State of Grace (TV series)

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State of Grace
Created byBrenda Lilly
Hollis Rich
StarringMae Whitman
Faye Grant
Alia Shawkat
Michael Mantell
Dinah Manoff
Erica Yohn
Narrated byFrances McDormand
Opening theme"Do You Believe in Magic" performed by Lovin' Spoonful
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes38
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Stan Rogow Productions
Original networkFox/ABC Family
Original releaseJune 25, 2001 (2001-06-25) –
December 4, 2002 (2002-12-04)

State of Grace is an American comedy-drama series that ran for two seasons on the Fox Family channel during 2001 and 2002.


The show is centered on two 12-year-old girls from very different backgrounds, Hannah and Grace, who are best friends. Hannah is from a middle class Jewish family and lives with her parents, her grandmother, and her uncle. Her parents are the owners of a furniture factory in the fictitious town of Ashmore, North Carolina, to where they have recently moved from Chicago. Grace is from a wealthy Catholic family and lives with her mother, a socialite. Typically, they are depicted as more intelligent, thoughtful, funny, and rebellious than other children of their age. Set in 1965, the show was compared by some to another look-back-through-the-years show, The Wonder Years. Fred Savage, the star of that hit ABC series, even appeared in the series' final episode.

The theme song is the original version of "Do You Believe in Magic" by The Lovin' Spoonful. The show was taped at Ren-Mar Studios stage 4.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Guest stars[edit]

  • Bryan Neal (Walker Adams, Grace's older half-brother)
  • Bonnie Bailey-Reed (Shirley, the Rayburns' receptionist)
  • Carl M. Craig (Greer, the McKees' chauffeur)
  • Patricia Forte (Cookie, the McKees' maid)
  • Tom Verica (Tommy Austin, Tattie's fiancé)
  • Adrian Neil (Nigel Grenville III, Tattie's friend)

Cast collaborations[edit]

The two main actresses, Shawkat and Whitman, went on to co-star on Fox's Arrested Development. Shawkat was in the main cast and Whitman was a recurring guest star in season two and the beginning of season three (2004–2005). Shawkat played Maeby Funke on the show, while Whitman played Ann Veal, the girlfriend of Maeby's cousin George Michael Bluth (Michael Cera). Shawkat, Manoff and Mantell would later have roles in the film Bart Got a Room.


Season 1 (2001)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Love, Love Me Do"TBATBAJune 25, 2001 (2001-06-25)
22"Homeward Bound"TBATBAJune 25, 2001 (2001-06-25)
33"Perfect Day"TBATBAJuly 2, 2001 (2001-07-02)
44"We Gotta Get Outta this Place"TBATBAJuly 2, 2001 (2001-07-02)
55"Time in a Bottle"TBATBAJuly 9, 2001 (2001-07-09)
66"Crime and Self-Punishment"TBATBAJuly 9, 2001 (2001-07-09)
77"Eve of Discussion"TBATBAJuly 16, 2001 (2001-07-16)
88"The Force of Fun"TBATBAJuly 16, 2001 (2001-07-16)
99"Book by Its Cover"TBATBAJuly 30, 2001 (2001-07-30)
1010"Saving Grace"TBATBAAugust 6, 2001 (2001-08-06)
1111"Looking for God in All the Right Places"TBATBAAugust 13, 2001 (2001-08-13)
1212"Happy Together (a.k.a. The Tango Affair)"TBATBAAugust 20, 2001 (2001-08-20)
1313"This Diamond Ring"TBATBAAugust 27, 2001 (2001-08-27)

Season 2 (2002)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
141"Get Me to the Church on Time"TBATBAMarch 1, 2002 (2002-03-01)
152"Of Diamonds and Deli Meats"TBATBAMarch 8, 2002 (2002-03-08)
163"For the Birds"TBATBAMarch 15, 2002 (2002-03-15)
174"All That Jazz"TBATBAMarch 22, 2002 (2002-03-22)
185"It's a Wonderful Heschie"TBATBAMarch 22, 2002 (2002-03-22)
196"All Kinds of Heroes"TBATBAMarch 29, 2002 (2002-03-29)
207"The Expanding Universe"TBATBAMarch 29, 2002 (2002-03-29)
218"Fortunate Son"TBATBAApril 5, 2002 (2002-04-05)
229"Hello Goodbye"TBATBAApril 12, 2002 (2002-04-12)
2310"The Name Game"TBATBAApril 19, 2002 (2002-04-19)
2411"The Way We Weren't"TBATBAApril 26, 2002 (2002-04-26)
2512"Take Good Care of My Baby"TBATBAMay 3, 2002 (2002-05-03)
2613"Where the Boys Are"TBATBAMay 10, 2002 (2002-05-10)
2714"Smoke, Mirrors and Chicken Fat"TBATBAJune 3, 2002 (2002-06-03)
2815"Scandalous Behavior"TBATBAJune 3, 2002 (2002-06-03)
2916"Dating Games"TBATBAJune 10, 2002 (2002-06-10)
3017"Driving Miss Ida"TBATBAJune 17, 2002 (2002-06-17)
3118"Spy Games"TBATBAJune 24, 2002 (2002-06-24)
3219"Monkey Business"TBATBAJuly 8, 2002 (2002-07-08)
3320"To Be Young at Heart"TBATBAJuly 15, 2002 (2002-07-15)
3421"Sophisticated Ladies"TBATBAJuly 22, 2002 (2002-07-22)
3522"A Taste of Money"TBATBAJuly 29, 2002 (2002-07-29)
3623"Great Wall of Rayburn"TBATBAAugust 5, 2002 (2002-08-05)
3724"Someone to Watch Over You"TBATBAAugust 19, 2002 (2002-08-19)
3825"Legacy"TBATBAAugust 19, 2002 (2002-08-19)

Awards and nominations[edit]

The series was created by Brenda Lilly and Hollis Rich and was recipient of many awards including The Parents Television Council, the Humanitas Award, and a Jewish Image Award. Shawkat and Whitman were both nominated for the Young Artist Award for the Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Leading Young Actress in 2002.

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