State of Grace

2001, TV Show


I'd like to back up Kelly ...

Question: I'd like to back up Kelly H.'s comments about watching a movie with objectionable words or gratuitous nude scenes edited out. I personally don't want to hear the F-bomb, and Kelly made an astute point in saying that Deadwood and The Sopranos would probably have a wider appeal were it not for the profanity. I don't agree that PAX programming was insipid, though, because Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye and especially Hope Island are on my list of favorite shows ever, along with State of Grace, Homefront and Now and Again, which never resorted to profanity  to attract interest. Plus, I could watch them with my kids. Even shows like Firefly, Wonderfalls and Veronica Mars, which are aimed at viewers who are teens and up, are well-crafted and engaging without the lewd content that CSI seems so intent on. I love the show, but some weeks, I can't handle watching it. (I admit that I am a Desperate Housewives fan — I just watch it when my kids are in bed.) Family-friendly viewing and interesting, ... read more

I'm so happy to like a show on...

I'm so happy to like a show on ABC Family again. After they broke my heart by canceling State of Grace, it seemed unlikely I'd find a series on this family-oriented network that would appeal to me. However, they've hit the soapy-good mark with Wildfire, a sassy, O.C.-inspired show that features a prison camp with horses, rich people fighting, underaged drinking and walks of shame. Of course, all the aforementioned bad stuff has its consequences, but it's good fun to watch, and the horses are pretty.... Is reality dead? Every month some optimistic person poses this question, hoping that the TV tides will turn back to scripted programming. But shows like Kill Reality just go to show that the genre is alive and well and has morphed into a bizarre new form, in which former reality stars show just how desperate they are to stay in the limelight and become full-fledged actors. Of course they have to live in a house and share bedrooms and all that read more

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Premiered: November 01, 2001, on ABC Family
Rating: TV-PG
User Rating: (36 ratings)
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Premise: A warm family dramedy about the friendship between extremely different 12-year-olds in 1965 North Carolina: Jewish Hannah and very Southern Grace. Their tales are told from the perspective of the adult Hannah, with delightful narration by Oscar winner Frances McDormand.



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