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Here You Come Again
Genre Sitcom
Created by Ifan Barber
Starring Bill Marsden

Rochelle Elliot

Rita Moreno

Dick Van Dyke

Opening Theme Here You Come Again by Dolly Parton
Location Sacramento, CA
Country Of Origin United States of America
Number Of Episodes 192
Running Time 23 minutes
Original Channel: NBC
Original Air Date September 17th 1987 - May 10th 1995
Produced by Ifan Barber
Directed by Various
Here You Come Again is an American sitcom created by Ifan Barber that originally aired on NBC from September 17th 1987, to May 11th 1995, with a total of 192 half-hour episodes spanning eight seasons. The show stars Bill Marsden and Rochelle Elliot as two single middle aged former high school sweethearts, Marty and Ellen respectively, who are coincidentally reunited at a mutual friend's funeral and pursue a relationship. Supporting cast members include Rita Moreno as Ellen's neighbour and confidante Marissa and Dick Van Dyke as Marty's brother Ronald. Other recurring characters introduced during the course of the series include Marty's ex wife Val, Ellen's children Doug and Mel, and Marissa's elderly mother Eliza. It was produced by ILB Productions, in association with NBC Studios.

Here You Come Again received critical acclaim throughout most of its run and won several awards, including the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series twice. It also won three Golden Globe Awards for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Each of the four stars received an Emmy Award, making it one of only four sitcoms in the award's history to achieve this. The series is frequently compared to fellow NBC sitcom The Golden Girls due to it's cast being made up of mainly older actors and it's out-of-the-box setting.

The series also ranked among the top-10 highest-rated programs for six of its eight seasons. In 2013, TV Guide ranked Here You Come Again number 54 on its list of the 60 Best Series of All Time. In 2014, the Writers Guild of America placed the sitcom at number 39 in their list of the "101 Best Written TV Series of All Time".

Premise

The show revolves around Marty Rice (Bill Marsden) and Ellen Wright (Rochelle Elliot), a pair of middle-aged former high school sweethearts who find themselves single for the first time in decades, one divorced and one widowed. They reunite for the first time since their split at graduation 35 years earlier at a mutual friend's funeral and rekindle their relationship. Ellen seeks guidance from her best friend and neighbour Marissa Gonzalez (Rita Moreno), while Marty tries to get back in the dating game with the help of his older brother Ronald (Dick Van Dyke).

Cast

Main

  • Bill Marsden as Marty Rice, a 53-year-old divorcé.
  • Rochelle Elliot as Ellen Wright, a 53-year-old widow.
  • Rita Moreno as Marissa Gonzalez, a retired dancer turned hairdresser, she lives next door to Rochelle with her husband and daughter and is her main confidante.
  • Dick Van Dyke as Ronald Rice, Marty's rich bachelor older brother who gives Marty advice when dealing with his dates with Ellen. (Season 1 - 5, recurring 6 - 8)

Recurring

  • Vince Hondurez as Michael Gonzalez, Marissa's husband. (Recurring 1 - 4, guest 5 - 7)
  • Melissa Feliz as Vivienne Gonzalez, Marissa's daughter, (Recurring 1 - 6, guest 7 - 8)
  • Helen Turner as Val Rice, Marty's ex wife. (Recurring 2 - 8)
  • Charlie Bradshaw as Doug Wright, Ellen's son. (Guest 1 - 4, Recurring 5 - 8)
  • Alice Vernon as Mel Wright, Ellen's daughter. (Guest 1 - 2, Recurring 3 - 5, Main 6 - 8)
  • Michelle Hernandez as Eliza Luiz, Marissa's mother. (Guest 4 - 7, recurring 8)

Episodes

Season 1

Season 1 of Here You Come Again was greenlit by NBC as a result of the success of fellow middle-aged-centric sitcom The Golden Girls and a pilot was produced in May 1987. NBC ordered it to series in July 1987, with Rita Moreno and Dick Van Dyke being added to the cast and the pilot being reshot that summer. Season 1 premiered on Thursday September 17th 1987 and ran for 24 episodes. The show ended for the winter break on December 3rd 1987 and returned 6 weeks later on January 14th for another 12 week run, concluding on April 7th 1988.

Episode Title Synopsis Airdate
1 Pilot At the dramatic funeral of prom queen Lola Bridge, high school sweethearts Ellen and Marty, both recently single, reunite and rekindle their relationship spontaneously. Ellen's neighbour Marissa challenges Marty's brother about the pair. September 17th 1987
2 Oh, Brother Marty seeks advice from his brother Donald when dealing with Ellen, with disastrous results. September 24th 1987
3 I'm Sorry, I'm Single An old friend of Ellen's invites her to a couples dinner party, but worried introducing Marty so soon will sabotage their relationship, she lies and says she's single. Meanwhile, Marissa enlists Marty's help with Viv's school project. October 1st 1987
4 Sibling Rivalry It's Ellen's birthday, so her children Doug and Mel have come to visit for the occasion. But the two are at odds over who's achieving more in life. October 8th 1987
5 Mrs Gonzalez Goes to Town Marissa takes Ellen shopping, and Ellen discovers just how popular Marissa is in their town. Donald takes Marty to visit his son out of town, and reveals a surprising secret. October 15th 1987
6 Mel's Boyfriend Mel arrives back in town, with her snobbish boyfriend in tow, but a short-tempered Marissa shuts him down abruptly. October 22nd 1987
7 Marty's Favourite Holiday Halloween is here, and Ellen agrees to decorate the house for Marty. Marissa tells Marty about Dias De Los Muertos and how she remembers her late father. October 29th 1987
8 Ronald Rice's Return (Part 1) After reconnecting with his son, Marty's brother Ron returns to town and has made a life changing decision. November 5th 1987
9 Ronald Rice's Return (Part 2) Marty is surprised with Ron's decision to retire. Marissa's estranged husband arrives on her doorstep. Ellen gets an unexpected call from her mother-in-law. November 5th 1987
10 A Latin Thanksgiving Having reunited with her husband, Marissa decides to host thanksgiving this year, much to Ellen's concern. November 12th 1987
11 Doug's Birthday Marty takes Ellen to visit her son for his birthday, and their road trip leads to a heart-to-heart. November 26th 1987
12 Christmas at the Wright's Ellen invites her entire family and her neighbours to Christmas at her house, and Marty surprises her by asking her to marry him. December 3rd 1987
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