Season 1, Episode 5 A Death in the Family

First Aired: March 25, 2002

An idyllic family copes with a sudden tragedy in this adaptation of “A Death in the Family,” James Agee's Pulitzer Prize-winning roman à clef set in Knoxville in 1915. The thinly disguised Agee character is 7-year-old Rufus Follet (Austin Wolff), the beloved son of Mary and Jay (Annabeth Gish, John Slattery), who adore each other. This bliss won't last long: Jay is involved in a serious auto accident. Mary, steeling herself for the worst, awaits word.

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  • Premiered: October 25, 2000
  • Rating: None
  • Premise: A dramatic anthology featuring works by American writers such as Langston Hughes, Thornton Wilder and Willa Cather; and Puerto Rican migrant Esmeralda Santiago, whose memoirs `Almost a Woman' earned the series a Peabody Award in 2003. The occasionally airi… (more)

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