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The Trials of Rosie O'Neill is an American television drama series, which aired on CBS from 1990 to 1992. The show stars Sharon Gless as Fiona Rose "Rosie" O'Neill, a lawyer working in the public defender's office for the City of Los Angeles. The show marked the return of Gless to series television after her Emmy-winning run on Cagney & Lacey.

"Rosie" was produced by Cagney & Lacey producer Barney Rosenzweig, whom Gless married in 1991. Despite the show's brilliant writing and production, it did not sustain a sizable audience, and was canceled by CBS in 1992.

Each episode opens with Rosie talking with her therapist, whose face was never seen on camera. Rosie had been at the receiving end of an unwanted divorce, after her attorney husband had an affair. The advertisement for the series which appeared in TV Guide the night the series debuted told the story as follows: "I'm 43 and divorced. He got our law practice, the Mercedes, and the dog. It's only fair that I should be angry. I really liked that dog."

The show's cast also included Dorian Harewood, Ron Rifkin, Georgann Johnson, Lisa Rieffel, and Robert Wagner. Season 2 saw two new cast additions: Ed Asner joined the cast as the cantankerous Kovac, a retired cop hired by Rosie's law firm as one of their investigators. David Rasche was cast in a recurring dramatic role as Patrick Ginty, Rosie's ex-husband who was often referred to but never seen in the first season. Adding Asner to the regular cast squeezed out Dorian Harewood, who was billed as "Special Guest Star" in all season 2 episodes.

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Series Cast

  1. Lisa Banes

    Lisa Banes

    Doreen Morrison

    34 Episodes

  2. Sharon Gless

    Sharon Gless

    Rosie O'Neill

    34 Episodes

  3. Lisa Rieffel

    Lisa Rieffel

    Kim Ginty

    34 Episodes

  4. Ron Rifkin

    Ron Rifkin

    Ben Meyer

    34 Episodes

  5. Dorian Harewood

    Dorian Harewood

    Hank Mitchell

    34 Episodes

  6. Helen Hunt

    Helen Hunt

    Bridget Kane

    34 Episodes

  7. Georgann Johnson

    Georgann Johnson

    Charlotte O'Neill

    34 Episodes

  8. Edward Asner

    Edward Asner

    Walter Kovacs

    16 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 2

1991 | 16 Episodes

Season 2 of The Trials of Rosie O'Neill premiered on September 12, 1991.

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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