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