If you never got the chance to see Grand when it first aired, you really missed on a clever and witty show. You also aren't alone. Although it was a major ratings surprise its first season (NBC actually had canceled the show not expecting its strong ratings), its second season dropped off. This was partly a result of NBC's canceling the show. In an unusual step, the show filmed and aired a series finale which was notoriously final. The second season was mostly spent trying to explain the dramatic events of the series finale.
Tom and Carol Anne Smith son move to the tiny town of Grand, Pennsylvania, where Tom has gotten a job at the Weldon Piano Works. Tom is soon fired, however, after his "innovative idea for the future of the company" (making golf clubs at the piano factory) is panned by Mr. Weldon, who takes a liking to Carol Anne, how ever, and hires her. Over the course of the series, Carol Anne meets and befriends the working class Janice Pasetti.
The goings on of the small town are covered in humorous and often touching detail. A superb cast and wonderful writing made this show completely different from anything on the air at the time. It hearkened back to the sitcom "Soap" in its style of blending humor and drama as well as story arcs that lasted several episodes.
John Randolph as Harris Weldon
Pamela Reed as Janice Pasetti
Bonnie Hunt as Carol Anne Smithson
John Neville as Desmond
Joel Murray as Norris Weldon
Sara Rue as Edda Pasetti
Andrew Lauer as Off. Wayne Kasmurski
Jackey Vinson as Dylan
Mark Moses as Richard Peyton
Michael McKean as Tom Smithson [ 1 ]
* NOT AVAILABLE
1. 1- 1 101-01 18 Jan 90 A Tale of One City
2. 1- 2 102-02 25 Jan 90 The Pretty Good Mother
*3. 1- 3 103-03 1 Feb 90 Sex, Lies, and Cable TV
4. 1- 4 104-04 8 Feb 90 A Boy and His Dad
5. 1- 5 105-05 15 Feb 90 Faded Genes
6. 1- 6 106-06 22 Feb 90 Legends of Sport
*7. 1- 7 107-07 1 Mar 90 Deer Hunter
8. 1- 8 108-08 8 Mar 90 The Bald, the Blond, and the Dead
9. 1- 9 109-09 15 Mar 90 Carnagie Hell
10. 1-10 110-10 22 Mar 90 An Obtuse Triangle
11. 1-11 111-11 29 Mar 90 Trigonometry Made Easy
12. 1-12 112-12 5 Apr 90 Czech, Please
13. 1-13 113-13 12 Apr 90 Blow Off
14. 2- 1 201-01 4 Oct 90 Janice Steals Home
15. 2- 2 202-02 11 Oct 90 The Chickens Come Home to Roost
16. 2- 3 205-03 18 Oct 90 The Healing
17. 2- 4 204-06 25 Oct 90 The Return of Yale Pinhaus
18. 2- 5 203-07 1 Nov 90 Desmond's Mother
19. 2- 6 207-05 15 Nov 90 Norris' Romance
20. 2- 7 206-11 22 Nov 90 Roamers and Rumors
21. 2- 8 208-08 29 Nov 90 Lady Luck
22. 2- 9 209-09 6 Dec 90 One Way Out
23. 2-10 210-10 13 Dec 90 The Mother Load
*24. 2-11 211-11 20 Dec 90 Wolf Boy (1)
*25. 2-12 212-12 27 Dec 90 The Well
*26. 2-13 213 UNAIRED The End of the World, as We Know It
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