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The Nanny - The Complete First Season

2 Ratings: 5.0
Comedy and Television movie directed by Dorothy Lyman, Gail Mancuso, Lee Shallat Chemel, Linda Day, and Paul Miller

Sony brings to DVD the first season of this one-of-a-kind sitcom starring Fran Drescher as the warm-hearted, nasal-voiced nanny from Queens who lands a job caring for three children of a wealthy, widowed Broadway producer from Manhattan. During the show’s … see full wiki

Genre: Television, Comedy
1 review about The Nanny - The Complete First Season

"She was working in a bridal shop in Flushing, Queens...."

  • Jul 13, 2005
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Fran Drescher's career-making sitcom THE NANNY finally comes to DVD with this well-produced box set of the first season. Fran Fine (Fran Drescher) is a door-to-door cosmetics salesgirl from Queens who unwittingly becomes nanny to the children of rich Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy). As confidante to shy Maggie (Nicolle Tom), mischevious Brighton (Benjamin Salisbury) and junior couch-case Gracie (Madeline Zima), Fran discovers a whole new way of life, living in ritzy Manhattan and meeting the famous celebrities Max hires to star in his various shows.

Bringing Fran back to real life - and always there for a helping hand - is Max's deadpan butler Niles (Daniel Davis), along with her mother Sylvia (Renee Taylor), Grandma Yetta (Ann Guilbert) and best friend Val (Rachel Chagall). And there's also Max's frosty business associate CC Babcock (Lauren Lane) who is noticing the growing attraction between Max and Fran...and is as jealous as hell!

The first season of THE NANNY perfectly sets up the premise and the main characters. Classic eps include "Smoke Gets in Your Lies" where Fran catches Brighton smoking, and introduces him to her chain-smoking Grandma Yetta as a warning; "The Nuchshlep" where Fran becomes the third wheel in Maggie's lovelife; "Imaginary Friend" where Fran accidentally eats Gracie's imaginary buddy Imogene; "The Nanny-in-Law" where Max's childhood Nanny Mueller (Cloris Leachman) visits, gets Fran's blood boiling...and gets Niles hot under the collar; and "The Gym Teacher" where Fran confronts her sadistic former gym instructor Miss Wickervich (Rita Moreno).

Select episodes also feature audio commentary from the always-delightful Fran Drescher. THE NANNY was and remains a very popular sitcom, and now the first season is on DVD, hopefully more volumes are set to follow.

COMPLETE EPISODE LISTING:

"Pilot" - Fran knocks on the Sheffield door and is mistakenly hired as the new nanny...and proceeds to immediately start changing their lives for the better.

"Smoke Gets in Your Lies" - Brighton is caught smoking at school, but blames the situation on Fran talking about the chain-smoking cool kid she knew during her highschool days.

"My Fair Nanny" - Fran and Maggie are hosting a society tea to help Maggie fit in at school, but CC tries to interfere.

"The Nuchshlep" - Maggie goes on her very first date with Eddie but Max insists that Fran tags along as protection. Unfortunately, Eddie seems to like Fran better.

"Here Comes the Brood" - CC is jealous of how attached the children are to Fran, so to prove she can be maternal too, she takes them to the zoo.

"The Butler, the Husband, the Wife and Her Mother" - Sylvia lies to her snooty cousin Marsha, and tells her that Fran and Max are married.

"Imaginary Friend" - The repeated appearance of Gracie's imaginary best friend Imogene has been cause for concern, leading to a horrifying experience for Gracie when Fran accidentally 'eats' her.

"The Christmas Show" - Max has to be out of town for the holidays. Meanwhile, Fran has written bad checks for her gifts to the children, mistakenly counting on getting a big fat Christmas bonus.

"Personal Business" - Brock Storm, a popular soap star, is trying to schmooze into appearing in Max's new Broadway play, demands a date with Fran as part of the package.

"The Nanny-in-Law" - Max's childhood Nanny Mueller comes to visit and quickly causes friction with Fran.

"A Plot for Nanny" - It's Fran's 30th and Sylvia has given her matching His and Her's cemetary plots, but while trying to return them, Fran becomes smitten with the handsome funeral director.

"The Show Must Go On" - Fran volunteers to be the director of Gracie's school show. All goes well until Max butts in and decides to take charge.

"Maggie the Model" - Max's old girlfriend, renowned former supermodel Chloe Simpson, decides that Maggie has the potential to become a leading catwalk sensation.

"The Family Plumbing" - Brighton falls in love with Fran's pint-sized cousin Tiffany when her Uncle Irving is called to fix the plumbing at the mansion.

"Deep Throat" - Fran takes Gracie to the doctor but he instead recommends that Fran needs have her own tonsils taken out.

"Schlepped Away" - The nasty New York winter has the entire household yearning for sun and sand, but the getaway is delayed when they become stranded at Sylvia's.

"Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off" - Max's sister Jocelyn comes to visit with the news of her impending marriage to a boring aristocrat.

"Sunday in the Park with Fran" - Max and CC are opening a new play and are trying to schmooze a cranky critic...until Fran and her lethal baguette enter the scene.

"The Gym Teacher" - Fran discovers her highschool tormentor Miss Wickervich is now the main reason why Maggie is flunking gym.

"Ode to Barbara Joan" - Could Fran be about to walk down the aisle with CC's father Stuart? It's amazing what a couple of backstage passes to Barbra Streisand's concert will achieve!

"Frannie's Choice" - Danny and Heather Biblow have broken up and Danny wants Fran to return to the bridal shop and marry him.

"I Don't Remember Mama" - It's Mothers Day but Max decides to keep the children busy so they won't have time to ponder their dead mother.

"The Playwright" - Fran forces Brighton to accompany school nerd 'The Brooke Worm' to the school dance.

"A Star is Unborn" - Fran is cast as Juliet in an avant-garde production of the Shakespeare classic, but taking time away from her duties causes nothing but trouble.

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