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)


After a Jewish, high-voiced, woman from Flushing gets fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend, Fran is mistaken as applying for a nanny for a widowed man with three children when she is stuck selling cosmetics in Manhattan. As she spends years there, she becomes great friends with the butler, Niles, and the three kids. She is good friends with the widowed man, and some romance sparks through the years.

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Release Date:

3 November 1993 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Fran Drescher guest-starred as herself on the penultimate episode, reminding Fran Fine Sheffield and the audience not to miss the series' finale the next week. See more »


Maxwell's age is inconsistent - for several years it remains at 42 yet in the 3rd season goes to 41. See more »


C.C.: Well, if Doug is coming over tonight, I better go change!
Niles: [after C.C. leaves] And I thought she had to wait for a full moon...
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The Nanny Named Fran
Composed & Performed by Ann Hampton Callaway
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Funny, Charming Series
11 November 2002 | by (Miami, FL) – See all my reviews

I thought the "there's something delightful about poking fun at being Jewish" was at the center of Fran's charm. You couldn't help but love her every step of the way.

Probably the best aspect of this series was that as a comedy, other series take themselves so seriously.

Not with Fran Drescher's THE NANNY. Fran knew exactly how far to push her lovable kitschy style and always kept it in check with her timing and sexy panache. The show concluded at the right time in the course of the series. By golly, you've got to give them credit for knowing when to stop. So many shows are run into the ground and the endings are hastily wrapped up. Not so with this program. The last episode was warmly sad for we devoted fans of this show. But it was done just right...just when you thought the time for the credits was approaching...through tears in your eyes....came out Grandma.

There were several characters which have been mentioned before in other reviews; all of which I loved...but by far the best was ANN GUILBERT as the grandmother. Her comic timing, her gentle way with her character, her facial expressions were so priceless reminds me now of how my own mother is advancing in her years. It is disappointing that she was not nominated for an Emmy for this series. Perhaps her part was not large enough. But oh, what she did with those precious minutes. It harkens back to those wonderful days when she was Millie Helper, Rob and Laura Petrie's quirky and nosy neighbor on the Dick Van Dyke Show. What a talent this women has given us!

Thank you, Ann....and thank you, Fran for choosing her to play this part. You are still sorely missed one and all. Thank goodness for syndication!

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