Pub. date: 2009 | Online Pub. Date: June 02, 2009 | DOI: 10.4135/9781412971928 | Print ISBN: 9781412950855 | Online ISBN: 9781412971928| Publisher:SAGE Publications, Inc.About this encyclopedia
Frankie Y. Bailey
The category “television drama” includes episodic crime series and nongenre series that have a strong criminal justice component. Examples of the latter include the nongenre series I'll Fly Away (NBC, 1991–1993). This critically acclaimed but shortlived series, set at the dawn of the civil rights era, was narrated by a young African American woman (Regina Taylor), who worked as the housekeeper for the district attorney (Sam Waterson) in a southern town. Also set in the South, the Lifetime series Any Day Now (1998–2002) chronicled the renewed interracial friendship between the two female protagonists. Rene (Lorraine Toussaint) was a lawyer, the daughter of a civil rights attorney, who has returned to Atlanta. Mary Elizabeth (Annie Potts), wife, mother, and would-be writer, had been her best friend when they were children. Although set in modern-day Birmingham, Alabama, each episode included flashbacks to the 1960s when Mary Elizabeth's uncle, who was both I'll ...