It was pure coincidence that made Fran (Fran Drescher) the Sheffields’ nanny, but she proved to have good influence on the kids. And there was a chance she’d go from nanny to wife. The extremely long romantic process that was going on between the nanny and her boss (Charles Shaughnessy) became part of the dynamics of this sitcom and so did the brutal differences between the British Sheffields and the New York Jewish Fines. Drescher, with her big hairdos, tight outfits, Streisand idolatry and horribly nasal speech, was a good star for the show but the supporting cast (Daniel Davis and Lauren Lane in particular) was funnier. Unfortunately, the show never deviated from its formula and its run should have been cut a little shorter.
1993-1999:U.S. Made for TV. 146 episodes. Color. Created by Fran Drescher, Peter Marc Jacobson. Theme: Ann Hampton Calloway. Cast: Fran Drescher (Fran Fine), Charles Shaughnessy (Maxwell Sheffield), Lauren Lane (C.C. Babcock), Daniel Davis, Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury, Madeline Zima, Renee Taylor, Ann Morgan Guilbert.
Quote: “A fifth of scotch and a pack of batteries?” (Davis suggesting what would make Lane feel less sad)