State of Grace

I loved, loved, loved this show. It premiered in 2000, before the channel Fox Family became ABC Family, and starred Mae Whitman (Parenthood) and Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development) as two best friends growing up in the 1960s. Hannah (Alia) is a Jewish girl who moves from Evanston, IL (whattup Northwestern!) to Ashmore, NC and attends a Catholic school where she meets free-spirited Grace. “Older” Hannah narrates the episodes, looking back at how they grew up.

In a nutshell, it was basically the girl version of The Wonder Years, but hey, it was good. I kind of wanted to be them, mostly. Also, the theme song was “Do You Believe in Magic” by The Lovin’ Spoonful, so how could you not love it? Speaking of, here’s the opening to jog your memory:


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