The Drew Carey Show (1995–2004)

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Nominated for 7 Primetime Emmys. Another 11 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »



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Series cast summary:
 Oswald Lee Harvey / ... (217 episodes, 1995-2004)
 Drew Carey / ... (216 episodes, 1995-2004)
 Lewis Kiniski / ... (215 episodes, 1995-2004)
 Mimi Bobeck / ... (213 episodes, 1995-2004)
 Kate O'Brien / ... (182 episodes, 1995-2004)
 Nigel Wick / ... (180 episodes, 1996-2004)


Drew is an assistant director of personnel in a Cleveland department store and he has been stuck there for ten years. Other than fighting with co-worker Mimi, his hobbies include drinking beer and not being able to get dates. To make a few extra bucks he has a micro-brewery going in his garage with his buddies. Written by Steve Richer <>

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The face of comedy. With a body to match. See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

13 September 1995 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Drew Carey Show  »

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(233 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The name of Diedrich Bader's character, Oswald Lee Harvey, is (obviously) a mixed up version of Lee Harvey Oswald (the assassin of JFK). See more »


[after losing a bet, Steve has to eat dog food]
Steve Carey: I think I'm going to be sick.
Drew Carey: You put your tongue in Mimi's mouth and this is what makes you sick?
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Crazy Credits

In the eighth season the theme song was performed with a different musical style before each episode. See more »


Referenced in The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson: Final Show (2014) See more »


Moon Over Parma
Performed by Drew Carey
Written by Robert McGuire
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User Reviews

ABC killed this show
3 February 2005 | by (Delaware) – See all my reviews

I was a big fan of the show when it was on, and I've been watching a lot of the episodes again in syndication. Drew Carey was always a funny stand up. The cast was great...Ryan Stiles and Diedrich Baker are two very underrated guys in playing comedy, and Craig Ferguson was always fun to watch.

Maybe the show ran its course and it was smart for Drew to close it out on a high note, and wrap the series up nicely with a final episode, but I can't help but think that ABC killed this show.

The show was a staple of the network for so many years, and it finally began to slip in the ratings a little and ABC got worried to quickly and juggled it around to a bunch of different time slots. Add that with the reality TV craze, and a show like the Drew Carey Show which I think cost quite a bit to produce became obsolete very quickly.

That's a nice thank you after the show and the show's main actor did a lot to help the network.

A lot of people peg Christa Miller leaving the show as the down turn. I don't think so. Cynthia Watros was did a decent job for having to come in 7 years into a series and take over the lead actress role. The series was still funny and could have been had ABC left it alone.

Sadly, the final season was run completely out of order with large gaps in between air time which made it nearly impossible to keep track of.

Hopefully, they'll release it on DVD to give this very underrated and funny show a proper sendoff.

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