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Pearl (CBS 1996-1997, Rhea Perlman, Malcolm McDowell)

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Rhea Perlman and Malcolm McDowell star as a student and her professor who are in for the education of a lifetime. Pearl Caraldo (Perlman), the widow of a longshoreman and mother of a rebellious 20-year-old son, enrolls in a prestigious Eastern university’s community outreach program and runs smack into Stephen Pynchon (McDowell), Professor of Humanities. Cocky and arrogant, feared and revered, Pynchon is accustomed to humiliating his students. But he’s never encountered a pupil as down-to-earth and determined as Pearl.

Pearl is an American television sitcom which aired on CBS from September 16, 1996 until June 25, 1997. The series starred Rhea Perlman, in what was her return to television after the conclusion of her long-running series Cheers three years earlier. Don Reo created the series, and Perlman served as an executive producer alongside Reo, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas and Gary S. Levine. Pearl was produced by Impact Zone Productions and Witt/Thomas Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television.

production details
USA| CBS – Impact Zone/ Junger Witt/Warner Bros. | 22×25 minutes | Broadcast 16 September 1996 – 25 June 1997

Creator: Don Reo
Executive Producers: Don Reo, Rhea Perlman, Paul Junger Witt, Tony Thomas, Gary S. Levine

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Rhea Perlman as Pearl Caraldo
Malcolm McDowell as Prof Stephen Pynchon
Carol Kane as Annie Carmen
Lucy Liu as Amy Lee
Kevin Corrigan as Frankie Spivak-Tuch
Dash Mihok as Joey Caraldo
Nikki Cox as Margaret Woodrow
Mara Wilson as Samantha Stein
Sara Rue as Bertha Sugs