Good Advice (TV series)

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Good Advice
Promotional advertisement for the series
Genre Sitcom
Created by Danny Jacobson
Norma Safford Vela
Written by Michael Patrick King
Barnet Kellman
Danny Jacobson
Max Mutchnick
Directed by Robby Benson
Michael Lembeck
Ted Bessell
Barnet Kellman
Alan Rafkin
Starring Shelley Long
Treat Williams
George Wyner
Teri Garr
Christopher McDonald
Estelle Harris
Ross Malinger
Henriette Mantel
Theme music composer Jonathan Wolff
Composer(s) Jonathan Wolff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 21
Executive producer(s) Danny Jacobson
Producer(s) Tom Palmer
Mimi Friedman
Pamela Grant
Marco Bario
Martin Mickelson
Peter Tolan
Editor(s) Dann Cahn
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) CBS Productions
Distributor TriStar Television
Sony Pictures Television
Original channel CBS
Original run April 2, 1993 (1993-04-02) – September 6, 1994 (1994-09-06)

Good Advice is an American situation comedy series that aired for two seasons on CBS from 1993 to 1994. It was co-created and executive produced by Danny Jacobson and Norma Safford Vela; and starred Shelley Long and Treat Williams. The show was a hit, but it was cancelled because Long had suffered health problems that made her unable to film any new episodes for a long period of time.


Dr. Susan DeRuzza (Shelley Long) is a successful marriage therapist and the author of a best-selling book on the subject, Giving And Forgiving. Upon returning from a six-week promotional tour she discovers her husband of 11 years, Joey (Christopher McDonald), in bed with another man. Furthermore, when she returns to her therapy office, she learns she is now sharing it with high-profile divorce attorney Jack Harold (Treat Williams). While Susan and Jack don't agree on the basics of relationships, love or marriage, the one thing they do share is an undeniable sexual chemistry. Susan's confidant Artie (George Wyner) tries to lend support at the office and her sister Paige (Teri Garr) and son Michael (Ross Malinger) try to help at home. But ultimately, no one has any good advice...


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Good Advice premiered as a mid-season replacement on CBS in the Spring of 1993. The initial order garnered solid ratings and generally positive critical reviews. This was Shelley Long's first return to series television after leaving her Emmy-winning role as Diane Chambers on Cheers and also the first sitcom for Treat Williams. Ross Malinger, who played Susan's son, gained notoriety from his big-screen portrayal of Tom Hanks's matchmaking son in Sleepless in Seattle, which was released in between the first and second seasons of the show.

For the second season, Estelle Harris, of Seinfeld fame, who played Artie's (George Wyner) mother, and Christopher McDonald as ex-husband Joey, were cut as regulars in lieu of bringing in Oscar nominee Teri Garr as Susan's sister. Henriette Mantel, who later went on to work with Shelley Long again in The Brady Bunch Movie and A Very Brady Sequel as Alice the maid, also joined the cast in season 2. Furthermore, Mantel assisted co-star Teri Garr in writing her 2006 autobiography, Speedbumps. At different times previous, both actresses were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis after Good Advice wrapped production.[1]

Noteworthy Good Advice staff writers included Michael Patrick King (Sex and the City, The Comeback) and Max Mutchnick (Will & Grace). Actor Robby Benson directed the pilot episode.


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