This show, "A Year in the Life" was a 1986 miniseries and a one hour dramatic series which ran on NBC during the 1987-1988 television season.
The series began as a three-part miniseries which was first broadcast in December 1986. As suggested by the title, the miniseries followed the various members of the Gardner family of Seattle during the course of one year. The major event of that year was the sudden and unexpected death of wife and mother Ruth Gardner (Eva Marie Saint). Great stuff, very engrossing with early look at some stars of today.
A Year in the Life (1986) TV Mini-series
Cast: Adam Arkin, Amanda Peterson, David Oliver, Diana Muldaur, Dirk Blocker, Eva Marie Saint, Jayne Atkinson, Richard Kiley, Sarah Jessica Parker, Scott Paulin, Trey Ames