Television sitcom about a recovering alcoholic who becomes the manager of a big city bus station. The tragicomic theme of the show is perhaps summed up best by an old carnival sign that now... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
John Larroquette ...  John Hemingway 84 episodes, 1993-1996
Liz Torres ...  Mahalia Sanchez 84 episodes, 1993-1996
Daryl Mitchell ...  Dexter Walker 84 episodes, 1993-1996
Chi McBride ...  Heavy Gene 84 episodes, 1993-1996
Lenny Clarke ...  Officer Adam Hampton 84 episodes, 1993-1996
Elizabeth Berridge ...  Officer Eve Eggers 84 episodes, 1993-1996
Gigi Rice ...  Carly Watkins / ... 84 episodes, 1993-1996
Bill Morey Bill Morey ...  Oscar 67 episodes, 1993-1996
Alison La Placa ...  Catherine Merrick 49 episodes, 1994-1996
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Television sitcom about a recovering alcoholic who becomes the manager of a big city bus station. The tragicomic theme of the show is perhaps summed up best by an old carnival sign that now hangs in his office, 'This is a Dark Ride.' Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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USA

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English

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2 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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Crossroads See more »

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(78 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Larroquette owns the sign in John Hemingway's office that read "This Is A Dark Ride". See more »

Quotes

John: [as he is about to have a drink with his new neighbor Carly] Cheers.
Carly Watkins: Seinfeld.
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Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

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A series for those who were bored with formula sitcoms.
10 September 2006 | by brentkincaidSee all my reviews

I leave the rating of 'ten' in spite of what privations the series was forced to suffer in its second season. That is because the characters were do wonderful and the writing so wonderfully clever. I set my watch by this show during its woefully short existence. I wanted so badly to see it go on.

The show is set in a bus station in St. Louis; a terrific place for plot twists involving for a recovering alcoholic. (I am one and I howled each week at how dead-on the humor here was.)As Mahalia, the assistant to John, who is forced to take this job, Liz Torres was a past favorite second (or third) banana and stole every scene she was in during this series.

The show took chances and it paid off. It had a young black activist-oriented loudmouth constantly zinging John from the café in the bus station. There was a skinny, rather lesbians female Barney Fife of a cop and her rough and tough closet gay macho man partner. Not least was a hip, happening hooker who John would just not wake up and give a serious tumble to. We all wanted to. What was wrong with the guy? And, last but by no means insignificantly, is David Crosby as John's AA sponsor. He added not only verisimilitude, but the Kind of 'stop whistling past a grave yard' gallows humor AA is famous for.

This tiny, but powerful weekly delight had a constant passing through of some of the finest actors in television and movies gladly peppering this jewel of a show with dynamite cameo performances.

We are all sad when a television show we love bites the dust, no matter when it happens. In this case, I was bitter and still am. Why couldn't they just leave this show alone and let it gain its audience?


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