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Grace Under Fire 

Grace is a recovering alcoholic, now divorced from an abusive husband, struggling to bring up three children on her own.

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Chuck Lorre
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Series cast summary:
Brett Butler ...  Grace Kelly 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Casey Sander ...  Wade Swoboda 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Kaitlin Cullum ...  Libby Kelly 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Dylan Sprouse ...  Patrick Kelly 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Cole Sprouse ...  Patrick Kelly 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Dave Thomas ...  Russell Norton 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Julie White ...  Nadine Swoboda 98 episodes, 1993-1997
Jon Paul Steuer ...  Quentin Kelly 73 episodes, 1993-1996
Peggy Rea ...  Jean Kelly 51 episodes, 1993-1998
Walter Olkewicz ...  Dougie Boudreau 49 episodes, 1993-1997
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After divorcing her abusive, alcoholic husband and recovering from her own alcoholism, Grace tries to rebuild her life and protect her children from making the same mistakes. Against this serious backdrop, this show is actually a comedy, finding humor in the relationships between Grace and her co-workers at the oil refinery, her neighbors Wade and Nadine, and Russel Norton, the bachelor pharmacist. Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Comedy | Romance

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TV-PG

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

29 September 1993 (USA) See more »

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Grace Under Fire See more »

Filming Locations:

Elgin, Illinois, USA See more »

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Carsey-Werner Company See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Set in the fictitious town of Victoria, Missouri. See more »

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During the series Grace is portrayed as a lower class southerner. She often calls herself a redneck but when her mother visits. She's as a portrayed as a southern belle. See more »

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[Sitting at Grace's kitchen table, discussing Jimmy's first month living in the garage]
Grace Kelly: He's two days late with the rent.
Jean Kelly: What?
Grace Kelly: I told him '$550, in cash, on the 1st of every month, under the ta... ble'
[hesitating - reaches underneath table]
Grace Kelly: .
Jean Kelly: It's times like these that make it hard to defend him.
Grace Kelly: Next month I'm gonna tell him 'On the house', to see if he puts the money on the roof.
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self destruction
2 May 2017 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Grace Kelly (Brett Butler) is divorced from her abusive loser husband Jimmy (Geoff Pierson) and raising her three kids, Libby, Quentin, and Patrick, by herself in Missouri. She starts her job at the oil refinery working with lovable co-workers Dougie and Vic among others. Her neighbor friend Nadine (Julie White) sets her up with pharmacist Russell Norton (Dave Thomas). They become best friends connecting over their bad former marriages and lack of sexual chemistry. Nadine is happily married to Wade Swoboda (Casey Sander). There are Grace's sisters Faith and Evie, and her intrusive mother-in-law Jean Kelly. There is Russell's father Floyd (Tom Poston). Grace is a recovering alcoholic since giving birth to Quentin and had given up Matthew (Tom Everett Scott) for adoption.

This Chuck Lorre show is similar to Roseanne if Roseanne got beaten by her drunken husband and left him. I can do without the abuse background which is hard for any comedy. There is good irreverent sarcasm from Butler. Thomas is a veteran who delivers. The cast sometimes barely hold back laughing at their own jokes. Libby and Quentin #2 are great. They're allowed to be little angels and devils. It's a good white trash sitcom. However, Butler's personal addiction demons slowly destroyed the show.

The decline started in the third season and the slide picked up steam in the fourth until its end after a shortened fifth season. I'm not sure how much Emmet's Secret bothered the blue collar fans. A new Quentin #3 was needed to start season four. The new much-older Quentin is an annoying whiny delinquent teen. The fifth season sees the departure of Julie White and some wholesale changes. It's the beginning of the end as Butler fell apart behind the scenes.


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