Homefront (American TV series)

Homefront is an American television drama series created and produced by Lynn Marie Latham and Bernard Lechowick in association with Lorimar Television for ABC. The show was set in the fictional city of River Run, Ohio in 1945, 1946, and 1947. The show's theme song, "Accentuate the Positive", was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer and performed by Jack Sheldon.[1]

Created byLynn Marie Latham
Bernard Lechowick
StarringKyle Chandler
Sammi Davis
Ken Jenkins
Mimi Kennedy
Tammy Lauren
Sterling Macer, Jr.
David Newsom
Harry O'Reilly
Wendy Phillips
Kelly Rutherford
Giuliana Santini
John Slattery
Jessica Steen
Dick Anthony Williams
Alexandra Wilson
Hattie Winston
Theme music composerHarold Arlen
Johnny Mercer
Opening theme"Accentuate the Positive" performed by Jack Sheldon
Composer(s)Stewart Levin
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes42 (list of episodes)
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Roundelay Productions
Latham-Lechowick Productions
Lorimar Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 24, 1991 
April 26, 1993

Forty-two episodes were broadcast in the United States over two seasons from 1991 to 1993.[2] TV Guide, Abigail Van Buren, and fans showed determination in getting ABC to continue the show for a third season before it was cancelled.



  • Jeff Metcalf (Kyle Chandler): Earnest young baseball player for the Cleveland Indians who finds romance where he least expects it; son of Stephen and Anne Metcalf; younger brother of Hank and Linda Metcalf.
  • Caroline Hailey (Sammi Davis): British war bride determined not to have any children.
  • Mike Sloan, Sr. (Ken Jenkins): Steel manufacturer dumbfounded by the inroads that unionization makes among his employees.
  • Ruth Sloan (Mimi Kennedy): Icy River Run socialite coming to grips with her Italian daughter-in-law; her only son, Mike, dies on his way home to Ohio.
  • Ginger Szabo (Tammy Lauren): Passionate, fast-talking young woman with dreams of fame on stage or screen.
  • Cpl. Robert Davis (Sterling Macer, Jr.; season 1): Decorated veteran who lands a job "on the line" at Sloan Industries but is isolated and belittled by racist co-workers; son of Abe and Gloria Davis; grandson of Rebecca Davis; great-great-grandson of a slave; served in Europe with the 761st Armored Battalion. In the second season he is joined by Perrette, his white French war bride.
  • Lt. Hank Metcalf (David Newsom; season 1): Soldier who returns to River Run to find that everything has changed; son of Stephen and Anne Metcalf; older brother of Linda and Jeff Metcalf.
  • Sgt. Charlie Hailey (Harry O'Reilly): Veteran who puts his battlefield skills to use for the local union.
  • Anne Metcalf (Wendy Phillips): Widowed mother, displaced from work on the line at local steel manufacturer in September 1945; her world is turned on end when she falls in love again.
  • Gina Sloan (Giuliana Santini): Italian war bride who arrives in the U.S. only to find that her husband, Mike Sloan, Jr., has been killed; Jewish Holocaust survivor.
  • Linda Metcalf (Jessica Steen): Young woman who enjoys the fulfillment she finds in paying work; daughter of Stephen and Anne Metcalf; only sister of Hank and Jeff Metcalf; best friend of Ginger Szabo.
  • Abe Davis (Dick Anthony Williams): Father whose confidence in the American dream is tested by his son's experiences with racism; great-grandson of a slave; son of Rebecca Davis, who was disappointed when he married a dark-skinned woman; husband of Gloria Davis; father of Robert Davis; talented photographer; once played baseball in the Negro League; employed by Mike and Ruth Sloan as a chauffeur and man-about-the-house; shares apartment with his wife; dreams of owning a restaurant; attends Bethany Baptist Church.
  • Sarah Brewer (Alexandra Wilson; season 1): College co-ed romantically torn between her soldier, Hank Metcalf, and his brother, Jeff, whom she dated during the war; orphan; resident of boarding house; Protestant; studying to become a teacher.
  • Gloria Davis (Hattie Winston): Housekeeper who aspires to own a restaurant; wife of Abe Davis; daughter-in-law of Rebecca Davis; mother of Robert Davis; employed by Mike and Ruth Sloan as a maid and cook; only missed a single day of work when her son was born; cared for Mike Sloan, Jr. throughout his childhood; member of Bethany Baptist choir.
  • Al Kahn (John Slattery): No-nonsense union organizer who begins romancing Anne Metcalf; divorced, Jewish, possible former Communist sympathies, originally is interested in Anne's daughter.
  • Perrette Davis (Perrey Reeves; season 2): The White French war bride of Robert Davis; daughter-in-law of Abe and Gloria Davis; granddaughter-in-law of Rebecca Davis.
  • Judy Owens (Kelly Rutherford; season 2): Beautiful blonde bartender with a thing for baseball; parents are no longer alive; widowed when husband, Tom Owen, was shot down over the Pacific Ocean; lives in Clearwater, Florida, in apartment over the bar where she is employed; had affair with Mike Sloan Sr.


Although Homefront operated largely around its main ensemble cast, guest stars were also featured. Notable repeat guests included:


SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
124September 24, 1991 (1991-09-24)April 15, 1992 (1992-04-15)
218September 17, 1992 (1992-09-17)April 26, 1993 (1993-04-26)

Production and crew

Lynn Marie Latham (creator/writer/executive producer), Bernard Lechowick (creator/writer/executive producer), David Jacobs (executive producer), Diane Messina Stanley (supervising producer/writer), Sharron Miller (director), Lorraine Senna (director), Mike Vejar (director), James Stanley (writer/producer), David Carson (director), Bruce Seth Green (director), Christopher Chulack (producer/director), and Félix Enríquez Alcalá (director).

Broadcast and syndication

Homefront was aired in the United States by the AmericanLife TV Network on Sundays at 10pm Eastern, but the network has since stopped airing the show.

Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1992American Cinema Editors' Eddie AwardBest Edited Episode from a Television SeriesMichael B. Hoggan and William B. Stich (For episode "S.N.A.F.U.")Nominated
1993American Television Awards[3]Best Dramatic SeriesNominated
Best Supporting Actress, Dramatic SeriesMimi KennedyNominated
1992Casting Society of America's Artios AwardBest Casting for TV, PilotIrene MarianoNominated
Best Casting for TV, Dramatic EpisodicNominated
Golden Globe AwardBest Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television FilmSammi DavisNominated
1993Best Television Series – DramaNominated
1992People's Choice AwardsFavorite New TV Dramatic SeriesWon
Primetime Emmy AwardOutstanding Made for Television MovieChristopher Chulack, David Jacobs, Lynn Marie Latham and Bernard Lechowick (For episode "S.N.A.F.U.")Nominated
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic SpecialRon Lagomarsino (For episode "S.N.A.F.U.")Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a SeriesJerry Gugliemotto and Barbara Ronci (For episode "Man, This Joint Is Jumping")Won
Outstanding Hairstyling for a Miniseries or a SpecialJerry Gugliemotto and Georgina Williams (For episode "S.N.A.F.U.")Nominated
Outstanding Editing for a Miniseries or a Special - Single-Camera ProductionMichael B. Hoggan and William B. Stich (For episode "S.N.A.F.U.")Nominated
Outstanding Costuming for a SeriesChic Gennarelli and Lyn Paolo (For episode "At Your Age")Won
Outstanding Costuming for a Miniseries or a SpecialNanrose Buchman, Chic Gennarelli and Lyn Paolo (For episode "S.N.A.F.U.")Nominated
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or a SpecialAnne D. McCulley and Dean E. Mitzner (For episode "S.N.A.F.U.")Nominated
1993Outstanding Drama SeriesLynn Marie Latham, Bernard Lechowick, David Jacobs, Diane Messina Stanley, James Stanley and Christopher ChulackNominated
Outstanding Writing for a Drama SeriesBernard Lechowick (For episode "The Lacemakeres")Nominated
Outstanding Hairstyling for a SeriesJerry Gugliemotto and Georgina Williams (For episode "Life Is Short")Nominated
Outstanding Costuming for a SeriesChic Gennarelli and Lyn Paolo (For episode "Like Being There When You're Not")Won
Outstanding Art Direction for a Miniseries or a SpecialDean E. Mitzner and Tom Pedigo (For episode "The Traveling Lemo All-Stars")Won
1992Television Critics Association AwardOutstanding Achievement in DramaNominated
Viewers for Quality Television AwardBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Drama SeriesMimi KennedyNominated
Founder's AwardLynn Marie Latham, Bernard Lechowick, David Jacobs, Diane Messina Stanley, James Stanley and Christopher ChulackWon
1993Writers Guild of America AwardOriginal Long FormLynn Marie Latham and Bernard Lechowick (For episode "S.N.A.F.U.")Won


  1. "Music of Homefront". Homefrontondvd.com. Retrieved April 24, 2009.
  2. "Ultimate Homefront Episode Guide". homefront.html. Archived from the original on December 31, 2006.
  3. Lowry, Brian (April 16, 1993). "CBS leads noms for Emmy rival". Variety. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
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