A separated, fired NYC lawyer returns to his hometown in Ohio, meets old high school friends and cute crush, buys a bowling alley and opens a law office in it.
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Complete series cast summary:
Tom Cavanagh ...  Ed Stevens 83 episodes, 2000-2004
Julie Bowen ...  Carol Vessey 83 episodes, 2000-2004
Jana Marie Hupp ...  Nancy Burton 83 episodes, 2000-2004
Josh Randall ...  Mike Burton 83 episodes, 2000-2004
Lesley Boone ...  Molly Hudson 83 episodes, 2000-2004
Michael Ian Black ...  Phil Stubbs 83 episodes, 2000-2004
Rachel Cronin ...  Shirley Pifko 83 episodes, 2000-2004
Justin Long ...  Warren Cheswick 83 episodes, 2000-2004
Michael Genadry ...  Mark Vanacore 58 episodes, 2001-2004
Mike Starr ...  Kenny Sandusky 45 episodes, 2000-2002
Daryl Mitchell ...  Eli Goggins 39 episodes, 2002-2004
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Ed Stevens is a contracts lawyer at a high-profile New York City firm. Around the same time he splits with his wife (she slept with a mailman), he makes a single error in punctuation when going over a contract; and because of the resulting financial loss to the firm, he's fired. Despondent, he heads back to his (small) hometown of Stuckeyville, "Anytown", USA. There he realizes he's been missed by a lot of friends whom he's missed; and he sees Carol, the girl he'd adored in high school. Swept up in roiling emotions, Ed buys the local bowling alley on a whim, moves to Stuckeyville, and determines to win Carol's heart. His horizons broaden as he settles once more in Stuckeyville, and the series itself settles into a charming, funny, often serious slice-of-life series focused not solely on Ed, but on the lovable ensemble cast of people who live and work with him in Stuckeyville. Written by Katchan

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USA

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English

Release Date:

8 October 2000 (USA) See more »

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Ed - Der Bowling-Anwalt See more »

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Closter, New Jersey, USA See more »

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Many of the scenes of the main characters walking on the streets of Stuckeyville were shot in the town of Westfield, New Jersey. Shots include the Rialto, and restaurants such as LIME and the Elm Street Café. See more »

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Warren Cheswick: What about that time you busted into our class wearing that fruity-ass knight suit?
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Don't tease me, NBC
24 November 2001 | by bbbaldieSee all my reviews

I know that you are the network that has hormone-laced garbage like "Friends." You also ripped off "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" with "The Weakest Link," thereby dividing an audience and degrading the ratings of a TV show that actually challenges our intelligence. So why are you presenting a completely original, delightful, witty, and, dare I say it, intelligent show to anchor the best night on TV?

Ed manages to actually surprise me, a veteran of too many years of watching TV. True, as I write this, it seems to have given in to a bit of cliche, that of the beautiful girl falling in love with the man who annoys her the most (Carol Vessey and the new principal), but I'm optimistic that there will be a bizarre turn of events there to look forward to.

Comparisons to Northern Exposure are inevitable, and this show matches or surpasses the Alaskan exercise in quirkiness. Let's hope it doesn't slip into an excess of strangeness, as unfortunately happened to NE. For instance, despite what you Hollywood producers fervently believe, a gay wedding just doesn't play in the heartland.

Perhaps Ed's most biting episode is the one where Neil Patrick Harris played an attorney who came to town and admired Ed so much that he bought his own bowling alley and hired his own eccentrics to run it. If this show's ratings continue to rise, look for CBS to do the exact same thing.

Thanks you, David Letterman, for showing us what that idiot box is capable of doing right.


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