grace's kitchen table, discussing Jimmy's first month living in the garage]
Grace Kelly: He's two days late with the rent.
Jean Kelly: What?
Grace Kelly: I told him '$550, in cash, on the 1st of every month, under the ta... ble'
[hesitating - reaches underneath table]
Grace Kelly: .
Jean Kelly: It's times like these that make it hard to defend him.
Grace Kelly: Next month I'm gonna tell him 'On the house', to see if he puts the money on the roof.
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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Underrated
9 January 2018 | by madams2010See all my reviews

I think that Grace Under Fire was an underrated gem of a situational comedy series. Maybe it is because it was always pretty much overshadowed by the much more successful (and just as good) series Roseanne, which also featured a lower middle class struggling/working mom in middle America played by a quality standup comedienne. Roseanne Barr/Arnold's show actually probably was better but it got all the accolades and Grace Under Fire got none. I guess it's kind of like playing in the NBA when Michael Jordan's Bulls were dominating the sport. Brett Butler was great though, the story lines were realistic and meaningful, the jokes were very funny, the supporting cast was great. It's too bad the show completely fell apart in the end, I guess due to some personal problems of its star, because it was a great sitcom.


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