That's Life (2000 TV series)

That's Life (2000 TV series)

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starring = Heather Paige Kent
Kristin Bauer
Peter Firth
Kevin Dillon
Sonny Marinelli
Debi Mazar
with Paul Sorvino
and Ellen Burstyn
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language = English
network = CBS
first_aired = 2000
last_aired = 2002
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"That's Life" is a U.S. television show, created by Diane Ruggiero, that ran on CBS from 2000–2002. The show was an hour-long dramady that followed the life of a young Italian-American woman, loosely based on Ms. Ruggiero's life, (Lydia DeLucca, played by Heather Paige Kent) and her family in a suburban New Jersey. The show was set in fictional "Bellefield", ostensibly a play on the combination of Belleville and Bloomfield, two adjacent older working class suburbs on the north side of New Jersey. The show premièred a year after "The Sopranos", also about an Italian-American family set in the New Jersey suburbs. Whereas "The Sopranos" depicted an organized crime family, however, "That's Life" was a light-hearted depiction of a law-abiding family (headed by veteran motion picture actors Ellen Burstyn and Paul Sorvino). In the first season, Frank DeLucca worked as a toll-collector on the New Jersey Turnpike, while Dolly was a Housewife. In the second season, Frank retired (after suffering a heart attack on the job, and he and Dolly opened a restaurant. Kevin Dillon played Paulie, Lydia's younger brother who was a young officer on the Bellefield Police Department who still lived at home. Debi Mazar played Jackie, Lydia's wise-cracking friend who owned a hair salon. The show mixed family situations with situations focusing on Lydia's life as a young single woman looking for both love and stable career, and for more out of life than simply raising children.

The first season revolved around the fallout of Lydia from breaking off her engagement with her fiance and moving away from home for the first time. Most of the situations were light-hearted, but plots occasionally delved into a darker subjects, including Paulie's struggle to resist the temptation to fall into corruption as a police officer. In the second season, Lydia enrolled at a local university somewhat resembling nearby Montclair State University to pursue a career in sports medicine. Her mother Dolly successfully ran for city council of Bellefield. The show developed a small fan base and received generally positive critical response, but languished in the ratings, despite the presence of well-known names in its cast. It was cancelled at the end of the second season with numerous unresolved plot lines, including the budding romance between Lydia and one of her doctor-professors.


*Heather Paige Kent - Lydia DeLucca
*Debi Mazar - Jackie O'Grady
*Ellen Burstyn - Dolly DeLucca
*Paul Sorvino - Frank DeLucca
*Kevin Dillon - Paulie DeLucca
*Danielle Harris - Plum Wilkinson DeLucca
*Gregory Jbara - Jo Jo Regosi

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*imdb title|id=0247136|title=That's Life
* [ That's Life Actor Al Santos]

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