Muddling Through

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Muddling Through
Created byBarton Dean
Written byBarton Dean
Larry Spencer
Nancylee Widdoes
Directed byAndy Ackerman
Pamela Fryman
Robby Benson
James Widdoes
StarringStephanie Hodge
D. David Morin
Jennifer Aniston
Aimee Brooks
Scott Waara
Composer(s)Frank Fitzpatrick
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (1 unaired)
Producer(s)Barbara Dorio (producer)
Nancy Blair (associate producer)
Barton Dean (executive producer)
Clay Graham (supervising producer)
Daniel Palladino (supervising producer)
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)ELP Communications
Savage Cake Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJuly 9 (1994-07-09) –
September 7, 1994 (1994-09-07)

Muddling Through is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from July 9, 1994 to September 7, 1994.[1]. The series starred Stephanie Hodge as an ex-convict trying to turn her life around, but is now perhaps better remembered for being the series which Jennifer Aniston (playing the daughter of Hodge's character) completed just before her star-making role on Friends began. Friends debuted just two weeks after Muddling Through aired its final episode, with one episode remaining left unaired.


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.




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

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Series overview[edit]

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


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same"James WiddoesBarton DeanJuly 9, 1994 (1994-07-09)
After two and a half years in the slammer Drego family matriarch, Connie, has returned home to put her family back together.
2"Let It Be Normal"Robby BensonDaniel PalladinoJuly 16, 1994 (1994-07-16)
3"Back by Demand"Andy AckermanBarton DeanJuly 23, 1994 (1994-07-23)
Kerri decides that school sucks and she can get by with her street smarts. It almost worked for her parents, minus the fail thing.
4""It's a Date""Andy AckermanBarton DeanJuly 30, 1994 (1994-07-30)
5"Second Time's the Charm"Robby BensonBarton DeanAugust 6, 1994 (1994-08-06)
Madeline and Duane decide to renew their vows but Connie refuses to attend.
6"Cabin Fever"Andy AckermanLarry SpencerAugust 13, 1994 (1994-08-13)
7"Dog Duty"Pamela FrymanLee AronsohnAugust 24, 1994 (1994-08-24)
8"Ooh, Maybe Baby"Pamela FrymanLarry SpencerAugust 31, 1994 (1994-08-31)
Madeline puts hubby Duane on ice (literally) in preparation of their fertility clinic visit. Once the two are told they got the right stuff, they return home with plans to procreate.
9"Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?"Pamela FrymanTBASeptember 7, 1994 (1994-09-07)
All Connie's dad wants for Father's Day is for her to leave him alone. When her mom and pop drop by for an impromptu reunion, Connie and the rest of the family are thrilled. Everything would be gravy if not for the fact that no one ever told her dad.
10"Take Any Job and Shove It"TBATBAUNAIRED
An unwanted tax bill leads to boa dancing. When Sonny gets a $4,000 invoice from the IRS on his coffee shop property he's distraught. That is until his ex-wife Connie reminds him she was awarded the shop in their divorce.


*Note: 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 2018-06-01CS1 maint: others (link)

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