The Nanny (1993–1999)

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After being fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend, a cosmetics saleswoman becomes the nanny to the three children of a rich British widower. As time passes, the two fall for each other.

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Series cast summary:
 Fran Fine / ... (145 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Maxwell Sheffield / ... (145 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Niles (145 episodes, 1993-1999)
Lauren Lane ...
 C.C. Babcock (145 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Margaret 'Maggie' Sheffield (145 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Brighton Sheffield (145 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Grace Sheffield (145 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Sylvia Fine (94 episodes, 1993-1999)
Rachel Chagall ...
 Val Toriello (78 episodes, 1993-1999)
 Yetta Rosenberg (56 episodes, 1993-1999)


Fran Fine, a whiny, nasal-voiced Jewish woman from Flushing, New York, has just been fired from her job and abandoned by her boyfriend. She ends up selling cosmetics in Manhattan. This takes her to the home of Maxwell Sheffield, a rich, widowed English Broadway producer. She is mistaken to be applying for the job of nanny to Maxwell's three children and is hired for that purpose. She becomes quite attached to the children, Maggie, Brighton, and Grace, and becomes great friends with the butler, Niles. There is sexual tension between her and Mr. Sheffield, which is complicated by the fact that his business partner, C.C. Babcock, likes him. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

3 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

La niñera  »

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(146 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Throughout the series, viewers see that Maxwell has a brother (Nigel) and a sister (Jocelyn) but they are never shown in the same episodes. Also, in episodes where Nigel makes an appearance Jocelyn is never mentioned, and when Jocelyn is in an episode Nigel is never mentioned. See more »


When people are leaving through the inner front door, they often turn right (exiting the stage) rather than going through the outer front doors. While not noticeable from side views of people leaving, his flaw can be seen from shots behind the characters as they leave. See more »


Max: Accidents happen, you know.
Niles: [points at C.C] Exhibit A.
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Referenced in Exporting Raymond (2010) See more »


The Nanny Named Fran
Composed & Performed by Ann Hampton Callaway
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User Reviews

Quite funny!!
8 December 2004 | by (Parkersburg, West Virginia) – See all my reviews

I never watched this show when it was on network television--I don't really know why, but, as of this comment, it is on the Lifetime Network and that is where I watch the show. I initially thought I would watch one episode, then never watch it again. How wrong I was on that one!! Okay, that nasal voice of Fran Drescher may irritate some, but heck, it works for the character and besides, that is her real voice. The entire cast was great all throughout the series, except the oldest daughter. For some reason, her character was the worst of the lot.

Renee Taylor was especially funny, as it seemed Sylvia was always eating or thinking about food and Ann Morgan Guibert was superb as Yetta. It is hard to imagine that this is the same woman who was "Millie" on "The Dick Van Dyke Show"!! I read somewhere that this show was the 90's version of "I Love Lucy" and in a way, I can see the comparisons. Wish the powers that be would release this show on DVD.

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