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 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 »

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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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On the first episode, there is a flashback that took place in 1962. Renee, played by Lorraine Toussaint, was supposed to be about 10 years old in the flashback. In real life, Lorraine Toussaint was only a 2 year old toddler in 1962, since she was born in 1960. See more »

Quotes

Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' Sims: [to a cop looking over her car] What're you expecting to find back there, a big bag of money?
[laughs]
Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' Sims: That's right, I'm Thelma and
[Rene]
Mary Elizabeth 'M.E.' Sims: she's Louise.
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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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Life is hard and sometimes the truth hurts...but I LOVED the show!
28 September 2005 | by shawnlynn1See all my reviews

Quite frankly the first assessment of this show and these girls couldn't be anymore wrong. A white girl and a black girl being friends may have been unlikely but unbelievable is something different. What the person making the first comment should have recognized and applauded was that they were friends in spite of what was going on in the "real world". In 1960 it was older white men and women like Mary Elizabeth who helped (as much as possible) to change the mistreatment of black people. Nonetheless, we are all entitled to our opinions, no matter how off the mark they maybe. For me, the show was wonderful and I am hoping and waiting for it to come out on DVD with all the other television shows.


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