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      Season 1 – Evening Shade

      1990 Comedy List
      100% 12 Reviews Tomatometer Former professional football player Woodrow "Wood" Newton retires to his hometown of Evening Shade, Ark., and settles into a new job as coach of a high-school football team with a long losing streak. The comedy series shines a light on life in rural America with a focus on the three Fs -- faith, family and friends. Read More Read Less

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      Evening Shade has a charismatic lead in Burt Reynolds, but it is the impressive ensemble that gives the series its comedic spark -- and a heavy dose of communal charm.

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      Previous Episode 1 Aired Sep 21, 1990 A Day in the Life of Wood Newton A news photo of Wood with a stripper infuriates Ava; Ava is pregnant. Details Episode 2 Aired Sep 28, 1990 There Once Was a Boy Named Wood With Ava in the hospital, Freida baby-sits and fills in at poker night. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 5, 1990 Whatever Happened to Clutch Newton Wood watches an old game tape, and learns the disturbing truth about a career highlight. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 16, 1990 Sadie Hawkins Dance The football team plays practical jokes during Sadie Hawkins week. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 29, 1990 Fast Women Ava asks Wood to talk to both Taylor and Evan about their new girlfriends. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 2, 1990 The Moustache Show Wood wakes up in the morning to find that half of his mustache is missing. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 9, 1990 All for Charity Herman wins a weekend with Wood and his family at a charity auction. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 19, 1990 Something to Hold Onto Wood and the town work together to tutor the football team in algebra. Details Episode 9 Aired Nov 26, 1990 Mr. Mom Wood plays the role of househusband while Ava is away from home. Details Episode 10 Aired Dec 10, 1990 Hooray for Wood Wood gets a part in a television miniseries that is being filmed in town. Details Episode 11 Aired Dec 17, 1990 The Wood Who Stole Christmas Wood decides to give the family's Christmas gifts to charity. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 7, 1991 Wood and Ava and Gil and Madeline Wood and Ava make friends with a married couple who turn out to be swingers. Details Episode 13 Aired Jan 21, 1991 Wood's 30th Reunion Wood encounters an old flame at his 30th high-school reunion. Details Episode 14 Aired Jan 28, 1991 Vote Early and Vote Often Ava and Wood recall the support from their friends for her candidacy. Details Episode 15 Aired Feb 4, 1991 Chip Off the Old Brick Herman Stiles (Michael Jeter) is disappointed by a long-awaited visit from his blustering father (Brian Keith). With Burt Reynolds. Details Episode 16 Aired Feb 11, 1991 The Trials of Wood Newton Wood is called to testify against Evan, whom Ava is defending, in court. Details Episode 17 Aired Feb 18, 1991 Into the Woods A buck drops dead at the cabin during Wood's annual hunting trip. Details Episode 18 Aired Feb 21, 1991 Nothing to Fear But Harvey Lujack A convicted robber (Pete Koch) who swore revenge on Ava (Marilu Henner) escapes from the state penitentiary. With Burt Reynolds. Details Episode 19 Aired Mar 4, 1991 Gambler's Anonymous Wood brings Kenny Rogers home, but tries to keep his guest a secret. Details Episode 20 Aired Mar 24, 1991 Sex Education Herman is a substitute teacher for a sex-education class, and calls in Wood for backup. Details Episode 21 Aired Apr 1, 1991 I Am Wood, Hear Me Roar Two female students attempt to join the high school football team. Details Episode 22 Aired Apr 8, 1991 Herman and Margaret Sitting in a Tree Margaret doesn't want to be seen on a date with Herman, complicating their relationship. Details Episode 23 Aired Apr 29, 1991 Far From the Madden Crowd Terry Bradshaw speaks at Wood's banquet; Ava goes into labor. Details Episode 24 Aired May 6, 1991 The Baby Show Ava encounters chaos and problems in the delivery of her baby. Details Next
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      Previous Howard Rosenberg Los Angeles Times Evening Shade has roots, character and lusty wit. These, along with a grand cast, make it flat out the most promising new comedy series of the fall season. Jun 5, 2019 Full Review Rick Kogan Chicago Tribune Series creator Linda Bloodworth Thompson, who also created Designing Women, has filled the town with such a delightful collection of kooks, cranks, folksy folks and charmers that it becomes a vivid stop on TV's map. Jun 5, 2019 Full Review Tom Shales Washington Post It's not a sitcom of cheap laughs and potty jokes, but a character piece, an evocative portrait of a mythic respite. Jun 5, 2019 Full Review Will Harris When your supporting players include Henner, Holbrook, Charles Durning, Ossie Davis and Michael Jeter, you barely have to lift a finger to end up with a laugh-filled half-hour. 3.5/5 Jun 5, 2019 Full Review Chris Hicks Deseret News (Salt Lake City) A great cast by anyone's standard, but the writing is also good, making this one a funny and warm series. Jun 5, 2019 Full Review David Zurawik Baltimore Sun For all the wall-to-wall acting talent, you'll probably come to see that the real star of Evening Shade is Bloodworth Thomason, who has created a town full of characters that look to be with us for years to come. Jun 5, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews Next
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      Sep 21, 1990
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