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High Society 

Dot Emerson is a divorced mother who owns a successful publishing house, for which her best friend, Ellie, writes best-selling romance novels. Val enters the picture as Dot and Ellie's old ... See full summary »
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1996   1995  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Jean Smart ...  Ellie Walker 13 episodes, 1995-1996
Mary McDonnell ...  Dott Emerson 13 episodes, 1995-1996
Dan O'Donahue Dan O'Donahue ...  Brendan Emerson 13 episodes, 1995-1996
Luigi Amodeo ...  Stefano 12 episodes, 1995-1996
David Rasche ...  Peter Thomas 10 episodes, 1995-1996
Jayne Meadows ...  Alice Morgan 7 episodes, 1995-1996
Faith Prince ...  Val Brumberg 6 episodes, 1995
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Dot Emerson is a divorced mother who owns a successful publishing house, for which her best friend, Ellie, writes best-selling romance novels. Val enters the picture as Dot and Ellie's old girlfriend from college who is pregnant and leaving her husband, much to the dismay of Ellie, who wants nothing to do with her. Against Ellie's wishes, Dot lets Val move in with her. Written by Jon Acello <JonAcello@AOL.COM>

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They're the best friends money can buy. See more »

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Country:

USA

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English

Release Date:

30 October 1995 (USA) See more »

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JVTV, Look Ma Productions See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Val Blumberg: I may have been born yesterday, but I've been up ALL night!
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The Lady Is a Tramp
Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Chaka Khan
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Eleanor Walker -- Will and Grace's original Karen Walker
5 February 2001 | by TelevisionJunkieSee all my reviews

Often-compared to "Absolutely Fabulous," but really nothing like it, "High Society" should have been an enormous hit. Jean Smart and Mary McDonnell had remarkable chemistry together and the writing was top-notch, which should have been enough to keep the series afloat. Wrong. Some people had a hard time picturing Smart as anything but her homely character from "Designing Women," despite the fact most of her roles have been closer to Ellie than Charlene. Critics trashed it. Even actor John Schneider trashed it in an interview on TNN (then he subsequently ended up on "Veronica's Closet"). In several reviews, the characters in "Society" were criticized for laughing at their own jokes. Yet a few years later, Megan Mullally was hailed on "Will and Grace" for doing that same thing. Take the two characters from this show and roll them into one and you have "Will and Grace"'s Karen Walker, complete with Dott's look and Ellie's last name. Personally, I think this was one of the funniest sitcom of all time - too bad it was so closely compared to AbFab that very few people remember it!


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