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The Nanny - The Complete First Season (1993)

Fran Drescher , Charles Shaughnessy , Dorothy Lyman , Gail Mancuso  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane, Nicholle Tom
  • Directors: Dorothy Lyman, Gail Mancuso, Lee Shallat Chemel, Linda Day, Paul Miller
  • Writers: Alan Eisenstock, Andy Goodman
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Subtitles: Spanish, French, Portuguese
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: July 12, 2005
  • Run Time: 515 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (202 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009JQN6M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #77,707 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Nanny - The Complete First Season" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Audio commentaries from Fran Drescher
  • "The Making of The Nanny" - a retrospective with the cast on the first season

Editorial Reviews

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Sony brings to DVD the first season of this one-of-a-kind sitcom starring Fran Drescher as the warm-hearted, nasal-voiced nanny from Queens who lands a job caring for three children of a wealthy, widowed Broadway producer from Manhattan. During the show’s six-year run (1993-1999), Drescher dazzles as Fran Fine in a role she created and developed (as writer and producer in several episodes) and obviously relishes, whether she’s flirting, whining, sparring, or showcasing her sensational wardrobe. The three-disc collection features 22 episodes beginning with "The Pilot," when Fran knocks on the Sheffield’s door and is mistakenly hired as their new nanny, establishing the show’s shtick of "blue collar meets blue blood." Immediate chemistry between Nanny Fine and Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy, "Days of Our Lives") fuels the storylines while the sarcastic repartee of Sheffield’s assistant, C.C. Babcock (Lauren Lane) and Niles the Butler (Daniel Davis) further ignites the entertainment. Season highlights include "The Butler, the Husband, the Wife, and Her Mother," when the family enters a parallel universe in a hilarious turn of events; and "Imaginary Friend," the season’s turning point where Drescher’s physical comedy (inspired by Lucille Ball) is given free reign. Celebrity guests include Carol Channing, Cloris Leachman, and Patti LaBelle (in the finale). Don’t miss the bonus material: a heartwarming "making-of" retrospective with the cast, and Drescher’s audio commentary during "I Don’t Remember Mama." Mild profanity and sexual innuendo. (Ages 12 and older) --Lynn Gibson

Product Description

Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis, Lauren Lane, Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury, Madeline Zima, and Renee Taylor star in this hilarious sitcom about the nanny with the face from Vogue and the voice from Queens. This DVD collection includes all 24 episodes from the first season of this hilarious show. Fran Drescher stars in her defining role as street-smart Fran Fine, a diva down-on-her-luck who finds herself hired for a job she never even applied for! Now, she's the nanny for a rich, sophisticated family in Manhattan, and when this blue-collar girl from the block moves in with the blue blood, widowed Broadway producer and his three children, comedy is red hot!

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102 of 108 people found the following review helpful
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Fran Drescher's career-making sitcom THE NANNY finally comes to DVD with this well-produced box set of the first season. Fran Fine (Fran Drescher) is a door-to-door cosmetics salesgirl from Queens who unwittingly becomes nanny to the children of rich Broadway producer Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy). As confidante to shy Maggie (Nicolle Tom), mischevious Brighton (Benjamin Salisbury) and junior couch-case Gracie (Madeline Zima), Fran discovers a whole new way of life, living in ritzy Manhattan and meeting the famous celebrities Max hires to star in his various shows.

Bringing Fran back to real life - and always there for a helping hand - is Max's deadpan butler Niles (Daniel Davis), along with her mother Sylvia (Renee Taylor), Grandma Yetta (Ann Guilbert) and best friend Val (Rachel Chagall). And there's also Max's frosty business associate CC Babcock (Lauren Lane) who is noticing the growing attraction between Max and Fran...and is as jealous as hell!

The first season of THE NANNY perfectly sets up the premise and the main characters. Classic eps include "Smoke Gets in Your Lies" where Fran catches Brighton smoking, and introduces him to her chain-smoking Grandma Yetta as a warning; "The Nuchshlep" where Fran becomes the third wheel in Maggie's lovelife; "Imaginary Friend" where Fran accidentally eats Gracie's imaginary buddy Imogene; "The Nanny-in-Law" where Max's childhood Nanny Mueller (Cloris Leachman) visits, gets Fran's blood boiling...and gets Niles hot under the collar; and "The Gym Teacher" where Fran confronts her sadistic former gym instructor Miss Wickervich (Rita Moreno).

Select episodes also feature audio commentary from the always-delightful Fran Drescher.
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101 of 110 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nanny on DVD at last May 29, 2005
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It's about time that they brought The Nanny out on DVD. It is the funniest sitcom that ever hit TV. Fran Drescher and the entire cast made watching so enjoyable that I couldn't wait until the next episode. My only regret is that they are binging out one season at a time. I'm ready to buy all 6 seasons now. I'm sure that there are a lot more fans like myself who would do the same thing. Can hardly wait until I have the first season in my hands. Great show.
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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars IT'S ABOUT TIME!! June 25, 2005
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I don't know how many times I have typed 'The Nanny DVD (box set)' on various websites, hoping it was released on DVD. Many times, I was disappointed. I just read about the upcoming release of this box set and I couldn't be any happier. The Nanny is one of the best shows, I've seen every episode over and over again..now, I can see them anytime that I want to. Fran Drescher is perfect as Fran Fine, there is just something about her that draws you in to the show. Her voice and whine bring a touch of hilarity to the show, along with Niles' (Daniel Davis) constant bashing on C.C. (Lauren Lane) This show makes you want to watch. It makes you hope that something will finally come about romantically between Fran and Maxwell (Charles Shaughnessy) I haven't even touched on how great this show is. I have a listing for the first season episodes, I think this is what can be expected on this DVD set:

Episode 1.1: Pilot-Fran Fine is fired from her job at a bridal boutique. She then takes a job selling make-up door to door, where she stumbles across the home of Maxwell Sheffield. He is trying to find a nanny for his three children, who recently lost their mother. Maxwell decides to try Fran out.

Episode 1.2: Smoke Gets in Your Lies-Fran boo-boos when she talks about her "good old" rebellious high school days and Brighton reads that as a green light to try smoking, which infuriates Maxwell when he finds out. Fran tries to redeem herself by showing Brighton a real life example of a smoker: her chain-smoking Grandma Yetta.

Episode 1.3: My Fair Nanny-Maxwell and Fran get together to throw a coming-out party for Maggie, but they can't agree on just how "out" Maggie can come!

Episode 1.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One Of The Funniest Sitcoms Ever... June 3, 2005
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I was too young to have watched this show when it originally aired on CBS from 1993-1999. However, I have fallen in love with it while watching the re-runs on Lifetime. Every day I look forward to seeing what will happen on the next episode. The show is hilarious, and the actors are all excellent. Fran Drescher is great as the lead (personally, I love her voice), but Daniel Davis steals every episode with his sarcastic, witty performance as Niles the Butler. Another character is Maxwell Sheffield, played by Charles Shaughnessy, a Broadway producer who hires Fran to take care of his children (all of the children, by the way, are excellent as well). Fran dresses very sensually and sexual tension heats between her and Mr. Sheffield throughout the series (much like the relationship of Ross and Rachel on "Friends").

Other supporting characters who are equally hilarious include Lauren Lane as C.C. Babcock, Mr. Sheffield's partner and the "loser" character that everyone (especially Niles) loves to make fun of. There's also Rachel Chagall, who plays Fran's dimwitted best friend, Val (Classic Val moment: "Ok, those ice creams are one dollar each, so two would be......uh....."). There's also Renee Taylor, who plays Fran's obsessed-with-eating mother, Sylvia (Classic Sylvia moment: "Fran, there's only one man who can satisfy a woman in thirty seconds...Colonel Saunders".) Last but not least, there's Ann Guilbert as Fran's senile grandmother, Yetta, who, along with Niles the butler, steals the show with her hilarious moments. For example, in one episode, Yetta stands in front of the refridgerator for five minutes, thinking that it is an elevator. In conclusion, "The Nanny" is a great sitcom that was blessed with great writing and a marvelous cast, and I look forward to owning the DVD.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great show from the 90s
seen it many many times and I just absolutely love it...one to be added to any collection....one of the Top 10 shows from the 90s.....Fran is funny and pretty.....loads of laughs.
Published 1 month ago by Joshua W
5.0 out of 5 stars So funny!
Fran Drescher really seems to channel Lucille Ball. This show is hilarious.
Published 1 month ago by SAR
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I enjoyed this show.
Published 1 month ago by Di
3.0 out of 5 stars Buy this, if you don't mind it skipping
This DVD is very average. I have only played it a few times, and it constantly skips.
Published 1 month ago by Angela Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars wish I can buy the latter seasons
Wish I can buy season 4-6
Published 2 months ago by chris
5.0 out of 5 stars she is a beautiful woman and so darn funny
Fran's comical act reminds me of Lucy when she had her show I love Lucy. the things she got herself into with her girlfriend from her childhood I also liked the way she would work... Read more
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The Nanny TV Show (w/ Fran Drescher)
Is there a good up-to-date forum for discussions of this show? I'm trying to find the episode where Sylvia talks about keeping Fran's father around. The line is like: "that's why I keep your father around, he gives me an extra boost." Does anyone remember that line???
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Hi, Helen! I would have liked the show to go on as well, but it had run its course, and the magic faded a bit once Fran got her man. In fact, she said in her book Cancer Schmancer that they were running out of ideas. Actually, I marvel at anyone who can write for TV shows week after week, year... Read More
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