Rude Awakening (TV series)

Rude Awakening is an American television sitcom series created by Claudia Lonow, that aired on Showtime over fifty-five 22-minute episodes spanning three seasons (1998–2001).

Rude Awakening
Rude Awakening opening title
Created byClaudia Lonow
StarringSherilyn Fenn
Lynn Redgrave
Jonathan Penner
Rain Pryor
Roger E. Mosley
Mario Van Peebles
Opening theme"Another Rude Awakening" by Alana Davis (seasons 1–2) and Roger Daltrey (season 3)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes55 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Claudia Lonow
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Mandalay Television
Lions Gate Television
(seasons 2-3)
Columbia TriStar Television Distribution
Showtime Networks
Original networkShowtime
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseAugust 1, 1998 (1998-08-01) –
February 15, 2001 (2001-02-15)


Rude Awakening tells the story of Billie Frank, an out of work alcoholic ex-soap-opera actress. She tries to go sober and become a writer but continues to struggle with her self-destructive habits. The show depicts her relations with other members of AA, her neighbor Dave, and her mother, Trudy.


Main castEdit

Actor Character Duration
Sherilyn Fenn Billie Frank seasons 1–3 (1998–2001)
Lynn Redgrave Trudy Frank seasons 1–3 (1998–2001)
Jonathan Penner Dave Parelli seasons 1–3 (1998–2001)
Rain Pryor Jackie Garcia seasons 1–2 (1998–1999)
Roger E. Mosley Milton "Milt" Johnson season 2 (1999–2000)
Mario Van Peebles Marcus Adams season 3 (2000–2001)

Recurring castEdit

Actor Character Duration
Paul Ben-Victor Carl
Corinne Bohrer Tish Frank
Beverly D'Angelo Sidney 'Syd' Gibson season 2
Tim Curry Martin Crisp seasons 2–3
Roger Daltrey Nobby Clegg season 2
Taylor Dayne Maureen
Dan Finnerty Joe the Bartender
Tom Gallop Jerry Frank
Jason Graae Chad
George Katt Zack season 2
Elizabeth Lackey Raquel season 3
Richard Lewis Harve Schwartz
Mark Lonow Max Frank
Ana Mercedes Antonia the Maid
Jack Plotnick Clark seasons 2–3
Salli Richardson Nancy Adams season 3
Jenny Robertson Haley season 3

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