A half-hour sitcom anthology on PBS, about people who are struggling with the daily routines of life.
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    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

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Love Hurts (1990)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The story of Paul Weaver and his strained relationships with women and his family.

Director: Bud Yorkin
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Cynthia Sikes, Judith Ivey
Drama | Music | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

When David Sinclair, a popular and talented high school student commits suicide, his best friend Chris takes over many of his responsibilities; from the school production of "H.M.S. ... See full summary »

Director: Marisa Silver
Stars: Alan Boyce, Keanu Reeves, Pamela Gidley
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

Wiley and Sandra have been happily married for years and are now in the process of breaking up. Sam, his childhood friend, is just beginning to fall in love with a new teacher at the high ... See full summary »

Director: Robert Greenwald
Stars: Don Johnson, Susan Sarandon, Jeff Daniels
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Winston Connelly wakes up in the middle of the night in an alley with no idea of how he got there. Nor does he know where in Los Angeles he is or why he is wearing a beat-up tuxedo. Through... See full summary »

Director: Thom Eberhardt
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There's nothing wrong with the Marshetta family that a little felony can't cure. Rupert doesn't want to follow in his father's blue-collar footsteps, so he and his quirky friend kidnap his ... See full summary »

Director: Ron Nyswaner
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Checking Out (1989)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A successful family man, who works for an airline, becomes consumed by fear of death after his colleague and best friend dies in front of him from heart attack while telling the setup for the joke: "Why don't Italians like barbecues?"

Director: David Leland
Stars: Jeff Daniels, Melanie Mayron, Michael Tucker
No Place Like Home (TV Movie 1989)
Drama
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A Pittsburgh apartment superintendent loses his job and home when the apartment building where he lives and works at is suddenly destroyed by fire. Daniel and his family moves in with his ... See full summary »

Director: Lee Grant
Stars: Christine Lahti, Jeff Daniels, Scott Marlowe
Flying (1986)
Drama | Romance | Sport
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Robin and her father have a car accident. Her father dies. Robin is badly injured and cannot compete in gymnasics tournaments anymore. Shattered dreams. She lives with her mother and bad ... See full summary »

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Letting Go (TV Movie 1985)
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Director: Jack Bender
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Act of Vengeance (TV Movie 1986)
Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

In 1969, an administrator runs against the corrupt president of the United Coal Miners Union, and becomes the target of a murder plot.

Director: John Mackenzie
Stars: Charles Bronson, Ellen Burstyn, Wilford Brimley
One Step Away (1985)
Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

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Director: Robert Fortier
Stars: Diana Belshaw, Keanu Reeves, Kathleen Fee
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Series cast summary:
...  Kara Dimley 1 episode, 1987
...  Barbara 1 episode, 1987
...  Robin Stone 1 episode, 1987
...  Gary 1 episode, 1987
...  Dwight Harper 1 episode, 1987
...  Hilda Bundt 1 episode, 1989
...  Enid 1 episode, 1989
...  Agripina Gravanescu-Smith 1 episode, 1989
...  Buddy Amber 1 episode, 1989
...  Edna 1 episode, 1989
...  Sydney 1 episode, 1987
...  Mitch 1 episode, 1987
Ted Stidder ...  Fred 1 episode, 1987
...  Maxwell Fletcher 1 episode, 1987
...  George Stone 1 episode, 1987
...  David 1 episode, 1989
...  Bill 1 episode, 1989
...  Jenny Amber 1 episode, 1989
...  Jed 1 episode, 1989
...  Howard LaMotta 1 episode, 1989
...  Stu 1 episode, 1987
...  Actress 1 episode, 1987
Hagan Beggs ...  Dad 1 episode, 1987
...  Frances Fletcher 1 episode, 1987
Ketty Lester ...  Mildred 1 episode, 1987
...  Luanda 1 episode, 1989
...  Nancy 1 episode, 1989
Katherine McGrath ...  Mother St Helen 1 episode, 1989
...  Laura 1 episode, 1989
...  Emma St. John 1 episode, 1989
Dustin Berkovitz ...  Young Gary 1 episode, 1987
...  Byron 1 episode, 1987
Bruno Gerussi ...  Harry 1 episode, 1987
Betty Phillips ...  Mom 1 episode, 1987
...  Dr. Iris Goldberg 1 episode, 1987
Richard Dimitri ...  Dean 1 episode, 1989
...  Jennifer 1 episode, 1989
...  Gene 1 episode, 1989
Marcell Rosenblatt ...  Tracy 1 episode, 1989
...  Father 1 episode, 1989
Melanie Jones ...  Gary's Mom 1 episode, 1987
...  Rebecca 1 episode, 1987
...  Joey 1 episode, 1987
...  Marlin Fletcher 1 episode, 1987
...  Driving Instructor 1 episode, 1987
Eric Ayala ...  Young Benjie 1 episode, 1989
...  The Man on TV 1 episode, 1989
Kurt Knudson ...  Jack 1 episode, 1989
...  Agent Caponello 1 episode, 1989
...  Allison 1 episode, 1987
...  Gypsy 1 episode, 1987
...  Frank 1 episode, 1987
Doug Tuck 1 episode, 1987
Laura White ...  Jennifer 1 episode, 1987
George Belanger 1 episode, 1989
Kalimba ...  Abdul 1 episode, 1989
...  Older Benjie 1 episode, 1989
Ken Smith 1 episode, 1989
...  2nd Driving Instructor 1 episode, 1987
Norman Browning 1 episode, 1987
Jackson Davies ...  Charlie 1 episode, 1987
...  Grandpa Buckshot 1 episode, 1987
Álvaro Carcaño 1 episode, 1989
Ellen Gollas 1 episode, 1989
Dondee Spencer ...  Clarissa 1 episode, 1989
...  Bruno 1 episode, 1987
...  Reggie 1 episode, 1987
David Alden 1 episode, 1989
Gabriela Goldsmith 1 episode, 1989
Ron Wertheim 1 episode, 1989
...  The Pregnant Daughter 1 episode, 1987
Jaqueline Fernandez 1 episode, 1989
John Sabol 1 episode, 1989
Irina Areu 1 episode, 1989
...  Jim 1 episode, 1987
Christopher Durang ...  The Waiter 1 episode, 1987
...  Marsha 1 episode, 1987
...  Wanda 1 episode, 1987
Roger Cudney ...  Persival 1 episode, 1989
...  Daphne 1 episode, 1989
...  The Neighbor 1 episode, 1989
...  Bill 1 episode, 1989
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A half-hour sitcom anthology on PBS, about people who are struggling with the daily routines of life.

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Spun-off from Survival Guide (1985) See more »

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BEST TV of the 1980's
4 April 2006 | by See all my reviews

Even as a High School student I knew this series was something special. I have no idea how many episodes they ran. The three (perhaps 4) I managed to catch featured, 1. Spaulding Gray, 2. Rosanna Arquette & David Byrne, 3. Steven Wright.

I would love to own these on DVD. Smart, funny, ironic, biting...as if Kurt Vonnegutt had written a TV show!

They ran on the local PBS station and as a result never had a regular time spot. I've tried searching for more information on the program but have turned up very little.

I'll try to write a few more details in regard to the individual episodes soon.


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