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  • Season 1
    • (pilot)
      (pilot)
      Episode 1
      10/7/91
      9.7
      Lawyer Forrest Bedford struggles to raise a family amid the civil-rights strife of the 1958 South, aided by Lily, a black housekeeper who comes to work in the opener to find Forrest prosecuting a young white for a bus accident that killed three blacks; and little John Morgan missing his hospitalized mama.moreless
    • The Hat
      The Hat
      Episode 2
      10/8/91
      9.5
      When John Morgan loses his cowboy hat out of the car window, Lilly finds it—but then so does her daughter. Forrest begins investigating the case of Prentis Carver, a black man accused of assulting a white police officer. The case becomes complicated when Carver is murdered.
    • Rules Of The Game
      10/15/91
      9.1
      With Forrest away on a weekend hunting trip, womanhood takes aim at Francie, who feels utterly alone; while John Morgan believes he may have wounded a neighbor with one of his arrows.
    • Amazing Grace
      Amazing Grace
      Episode 4
      10/22/91
      8.8
      As Forrest joins the race for attorney general, Lilly considers attending a voting-rights meetings, while Francie elects to overcome her writer's block by committing a betrayal.
    • All God's Children
      10/29/91
      9.0
      John Morgan is upset when he doesn't get to go to Lilly's birthday party; the wrestlers aren't celebrating Zollicofer's decision to let a black join the team; Forrest realizes running for office isn't going to be a piece of cake.
    • Beyond Here Dar Be Dragons
      11/5/91
      9.1
      On Halloween, the specter of the KKK haunts Christina as she's asked to investigate Prevtiss Carver's death. It also haunts John Morgan, who's heard about the "dragon men" from Adlaine.
    • Parallel Lives
      Parallel Lives
      Episode 7
      11/19/91
      9.6
      Slocum wrestles with his conscience—-and with-–Evans as Zollicfer applies pressure over the brick-throwing incident; Lilly balks when Lewis, wanting to relive his time in the Negro Leagues, takes his eyes off the ball at home.
    • Coming Home
      Coming Home
      Episode 8
      11/26/91
      9.5
      Thanksgiving brings family—and conflict—home: Gwen's visit from the mental hospital knocks the stuffing out of the Bedfords, especially Nathan; and Lilly's brother makes a pilgrimage home after discovering the New World of the North.
    • Some Desperate Glory
      12/10/91
      9.3
      A game of chicken turns deadly for Nathan and Slocum; Lilly helps Francie, who's afraid she'll lay an egg singing in the church benefit.
    • Desire
      Desire
      Episode 10
      12/17/91
      9.4
      Lilly expresses a burning desire to divorce her absent husband; sparks fly between Nathan and a carnival worker; Forrest's arrest of an upstanding citizen in the McDaniel murder adds fuel to the fire against him, which licks at John Morgan. Tucker figures out Christina and Forrest's relationship.
    • Alice Oakley Doesn't Live Here Anymore
      John Morgan makes up a tall tale about his absent mother joining the rodeo; as the trial approaches, Forrest lassos a witness and then tightens the rope; Slocum's father brands his son a loser and kicks him out of the house.
    • On The Road
      On The Road
      Episode 12
      2/28/92
      9.7
      On a campaign swing, Forrest lobbies for the affections of a difficult Francie, while Lilly faces a difficult test registering to vote.
    • Master Magician
      Master Magician
      Episode 13
      3/6/92
      9.1
      As Election Day nears, John Morgan plans a post-victory show, but Forrest isn't sure he can pull a win out of his hat in his race for attorney general. He's facing a blackmail threat from a drunken Tyler. Meanwhile, Lilly's determination to vote remains unabated, even after her faith is tested by the opposition of her minister. But discrimination at the polling place makes that step forward seems more like an illusion.moreless
    • Hard Lessons
      Hard Lessons
      Episode 14
      3/13/92
      9.7
      Forrest faces a test in courage when some of the townsfolk decide to teach him a lesson; Nathan is eager to learn why Forrest and Lake had a falling-out; and Lilly enrolls in night school.
    • Cool Winter Blues
      Cool Winter Blues
      Episode 15
      3/20/92
      9.6
      An impromptu lunch-counter protest leads to a more serious demonstration; Lilly has to chew out John Morgan and an unruly friend; Nathan, stunned by a revelation about his girlfriend, wishes he could eat his words after Slocum repeals them to her.
    • The Way Things Are
      The Way Things Are
      Episode 16
      3/27/92
      7.4
      Forrest is shocked when Rev. Henry's latest protest sparks Lilly to action; Nathan and Diane's status as a couple generates charged comments; John Morgan fools with electricity.
    • Slow Dark Coming
      Slow Dark Coming
      Episode 17
      4/3/92
      9.0
      Diane's father tries to put a damper on her and Nathan's passions; racial tensions heat up with the department-store boycott, leaving Lilly's cousin Oscar out in the cold.
    • Toy Soldiers
      Toy Soldiers
      Episode 18
      4/10/92
      9.8
      Not realizing how deep town sentiment runs, Lilly and Forrest learn fast after witnessing a police attack on black children; tucker robs the cradle with Forrests' young campaign worker; Francie behaves childishly after being asked to walk John Morgan to school.
    • The Kindness Of Strangers
      4/24/92
      8.9
      Lilly finds herself in time with a visiting sax player; a frustrated Forrest wants someone to face the music about his incompetent opposing counsel in a murder trial; Slocum is jazzed to find Zollicofer in town, trying to get his job back.
    • Not Buried
      Not Buried
      Episode 20
      5/1/92
      9.1
      John Morgan tries to put to rest his guilt and fear over an elderly neighbor's passing; Forrest asks Christina to step in to save the dying defense of a black man accused of murder.
    • A Dangerous Comfort
      5/15/92
      9.4
      Lilly feels no pain when she's with Clarence, but Lewis isn't as intoxicated by his presence; Christina faces her own demons helping alcoholic tucker dry out; Nathan keeps his anger bottled up after catching Forrest in a compromising position.
    • The Slightest Distance
      5/15/92
      9.1
      Forrest ponders an offer for a challenging job; Lilly tries to make peace between her father and Clarence, who asks her to make a life-changing decision; Nathan sees something he shouldn't; and Slocum saves his mother's birthday party.
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