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Muddling Through is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from July 9, 1994 to September 7, 1994.[1]

Muddling Through
Genre Sitcom
Created by Barton Dean
Written by Barton Dean
Larry Spencer
Nancylee Widdoes
Directed by Andy Ackerman
Pamela Fryman
Robby Benson
James Widdoes
Starring Stephanie Hodge
D. David Morin
Jennifer Aniston
Aimee Brooks
Scott Waara
Composer(s) Frank Fitzpatrick
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (1 unaired)
Producer(s) Barbara Dorio (producer)
Nancy Blair (associate producer)
Barton Dean (executive producer)
Clay Graham (supervising producer)
Daniel Palladino (supervising producer)
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) CBS Entertainment Productions
Savage Cake Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release July 9 – September 7, 1994



Connie Drego was an ex-con paroled after serving three years in prison for shooting her cheating husband, Sonny, in the buttocks. Connie returned home to work at Drego's Oasis, the family's diner/motel in rural Michigan. Others in the cast were Madeline, Connie's oldest daughter who was married to Duane Cooper, the cop who arrested Connie and whose testimony led to her conviction, and Kerri, Connie's youngest daughter.



Jennifer Aniston's casting in this short-lived series might have kept her from joining the main cast of Friends, but Muddling Through was soon cancelled, and Friends went on to a very successful ten-year run.


  • Hal Landon Jr. as Gidney (7 episodes)
  • Hank Underwood as Lyle (7 episodes)
  • Forry Smith as Zane Whitman (2 episodes)

Guest StarringEdit

Series overviewEdit

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
110July 9, 1994 (1994-07-09)September 7, 1994 (1994-09-07)


Season 1 (1994-1994)Edit

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Title Directed by Written by Originally aired
1 1 "Pilot" James Widdoes Barton Dean July 9, 1994
After 3-years in prison Connie is released on parole only to discover that life outside of prison has changed drastically: the officer who arrested her Duane Cooper, has married her eldest daughter Madeline who was in charge of the Drego family Oasis in her absence; her youngest daughter Kerri has become a rebellious teenager thinking it's okay to stay out late, and her ex-husband Sonny is living at the Oasis.
2 2 "Let It Be Normal" Robby Benson Barton Dean July 16, 1994
Connie's first full day of freedom brings a visit from her parole officer and disappointment from a friend.
3 3 "Back by Demand" Andy Ackerman Barton Dean July 23, 1994
Connie and Sonny learn a few things about their own troubled youth while they try to persuade their youngest daughter Kerri to say in school.
4 4 "It's a Date" Andy Ackerman Barton Dean July 30, 1994
Connie and Sonny agree to date other people.
5 5 "Second Time's the Charm" Robby Benson Barton Dean August 6, 1994
Madeline and Duane plan to renew their wedding vows.
6 6 "Cabin Fever" Andy Ackerman Barton Dean August 13, 1994
An old friend visits and sets his sights on dating Connie after hearing of her divorce from Sonny.
7 7 "Dog Duty" Pamela Fryman Barton Dean August 24, 1994
Duane is assigned to a new beat; Kerri tries to persuade Connie to buy her a car.
8 8 "Ooh, Maybe Baby" Pamela Fryman Barton Dean & Larry Spencer August 31, 1994
Madeline and Duane plan to have a baby, but Connie isn't too happy about becoming a grandma.
9 9 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" Pamela Fryman Barton Dean September 7, 1994
When Connie's parents visit, she finds her minister father hot under the collar about her arrest.
10 10 "Take Any Job and Shove It" unknown Barton Dean September 14, 1994
When Connie gets a big bill for property taxes, she tells Sonny to either get a job or get out.


The pilot episode title is also known as "The More Things Change, the More They Stay Insane".


  1. ^ Muddling Through, Stephanie Hodge, D. David Morin, Jennifer Aniston, retrieved 2018-06-01

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