Series / Grace Under Fire

"Grace Under Fire was famous for two things: its blue-collar sensibilities that made Roseanne look like Fellini; and the painkillers-and-booze-fueled escapades of its star, Alabaman comic Brett Butler."

Grace Under Fire is a Sit Comic created by Chuck Lorre which was produced by Carsey Werner and aired on ABC from 199398 and starred Brett Butler as the eponymous Grace Kelly, with content finding humor in working-class life, single motherhood, and a somewhat redneck sensibility.

Famously hit the skids in its fourth season due to its pill-popping star's on-set antics. Surprisingly, the show limped its way to a fifth season, but was abruptly canceled when Butler's rehab stumbled.

Tropes include:

  • And Starring: Julie White as Nadine.
  • Coming-Out Story: With Grace's father-in-law Emmet.
  • Crossover: In 1997, ABC forced a crossover stunt on Grace and the other Wednesday night sitcoms - Coach, Ellen and The Drew Carey Show. Titled "Viva Las Vegas," the idea was that characters from the four shows would be in Las Vegas for different reasons and encounter each other. Only a couple characters from each series did this, however, and they amounted to cameos at best. This series' contribution was "Vega$."
  • Disappeared Dad: Grace's ex Jimmy at times although he would turn up sporadically.
  • Domestic Abuse: Grace and her ex-husband Jimmy.
  • Epunymous Title
  • Happily Married: Wade and Nadine, until Julie White left the show after the fourth season - but Casey Snyder stayed, necessitating their permanent separation.
  • Just the Introduction to the Opposites: A son and father have a fight, but the dad acts like the kid. He eventually storms into his room, and starts blaring swing music while the son pounds on the door and tells him to stop that racket.
  • Kissing Cousins: Mentioned several times as being common in Jimmy's family.
  • Off the Wagon: Grace would have occasional episodes of this and Butler's would later effect the show. Her stay in rehab resulted in the final season being moved to mid-season replacement.
  • Real Song Theme Tune: "Lady Madonna" sung by Aretha Franklin, a well known cover of The Beatles song.
  • Soap Opera Rapid Aging Syndrome: Quentin went from eleven to fifteen between seasons.
  • Spiritual Successor: to Roseanne, which dealt with many of the same issues and themes. Not surprising since Chuck Lorre was a former Roseanne writer.
  • Stay in the Kitchen: Discussed frequently and believed fervently by Grace's mother in-law.