Home Television Drama Year in the Life, A

Year in the Life, A

1 9 8 7 – 1 9 8 8 (USA)
22 x 60 minute episodes

A sensitive look at the lives of three generations of the prosperous Gardner family who live at 123 Liberty Lane in Seattle, Washington.

Joe Gardner (Richard Kiley) is the head of the family, a man who grew up during the Depression yet built himself the successful Gardner Plastics Company.

When his wife, Ruth (Eva Marie Saint) dies, he is supported by his four adult children: Jack (Morgan Stevens), Sam (David Oliver), Anne (Wendy Phillips) and Lindley (Jayne Atkinson).

The oldest daughter Anne (35) grew up as a hippie, has been married twice and is the mother of David (Trey Ames) and Sunny (Amanda Peterson), both from her first marriage with Glenn Maxwell (Scott Paulin).

Lindley is 31 years old and is a sales representative for the family company. She is married to Jim (Adam Arkin), an attorney, and has an infant called Ruthie (Melissa Kay and Sarah Kay).

Thirty-year-old Jack is the black sheep of the family and a rebellious drifter. Sam, the youngest (24) is married to the flighty Kay (Sarah Jessica Parker) and also works for Gardner Plastics.

Dr Alice Foley (Diana Muldaur) became Joe’s new love interest (and later, fiancée).

The series is based on a 1986 NBC miniseries of the same title.

Joe Gardner
Richard Kiley
Jack Gardner
Morgan Stevens
Sam Gardner
David Oliver
Anne Gardner Maxwell
Wendy Phillips
Lindley Gardner Eisenberg
Jayne Atkinson
Dr Alice Foley
Diana Muldaur
Jim Eisenberg
Adam Arkin
Ruthie Eisenberg
Melissa Kay
Sarah Kay
David Maxwell
Trey Ames
Sunny Maxwell
Amanda Peterson
Glenn Maxwell 
Scott Paulin
Kay Ericson Gardner
Sarah Jessica Parker
Ruth Gardner
Eva Marie Saint