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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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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Brett Butler ...  Grace Kelly 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Casey Sander ...  Wade Swoboda 112 episodes, 1993-1998
Kaitlin Cullum 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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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 February 2002 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Grace See more »

Filming Locations:

Elgin, Illinois, USA See more »

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Production Co:

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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Trivia

Quentin was played by three different actors: Noah Segan in the pilot, Jon Paul Steuer in the first three seasons, and Sam Horrigan in the last two. See more »

Quotes

[Grace and Jimmy are talking about their past relationship]
Jimmy Kelly: Grace, I am truly sorry for what I did to you. Hell, if I was the man I was today, I beat the Hell out of the guy I was then.
Grace Kelly: You would?
Jimmy Kelly: Yep. You know, I wonder how that fight would turn out? I got more meat on me now, but I was one quick son of a gun back then.
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Connections

Featured in The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards (1995) See more »

Soundtracks

Lady Madonna
Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney
Performance by Aretha Franklin
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A Fire that needed stoking by the end
16 August 2001 | by FlippitygibbitSee all my reviews

I loved this series, starring Brett Butler as a strong, yet fallible, recovering alcoholic with three children and a history suitable for talk shows. Or I loved the first few seasons, anyway - my local station messed the show around so much that, when I finally got to see it again, the characters had changed, and most of the humour had gone. With the initial seasons of 'Grace Under Fire', I found it hard to believe the rumours about Butler's personal life intruding onto the set. In fact, I found it hard to believe that Grace Kelly (with a mother-in-law called 'Jean' Kelly - I loved those subtle references, and contradictions - how different could Grace have been from her film star namesake?) wasn't a real person. Everyone on the show in the early years were very believable and very, very funny, Butler and Dave Thomas (Russell, the pharmacist) especially. And far from being another cliched show about 'survivor'-type women, I admired the character of Grace in a way that I didn't with 'Roseanne', a show with a similar premise of a woman (and mother) battling against life. But, as with anything, I think Grace finally ran out of steam, and introducing an older, illegitimate son tipped the balance, in my opinion.


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