I'll Fly Away

NBC (ended 1993)


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Episode Guide

    • I'll Fly Away: Then And Now
      I'll Fly Away: Then And Now
      Season 3 - Episode 1
      PBS prefaces its rebroadcast of all 39 series episodes (originally aired on NBC) with this new episode in which a 60-year-old Lilly recalls to her 13-year-old grandson a horrifying incident that happened during her final days as the Bedfords' housekeeper.
       In 1962, a young African-American boy from Detroit who comes to stay with Lilly is kidnapped-then murdered-after speaking rudely to a white woman in public. The only witness to his abduction is Lilly's father, Lewis, who wants to see justice served-but must also consider his family's safety.
      In an epilogue, Lilly returns to Bryland to discover the fate of her friends and employers. (2 hours)moreless
    • State
      Season 2 - Episode 16
      Joe faces some tough decisions when he thinks about becoming a teacher for the community's new school. Meanwhile, Nathan reluctantly goes to a college interview that Forrest arranged with the dean of admissions.
    • (pilot)
      Season 1 - Episode 1
      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
    • On The Road
      On The Road
      Season 1 - Episode 12
      On a campaign swing, Forrest lobbies for the affections of a difficult Francie, while Lilly faces a difficult test registering to vote.
    • Hard Lessons
      Hard Lessons
      Season 1 - Episode 14
      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.
    • Toy Soldiers
      Toy Soldiers
      Season 1 - Episode 18
      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.
    • Cool Winter Blues
      Cool Winter Blues
      Season 1 - Episode 15
      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.
    • Small Wishes
      Small Wishes
      Season 2 - Episode 13
      Nathan is falsely arrested for narcotics possession; the Landers trial concludes with a shower of publicity, but it's not exactly what Forrest would have liked; and John Morgan becomes jealous of Lilly and Joe's relationship.
    • Coming Home
      Coming Home
      Season 1 - Episode 8
      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.
    • Parallel Lives
      Parallel Lives
      Season 1 - Episode 7
      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.
    • The Hat
      The Hat
      Season 1 - Episode 2
      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.
    • A Dangerous Comfort
      A Dangerous Comfort
      Season 1 - Episode 21
      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.
    • Desire
      Season 1 - Episode 10
      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.
    • Commencement
      Season 2 - Episode 15
      Lilly tries to study for her high-school final exams despite continual interruptions; Forrest confides to Christina that he's being matched and then goes to Washington to see if he can do something about it; and a group of students stages a sit-in.
    • Some Desperate Glory
      Some Desperate Glory
      Season 1 - Episode 9
      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.
    • Freedom Bus
      Freedom Bus
      Season 2 - Episode 6
      A group of Freedom Riders rolls into town, one of whom stays with Lilly and changes the way she thinks about the civil-rights movement; Nathan takes his driver's license exam; and Forrest visits Washington, D.C., where he meets up with Christina.
    • What's In A Name?
      What's In A Name?
      Season 2 - Episode 14
      Forrest discovers that he's being followed—but it's not by whom he thinks; Nathan feels pressure at school over his relationship with Claudia; Lilly tries to persuade an elderly woman to register to vote.
    • Beyond Here Dar Be Dragons
      Beyond Here Dar Be Dragons
      Season 1 - Episode 6
      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.
    • Rules Of The Game
      Rules Of The Game
      Season 1 - Episode 3
      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.
    • The Slightest Distance
      The Slightest Distance
      Season 1 - Episode 22
      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.
    • Not Buried
      Not Buried
      Season 1 - Episode 20
      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.
    • Master Magician
      Master Magician
      Season 1 - Episode 13
      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
    • Fragile Truths
      Fragile Truths
      Season 2 - Episode 8
      The police interrogate Slocum, who turns to Forrest for legal advice; Lilly throws a birthday party for Lewis that turns into a political debate when his nephew Oscar clashes with her; and Christina's pressured by her mother to date other men.
    • All God's Children
      All God's Children
      Season 1 - Episode 5
      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.
    • Desperate Measure
      Desperate Measure
      Season 2 - Episode 5
      Civil-rights leaders converge in the "trial" of the two men accused of killing Col. Landers, including Rev. Henry, who persuades Forrest to get involved. Meanwhile, Slocum and Parkie make some decisions about their unborn child; and Francie has trouble with her home-ec class.
    • Realpolitik
      Season 2 - Episode 12
      Lilly reluctantly leads a boycott of a racist's store; Forrest, after having words with his Washington contact, debates dropping the Landers' case; Christina and Forrest's relationship take a turn for the worse after they go away for a romantic weekend.
    • Slow Dark Coming
      Slow Dark Coming
      Season 1 - Episode 17
      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.
    • Comfort And Joy
      Comfort And Joy
      Season 2 - Episode 11
      Lilly finds the holidays difficult to bear after she is brutally beaten by a freedom-bus protester; the Bedfords attend a Christmas party at Christina's house; and Slocum finds some Yuletide cheer in an unlikely place—Zollicofer's circle of friends.
    • Hello And Goodbye
      Hello And Goodbye
      Season 2 - Episode 1
      In the second-season opener, Nathan reacts to Forrest's infidelity by deciding to confront Christina; Lilly struggles to give an answer to Clarence, who's new York bound; and Forrest opts to take the job as U.S. attorney, even though it means an FBI investigation of his life.
    • 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.
    • The Kindness Of Strangers
      The Kindness Of Strangers
      Season 1 - Episode 19
      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.
    • Ruler Of My Heart
      Ruler Of My Heart
      Season 2 - Episode 2
      Lilly is questioned by the FBI as part of Forrest's bid for U.S. attorney, and she gives some disturbing answers that may cost him the job; Forrest is surprised to learn Gwen may be coming home soon; and Francie throws a party.
    • Amazing Grace
      Amazing Grace
      Season 1 - Episode 4
      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.
    • Until Tomorrow
      Until Tomorrow
      Season 2 - Episode 4
      The Bedfords deal with a painful loss; Slocum makes matters worse with regard to Parkie's pregnancy; Lewis takes Adlaine to a Shriners meeting.
    • Eighteen
      Season 2 - Episode 7
      Slocum decides to marry Parkie, but not before he and Nathan make a trip to a brothel; Lilly asks Forrest for a raise and is unglued by his response; Forrest persuades a young man to infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.
    • The Third Man
      The Third Man
      Season 2 - Episode 10
      Slocum's trial winds to a close, but not before Nathan pressures Coach Zollicofer to take the stand; Lilly tries to set Marguerite up with a train porter, but becomes attracted to him herself; and Forrest feels guilty over his treatment of Frankie.
    • All In The Life
      All In The Life
      Season 2 - Episode 3
      On his first day at work as a U.S. attorney Forrest must break some bad news to his children about Gwen; the two suspects accused of killing Col. Landers are released—to no one's surprise; Slocum finds out that Parkie might be pregnant.
    • Since Walter
      Since Walter
      Season 2 - Episode 9
      Frankie gets deeper into the KKK and finds out that there was a third man involved in the killing of Col. Landers; Slocum's trial commences; and Lilly's ex-husband comes to town, bringing with him his new fiancée.
    • The Way Things Are
      The Way Things Are
      Season 1 - Episode 16
      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.