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Grace Under Fire is about a mother who divorced her abusive, alcoholic husband to make a new start in life and to keep her own alcoholism in check. Brett Butler stars as Grace Kelly in this working class sitcom set in a small town in Missouri. One of Grace's main worries was trying to keep her children safe and to stop them from repeating her mistakes. She also dealt with issues like domestic violence, money problems, work related issues and deciding when to pursue a personal life after a divorce. Though the show tackled many heavy subjects, it is considered a comedy.

Some of the supporting characters from the show were her best friends and neighbors Wade (Casey Sander) and Nadine (Julie White), and Russel Norton (Dave Thomas), the bachelor pharmacist. Her ex-husband Jimmy Kelly (Geoff Pierson) often showed up either sober and trying to reconcile their relationship or causing problems. They tried to maintain a relationship for the sake of the children.

This American show aired on ABC from September 29, 1993 to February 17, 1998. It is still in syndication in some areas.

Grace Under Fire is a Comedy series that is currently running and has 5 seasons (125 episodes). The series first aired on September 29, 1993. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.3.

Grace Under Fire is available for streaming on the Carsey Werne website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Grace Under Fire on demand at Tubi TV, Pluto TV, Peacock Amazon, Vudu, The Roku Channel Free, Sling, Hoopla, Tubi TV, Pluto TV, Peacock online.

Carsey Werne
5 Seasons, 125 Episodes
September 29, 1993
Cast: Brett Butler, Dave Thomas, Julie White, Casey Sander, Jon Paul Steuer
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Grace Under Fire Full Episode Guide

  • Grace runs into Bev, Quentin's girlfriend's mother, at the pharmacy. Bev tells her she's feeling suffocated in her marriage; being rich isn't that great. Grace has a hard time relating to Bev's problems.

  • Grace stops by the pharmacy while Quentin's working at the soda fountain. Quentin's girlfriend Laurie is there, and Grace meets her for the first time.

  • At the construction site, Grace feels the resentment of her co-worker, Derrick, who wanted the job Grace has. Grace, who has asked D.C. for more responsibilities, is surprised when her old pal Vic shows up and says he's desperate for a job.

  • Wade shows up with Dan Gabriel, his old commanding officer in Vietnam, who's now a covert operations/demolition expert. Dan and Grace begin a verbal sparring match almost immediately.

  • When D.C. and Grace have a meeting in a motel with an equipment supplier, gossip that they're having an affair flies around Victory.

  • Grace buys some new clothes for the first time in years and the next day learns that her paycheck will be late because D.C. is having trouble getting his payroll money from the government.

  • Libby visits the bridge construction site on a field trip and discovers that the Victory Tree that holds a significant place in the town's history is to be cut down.

  • D.C. has a chance to bid on a hotel job for one of the biggest developers in the Midwest. Grace tells him he's going to have to make an extra effort to schmooze the guy and make him feel at ease, even though it isn't D.C.'s style.

  • Libby wants to go to Washington on a class trip, but Grace can't afford to send her. A tornado has hit Victory and there has been much destruction.

  • Jean is upset, complaining that the new bridge will cut off Emmet's (grave) view of the river, so Grace suggests that she move the grave site.

  • Louise, Grace's mom, arrives for the holidays, surprising everyone. Louise has definite ideas about how little girls are to be brought up and she disapproves of Libby's tomboy behavior. Her mission is to turn Libby into a demure young lady.

  • Wade's back from Colorado and tells Grace that he and Nadine are splitting up. He also tells her he's heard that some kids were partying down by the quarry, and it's possible Quentin may have been there.

  • Grace is in search of a job and Libby is worried that they're going to be poor again.

  • Grace arrives home very late from her job in St. Louis and finds the kids still up, the house in disarray, Jean asleep on the sofa and Libby cleaning the kitchen.

  • To Grace's amazement, she lands a job with an ad agency in Victory, but she's soon frustrated by the regimentation and lack of creativity.

  • Rob tells Grace he'd really like their relationship to go to a deeper level; they have plans to go to New Orleans the weekend of Grace's birthday, but when Rob finds out the kids are planning a surprise party for her, he suggests they postpone the trip.

  • Grace is about the get her degree, after twenty years, and everyone at Stevie Ray's is impressed. Libby finds Grace's high school yearbook, and Grace and Nadine do some reminiscing.

  • Grace is furious with Jimmy for giving Quentin access to a gun.

  • Jimmy is helping Grace fix up the garage apartment so she can find a new tenant.

  • Jean gets an invitation for an all-expenses-paid weekend in Vegas for herself and a friend to check out some retirement condominiums, and invites Grace to go along.

  • Grace brings Rob home to meet her kids just as Nadine announces that the baby's on it's way.

  • Grace tells Quentin that he can't get a driver's license until he improves his grades just as Jimmy arrives driving a 1969 red GTO and announces that he bought the car for Quentin using Quentin's college fund to pay for it.

  • Russell thinks all his friends are being disloyal because they're shopping at the new chain store pharmacy that's opened in the neighborhood.

  • Wade drops by to introduce Ted, his new partner.

  • Grace is going crazy trying to finish her paper on "The Grapes of Wrath".

  • When Matthew shows up at Grace's and announces he's about to marry Joan, a woman old enough to be his mother who also happens to be pregnant, Grace tries to keep her cool, especially when Matthew tells her his adoptive mother has no objections.

  • Holiday festivities are underway in the Kelly household with Jean making her famous punch loaf to Grace's dismay and Jimmy's delight.

  • With Grace at work all day and taking college classes at night, the kids are a little resentful that she's away so much and let Grace know it, and when she learns that the refinery will no longer pay for her classes it's the last straw.

  • Grace, Libby and Nadine are still in New York, and Grace is obsessing that she's somehow failed to make this the perfect trip for Libby.

  • When Libby's poem wins the "Why I Love My State" contest, Grace, Nadine and Libby go to New York for the national competition.

  • Jimmy's back in town to stay, and, on Grace's recommendation, he gets a job at the refinery, but his first day is a disaster.

  • When they receive invitations to their class reunion, Grace and Nadine remember a high school road trip they took to an Earth, Wind and Fire concert.

  • Grace finds some of Mrs. Walker's old dresses and tells Libby she can use one of them for a Halloween costume.

  • Grace and Russell are so bored with their lives that they decide to go out on a pretend date.

  • Libby gets a present from the sailor she's writing to as part of a class project and confesses to Grace that she's never told him her age.

  • Jimmy brings Quentin home after spending the summer with him in Ohio.

  • Floyd pressures Russell to offer Grace a $5,000 loan for a new roof.

  • After years of doing improvements on her rental house, Grace learns that her landlord is putting it on the market.