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Baby M 

Not Rated | | Biography, Drama | TV Mini-Series (1988)
A childless couple enlists the help of a woman to be their surrogate for their first child. What ensues changes their lives and laws of surrogacy.




Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »




Complete series cast summary:
JoBeth Williams ...  Marybeth Whitehead 2 episodes, 1988
John Shea ...  Bill Stern 2 episodes, 1988
Bruce Weitz ...  Rick Whitehead 2 episodes, 1988
Robin Strasser ...  Betsy Stern 2 episodes, 1988
Anne Jackson ...  Lorraine Abraham 2 episodes, 1988
Bruce McGill ...  Harold Cassidy 2 episodes, 1988
Dakin Matthews ...  Judge Sorkow 2 episodes, 1988
Jenny Lewis ...  Tuesday 2 episodes, 1988
Dana Wheeler-Nicholson ...  Sherri 2 episodes, 1988
Annabella Price Annabella Price ...  Sue 2 episodes, 1988
Dabney Coleman ...  Gary Skoloff 2 episodes, 1988


When Bill and Betsy Stern ask MaryBeth Whitehead to bear a surrogate child for them, it seems like a perfect arrangement. But little do they realize that MaryBeth will refuse to surrender her new born daughter. There are no laws governing surrogacy and when MaryBeth goes on the run with the baby, the Stems are forced into a traumatic court case to fight for custody of the daughter they have grown to love so dearly. But even more crucial are the rights of Baby M herself, a child growing up with two names, two homes, a child torn between two loving families. Written by mahajanssen

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It seemed so simple. But it was far from it.


Biography | Drama


Not Rated






Release Date:

22 May 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Babyn är min See more »

Filming Locations:

Brick Township, New Jersey, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

ABC Circle Films See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Our daughter and her soccer team played in the soccer game scene. It was filmed at Victory Park, Pasadena, CA. Parents of the girls played extras on the sidelines. See more »

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JoBeth Williams and John Shea were both great in their roles
25 October 2013 | by dhainline1See all my reviews

I thought the miniseries "Baby M" told the story of the infamous custody case of Melissa Stern very well! JoBeth Williams captured Mary Beth Whitehead's look and flighty behavior extremely well! I also thought John Shea brought a sensitivity and likability to the somewhat boring Bill Stern. I thought all the other actors were wonderful as well! I thought the baby girls who all portrayed Sara/Melissa were all beautiful and took direction extremely well! I do think they should have shown Melissa's grandparents (Mary Beth's parents) going to court in the hopes of seeing their daughter's child. I was also looking for the actor who was going to play Dean Gould, but one never showed up. Despite these criticisms, I think "Baby M" is one the better child custody miniseries on TV.

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