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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Cast

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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Stereo

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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 »

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Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' Sims: I put ketchup covered tampons in the trash.
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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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Great Performances
26 February 2004 | by QueenMakeda84See all my reviews

This show is wonderful! The cast the storylines, they are unseen to my eyes. The direction of the show was well done too, but I'm upset to see that it was cancelled or whatever happened to it. Reneé's issues with men and other people in the Black community was very realistic. They drew upon topics that people are scared to talk about and I admire that. I wish people could be that open about race relations and the systematic injustices that still exist for ALL minorities. With this show, it's not just a Black/White issue. Other ethnic groups are affected as well. Beyond that, the comparison of one era of racial tension to another is superb. Many think that just because some laws are changed and it's an openly integrated society that all is well. This show proves correctly that discrepancies still exist whether people are aware of it or not. Shows like this do not often succeed, because no one wants to be told what's still wrong with society when it comes to race relations. Kudos to the cast and the crew for this excellent show.


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