Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: January 18, 1990

Last Telecast: December 27, 1990

Broadcast History:

January 1990 - April 1990, Thursday 9:30-10:00 on NBC

July 1990 - August 1990, Thursday 9:30-10:00 on NBC

October 1990 - December 1990, Thursday 9:30-10:00 on NBC


Harris Weldon..... John Randolph

Norris Weldon..... Joel Murray

Desmond..... John Neville

Janice Pasetti..... Pamela Reed

Edda Pasetti..... Sara Rue

Carol Anne Smithson..... Bonnie Hunt

Tom Smithson..... Michael McKean

Officer Wayne Kasmurski..... Andrew Lauer

Dylan..... Jackey Vinson

Richard Peyton..... Mark Moses


Three families from different social levels clashed comically in this send-up of soap operas. Seventy-year-old Harris Weldon was the patriarch of the town of Grand, Pennsylvania, where his piano factory was the leading (though declining) industry. Those blasted Japanese imports! Rattling around the mansion with him were his idiot son Norris and acerbic butler Desmond - whom Harris couldn't let go, despite the insults, because he had once saved his life. Also working for Harris was housekeeper Janice, a divorcée who lived in a trailer park with her overweight young daughter Edda.

Between these extremes of wealth was Harris's niece Carol Anne and her ambitious yuppie husband Tom, who hoped to get a job with the old man's piano company. Wayne was the grinning motorcycle cop who was trying to make time with sensible Janice.

At the end of the spring run, a hurricane struck Grand and blew away the middle social layer (Tom), along with Janice's trailer. It didn't help much. As a soap opera spoof, Grand was rather tame compared to the fabled Soap, and it expired before the end of the year.