Tony Micelli, a retired baseball player, becomes the housekeeper of Angela Bower, an advertising executive in New York. Together they raise their kids, Samantha Micelli and Jonathon Bower, with help from Mona Robinson, Angela's man-crazy mother.
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.
The show initially drew poor ratings and was nearly canceled after its first season. However, CBS Executive Jeff Sagnansky championed the show, believing the network had something special with it, and citing the pilot's historically high test numbers. 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 »
By the way, Niles, what is your family name?
It's just Niles... Like Cher.
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Everyone is really into their characters, it's great to watch. The line delivery is superb. It can get cheesy sometimes, but what comedy doesn't? The kids are like nowhere to be seen half the time which is sad unto itself. But beyond that, the only one who could remotely act was Brighton. The girls were terrible, but then again, their lines weren't all that great. Apparently Fran D. usurped all those. I love watching the show in syndication of Lifetime. Very funny. I liked her relationship with her mother, but goodness could that woman eat! It was frightening. Val was an idiot, but you need the dumb sidekick to make Fran look better. Niles is hilarious as the Yenta butler. Fran is a mess as the twit who has to get married or she won't know what else to do with her life. She has no skills and basically is telling young girls to wait around for a rich guy to marry you. Nice message, but funny nonetheless.
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