Pearl (TV series)

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Created by Don Reo
Starring Rhea Perlman
Kevin Corrigan
Carol Kane
Malcolm McDowell
Dash Mihok
Lucy Liu
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Executive producer(s) Paul Junger Witt
Rhea Perlman
Tony Thomas
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Impact Zone Productions
Witt/Thomas Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original channel CBS
Original release September 16, 1996 (1996-09-16) – June 25, 1997 (1997-06-25)

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.


Pearl Caraldo (Rhea Perlman), a middle-aged widow was the loading dock manager for University Electronics but who wanted to achieve a higher level of education. She was accepted as a night student at the prestigious Swindon University. By contrast, her 20-year-old son, Joey (Dash Mihok), a single father with no apparent ambition, was disappointed that his mother would no longer be readily available as a live-in babysitter for his infant daughter. Also less than thrilled was Pearl's sister-in-law Annie (Carol Kane), who was concerned that with her greater educational attainment, Pearl would become another "one of them intellectuals." A professor of a required course, Stephen Pynchon (Malcolm McDowell), further complicated matters by his belief that higher education was for a cultured elite, not working-class people like Pearl, and set out to embarrass and belittle her whenever possible in hopes that she would withdraw from the university.


Actor Role
Rhea Perlman Pearl Caraldo
Kevin Corrigan Franklin 'Frankie' Spivak
Carol Kane Annie Caraldo
Malcolm McDowell Prof. Stephen Pynchon
Dash Mihok Joey Caraldo
Lucy Liu Amy Li


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