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 languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes38
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companyStan Rogow Productions
Original networkFox Family (season 1)
ABC Family (season 2)
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 FOX Family Channel, later ABC Family (now Freeform) during 2001 and 2002.[1]


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.[2] The show was taped at Ren-Mar Studios stage 4.

Cast and characters[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.[3] 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 who was portrayed by Michael Cera. Shawkat, Manoff and Mantell would later have roles in the film Bart Got a Room.


Season 1 (2001)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Love, Love Me Do"Melanie MayronBrenda Lilly & Hollis RichJune 25, 2001 (2001-06-25)
22"Homeward Bound"Melanie MayronBrenda Lilly & Hollis RichJune 25, 2001 (2001-06-25)
33"Perfect Day"Sheldon LarryMike MartineauJuly 2, 2001 (2001-07-02)
44"We Gotta Get Outta This Place"UnknownUnknownJuly 2, 2001 (2001-07-02)
55"Time in a Bottle"UnknownUnknownJuly 9, 2001 (2001-07-09)
66"Crime and Self-Punishment"UnknownUnknownJuly 9, 2001 (2001-07-09)
77"Eve of Discussion"UnknownUnknownJuly 16, 2001 (2001-07-16)
88"The Force of Fun"Melanie MayronHollis Rich & Brenda LillyJuly 16, 2001 (2001-07-16)
99"Book by Its Cover"Dennis ErdmanSteven Peterman & Gary DontzigJuly 30, 2001 (2001-07-30)
1010"Saving Grace"Sheldon LarryMarcy VosburghAugust 6, 2001 (2001-08-06)
1111"Looking for God in All the Right Places"Sheldon LarrySteven Peterman & Gary DontzigAugust 13, 2001 (2001-08-13)
1212"Happy Together (a.k.a. The Tango Affair)"Sheldon LarrySy RosenAugust 20, 2001 (2001-08-20)
1313"This Diamond Ring"UnknownUnknownAugust 27, 2001 (2001-08-27)

Season 2 (2002)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
141"Get Me to the Church on Time"UnknownUnknownMarch 1, 2002 (2002-03-01)
152"Of Diamonds and Deli Meats"UnknownUnknownMarch 8, 2002 (2002-03-08)
163"For the Birds"UnknownUnknownMarch 15, 2002 (2002-03-15)
174"All That Jazz"Linda DayElaine AronsonMarch 22, 2002 (2002-03-22)
185"It's a Wonderful Heschie"Victoria HochbergEd SimpsonMarch 22, 2002 (2002-03-22)
196"All Kinds of Heroes"UnknownUnknownMarch 29, 2002 (2002-03-29)
207"The Expanding Universe"UnknownUnknownMarch 29, 2002 (2002-03-29)
218"Fortunate Son"UnknownUnknownApril 5, 2002 (2002-04-05)
229"Hello Goodbye"UnknownUnknownApril 12, 2002 (2002-04-12)
2310"The Name Game"UnknownUnknownApril 19, 2002 (2002-04-19)
2411"The Way We Weren't"Victoria HochbergJeanette Collins & Mimi FriedmanApril 26, 2002 (2002-04-26)
2512"Take Good Care of My Baby"Sheldon LarryTeleplay by: Lisa Albert
Story by: Ed Simpson
May 3, 2002 (2002-05-03)
2613"Where the Boys Are"Sheldon LarryTeleplay by: Hollis Rich & Brenda Lilly
Story by: Steven Peterman & Gary Dontzig and Lisa Albert
May 10, 2002 (2002-05-10)
2714"Smoke, Mirrors and Chicken Fat"Sheldon LarrySteven Peterman & Gary DontzigJune 3, 2002 (2002-06-03)
2815"Scandalous Behavior"UnknownUnknownJune 3, 2002 (2002-06-03)
2916"Dating Games"Sheldon LarryBrenda Lilly & Hollis RichJune 10, 2002 (2002-06-10)
3017"Driving Miss Ida"Sheldon LarryTom SeeleyJune 17, 2002 (2002-06-17)
3118"Spy Games"Sheldon LarryTom SeeleyJune 24, 2002 (2002-06-24)
3219"Monkey Business"Jim KramerSteven Peterman & Gary DontzigJuly 8, 2002 (2002-07-08)
3320"To Be Young at Heart"Sheldon LarrySteven Peterman & Gary DontzigJuly 15, 2002 (2002-07-15)
3421"Sophisticated Ladies"Sheldon LarryJames KramerJuly 22, 2002 (2002-07-22)
3522"A Taste of Money"UnknownUnknownJuly 29, 2002 (2002-07-29)
3623"Great Wall of Rayburn"Victoria HochbergLisa AlbertAugust 5, 2002 (2002-08-05)
3724"Someone to Watch Over You"Victoria HochbergLisa AlbertAugust 19, 2002 (2002-08-19)
3825"Legacy"UnknownUnknownAugust 19, 2002 (2002-08-19)
SpecialSpecial"Holiday on Ice"UnknownUnknownDecember 4, 2002 (2002-12-04)

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,[4] 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.


  1. ^ Gates, Anita (June 25, 2001). "TELEVISION REVIEW; A Girl Grows Up With the Bad Habit of Reminiscing". The New York Times. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  2. ^ Oxman, Steven (June 24, 2001). "State of Grace". Variety. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  3. ^ Wieselman, Jarett (February 8, 2016). "There's Going To Be A "State Of Grace" Reunion And We're Already Crying". BuzzFeed. Retrieved December 23, 2020.
  4. ^ Kritzer, Jamie (June 19, 2002). "Show By UNCG Graduate Honored with Nomination". News & Record. Retrieved December 23, 2020.

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