Sordid Lives: The Series

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Sordid Lives: The Series

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Sordid Lives: The Series is a comedy prequel to the stage play and 2000 full-length film of the same name that featured performances by Olivia Newton-John, Beau Bridges, and Delta Burke among others. The show is the story of a dysfunctional family in rural Texas and the crazy, and somewhat, sordid lives of...

matriarch Peggy (Rue McClanahan), who's having an affair with her daughter's best friend's husband, G.W., a war vet with artificial legs;

Latrelle (Bonnie Bedelia), Peggy's prim and proper daughter, who has a prescription pill addiction;

LaVonda (Ann Walker), Peggy's free-spirited other daughter;

Brother Boy (Leslie Jordan), Peggy's gay son, who's confined to a mental institution and dons drag as his favorite country singer, Tammy Wynette;

Ty (Jason Dottley), Latrelle's son, a former soap opera actor living in Los Angeles and on the verge of coming out of the closet;

Sissy (Beth Grant), Peggy's much younger chain-smoking sister, who witnesses all the dysfunction in the family;

Noleta (Caroline Rhea), G.W.'s wife and Sissy's neighbor, who disdains her miserable marriage while fantasizng about a better life; and

Bitsy Mae Harling (Olivia Newton-John), an ex-convict taken in by Peggy, who introduces Peggy to the wild life at Bubba's bar.moreless
Ann Walker

Ann Walker

LaVonda Dupree

Jason Dottley

Jason Dottley

Ty Williamson

Caroline Rhea

Caroline Rhea

Noleta Nethercott

Olivia Newton-John

Olivia Newton-John

Bitsy Mae Harling

Beth Grant

Beth Grant

Sissy Hickey

Bonnie Bedelia

Bonnie Bedelia

Latrelle Williamson

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Hot prog like the Texas setting! With a vamp/for a vet/grandmother,pill popping daughter,sculptured hair ash dropping sister,in/out stalked LA actor gay grandson,a drag Tammy Wynette,mental hospital,baptist church & Bubba's bar!Only one thing..uncancel itmoreless

    10
    Jaw dropping for the right reason! A gem of a sitcom.Love at first view & second view & third &... Twelve episodes of endorphin boosting laughter.There are few progs which hook me immediately.This was most definitely one of them!Faultless acting from many veteran performers.Direction is slick.Story lines full of 'what can happen next?'and 'Oh my god!' Characters are exaggerated versions of people we all must know & mostly love or understand.When watching Sordid Lives you're pulled into their stories putting your belief into dis and enjoying every moment of it. We've been left in cliffhanging suspense after just one series of pure comedic bliss.But the biggest cliffhanger of all for me is why Sordid Lives has been cancelled at all!moreless
  • Sordid lives is the story based on the play, made into a movie, now made into an even better tv series about a very dysfunctional family from the south,and a never ending series of laughs and tenderness all at once.moreless

    10
    I started watching the series from the pilot and didn't know it was based on a play, and that there was a movie. After watching the first season a friend of mine who didn't know there was a series brought the movie over, it had a majority of the same people cast with a new Ty [better actor] Caroline Rjea stepped into Delta Burkes part and is as good or better than Delta, and I am so excited to see more I'm going to be very let down if the series isn't renewed! If this show was on a broadcast channel it would be a big hit, just like weeds, but it's not, and most people never even heard of it! Don't miss this show, it is so funny, could be Rue McClanahans last part on a tv show, and with Lesley Jordan, Sara Hunley, Bonnie Bedalia, Caroline Rhea, Olivia Newton John, and a host of other great actors! This is the first comedy since arrested development and Weeds that I have really found to be consistently funny! Watch the movie, watch the series, and you get the entire story as the series is a prequel to the movie. Definitely one of my newer favorite shoows!moreless
  • Gay show, Gay network, but the show is better without the Gay character in it.

    7.0
    When I started seeing the ads for this show and checked out th website, I thought "This is going to be a load of campy lisping stereotypical suck." But I started watching it and have to say that it's the only thing on Logo that I make an effort to watch. LaVonda makes the show for me but Juanita the barfly and Sissy often have me laughing out loud. However, for me each episode comes to a screeching halt when the plot cuts to Ty. I don't know if it's the character or the actor (Jason Dottley) that makes me feel like I'm suddenly watching a flimsy self-absorbed punk in an "ABC After School" special. He's still coming out as he lives in West Hollywood and sleeps with his boyfriend? It's rather hard to swallow. It'd be as believable as someone saying "Yeah me and the wife just moved into an apartment in the Castro." The wife is it? Yeah right. I just look at the screen when Ty is on and want to scream "grow a pair!" When the show is being tacky or corny it works, but it strains the nerves when it tries to be a sentimental coming of age story.moreless
  • Pretty funny, in a quirky bizarre kind of way. The Sordid Lives are of an eccentric Texas families and their circle of friends and acquantainces. Perfectly cast with Bonnie Bedelia, Caroline Rhea, Rue McClanahan, Olivia Newton-John & Leslie Jordan.moreless

    10
    I didn't watch the movie that this show was based on, but after watching one episode, I must admit, I was hooked. It's hilarious, quirky and addictive at the same time. This hybrid between sitcom and soap opera keeps me in stitches.



    My favorites are aunt Sissy (played by Beth Grant), with her down-home sayings, and neighbor Noleta (Caroline Rhea), who fantasizes about her favorite soap hunk with help from a certain battery-powered accessory. Brother Boy (Leslie Jordan) is also a hoot, especially his fixation with the late, great Tammy Wynette (played by her real-life daughter).



    However, some storylines are better than others. While Ty is cute, his struggle to come out of the closet isn't the most interesting, while his mama Latrelle's addiction to pills is not that funny either. The series seems perfectly cast though. Beth Grant as the down-home Sissy, Ann Walker as free spirited LaVonda, Caroline Rhea as Noleta and a bunch of other crazies, like drunk Juanita and the bar gang. And it's good to see Rue McClanahan in a series again and I love the original songs by Olivia Newton-John.



    I say it's a guilty pleasure because I look forward to each new episode.moreless
  • Ty Williamson, a stereotypical handsome young, gay West Hollywood actor, struggles with his sexual orientation. His romantic and career developments are played out against goings-on among his low class family environment in Texas.moreless

    4.0
    To be perfectly fair, maybe it's partly a case of excessively high expectation. From the moment I heard who was going to be in the cast of 'Sordid Lives,' I was totally geeked. I mean, what gay man wouldn't just love a show about Texan homosexuals and their white trash kin, especially with stars like Golden Girls' Rue McClanahan, Will & Grace's delightfully effeminate Leslie Jordan and the girl I'd have switched for in the 80's, Olivia Newton John? At precisely 10:00PM on July 23, I sat in front of my TV waiting for the birth of a new 'Dynasty' or 'Dallas.' what followed was much more like a bad thirty minute SNL skit.



    The ingredients were all there. An obviously perfect cast, an amusing premise, and a ready-made audience. What went wrong? Everything but the above.



    There were endless examples of prescription drug abuse by just about every character in the cast. If that device was at all shocking, amusing or attention getting, those advantages were lost by non stop repetition. Ideally, in an ensemble series, you'd create interest in one person by making him/her "that bizarre character addicted to valium and/or Xanax." In Sordid Lives, there are so many women fitting the description that dependency becomes the norm.



    Nobody really stands out among the characters. They're either young gay men like the central character or middle-age white trash women like his relatives and their neighbors. The only real exception in the series opener? "Brother Boy,'(Jordan,) an overweight, aging, institutionalized Tammy Wynette wannabe. If there's any real promise for entertainment in future episodes, it may have to be supplied by this character. Unfortunately, at first glance, Brother Boy is a none-too-original drag character that you might find done equally as well in a suburban drag show.



    The writing is sub-par for either network series or theatrical film. I could almost have predicted how each scene would be played out and what each character would say. Originality is not a 'Sordid' strength.



    I became bored rather quickly, as did my partner who was equally as enthusiastic about the premiere as I was. Even poor Olivia and Rue looked as if they wished they were elsewhere in their scenes. The production is also bogged down by that unfortunate Logo 'made on a budget' effect. Viewers of the network's Big Gay Sketch Show or its recent New Now Next Awards Show will know what I am talking about. All have the look and feel of a High School production, and you almost expect a boom microphone to appear at the top of the frame in just about every scene.



    Wasting a talented and adored cast like this is the real sin here, not the exploits of the characters they portray. I only wish some talented writers and directors would step forward and offer their services to do the cast and the premise of Sordid Lives justice. GLBT-centered material can be produced at a relatively low cost without sacrificing quality or audience, as was proven by Queer As Folk," a series that didn't have 1/4 the star power of 'Sordid.' I hate to see an opportunity like this lost so quickly.moreless
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    I love this show! Personally, I love Sissy and all her down home sayings and the fact that she keeps dropping her lit cigarette i...
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