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True Colors
Genre Sitcom
Created by Michael J. Weithorn
Written by Peter Freedman
Gregory Allen Howard
Jeffrey Joseph
Michael J. Weithorn
Directed by Peter Bonerz
Stan Lathan
Arlene Sanford
Rob Schiller
Carol Scott
John Sgueglia
Starring Frankie Faison (Season 1)
Cleavon Little (Season 2)
Stephanie Faracy
Claude Brooks
Brigid Conley Walsh
Adam Jeffries
Nancy Walker
Theme music composer Lennie Niehaus
Composer(s) Gordon Lustig
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 39
Production
Executive producer(s) Michael J. Weithorn
Producer(s) Faye Oshima Belyeu
Running time 22 mins.
Broadcast
Original channel FOX
Original run September 2, 1990 – February 27, 1992

True Colors is an American sitcom that aired on FOX from 1990 to 1992 for a total of 39 episodes. The series featured an interracial marriage and a subsequent blended family.

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Synopsis

Ronald Freeman (Frankie Faison) is widowed African-American dentist who marries Ellen (Stephanie Faracy), a divorced Caucasian kindergarten teacher who was one of his patients. Ronald has two teenage sons from his marriage while Ellen has a teenage daughter. Ellen's ex-husband, Leonard, who is accepting of her second marriage, would occasionally visit her while attempting to get his life back on track. Although the series did focus on race issues, most episodes focused on the family adjusting to their new living situation and the three children going through adolescence. Another source of contention for Ronald and Ellen was Ellen's mother Sara (Nancy Walker) who disapproved of her daughter's marriage.

In the second season of the series, Faison was replaced by Cleavon Little (in one of his final roles). The series was canceled after the end of its second season. Nancy Walker died in early 1992, and her character only appeared for a portion of the second season.

Cast

  • Frankie Faison.....Ronald Freeman (1990-1991)
  • Cleavon Little.....Ronald Freeman (1991-1992)
  • Stephanie Faracy.....Ellen Freeman
  • Nancy Walker.....Sara Bower
  • Brigid Conley Walsh.....Katie Davis
  • Claude Brooks.....Terry Freeman
  • Adam Jeffries.....Lester Freeman
  • Paul Sand.....Leonard Davis

Episode list

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Season 1

Episode # Episode Title Airdate
1 Pilot September 2, 1990
2 "A Pair of Cranks" September 9, 1990
3 "One of the Girls" September 16, 1990
4 "A Dog's Life" September 23, 1990
5 "Step Lightly" September 30, 1990
6 "Life with Fathers" October 7, 1990
7 "What's Wrong with that Boy?" October 21, 1990
8 "Tooth and Consequences" October 28, 1990
9 "Soft Shell" November 4, 1990
10 "Young at Heart" November 11, 1990
11 "Occasional Wife" November 18, 1990
12 "High Anxiety" November 25, 1990
13 "Puppet Regime" December 16, 1990
14 "Christmas Show '90" December 23, 1990
15 "Moment of Ruth" January 13, 1991
16 "A Real Pain" February 3, 1991
17 "The Tender Trap" February 10, 1991
18 "Opposites Attract" February 17, 1991
19 "Homies Alone" March 3, 1991
20 "Daughter Dearest" March 24, 1991
21 "A Matter of Principal" April 14, 1991
22 "Superman, Superego" April 21, 1991
23 "Prisoners of Love" April 28, 1991
24 "Favorite Son" May 12, 1991

Season 2

Episode # Episode Title Airdate
25 "Seems Like Old Times" August 7, 1991
26 "Yo' House Mama (Part 1)" September 19, 1991
27 "Yo' House Mama (Part 2)" September 17, 1991
28 "Not My Sister, Brother" October 10, 1991
29 "Shades of a Difference (a.k.a. White Lies)" October 15, 1991
30 "Three for All" October 23, 1991
31 "Brotherly Love?" October 29, 1991
32 "Broken Home (Part 1)" November 13, 1991
33 "Broken Home (Part 2)" November 20, 1991
34 "Photo Opportunity" December 13, 1991
35 "Art Attack" December 17, 1991
36 "Readin', Ritin' and Runnin'" December 22, 1991
37 "Half a Man" January 21, 1992
38 "Word to the Mother" January 31, 1992
39 "Feeling Up!" February 27, 1992

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