Mary Elizabeth, an outgoing white girl, and Rene, a shy black girl, become close friends as they grow up in 1960's Alabama. Their friendship comes to an end, however, when Mary Elizabeth (... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Annie Potts ...  Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' Sims / ... 88 episodes, 1998-2002
Lorraine Toussaint ...  Rene Jackson 88 episodes, 1998-2002
Chris Mulkey ...  Colliar Sims 83 episodes, 1998-2002
Olivia Friedman ...  Kelly Sims / ... 70 episodes, 1998-2002
Shari Dyon Perry Shari Dyon Perry ...  Young Rene Jackson 66 episodes, 1998-2001
Mae Middleton ...  Young Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' O'Brien 66 episodes, 1998-2001
Donzaleigh Abernathy ...  Sara Jackson / ... 64 episodes, 1998-2002
Dan Byrd ...  Young Colliar Sims 61 episodes, 1998-2002
Nancy McLoughlin ...  Catherine O'Brien 56 episodes, 1998-2002
Elise Shirley Elise Shirley ...  Young Teresa O'Brien 51 episodes, 1998-2002
Calvin DeVault ...  Davis Sims 41 episodes, 1999-2002
Derrex Brady ...  Ajoni Williams / ... 41 episodes, 1998-2002
John Lafayette ...  James Jackson 36 episodes, 1998-2002
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Mary Elizabeth, an outgoing white girl, and Rene, a shy black girl, become close friends as they grow up in 1960's Alabama. Their friendship comes to an end, however, when Mary Elizabeth (ME) gets pregnant and Rene doesn't support her decision to keep the child and marry her boyfriend. Thirty years later, ME is still living in Alabama with her husband as they struggle to make ends meet. Rene, meanwhile is a successful attorney working in Washington. After the death of her father, Rene decides to move back to her old hometown, where she meets ME again. As the pair resume their old friendship, they reminisce on old times and the events that occurred after splitting up. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Two different lives. One incredible friendship.

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

8 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Alabama Dreams See more »

Filming Locations:

Birmingham, Alabama, USA See more »

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Donzaleigh Abernathy (Sara Jackson, the wife of a civil rights activist), is the daughter of Reverend Ralph Abernathy, one of the key figures of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference. The SCLC was the keynote organization behind the actual Civil Rights movement. See more »

Quotes

Davis Sims: Mom, what're you doing in my room? Looking through my socks?
Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' Sims: I was just looking, I wasn't looking for boy things, I was looking for... guns, knives, plastic explosives.
Davis Sims: Mom, have you gone crazy?
Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' Sims: I sure hope so.
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Any Day Now
Written by Burt Bacharach, Bob Hilliard
Sung by Lori Perry
Arranged by Susan Marder
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Wonderfully Nostalgic
22 April 2004 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

Normally, I pretty much dislike anything that comes on Lifetime due to the fact that most of their show's come off as being anti-male. However, this is a wonderfully written show and it is more than just about the relationship of two young girls that grew up in the final days of segregation. Annie Potts is delightful as M.E. and Lorraine Touissant is wonderful as Rene. Touissant's performance on the show is even more incredible due to the fact that she was only a child when the flashbacks occurred. Also, Chris Mulkey is great as Collier. Even though he tries to be a tough talking beer drinker, he still gives Collier a sense of vulnerabillty. This show definitely breaks Lifetime's reputation for "man bashing" and show's that they can produce a great show.


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