Show 101: Saving Grace

PREMIERES: Saving Grace's fourth and final season starts on March 29, with back-to-back episodes beginning at 9pm on TNT. On April 5, the show returns to its normal Mondays-at-10pm time slot.

WHY YOU MIGHT LIKE IT: Somebody at TNT said, "You know what would be cool? A detective who's a hard-drinking, fearless Lothario… but we make her a WOMAN!" And, guess what, it turned out pretty well—thanks largely to the fascinating and complicated circumstances of the title character's life and the fascinating and complicated performance of the preternaturally fit Holly Hunter, looking better with a badge than she did while Raising Arizona 20 years ago (and we should know, because we see her running around naked a lot). Plus, Grace's mom is played by the comically impeccable Jessica Walter, who's also graced us with her maternal brilliance as the Bluth family matriarch on Arrested Development and as Archer's mom on the animated FX series Archer.

which might make Portia de Rossi Grace's step-sister and her step-brother Dr. Katz's son Ben.

WHY YOU MIGHT HATE IT: Somebody at TNT said, "You know what would be cool? A detective who's a hard-drinking, fearless Lothario...but we make her a WOMAN!" Because, let's face it, a cop show with a hard-drinking, fearless Lothario just ain't a big surprise, no matter how tight her jeans are. The show is also getting a little religion-y, with fewer drunken sex scenes and more people going all awe-struck and slack-jawed over wondrous things.

THE PREMISE: It's a standard cop show, no doubt about it, with murders for our heroes to solve. But not only (as mentioned before) is the sleeping around, heavy drinking, and generally wild living done by a woman, but that woman's got a rumpled, gray-haired guardian angel—really a guardian angel, like from God—who looks as though he should be playing banjo in a retired-guys' bluegrass band. He appears to her at various moments and seems to be insinuating that Grace has some higher purpose than knocking back the brewskis.

It all started like this: Det. Grace Hanadarko of Oklahoma City was bad-behaving her way through life when she drove drunk and accidentally hit and killed a man. An angel named Earl appeared, brought the guy back to life, and gave Grace a second chance. But a second chance at what we don't quite know except that Earl keeps saying "God has a plan," and also "It's always your choice," which seem to be contradictory. But the gist appears to be that Grace is supposed to maybe find God—though if He's really missing, or why Grace merits this kind of attention, isn't clear.

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: Partners Ham and Grace have a steamy, consummated on-again, off-again affair whether Ham is married or not, as he is occasionally. Rhetta, played by Laura San Giacomo, is Grace's childhood friend and works in the same station as a forensics investigator. Grace had a dark childhood of (gradually revealed) abuse, and has a complicated relationship with her family that centers partly on the death of her sister in the Oklahoma City bombing. Earl has big white wings that he can flash at will, and nobody knows about him except Grace, Rhetta, and Grace's brother, a priest. Oh, and the latest plot point seems to revolve around Earl (or God, it's not clear) maneuvering Grace into the life of a woman named Neely who Earl is also guardian-angeling.

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I love this show, I could watch it for years...wish we all could! Glad Grace made it to season 4, though; a lot of shows get canceled after only a season or two these days. Most of all, I will miss the anticipation of what Grace and Earl will be getting themselves into in the weeks and days before new episodes air, and how great it was to always have new episodes to look forward to. I wish they would reconsider their decision to cancel.
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i love this show this show is different from other cop shows u might see
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I love this show....it's layered, full of complexities, funny, profound. Why is it that every time there is a good show, it's taken off the air. Most people don't even know about this show. Crap! Another one bites the dust! The acting is brilliant ....obviously I can't say enough about it. I'm just disappointed and I had to share that.
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I'm an atheist. I'm also a SF and Fantasy fan, so it does not really clash. Terrific show, I love it.
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This show hardly ever got any publicity at all. Just on that alone, I'm surprised it's lasted as long as it has.
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A slight clarification of your (staff writer) show synopsis...I know I'm splitting hairs here, but...



In the pilot episode, Grace did not actually hit and kill anyone (requiring Earl to resurrect anyone). It was a "staged event" by Earl...sort of a "heavenly intervention" if you will. The guy she "hit and killed" was the guy that was in prison that Earl was trying to get her to visit and help. The guy couldn't be on the street to begin with because he was in prison. Earl simply staged the simulated accident event using the guy in prison's likeness as a way to:



a) Get Grace to look at how far she had fallen as it "could" easily have been a real guy she might have hit and killed.



b) Steer her in the direction of the guy in prison that Earl wanted her to help



...and for those wanting to check out the show now, you really need to go back and start at the beginning. Yeah, each show has a story that can stand on its own...but the real beauty of the show has to do with "the journey" start to finish in how it has impacted Grace and how she is changing as a result...
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Your really don't understand Christianity do you? Well, that's too bad. By the way, how can someone be "occasionally married?"
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I kinda wish I had watched this.
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I love this show and I just adore Holly Hunter. Wow that Woman looks Hot.
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I love this show, especially Earl.
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Real big fan of Holly Hunter... she's great!!! (Although Raising Arizona was a bit hinky... so was Broadcast News.)
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Never heared of this series before. But it sounds quite good and even a litte weird so I am going to watch a few episodes to form my on opinion.
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