Episodes: 100 (half-hour)
TV show dates: September 21, 1990 – May 23, 1994
Series status: Cancelled/ended
Performers include: Burt Reynolds, Marilu Henner, Michael Jeter, Elizabeth Ashley, Ossie Davis, Charles Durning, Jacob Parker, Charlie Dell, Jay R. Ferguson, Hal Holbrook, Ann Wedgeworth, Burton Gilliam, Candace Hutson, Melissa Renee Martin, Linda Gehringer, and David A.R. White,
TV show description:
Former professional football player Woodrow “Wood” Newton (Burt Reynolds) returns to Evening Shade, Arkansas to coach the Mules, his old high school football team that’s been on two-year losing streak.
Wood’s wife Ava Evans Newton (Marilu Henner) is the town’s prosecuting attorney and together, they raise their four children; Taylor (Jay R. Ferguson), Molly Newton (Melissa Renee Martin, later Candace Hutson), Will (Jacob Parker), and Emily (Alexa Vega).
Other characters include fragile math teacher and assistant coach Herman Stiles (Michael Jeter), cantankerous Dr. Harlan Eldridge (Charles Durning), Ava’s father Evan Evans (Hal Holbrook), and philosophical restaurateur Ponder Blue (Ossie Davis).