Chicken Soup (TV series)

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Chicken Soup
Genre Sitcom
Written by Paul Perlove
Directed by Terry Hughes
Alan Rafkin
Starring Jackie Mason
Lynn Redgrave
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Bernie Orenstein
Saul Turteltaub
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Carsey-Werner Company
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run September 12, 1989 (1989-09-12) – November 7, 1989 (1989-11-07)

Chicken Soup is an American sitcom that aired on ABC, starring Jackie Mason and Lynn Redgrave.

Overview[edit]

The series focuses on the interfaith relationship of a middle-aged Jewish man, Jackie (Mason), and an Irish Catholic woman, Maddie (Redgrave). Episodes centered around humorous situations and obstacles caused by the couple's different religions.

Controversy and cancellation[edit]

Chicken Soup was scheduled after the number one primetime series Roseanne,[1] but was canceled because it could not hold a large enough percentage of the audience from its lead-in and controversy over inflammatory remarks by Mason during the New York City Mayoral elections.[2]

Cast[edit]

Actor Role
Jackie Mason Jackie Fisher
Lynn Redgrave Maddie Peerce
Johnny Pinto Donnie Peerce
Kathryn Erbe Patricia Reece
Brandon Maggart Mike Donovan
Cathy Lind Hayes Barbara Donovan

Episodes[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 "Pilot" Terry Hughes * September 12, 1989 (1989-09-12)
Jackie Fisher and Maddie Peerce meet and fall in love. The catch: Jackie is Jewish and Maddie is Irish Catholic.
2 "The Dinner" Alan Rafkin * September 19, 1989 (1989-09-19)
Jackie and Maddie meet some friends for dinner and the evening is full of mishaps. Donnie and Patricia are sure that the couple is doomed.
3 "The Bartender" Alan Rafkin * September 26, 1989 (1989-09-26)
Jackie has to play bartender when Maddie throws a girls-only party and the bartender fails to show up.
4 "The Reservation" Alan Rafkin * October 3, 1989 (1989-10-03)
Maddie and Jackie have problems at their favorite restaurant when neither makes a reservation.
5 "Double Date" Alan Rafkin * October 10, 1989 (1989-10-10)
Maddie and Jackie go out on a double date when they set their best friends up with each other.
6 "Take My Kids, Please" Alan Rafkin * October 24, 1989 (1989-10-24)
7 "Bea Moves Out" Alan Rafkin * October 31, 1989 (1989-10-31)
Bea wants to be on her own and moves out of Jackie's apartment.
8 "Almost Father Jackie" Alan Rafkin * November 7, 1989 (1989-11-07)
Bea is upset that Jackie doesn't always act like a father.
9 "The Ralph Hearns Story" Alan Rafkin Manny Basanese N/A
10 "Operation Jackie" Alan Rafkin * N/A
Maddie is concerned when she learns that Jackie needs surgery.
11 "Bea's Night Out" Alan Rafkin * N/A
Jackie stays up all night waiting and worrying as Bea doesn't come home.
12 "Community Service" Alan Rafkin Paul Perlove N/A
Bea is sentenced to community service for her role in a school prank.

* Unknown

References[edit]

  1. ^ Oney, Steve (1989-09-10). "Jackie Mason Stirs Up a Chancy 'Chicken Soup'". New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Canned Soup". Time. 1989-11-20. 

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