You might think you missed "I'll Fly Away" since NBC pulled it from the schedule in December, but you won't know how much you missed it until you see tonight's episode at 9 on Channel 2.
The dramatic series about a southern attorney and his family at the dawn of the civil rights era returns to NBC's schedule tonight with the network's promise it will stay on for the rest of the season. Tonight's show is one of the finest hours of episodic drama you'll see this year.
Part of the show is a coming-of-age story involving Francie (Ashlee Levitch), the teen-age daughter of Forrest Bedford (Sam Waterston). TV does boys' coming-of-age stories all over the place with such shows as "Wonder Years" and "Brooklyn Bridge." But you don't see the same treatment for girls. Francie's story tonight is as sensitive, smart and touching as the best moments of "Brooklyn Bridge."