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The Nanny

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The Nanny
Created by
Developed by
  • Prudence Fraser
  • Robert Sternin
Theme music composerAnn Hampton Callaway
(Pilot episode: Cy Coleman and Dorothy Fields)
Opening theme"The Nanny Named Fran", written and performed by Ann Hampton Callaway (performed with Liz Callaway)
Ending theme"The Nanny Named Fran" (Instrumental)
ComposerTimothy Thompson
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes146 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Fran Drescher
  • Prudence Fraser
  • Peter Marc Jacobson
  • Frank Lombardi
  • Caryn Lucas
  • Robert Sternin
  • Diane Wilk
Camera setupVideotape; Multi-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseNovember 3, 1993 (1993-11-03) –
June 23, 1999 (1999-06-23)[1]

The Nanny was an American sitcom starring Fran Drescher. It first showed in 1993 and ended in 1999.

Starring[change | change source]

Characters[change | change source]

Story[change | change source]

Fran Fine is a bridal consultant at Danny's Parisian Brides for Less. Thinking her boyfriend of three years will propose at any minute, she stays with him. But in the series premier, he dumps her for Heather Biblow. He fires her so Heather Biblow can take her job. Fran is forced to take a job as a door-to-door cosmetics saleswoman for Shades of the Orient cosmetics. When she knocks on the door of the Sheffield residence, the man at the door, who turns out to be the butler, mistakes her for an applicant for the nanny position. After meeting the man of the house, Maxwell Sheffield, he is none to thrilled with her unorthodox manners and lack of experience. Out of desperation, he takes her on as nanny on a trial basis.

The girls, Maggie, the oldest, and Gracie the youngest quickly warm up to her, but not Maxwell's son, the middle boy Brighton. He was the hardest to win over, and eventually she becomes an integral part of the Sheffield home, and she becomes best friends with the butler Niles. Maxwell's business partner C.C. Babcock, who wants Maxwell for herself, becomes jealous of Fran and sees her as a competitor.

The series showed many hints of the growing attraction between Miss Fine and Mr Sheffield, even so far as Mr Sheffield saying he loved her....then taking it back. Eventually they do get married after a lot of ups and downs. Near the end of the series, Fran gives birth to twins, a boy and a girl. The Sheffields (Maxwell, Fran, Grace, Jonah, Eve) move to California. Maggie and Brighton take a trip to Europe. The last scene of the show is of Fran finding her Shades of the Orient case from the series premiere, looking at the case and the house with loving memories and walking out the door for the last time.

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Reception[change | change source]

The show performed poorly in its first year. When it was almost canceled, Sagansky stepped in. According to Jacobson: "At all those affiliate meetings, he used to say, 'Stick by The Nanny!' He knew it was something special."[2] The sitcom was the first new show delivered to CBS for the 1993 season. It was the highest-tested pilot at the network in years.[2] The series was also very successful internationally. In Australia, it was one of the highest-rated programs during the mid-to-late 1990s.[2]

Ratings[change | change source]

Season № of
Original airdates Notes Nielsen ratings
Premiere date End date Ranking Est. viewers
(in millions)
1 22 November 3, 1993 May 16, 1994 #60 14.7
2 26 September 12, 1994 May 22, 1995 #24[3] 22.5
3 27 September 11, 1995 May 20, 1996 Included "Oy to the World" animated episode. #16[4] 23.4
4 26 September 18, 1996 May 21, 1997 #45[5] 14.9
5 23 October 1, 1997 May 13, 1998 #50[6] 11.5
6 22 September 30, 1998 June 23, 1999 Six unaired episodes ("Ma'ternal Affairs", "The Producers", "The Dummy Twins", "Yetta's Letters", "Maggie's Wedding" and "The Baby Shower") were shown after series finale. #84[7] 9.3

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Episodes". TV.com. Archived from the original on January 8, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2021. The series finale of The Nanny aired on May 12, 1999. Because they had not been shown in March and April as originally scheduled, CBS showed the six unaired season 6 episodes in June 1999. The last first-run episodes of The Nanny aired on June 23, 1999.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Enter Winning". The Hollywood Reporter. Archived from the original on August 23, 2007. Retrieved June 16, 2007.
  3. "Complete TV Ratings 1994–1995". Fbibler.Chez.com. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  4. "Complete TV Ratings 1995–1996". Fbibler.Chez.com. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  5. "Complete TV Ratings 1996–1997". Fbibler.Chez.com. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  6. "Final Ratings for '97–'98 TV Season". SFGate. May 25, 1998. Retrieved July 30, 2013.
  7. https://web.archive.org/web/20091029011819/http://geocities.com/Hollywood/4616/ew0604.html 1998–1999 TV Season Ratings