How can we be so nostalgic for the '90s and never talk about these quality shows?
1. "I'll Fly Away" (1991-'93, including the TV movie)
Watching "Law & Order" and "The Newsroom," you might think Sam Waterston was only capable of playing stern, righteous professional types. On "I'll Fly Away," he toned down his familiar businesslike demeanor to play, well, a stern righteous professional type who also loved his family. Taking place in the 1950s American south, "I'll Fly Away" gave us a district attorney named Forrest Bedford (Waterston) who hires black housekeeper Lilly Harper (Regina Taylor) to aid with the care of his three kids (including the legendary Jeremy London). Eventually Lilly gets drawn in by the Civil rights movement and Forrest finds himself attached to the casue too. It was Waterston's most grounded TV performance and a gorgeous showcase for the resplendent and gifted Taylor.