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 Frank Nolan 6 episodes, 1992
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 Fay Peronivic 6 episodes, 1992
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Frank Nolan and Fay Peronivic find themselves in a mysterious all-night café following a brush with death, but they soon learn that they did, in fact, die, and have been brought back to life by the café. Frank and Fay are given the opportunity to correct something in their lives that went wrong the first time, and upon their success, they stay on as the café's new cook and waitress. With the aid of Blackie, the enigmatic owner of the café, Frank and Fay find themselves dispensing hot coffee, daily specials, justice, and second chances to the many imperiled and troubled souls that the café is somehow able to attract, as it travels from place to place. Written by Carson Maynard <haem@lys.vnet.net>

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A poster for this series appeared in a scene on the wall of Seinfeld (1989) season four, episode four, "The Ticket". See more »

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Telephone recording: [when Fay tries to use the payphone in the cafe] We're sorry. The number you are calling from is not serviced by the telephone company.
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Music by Richard Rodgers
Lyrics by Lorenz Hart
Performed by Sue Raney
Arranged by Peter Matz
Published by Chappel & Co
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Possibilities unrealized
5 May 1999 | by See all my reviews

I first saw Nightmare Cafe when NBC had a special Wednesday "sneak preview" some weeks before it premiered in its fatal timeslot in the graveyard of shows, Friday nights. The pilot seemed stylish and imaginative, although the effects were less than state-of-the-art even for that time. Taking place all in the span of a single night, it had a very closed-in feeling. The two leads were convincing and capable, but Robert Englund seemed just a bit too smarmy, trying too hard to distance himself from his infamous Freddy Krueger role. Still, it was a fine beginning for a fantasy show, or as one reviewer termed it, the flipside of Fantasy Island.

The remaining five episodes were uneven in quality, but it's unfair to expect a new show to find its voice in only weeks. "The Heart of the Mystery" was one of the better ones. But by the end, the show had abandoned the night setting and the mysterious waterfront the cafe was on. It just didn't feel right to have a "nightmare" show taking place in broad daylight.

Overall, it was a set of intriguing possibilities mostly left unexplored. I have the pilot on tape, and it's a good reminder of what could have been.


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