TV Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, The (NBC-Lifetime 1987-1989, Blair Brown, David Strathairn) Published 2 years ago on April 3, 2017 Long before Ally McBeal furrowed her brow, fretted over her love life and fawned over her male coworkers, there was Molly. Molly Dodd (Blair Brown) was a thirtysomething, divorced, self-involved Manhattanite who spent much of her time musingabout her love life and ever-changing careers–which usually went hand in hand. There was ex-hubby Fred (William Converse-Roberts), who was her boss when she sang with his band; Dennis (Victor Garber), her boss and love interest when she sold real estate; Moss (David Strathairn), her boss and the object of her flirtation when she worked in a Village bookstore; and the ill-fated Nat (full name: Nathaniel Hawthorne), a black policeman who fathered Molly’s child and then died after having an allergic reaction to MSG while eating lunch. Not quite as quirky as Ally and gang (thankfully, there were no dancing babies), Molly’s crew also included her widowed but dating mother, her unhappily married sister Mamie and her best friend Nina. The show ranks right up there with female-driven series like The Mary Tyler Moore Show and Rhoda before them and Roseanne and Grace Under Fire after them. Molly only lasted a year on NBC but helped put Lifetime on the map when she migrated to the cabler, which started touting itself as the first network for women. Almost as trailblazing was Molly’s interracial romance, the single-mom storylines, Ally-esque fantasy scenes and relentlessly intelligent comedic/dramatic writing. It was the real deal, way before McBeal. production details USA / NBC-Lifetime-Finnegan-Just You and Me Kid / 65×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 21 May 1987 – 29 Jun 1988 (NBC) and 21 Jan 1989 – 3 January 1993 Creator and Producer: Jay Tarses cast Blair Brown as Molly Dodd William Converse-Roberts as Fred Dodd Allyn Ann McLerie as Florence Bickford James Greene as Davey McQuinn Victor Garber as Dennis Windmer Kabir Bedi as Birmanyi Jay Tarses as Nick Richard Venture as Edgar Sandy Faison as Mamie Tanya Fenmore as Katherine Peter MacNichol as Steve Cooper Joan McMurtrey as Claire Windmer Maureen Anderman as Nina Shipman David Straithairn as Moss Goodman Darrell Larson as Dwight Bickford John Glover as Mike Sayles Blair BrownJay TarsesLifetimeNBCSitcomsTV Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes14 hours ago House Hunters: Green Acres In Agoura Hills (S153EP2 HGTV Mon 25 Feb 2019) Green Acres In Agoura Hills: A single mother wants to relocate to a home in the city of Agoura Hills,... Episodes14 hours ago Maine Cabin Masters Season 3 Episode 11 airs Mon 25 Feb 2019 on DIY A family from Maine work together to save a historic cabin from the 1930s that was owned by a famous... Episodes14 hours ago The Good Doctor: Believe (S2EP16 ABC Mon 25 Feb 2019) Believe: The new chief of surgery, Dr. Jackson Han (Daniel Dae Kim), believes Dr. Shaun Murphy is a liability more... Episodes14 hours ago The Enemy Within Series Premieres Mon 25 Feb 2019 on NBC Pilot: Former CIA agent Erica Shepherd is now known as one of the most notorious traitors in recent American history.... Episodes14 hours ago Grave Mysteries: Murder Behind Closed Doors (S2EP3 ID Mon 25 Feb 2019) Murder Behind Closed Doors: While hunting for clues in the case of 27-year-old single mother Ashley Melnyczok, who was murdered... search EPISODES Episodes14 hours ago Bull: Forfeiture (S3EP16 CBS Mon 25 Feb 2019, with Ben Vereen) Forfeiture: The TAC team works tandem cases when Chunk represents his first legal client, Darius Lambert (Brian Bradley), a young... Episodes14 hours ago The Voice Season 16 Premieres Mon 25 Feb 2019 on NBC The Blind Auditions Season Premiere: EGOT winner and critically-acclaimed, multi-platinum singer-songwriter John Legend joins returning superstar coaches Adam Levine, Kelly... Episodes14 hours ago Man with a Plan: Adam’s Wall Hole Bowl (S3EP4 CBS Mon 25 Feb 2019) Adam’s Wall Hole Bowl: Adam and the guys visit Lowell at his new bachelor pad and start using it as... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 weeks ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies2 weeks ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies2 weeks ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.