Actress Cybill Sheridan has it all: two spiteful daughters, two clingy ex-husbands, an outrageous best friend, an unstable future and a house on an eroding L.A. hillside. But with humor and determination, Cybill braves each new challenge that comes her way while discovering that life after 40 is anything but downhill.
On the barnyard set of her show (a parody of "Babe"), Cybill rescues a pig that was fired and doomed to the frying pan. She then tries to keep an independent Zoey from flying the coop after she visits the greener pastures of Paris. Meanwhile, Maryann dresses as Little Bo Peep to entice a sheepish Ira.
Zoey announces that Nina called and they got the place in Venice Beach. She'll be moving out on Friday. To no avail, both Cybill and Ira try to convince Zoey that Venice is too dangerous. Meanwhile, Cybill and Maryann take a sculpting class.
Maryann and Cybill, who functions as the spokeswoman for a car company, visit Japan. Both are embraced until they take a stuffy exec's wife out to greet the rising sun. Meanwhile, Ira mediates a dispute between Zoey and Sean.
Cybill plays the part of the Nurse while simultaneously understudying Mrs. Lincoln in the play "What Now, Mrs. Lincoln." Although Cybill is excited at this opportunity, she soon learns that Joan Hayden never misses a performance.
After Cybill and Maryann find a burglary in progress at Cybill's house, Cybill purchases an expensive alarm system for protection. But when the system is accidentally triggered by Zoey, Cybill takes matters into her own hands.
After discovering Cybill's picture on an X-rated video, Cybill and Maryann decide to produce an erotic video intended for women. But when Cybill borrows Zoey's laptop to write the script and tries to e-mail it to a producer, she accidentally sends Zoey's European diary instead, and the producer loves the story of how Zoey lost her virginity.
At the trattoria, Cybill is approached by Amy Fitzpatrick, the writer of a new TV show called "Lifeforms," and requests to audition for the lead role. Meanwhile, Ira asks Zoey if she would throw Holly a bridal shower.
Cybill retaliates when her obnoxious co-star Jack mysteriously fires his friend, the executive producer Buddy, and apologizes to Cybill for his rude and crude behavior. Smelling a rat, Cybill, Maryann and Cybill's producer friend Amy devise a sting operation to trick Buddy into revealing the truth behind Jack's sudden change of heart.
Maryann goes home to Buffalo for an uneasy reunion with her parents and to attend a 25-year reunion with her high school classmates who treated her like dirt. When Maryann can't make her high school reunion, Cybill poses as Maryann and goes in her place.
Between her show changing time slots, her work schedule and Christmas shopping to be done, Cybill feels overextended. She hands off her gift-buying responsibilities to Maryann and looks forward to a visit from her mother, who she thinks will help her put things in perspective.
For a "Lifeforms" promotional appearance, Cybill visits a petting zoo. She is bitten by Silas the Lamb in front of news cameras and curses out the animal, causing a little boy to cry. Animal rights activists cry foul. To atone, "Lifeforms" producers arrange for her to be reunited with the lamb at an animal rights banquet.
Kevin gets a job teaching third grade, while Cybill loses her job and flashes back to how she first met Maryann at an audition for "Rocky." Maryann and Cybill argue about Maryann going for a mammogram, while Ira and Cybill are both audited by the IRS.
It's Valentine's Day and everyone is celebrating it differently. Maryann is acting more bizarre than usual during a Valentine's Day outing with Richard and her visiting son. Meanwhile, Zoey moves in with Ira to spite her mother. And sparks fly between Zoey and Maryann's son, Justin.
Cybill and Jeff co-star in a new action film. Just as Cybill is complaining to her photographer friend Davolio that her career is going nowhere, Jeff pulls some strings to get her the co-starring role in his new action film. Cybill must then return the favor when she learns that Jeff's future as the next action hero is on the line because he can't keep a straight face during intimate scenes.
Cybill stalks Maryann in order to research a new role and discovers a jaw-dropping secret. When Cybill decides to base her character in Ira's new play on Maryann, she immediately begins to shadow Maryann's every move.
Cybill joins Ira at an open-mic night for his debut as a stand-up comic that gets off to a rocky start when he faints from stage fright. However, Cybill's performance results in an offer to sing in a new "Name That Tune."
Cybill puts her foot down when she's chosen as a model for a shoe campaign only to see a billboard with her face on a younger, thinner woman's body. Meanwhile, Maryann freaks when she discovers that her son Justin is two-timing Zoey, and Ira decides to give up caffeine, which creates some abnormal side effects.
Cybill and the family are attending the wedding of their neighbor and godson David. Just before the wedding, Cybill learns that "Punchout!", the movie she starred in with Jeff, is going directly to video. What will she have to brag about at the wedding?
After a day of acting opposite Andrea Thorpe, Cybill and Maryann's arch enemy, Cybill comes home to find that Andrea is going to be awarded the "Angel of the Year" award, an honor Maryann was hoping to get. Meanwhile, Zoey has found out that she has been put on the waiting list for an audition at the conservatory of music.
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Reviewed in the United States on November 12, 2019
Horrible acting, horrible story lines, hard to relate to. The only thing I like, makes me feel like I'm back in the 1990's. If they hadn't cast Alicia Witt, Alan Rosenberg, Tom Wopat this show may have had a chance. Just listening to Alicia Witt play Zoe makes me want to put my head in a microwave. They should have killed off her character on episode 2.
Cybill Shepard owns in a very original series that is soooo edgy, slick, funny and All-American. This beauty's screen presence is top shelf as she gets into some wild situations; cementing her legacy as one of the BEST in TV history!
ive watched and rewatched this for years. anything I hope to forget it so I can watch it again. cybel and Christine Baransk are my idols! Christine Baransk jim parsons made big bang theory awesome, and everyone forgets we wouldn't have bruse wilis if it wasn't for cybil! remember moonlighting! I pray I can meet those one day to say ty for helping me escape my life over the yearts and making me feel like I have awesome girlfriends!
This show is so funny. Too bad you can no longer buy it on online video. Maryanne and Cybil were like Lucy and Ethyl, perfect foils for each other. Too bad they weren't able to wrap up the 4th seasonal finale and find out what happened to the two of them.