State of Grace

ABC Family (ended 2002)



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State of Grace

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"State of Grace" explores the humorous and touching memories of Hannah Rayburn, a 47-year-old journalist who reminisces about her childhood with her overprotective Jewish parents and the remarkable friendship she once shared with a soulful and spirited classmate named Grace McKee. The adult Hannah Rayburn is the off-screen narrator (voiced by Frances McDormand) who remembers coming of age in 1965 North Carolina. Hannah embarks on a new adventure in her life when she and her family move from Illinois to North Carolina, where she is enrolled in an elite Catholic school. Hannah feels like a fish out of water until Grace, an intelligent, vivacious, and independent girl from a wealthy background enters her restricted life.
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  • Was it just because I am Jewish or was this show soooo well done? I miss it.

    I loved it. I watched every episode. Heck, I taped every episode and watched them over and over again. It was so realistic. I have Jewish parents and they are exactly the same as Hannah’s. It was The Wonder Years meets Seinfeld meets a much funnier and better version of Lizzie McGuire. I just wish it had continued. I guess it never found its fan base; I don’t know if it was ahead of its time or if people thought it had already been done. Either way, this was one of those classic shows. The perfect blend of comedy, nostalgia, and a whole other myriad of emotions and genres. The kind that can make you laugh, make you cry, and make you re-evaluate how you look at your life. All in 30 minutes! You just don’t find that in every show and it should have kept going. The actors/actresses were hilarious and perfectly cast in their parts. I think this show was the epitome of what television should be: something that made you feel good about watching. To Hannah and Grace: We hardly knew ye.moreless
  • A show with a 1960s setting and multi-religious focus? Growing up, I LOVED this show.

    While many channels try attracting young audiences with socially degrading shows (such as One Tree Hill, Dirty Pretty Liars, basically any show that focus on teen pregnancies and shallow worship of high-end lifestyles), State of Grace was SO refreshing for me as a young girl reaching prepubescence. Because the show's episodes are not open to the public, my memory is blurry. But I remember the impact of the show. I love music from the 1960s; and this show probably played a part in shaping my music tastes. I love film/tv that focus on social relations between differing racial, religious, & cultural groups. So this show was so interesting to me. In simple terms, it focuses on the friendship of two girls during one of the most turbulent decades of the 20th century. But the show goes so much deeper than that, with Catholic and Jewish differences being confronted head-on. But not through misunderstanding and hate; with tolerance and respect. In short, this show is not only great for a period piece drama, it provides a young viewer with a moral guide that is still relatable in this new century.moreless
  • Grace is a Southern WASP. Hannah a Northern Jewish transplant to north Carolina. Hannah is shy and reserved. Grace draws out her playful side and the fun begins.

    A great family show. Laugh one minute and cry the next. Beautifully handled tough subject matter such as the Holocaust and cancer. A must see if you attended Catholic grade school in the '60's. A TV show with shades of " Last

    Catholic in America. Bring back the sweet memories of the "Sisters" who were as tough as nails,on the one hand,and as

    compassionate as your mother on the other.Once again you

    long for yesteryear ,of the time when you were 12 years old.

    To remember what it was like to be be daring,yet

    afraid.That extra sparkle in your eye will return as you are catapulted to your childhood again.moreless
  • State of Grace!

    Oh my goodness! I remember 5 years ago when me and my older sister used to always watch this show every week it was on. I was 7 and she was 9. I remember parts of this show so well, and I've always missed it. The two girls, Hannah and Grace were always so adventurous, and Grace was always the daredevil. I loved seeing what wild thing the girls would do every week. This was my favorite tv show, and I really wish that they would play a few reruns once in a while. Just to relive it. I miss that show and I thought it was fantastic. I loved it!moreless
  • bring it back for good ness sake!

    bring it back for goodness sake! this was a great show! I'd come home from school every day and wacth it! it was sooo funny! I cannot believe they canceled it! one day they just stopped showing it and I got really mad! this show had a great cast, perfect storyline, and memorable characters! no power in the verse can stop my love for this amazing, canceled show!! I really hope they put it on DVD soon! ANYTIME!! A S A P! I'm sure every girl would it, if only it could be preserved for future genrations. Send ABC Family letters!moreless