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Rude Awakening 

Billie Frank, an out of work alcoholic actress, used to be somewhat of a star in her day, but now she's all washed up. With the help of her mother, Trudy, Billie tries to pick up the pieces... See full summary »

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Claudia Lonow
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2001   2000   1999   1998  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Sherilyn Fenn ...  Billie Frank 55 episodes, 1998-2001
Jonathan Penner ...  Dave Parelli 55 episodes, 1998-2001
Lynn Redgrave ...  Trudy Frank 55 episodes, 1998-2001
Rain Pryor ...  Jackie Garcia 30 episodes, 1998-1999
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Billie Frank, an out of work alcoholic actress, used to be somewhat of a star in her day, but now she's all washed up. With the help of her mother, Trudy, Billie tries to pick up the pieces of her life and move on. Billie meets Dave, a guy who lives in her apartment building, and is also an alcoholic. The show is based upon their relationship, along with all the others in AA with them. Written by Jonesy

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It takes two to tango. And three to tangle. See more »

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Comedy

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TV-MA
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 August 1998 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Príserná kocovina See more »

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Runtime:

(55 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Billie Frank is based upon Claudia Lonow's experience. Billie is an ex-soap actress who is famous for portraying a character called Diana Gateway in a series called "Emerald Bluff". Claudia Lonow is famous for portraying Diana Fairgate in Knots Landing (1979). See more »

Quotes

Billie Frank: Hi, I'm Billie, but all my friends call me "Oh Crap, Here Comes Billie."
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Soundtracks

Another Rude Awakening
(Title Theme: 1998-2000)
Theme by Claudia Lonow, Chuck E. Weiss & Tony Gilkyson
Performed by Alana Davis
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Keeping it real
25 January 2002 | by HaN-hAnSee all my reviews

This show is so refreshing and funny, I couldn't believe it could survive the prevailing tastes of American TV executives. Trawling the channels late at night, I stumbled upon Sherilyn Fenn's gorgeous face looking at me and found that she could make me laugh as well! This show doesn't look polished, it does not have contrived plots or even high production values, but what it does have, is great laughs, realistic situations, and just all around funny stuff. It is crass, rude and sexy, and it doesn't apologize for it. And it shouldn't, in this time of over political correctness and subsequent fear of offending anyone, this show doesn't care, and in the process, provides great entertainment.


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