Rude Awakening (TV series)

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Rude Awakening
Rude Awakening opening title
Created byClaudia Lonow
StarringSherilyn Fenn
Lynn Redgrave
Jonathan Penner
Rain Pryor
Roger E. Mosley
Mario Van Peebles
Opening theme"Another Rude Awakening" by Alana Davis (seasons 1–2) and Roger Daltrey (season 3)
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes55 (list of episodes)
Executive producersClaudia Lonow
Scott Sanders
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesMandalay Television
Lions Gate Television
(seasons 2-3)
Columbia TriStar Television Distribution
Showtime Networks
Original release
ReleaseAugust 1, 1998 (1998-08-01) –
February 15, 2001 (2001-02-15)

Rude Awakening is an American television sitcom series created by Claudia Lonow, that aired on Showtime over fifty-five 22-minute episodes spanning three seasons from August 1, 1998 to February 15, 2001.


Rude Awakening tells the story of Billie Frank, an out of work alcoholic ex-soap-opera actress. She tries to go sober and become a writer but continues to struggle with her self-destructive habits. The show depicts her relations with other members of AA, her neighbor Dave, and her mother, Trudy.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113August 1, 1998November 7, 1998
222June 26, 1999March 18, 2000
320June 29, 2000February 15, 2001




Notable guest stars[edit]


  • Howard Rosenberg (June 25, 1999). "First Step: Admitting It's Funny". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2020-12-27.
  • Lynn Elber (June 25, 1999). "Claudia Lonow Mines Difficult Past for Laughs in 'Awakening'". Green Bay Press-Gazette. Associated Press. Retrieved 2020-12-27.

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