September 21, 1990 - May 23, 1994
CBS Situation Comedy - 101 Episodes


Wood Newton:   Burt Reynolds
Ava Evans Newton:   Marilu Henner
Evan Evans:   Hal Holbrook
Ponder Blue:   Ossie Davis
Dr. Harlan Elldridge:   Charles Durning
Frieda Evans:   Elizabeth Ashley
Herman Stiles:   Michael Jeter
Taylor Newton:   Jay R. Ferguson
Molly Newton:   Melissa Renee Martin
  Candace Hutson
Will Newton:   Jacob Parker
Marleen Elldridge:   Ann Wedgeworth
Fontana Beausoleil:   Linda Gehringer
Virgil:   Burton Gilliam
Nub Oliver:   Charlie Dell
Irma Wallingsford:   Alice Ghostley
Margaret Fouch:   Ann Hearn
Emily Newton:   Alexa Vega

Rural Evening Shade, Arkansas, was the setting for this
laid-back ensemble comedy. The focus of the series was
easygoing Wood Newton, who had, in his youth, been a star
running back on the local high school football team before
going on to college and pro football. Now he was back home
coaching the team, the Evening Shade Mules, which had not
won a game in more than two years. Wood's family consisted
of Ava, his wife of sixteen years; Taylor, the careful
quarterback on the high school team; and little Molly and
Will. Ava's father, Evan, Publisher of the local newspaper,
who was dating the town's voluptuous but dimwitted stripper,
Fontana Beausoleil. Other regulars included Ava's outspoken
aunt Frieda; Harlan Elldridge, the town's cranky physician;
Merleen Elldridge, Harlan's lusty wife; Herman Stiles, the
wimpy math teacher who served as assistant footbal coach;
and Ponder Blue, the philosophical proprietor of the
Barbecue Villa, the restaurant where many of the
townspeople hung out. In the last episode of the
first season Ava gave birth to a daughter, Emily.

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