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This television dramatic mini-series is loosely based on the Edith Wharton novel of the same name. When the families of four teenage girls living in 19th century New York decide that they must raise their social standing, they send their daughters off to England so that they can go in search of wealthy men to marry. Although all of them succeed at marrying into British society, not everyone experiences a happily ever after situation.

BBC
1 Season, 4 Episodes
February 5, 1995
Drama
7.2/10
Cast: Carla Gugino, Alison Elliott, Mira Sorvino, Rya Kihlstedt
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  • The girls' dreams of wedded bliss fade as Nan is forced to consummate her marriage and Conchita learns of her husband's indiscretions and deals with the consequences of her own infidelity. Meanwhile, Lizzie worries about her future after her father suffers a financial setback.

  • The romantic high jinks continue as the young Englishwomen settle into a rented cottage on the Thames and continue their hunt for suitable husbands. In short order Lizzy has set up an engagement between Virginia and Lord Seadown, and the Duke of Trevenick has asked for Nan's hand in marriage.

  • To win acceptance from the elitist New York society, American girls--Nan, Virginia and Lizzy accompanied by her English governess--are sent to England. The new in-laws of their friend, Conchita, reluncantly greet the beautiful women.

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