Re-watching old entertainment options is a phase I’m currently going through and one of these options is the long since ended The Nanny.
The Nanny, Season One (1993) TV Show Review
Working in Flushing Queens in her boyfriend’s shop is all Fran Fine (Fran Dresher) knows. But despite years the in the relationship, she is comfortable. Or she was until her boyfriend tells her they’re done. Now she’s not just out a boyfriend, but also a job. This sends her to the higher end part of New York selling make up door to door where she happens to stumble into a nanny job!
Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy) is a wealthy New Yorker, who works as a Broadway producer. His struggle is finding investors and keeping a nanny. Surprising himself and his butler, Niles (Daniel Davis), and annoying his business partner C.C. (Lauren Lane), Maxwell hires Fran, setting into motion changes for everyone.
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No secret is made of the fact that I think TV shows today are trash. Not in the way you may think I mean, but in these last 2-3 years, especially, that’s just what they are. It makes me less and less excited each year to scroll through the new fall TV shows as a result of this, and so while I may try some of the shows, I really just don’t care. As a result of this, I’ve gone back and watched some of the older TV shows I’ve never seen, and discovered, they’re superior in many ways.
The filming is, naturally, outdated as are some of the pop culture references, but the feeling they evoke and the things that make a viewer laugh? Those cannot be beat and today’s writer’s do their characters wrong far more than they do them good. There’s so much humor and good about The Nanny even in its lesser moments. I laughed throughout this first season, and am glad to have finally watched some of this classic half-hour sitcom.
The cast is good, too, which makes it more fun and through the season, there’s special guest stars and just in general, a sense that even the cast is having too much fun. My opinion is, modern TV writers can learn something from these shows. There’s humor and heartwarming, all wrapped into one, and today’s shows, they just don’t have that.
You can find The Nanny season one on DVD via Amazon, with HBO Max, or seasons one – two (at publication) with Pluto TV.
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Content: there’s lots of sexual innuendo or suggestive humor jokes. Brighton is very into girls, and will often have more than one thing to say about it. Niles has more than one biting line to say about C.C., often suggestive.
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