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Ellen Burstyn Show, The

1 9 8 6 – 1 9 8 7 (USA)
13 x 30 minute episodes

Another eclectic family comedy from ABC. Here Burstyn plays Ellen Brewer – a writer-in-residence at a Baltimore college who shares a brownstone with her brash mother, Sydney, divorced daughter Molly, and five-year-old grandson, Nick.

Burstyn’s own production company was behind the series shot in New York, so she gets the blame for creating a comedy without comedy.

Her supposedly wisecracking mother was played by Elaine Stritch, an actress born to wisecrack but given only dumb cracks here.

A lot of talent was wasted on this show.

Ellen Brewer
Ellen Burstyn
Molly Brewer Ross
Megan Mullally
Nick Ross
Jesse R. Tendler
Tom Hines
Barry Sobel
Sydney Brewer
Elaine Stritch