Season 1 is the first season of the American television series The Nanny aired on CBS from November 3, 1993 to May 16, 1994.

Cast[edit | edit source]

Fran Drescher as Fran Fine
Charles Shaughnessy as Maxwell Sheffield
Daniel Davis as Niles
Lauren Lane as C.C. Babcock
Nicholle Tom as Maggie Sheffield
Benjamin Salisbury as Brighton Sheffield
Madeline Zima as Grace Sheffield

Special Guest Stars

Renée Taylor as Sylvia Fine (7 episodes)
Carol Channing as Herself ("Smoke Gets in Your Lies")
Cloris Leachman as Clara Mueller ("The Nanny-in-Law")
Lesley-Anne Down as Chloe Simpson ("Maggie the Model")
Twiggy Lawson as Jocelyn Sheffield ("Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off")
Leigh J. Lawson as Lester ("Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off")

Recurring cast

Rachel Chagall as Valerie Toriello (6 episodes)

Guest starring

Gregg Rogell as Kenny Keroucan (2 episodes)
Ann Morgan Guilbert as Yetta Rosenberg ("Smoke Gets in Your Lies")
Anthony Cistaro as Carlo ("Maggie the Model")
Andy Dick as Bernie/Pepé ("Maggie the Model")
Lane Davies as Nigel Waters ("Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off")

Episodes[edit | edit source]

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1 1 The Pilot Fran Drescher (Story), Peter Marc Jacobson (S/T), Robert Sternin & Prudence Fraser (Teleplay) Lee Shallat-Chemel November 3, 1999
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Fran Fine, newly single and recently fired from her previous job, goes door to door selling cosmetics when she rings the doorbell of Maxwell Sheffield, a wealthy widowed producer, and is misconstrued as applying for the job as his children's nanny. Despite his initial reluctance, Maxwell hired Fran on a trial basis. She oversteps her boundaries when she brings the children to an important event, but avoids peril when the strategy proves beneficial to Maxwell's business. Maggie, the oldest of the children, is caught kissing a boy and when Fran steps in to defend the kiss, Maxwell fires her. Realizing the error in judgment, Maxwell rehires Fran on the basis that they respect each other's boundaries.
2 2 Smoke Gets in Your Lies Michael Rowe Lee Shallat-Chemel November 10, 1993
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Brighton hears a story from Fran about a bad boy in her class who smoked cigarettes and decides to try it. He gets caught and uses Fran's story as leverage. When the truth is exposed, Brighton covers for Fran, who later confesses to Maxwell where the idea of smoking came from. She and Maxwell then devise a strategy to punish Brighton and convince him not to continue smoking, using Grandma Yetta as a medium.
3 3 My Fair Nanny Andy Goodman Lee Shallat-Chemel November 17, 1993
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CC proposes to enroll Maggie into the debutante society, an idea which Maggie objects to. Fran then takes it upon herself to plan a High Society Tea for mothers and daughters, but C.C fears that Fran's demeanor will ruin the party. Scared that she will embarrass Maggie, Fran seeks Maxwell and Niles' tutelage of how to be a socialite. At the tea, Fran manages to impress the ladies, but upsets Maggie in the process.
4 4 The Nuchslep Eve Ahlert & Dennis Drake Lee Shallat-Chemel November 24, 1993
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Maggie gets asked out by Eddie, the boy she had her first kiss with at the backer's party. Fran convinces Maxwell to let Maggie go on her date, provided that she serves as Maggie's chaperone, or "nuchslep". Maggie struggles to get a word in during the date while Fran has no problem keeping the conversation going. When Eddie calls the next day asking for Fran, Maggie gets jealous and accuses her of stealing her boyfriend. Fran realizes that she needs to serve as Maggie's friend as opposed to her nanny, and decides to end things with Eddie, only to discover he just wanted to get his resume to Maxwell through her and that he really does like Maggie.
5 5 Here Comes the Brood Diane Wilk Lee Shallat-Chemel December 6, 1993
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C.C., jealous of Fran's increasing presence in the Sheffield's lives, asks to accompany Maxwell on the family trip to the zoo to spend more time with the children. On the day of the trip, however, Maxwell experiences a tooth ache and visits Fran's dentist uncle. Fran, who is on her day off, suggests that C.C. take the kids by herself. After being irritated by the children during the trip, C.C. remarks that Fran only spends time with them because she is paid to do so, which Grace takes badly. She runs away to Fran, who takes her to her cousin's wedding while alerting Maxwell and C.C. of the situation. After finding out that it was C.C. who told Gracie what she did, both Fran and Maxwell berate Miss Babcock for what she said, and Fran explains to Gracie that although she is paid to take care of her, she really loves her. Fran then threatens C.C. if she ever hurts the kids again, and as punishment, forces her to watch her young cousin's tap dancing routine over and over.
6 6 The Butler, the Husband, the Wife and Her Mother Howard Meyers Lee Shallat-Chemel December 8, 1993
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Sylvia tells her brother-in-law and his daughter that Fran married Maxwell and invites them over to the Sheffield house while the family is at the museum celebrating Brighton's class presidential victory. Fran joins in on the ruse and brings Niles in on it. The situation becomes complicated when representatives from the Butler's Association come by to check Niles for evaluation and compounded even further when Maxwell and the kids return from the museum. Maxwell, at Fran and Niles' behest, plays along as Niles, but fails to maintain character when he learns that Brighton lost the race for class president. Fran comes clean to Jack and Marsha, who initially mock her, only to be defended by the children and even Sylvia. When, C.C. arrives, she inadvertently exposes the truth about Niles, but when Fran points out the family was willing to go to great lengths to cover for him, the Association decides to induct him.
7 7 Imaginary Friend Pamela Eells & Sally Lapiduss Lee Shallat-Chemel December 15, 1993
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Grace's imaginary friend Imogene begins to annoy the family, but Fran insists that they support her. However, things take a turn for the worse when Grace and Fran are baking cookies, only for Grace to accuse the nanny of eating and killing Imogene. The family holds a mock funeral as a way for her to deal with the death. After a session at the psychiatrist, Maxwell and Fran learn that Imogene came around the time of Sarah's death. Grace admits that she got tired of Imogene because she has a new friend to take care of her, Fran.
8 8 Christmas Episode Fran Drescher & Peter Marc Jacobson Lee Shallat-Chemel December 22, 1993
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Fran goes on a Christmas shopping spree, believing that she will receive a major bonus for the holidays. Meanwhile, Grace wallows as her father is about to miss another Christmas with the family. When Fran receives a vase as her bonus, she is forced to pawn some belongings to make her payments. However, when she discovers the meaning behind the vase, Fran buys it back with her grandmother's watch after learning the meaning behind the gift; Niles tells Maxwell about Fran's dilemma, which he solves by buying back the watch. He then sits on the vase and lands in the hospital, staying overnight for Christmas and granting Grace her Christmas present.
9 9 Personal Business Fran Drescher & Peter Marc Jacobson Lee Shallat-Chemel December 29, 1993
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Maxwell and C.C. court Brock Storm, a popular soap opera star, for their new production, but will only agree to do the show if he sets him up with Fran. Maxwell, initially setting a standard for Fran's personal and business affairs, asks Fran to be Brock's date and expresses doubts about the arrangement. Despite being ecstatic about dating her favorite soap opera star, Fran questions whether it tows the line between business and personal. She goes on her date only to find Brock vain and unoriginal.
10 10 The Nanny-in-Law Eve Ahlert & Dennis Drake Paul Miller January 12, 1994
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Maxwell's childhood nanny Clara Mueller comes for a visit and begins taking over the Sheffield household, irritating Fran. She critiques her parenting style and her demeanor while quashing Brighton's joke and taking Maggie's makeup. When she goes too far and causes Fran to make a dramatic change, Maxwell realizes that Clara has overstayed her welcomed. Fran confronts Clara and later gets her a job working as C.C.'s mother's caretaker. Meanwhile, Niles and Clara engage in an intense fling.
11 11 A Plot for Nanny Paul Miller January 19, 1994
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Sylvia uses her birthday gift to Fran to arrange a meeting between her and an undertaker, Steve. Despite the initial awkwardness, the two begin bonding and connect after their first date. Maxwell and Brighton grow concerned with Fran's blossoming relationship, worrying that she might leave them if the relationship goes any further. Fran chooses to break it off when Steve decides to become a clown. Meanwhile, Maggie begins dating a boy in her class.
12 12 The Show Must Go On Frank Lombardi & Dana Reston Will Mackenzie January 26, 1994
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Fran is made the director of Grace's school pageant and makes Grace the lead. Maxwell, concerned for Grace's well-being, takes over the play, much to the headmistress' delight while leaving Fran feeling left out. Grace, feeling pressure from her father, becomes scared and decides not to perform on opening night. Maxwell begs Fran to help, admitting that he was too hard on Grace; Fran then talks with the youngest Sheffield and helps her overcome her fears.
13 13 Maggie the Model Diane WIlk Will Mackenzie February 2, 1994
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Maxwell's former flame and Fran's favorite model, Chloe Simpson, comes for a visit and takes a liking to Maggie. She recruits her as a model, prompting Fran to give Maggie pointers. Maxwell, while initially reluctant to let Maggie model, relents as he continues to fawn over Chloe. When Chloe interjects, Fran becomes jealous of her. The photos from Maggie's photoshoot don't turn out well, upsetting Maggie. Meanwhile, C.C. feels abandoned by Maxwell, who is still smitten with Chloe.
14 14 The Family Plumbing Bill Lawrence Linda Day February 9, 1994
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Maxwell hires Fran's uncle to fix the plumbing at the house, but the job takes longer than expected. Fran tries to convince Maxwell to let Maggie go to her first boy-girl party. The problem is compounded when dozens of beautiful women arrive at the house to audition for a dancing role in Maxwell's latest play. Fran's cousin Tiffany, who accompanies her uncle, kisses Brighton in the shower. Maxwell rejoices when learning this, forcing Fran to challenge his double standard and get Maggie permission to attend the party.
15 15 Deep Throat Pamela Eells & Sally Lapiduss Linda Day March 2, 1994
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Fran takes Grace to the doctor and, during the visit, is told to have her tonsils removed. Meanwhile, C.C. is going to her sorority reunion and asks Maxwell to be her escort. Fran is about to undergo surgery when Maxwell offers to stay behind and support her, forcing CC to go to her reunion alone. At the hospital, while under medication, Fran tells Maxwell that she loves him, leaving him bewildered, however, after her operation, it is revealed that she says this to every man around her under the influence of the drugs, much to Niles' amusement.
16 16 Schlepped Away Fran Drescher & Peter Marc Jacobson Linda Day March 9, 1994
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Fran, CC, and the Sheffields head for the airport during a snowstorm but get lost when taking a shortcut. They stop at Sylvia's apartment, where they learn that the airports and roads are closed. They decide to make the most out of their time there by having their own "vacation," which involves eating tongue and watching Wheel of Fortune. Later that night, Fran discovers her mother might be having an affair when she finds a love note in the meat. She confronts Sylvia about the note, which turns out to be innocent flirting between her and the butcher.
17 17 Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off Diane WIlk Gail Mancuso March 16, 1994
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Maxwell's sister Jocelyn comes for a visit and announces that she is engaged to Nigel. Fran offers the Sheffield residence as a wedding venue and plans their wedding, but soon learns that Jocelyn may have unrequited feelings for her chauffeur Lester. She tries telling Maxwell only for the message to fall on deaf ears. Fran then tells Lester to express his love to Jocelyn, which he does as the wedding is commencing. Jocelyn ends her engagement with Nigel and marries Lester. Meanwhile, Kenny avoids Maggie after seeing the lifestyle she lives.
18 18 Sunday in the Park with Fran Howard Meyer Gail Mancuso March 23, 1994
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Maxwell and C.C. scheme to get a positive review for their latest play from notorious critic Frank Bradley, and C.C. suggests that Grace and his son, Frank Jr., go on a play date together, despite Grace saying she dislikes him. Fran supervises the two on a trip to the park, but ends up hitting Frank Jr. with a baguette when the spoiled brat bullies Grace. Maxwell and C.C. try to defuse the situation by inviting Frank himself over, but when the critic proves to be even more abusive to Fran as his son, Maxwell tells him off and kicks him out of the house. Luckily, Frank comes down with food poisoning (caused by the Sheffields' broken refrigerator) on the opening night of the show, prompting a television news team to ask an audience member's opinion--and that audience member turns out to be Fran, who gives the play a glowing review and ensures its success. Maxwell and Fran share their first kiss after the play is declared a hit.
19 19 The Gym Teacher Alan Eisenstock & Larry Mintz Gail Mancuso April 6, 1994
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Maggie skips out on gym class to avoid her tough teacher using Fran's advice: fake medical notes. When she is caught, Fran steps in to defuse the situation, only to find that Maggie's gym teacher Miss Wickervich is the same teacher that Fran had in high school. Fran is able to arrange for a final physical test for Maggie, and helps her train; though both fail miserably, Fran performs the Heimlich maneuver on Mrs. Wilkovich and uses the good deed as leverage to get Maggie an A. Meanwhile, Maxwell also deals with a demon from his past when he hires a famous stage actor who he used to work for; with some help from Fran, he is eventually able to rein the actor in.
20 20 Ode to Barbra Joan David M. Matthews (Story), Frank Lombardi & Dana Reston (Teleplay) Gail Mancuso April 13, 1994
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CC's father Stewart comes for a visit and surprises everyone by being a polar opposite of his daughter. At dinner, Stewart reveals that he will be attending a Barbra Streisand concert while in town, and invites C.C., who turns him down; an ecstatic Fran offers to go instead. Stewart and Fran begin spending a great deal of time together, which upsets C.C., though she refuses to admit it. Fran realizes C.C.'s troubles and encourages her to open up about her feelings; this reunites the Babcocks, and they go to the concert together (though Stewart arranges for Barbra to talk with Fran on the phone as thanks for her help). Meanwhile, Maxwell is invited to speak at a theatre symposium on the same day he promised to take Brighton to a Mets game. Inspired by Fran's example, he breaks the engagement to spend time with his son, only to discover that Brighton already made other plans.
21 21 Frannie's Choice Tracy Newman & Jonathan Stark Paul Miller April 20, 1994
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Fran visits Danny at the bridal shop after learning he broke up with Heather Biblow. Danny asks her to forgive him and take him back, but Fran doesn't want to repeat her sad history. Danny, determined to prove that he is a different man, proposes. Fran says yes after a talk with her mother. She tells the Sheffields of her engagement, leaving the children and Niles unhappy and C.C. overjoyed. As she moves her stuff out of the mansion, the family says their goodbyes until they reveal how much they will miss her, causing Fran to pull back from the engagement.
22 22 I Don't Remember Mama Howard Meyers & Diane Wilk Paul Miller May 19, 1994
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With Mother's Day approaching, Maxwell arranges for the entire family to join a country club to deflect attention away from Sarah. Fran and Grace enter a mother-daughter pageant. During rehearsal for the pageant, a competitive mother alerts the heads of the pageant that Fran is not Grace's mother, causing Grace to break down and cry that her mother is dead. Fran and Maxwell comfort her and learn that the real problem is that Grace does not remember her mother. Fran and Grace perform in the pageant and get second place. Patti LaBelle performs in the pageant. The whole family then watches home movies featuring Sarah as a true Mother's Day celebration, during which Grace remembers a moment with her mother.
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