Muddling Through

Muddling Through
Genre Sitcom
Created by Barton Dean
Written by Barton Dean
Larry Spencer
Nancylee Widdoes
Directed by Andy Ackerman
Pamela Fryman
Robby Benson
James Widdoes
Starring Stephanie Hodge
D. David Morin
Jennifer Aniston
Aimee Brooks
Scott Waara
Composer(s) Frank Fitzpatrick
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 10 (1 unaired)
Producer(s) Barbara Dorio (producer)
Nancy Blair (associate producer)
Barton Dean (executive producer)
Clay Graham (supervising producer)
Daniel Palladino (supervising producer)
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) ELP Communications
Savage Cake Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network CBS
Original release July 9 –
September 7, 1994

Muddling Through is an American television sitcom that aired on CBS from July 9, 1994 to September 7, 1994.[1]


Connie Drego was an ex-con paroled after serving three years in prison for shooting her cheating husband, Sonny, in the buttocks. Connie returned home to work at Drego's Oasis, the family's diner/motel in rural Michigan. Others in the cast were Madeline, Connie's oldest daughter who was married to Duane Cooper, the cop who arrested Connie and whose testimony led to her conviction, and Kerri, Connie's youngest daughter.




  • Hal Landon Jr. as Gidney (7 episodes)
  • Hank Underwood as Lyle (7 episodes)
  • Forry Smith as Zane Whitman (2 episodes)

Guest Starring

Series overview

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 July 9, 1994 (1994-07-09) September 7, 1994 (1994-09-07)


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "The More Things Change, the More They Stay the Same" James Widdoes Barton Dean July 9, 1994 (1994-07-09)
After two and a half years in the slammer Drego family matriarch, Connie, has returned home to put her family back together.
2 "Let It Be Normal" Robby Benson Daniel Palladino July 16, 1994 (1994-07-16)
3 "Back by Demand" Andy Ackerman Barton Dean July 23, 1994 (1994-07-23)
Kerri decides that school sucks and she can get by with her street smarts. It almost worked for her parents, minus the fail thing.
4 ""It's a Date"" Andy Ackerman Barton Dean July 30, 1994 (1994-07-30)
5 "Second Time's the Charm" Robby Benson Barton Dean August 6, 1994 (1994-08-06)
Madeline and Duane decide to renew their vows but Connie refuses to attend.
6 "Cabin Fever" Andy Ackerman Larry Spencer August 13, 1994 (1994-08-13)
7 "Dog Duty" Pamela Fryman TBA August 24, 1994 (1994-08-24)
8 "Ooh, Maybe Baby" Pamela Fryman Larry Spencer August 31, 1994 (1994-08-31)
Madeline puts hubby Duane on ice (literally) in preparation of their fertility clinic visit. Once the two are told they got the right stuff, they return home with plans to procreate.
9 "Guess Who's Coming to Dinner?" Pamela Fryman TBA September 7, 1994 (1994-09-07)
All Connie's dad wants for Father's Day is for her to leave him alone. When her mom and pop drop by for an impromptu reunion, Connie and the rest of the family are thrilled. Everything would be gravy if not for the fact that no one ever told her dad.
10 "Take Any Job and Shove It" TBA TBA UNAIRED
An unwanted tax bill leads to boa dancing. When Sonny gets a $4,000 invoice from the IRS on his coffee shop property he's distraught. That is until his ex-wife Connie reminds him she was awarded the shop in their divorce.

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