FOX (ended 1998)


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"Actress and stand-up comedienne Sue Costello brings a taste of life in South Boston to all of America in this series based on her real-life experiences growing up in South Boston. Commonly known as 'Southie,' this blue-collar Irish Catholic neighborhood remains untouched by such modern concepts as political correctness, New Age spirituality and the notion of resolving arguments calmly rather than simply beating the crap out of one another. "Sue is a bold, tell-it-like-it-is, 27-year-old bartender who is constantly at odds with her traditional family and friends. Spirited and outspoken, her mission in life is to reach her full potential—whatever that may be. Sue's father Spud (Dan Lauria) is a hard-working carpenter whose normal method of expression is short, loud outbursts. Her mom Lottie (Jenny O'Hara), a waitress, is fiercely loyal to her family but would rather die than express affection. Filling out the family is Sue's younger brother Jimmy (Chuck Walczak), the charming, doted-upon Irish son whose full-time job is avoiding a full-time job. "Sue works at a local watering hole, The Bull Dog Bar, a neighborhood hangout filled with patrons who, despite their life-long friendships, will get into fist fights at the drop of a hat. Bartending with Sue is her best friend Trish (Kerry O'Malley), a solid, devout Irish Catholic girl who enjoys watching Sue stomp through life from a safe distance. Trish is Sue's rock, a brutally honest friend she can always turn to. On the other hand, Sue's life-long nemesis is Mary McDonough. Always looking to one-up each other, Mary and Sue are well-matched verbal sparring partners."moreless
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  • A very appealling comedy about a modern woman in her 20's trying to find a healthy way out of the angst in all her relationships. Altenatingly loud and somewhat violent versus quiet and introspective, it displayed many insights into normal life that maymoreless

    I can understand why this comedy never caught onto the mainstream. First, as normal, is that the station scheduled it horribly - I think it was on the same night and time at most 3 nights in a row, of the 6 episodes ever aired.

    Second, it is about a fairly normal group of friends and co-workers. And a very emotionally constrained family. All very normal. Perhaps too normal.

    Except one of them, Sue, is trying to change her life. She's trying to un-weave her way out the life she found herself in. The one she grew into and now wants it to be a bit different.

    It is hard to see someone challenge the status-quo, especially when the show isn't based on Sue getting simple answer each week to solve all her current problems as typical shows do. The show, as a series, was about Sue's struggle with her long-term angst. The friends and family were the backdrop for the show instead of the reason for it, again, as typical TV shows are.

    Some of the show's comedy was based on friends roughhousing (yelling and angry mostly) against a more normal joking around.

    Other comedy was about Sue's friends not understanding what she was talking about, when she was talking about basic psychology, noticing and wanting to change her life, and sometimes spirituality. So miscommunication, though of a more unfortunately meaningful sort. Deeper sort.

    Sue was an endearing character with a fairly thick accent and perhaps too loud and boisterous to be a mainstream character. Though at the time I believe the numbers still, even with the scheduling problems, held this show at several million viewers.

    I am very willing to pay good money to have a copy of the 6 aired and supposed 6 un-aired episodes. I hope they show up sooner than later!moreless