Trying Times (1987–1989)

Moving Day 

Barbara has decided to move from her family home despite her elderly father's protests. However, the movers that come for her stuff turn out to be incredibly incompetent at their job, and her adult kids show up with their own problems.


Sandy Wilson


Bernard Slade (teleplay)




Episode cast overview:
Candice Bergen ... Barbara
Ted Stidder Ted Stidder ... Fred
Ketty Lester Ketty Lester ... Mildred
Bruno Gerussi Bruno Gerussi ... Harry
Keanu Reeves ... Joey
Laura White Laura White ... Jennifer
Jackson Davies Jackson Davies ... Charlie
Alex Bruhanski ... Bruno
Janne Mortil ... The Pregnant Daughter


It's moving day for big city girl Barbara who can't wait to leave her old house. She plans to move to Albuquerque, New Mexico and open an art gallery with her old friend, a divorced woman. Fred, Barbara's sweet elderly father who may be suffering from an early stage of dementia asks her to leave the house to him, but she plans to take her dad to live with her. However, what she doesn't know is that him and their aging African-American maid Mildred have another reason to stay. To make things more complicated, Barbara's tomboyish daughter Jennifer arrives to inform her that she's quitting college and opening a garage, since she wants to be a car mechanic. That's when the movers arrive. It's a family outfit run by depressed fifty-something ex-cabby Harry who's suffering from midlife crisis and can't climb a flight of six stairs without getting tired, his goofy son Joey who secretly wants to be a ballet dancer and Harry's friend Bruno, who's always drunk. Complications don't end there, ...

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Release Date:

22 November 1987 (USA) See more »

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References Dr. Kildare (1961) See more »

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