The Nanny




The Nanny Cast


Series Description
    


The Nanny was a 30 minute comedy series on CBS about a Jewish woman from Queens who got fired by and simultaneously dumped by her boyfriend. While selling cosmetics door-to-door, she arrived at the home of a wealthy, widowed Broadway producer who mistakenly believed that she had come to apply for the job as nanny of his three children. She took the job and the family came to love her "no-nonsense", "tell it like it is" personality! The contrast between Nanny's personality and the family's "stiff upper lip" demeanor presented many opportunities for laughs!

The Nanny Cast

Fran Drescher .... Fran Fine/Sheffield (The Nanny)
Charles Shaughnessy .... Maxwell Sheffield
Benjamin Salisbury .... Brighton Sheffield
Lauren Lane .... C.C. Babcock
Nicholle Tom .... Maggie Sheffield
Daniel Davis .... Niles
Madeline Zima .... Grace Sheffield
Ann Morgan Guilbert .... Grandma Yetta
Renee Taylor .... Sylvia Fine
Rachel Chagall .... Val Toriello


Theme Song

Title: "The Nanny Named Fran"

By: "Ann Hampton Calloway"

She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens,
Til her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes.
What was she to do, where was she to go
She was out on her fanny.

So over the bridge from Flushing to the Sheffield's door,
She was there to sell make up but the father saw more,
She had style, she had flair, she was there,
That's how she became the Nanny.

Who would have guessed that the girl we described
was just exactly what the doctor prescribed?

Now, the father finds her beguiling, watch out C.C.,
The kids are actually smiling, such joie de vivre
She's the lady in red when everybody else is wearing tan.
The flashy girl from Flushing, the Nanny named Fran.


The Nanny Trivia

C.C. Babcock's dog on The Nanny was, in real-life, Fran Drescher's dog. His name both on and off the show was Chester.

One of the common themes included in most episodes of The Nanny was the unspoken sexual attraction between Fran Fine and Maxwell Sheffield. Many other TV shows have used that situation as a "teaser" for audiences including, "Moonlighting", "Nothern Exposure", "Remington Steele", and "Who's the Boss?". On The Nanny, another not so common aspect was added by having Mr. Sheffield's partner, "C.C. Babcock" also interested in him and more than a bit jealous of his attentions to Fran Fine!

There were a few changes made to The Nanny episodes for broadcast in Italy. Fran's name was changed to Francesca and she was no longer Jewish, simply a woman from Italy. In the U.S. version just the opposite happened. The producers actually planned for Fran to be simply a woman from Italy but Drescher insisted that her role be that of a Jewish woman.

When the Nanny was broadcast in the United Kingdom, it received numerous letters from viewers saying that Charles Shaughnessy's British accent was terrible. Many suggested that he get lessons from his co-star Daniel Davis. That was baffling to the pair because Shaughnessy was a native born Londoner and Davis was a native born American from Arkansas!

If you thought that the interior scenes of the Sheffield's home looked familiar, maybe it's because the sets were the same ones used on the TV series, "Sister, Sister"!

You might think that Ms. Drescher picked the name "Fran" as a stage name but, actually, her birthname is "Francine Joy Drescher" so Fran is just a shortened form for her real name.

On episode #143, "The Baby Shower", Fran Drescher appeared as herself! She told her character and the audience that they should make sure to tune in for the final episode of The Nanny that would air next week!


Episodes List With Original Air Dates

The Nanny - The First Season
  1. Pilot Episode (11/3/1993)
  2. Smoke Gets In Your Lies (11/10/1993)
  3. My Fair Nanny (11/17/1993)
  4. The Nuchslep (11/24/1993)
  5. Here Comes The Brood (12/1/1993)
  6. The Butler, The Husband, The Wife And Her Mother (12/8/1993)
  7. Imaginary Friend (12/15/1993)
  8. Christmas Episode (12/22/1993)
  9. Personal Business (12/29/1993)
  10. The Nanny-In-Law (1/12/1994)
  11. A Plot For Nanny (1/19/1994)
  12. The Show Must Go On (1/26/1994)
  13. Maggie The Model (2/2/1994)
  14. The Family Plumbing (2/9/1994)
  15. Deep Throat (3/2/1994)
  16. Schlepped Away (3/9/1994)
  17. Stop The Wedding, I Want To Get Off (3/16/1994)
  18. Sunday In The Park With Fran (3/23/1994)
  19. The Gym Teacher (4/6/1994)
  20. Ode To Barbara Joan (4/13/1994)
  21. Frannie's Choice (4/27/1994)
  22. I Don't Remember Mama (5/16/1994)
The Nanny - The Second Season
  1. Fran-Lite (9/12/1994)
  2. The Playwright (9/19/1994)
  3. Everybody Needs A Buddy (9/26/1994)
  4. Material Fran (10/3/1994)
  5. Curse Of The Grandmas (10/10/1994)
  6. The Nanny Napper (10/17/1994)
  7. A Star Is Unborn (10/24/1994)
  8. Pinske Business (10/31/1994)
  9. Stock Tip (11/7/1994)
  10. The Whine Cellar (11/14/1994)
  11. When You Pish Upon A Star (11/21/1994)
  12. Take Back Your Mink (11/21/1994)
  13. The Strike (11/28/1994)
  14. I've Got A Secret (12/12/1994)
  15. Kindervelt Days (1/2/1995)
  16. Canasta Masta (1/9/1995)
  17. The Will (1/16/1995)
  18. The Nanny Behind The Man (1/23/1995)
  19. A Fine Friendship (2/6/1995)
  20. Lamb Chop's On The Menu (2/13/1995)
  21. Close Shave (2/20/1995)
  22. What The Butler Sang (2/27/1995)
  23. A Kiss Is Just A Kiss (5/1/1995)
  24. Strange Bedfellows (5/8/1995)
  25. The Chatterbox (5/15/1995)
  26. Fran Gets Mugged (5/22/1995)
The Nanny - The Third Season
  1. The Pen Pal (9/11/1995)
  2. Franny And The Professor (9/18/1995)
  3. Dope Diamond (9/25/1995)
  4. A Fine Family Feud (10/2/1995)
  5. Val's Apartment (10/9/1995)
  6. Shopaholic (10/16/1995)
  7. Oy Vey, You're Gay (10/23/1995)
  8. The Party's Over (11/6/1995)
  9. The Two Mrs. Sheffields (11/13/1995)
  10. Having His Baby (11/20/1995)
  11. The Unkindest Gift (11/27/1995)
  12. The Kibbutz (12/4/1995)
  13. An Offer She Can't Refuse (12/11/1995)
  14. Oy To The World (12/18/1995)
  15. Fashion Show (1/8/1996)
  16. Where's Fran? (1/15/1996)
  17. The Grandmas (1/22/1996)
  18. Val's Boyfriend (2/5/1996)
  19. Love Is A Many Blundered Thing (2/12/1996)
  20. Your Feets Too Big (2/19/1996)
  21. Where's The Pearls? (2/26/1996)
  22. The Hockey Show (3/4/1996)
  23. Maxwell's Midlife Crisis (3/11/1996)
  24. The Cantor Show (4/29/1996)
  25. Green Card (5/6/1996)
  26. Ship Of Fran's (5/13/1996)
  27. A Pup In Paris (5/20/1996)
The Nanny - The Fourth Season
  1. The Tart With Heart (9/18/1996)
  2. The Cradle Robbers (9/25/1996)
  3. The Bird's Nest (9/25/1996)
  4. The Rosie Show (10/9/1996)
  5. Frieda Needa Man (10/16/1996)
  6. Me And Mrs. Joan (10/30/1996)
  7. The Taxman Cometh (11/6/1996)
  8. An Affair To Dismember (11/13/1996)
  9. Tattoo (11/20/1996)
  10. The Car Show (12/11/1996)
  11. Hurricane Fran (12/18/1996)
  12. Danny's Dead And Who's Got The Will? (1/8/1997)
  13. Kissing Cousins (1/15/1997)
  14. The Fifth Wheel (1/29/1997)
  15. The Nose Knows (2/5/1997)
  16. The Bank Robbery (2/12/1997)
  17. Samson, He Denied Her (2/19/1997)
  18. The Facts Of Lice (3/5/1997)
  19. Fran's Roots (3/12/1997)
  20. The Nanny And The Hunk Producer (4/2/1997)
  21. The Passed-Over Story (4/9/1997)
  22. No Muse Is Good Muse (4/23/1997)
  23. You Bette Your Life (4/30/1997)
  24. The Heather Biblow Story (5/7/1997)
  25. The Boca Story (5/14/1997)
  26. Fran's Gotta Have It (5/21/1997)
The Nanny - The Fifth Season
  1. The Morning After (10/1/1997)
  2. First Date (10/8/1997)
  3. The Bobbie Fleckman Story (10/15/1997)
  4. Fransom (10/22/1997)
  5. The Ex-Niles (10/29/1997)
  6. A Decent Proposal (11/5/1997)
  7. Mommy And Mai (11/12/1997)
  8. Fair Weather Fran (11/19/1997)
  9. Educating Fran (12/10/1997)
  10. From Flushing With Love (12/17/1997)
  11. Rash To Judgment (1/7/1998)
  12. One False Mole And You're Dead (1/14/1998)
  13. Call Me Fran (1/21/1998)
  14. Not Without My Nanny (1/28/1998)
  15. The Engagement (3/4/1998)
  16. The Dinner Party (3/11/1998)
  17. Homie-Work (3/18/1998)
  18. The Reunion Show (3/25/1998)
  19. Immaculate Conception (4/1/1998)
  20. The Pre-Nup (4/29/1998)
  21. The Best Man (5/6/1998)
  22. The Wedding (5/13/1998)
The Nanny - The Sixth Season
  1. The Honeymoon's Overboard (9/30/1998)
  2. Fran Gets Shushed (10/7/1998)
  3. Once A Secretary, Always A Secretary (10/14/1998)
  4. Sara's Parents (10/21/1998)
  5. Maggie's Boyfriend (10/28/1998)
  6. I'm Pregnant (11/4/1998)
  7. Mom's The Word (11/11/1998)
  8. Making Whoopi (11/18/1998)
  9. Oh, Say, Can You Ski? (11/25/1998)
  10. The Hanukkah Story (12/16/1998)
  11. The In-Law Who Came Forever (1/6/1999)
  12. The Fran In The Mirror (1/20/1999)
  13. The Yummy Mummy (2/3/1999)
  14. California Here We Come (3/31/1999)
  15. Ma'ternal Affairs (4/7/1999)
  16. The Producers (4/14/1999)
  17. The Dummy Twins (4/21/1999)
  18. Yetta's Letters (4/21/1999)
  19. Maggie's Wedding (4/28/1999)
  20. The Baby Shower (5/5/1999)
  21. The Finale (5/12/1999)
TV Special

The Nanny Reunion: A Nosh to Remember (12/6/2004) - The cast of The Nanny reunited to discuss their memories of making the series. They also talked about what happened in their lives since the show ended.



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