Supernanny

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This article is about the TV show. For the Drawn Together episode, see Super Nanny (Drawn Together episode).
Supernanny
Super Nanny Logo.svg
Starring Jo Frost
Narrated by
Opening theme "Be Good Johnny" by Men at Work (USA version only)
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 7 (UK) / 7 (USA)
No. of episodes 43 (UK) / 108 (USA) (List of episodes)
Production
Producer(s)
Running time 42 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel
Picture format 1080i (HDTV) 2010-present
Original run 7 July 2004 (2004-07-07) – 7 September 2012 (2012-09-07)
External links
Official website (UK)
Official website (USA)

Supernanny is a reality TV programme which originated in the United Kingdom about parents struggling with their children's behaviour. The UK version has aired on Channel 4 with E4 showing repeats since 2004. The program returned to Channel 4 after a two-year break in 2010 with E4 also showing more repeats. The show features professional nanny Jo Frost, who devotes each episode to helping a family where the parents are struggling with their child-rearing. Through instruction and observation, she shows the parents alternative ways to discipline their children and regain order in their households. Frost is a proponent of the "naughty chair" theory of discipline and is strictly opposed to spanking. Its competing series was Nanny 911.

In the USA, it aired on ABC and Style Network and currently airs on Up TV. The series had ended in the US on 18 March 2011 due to low ratings and had ended on 7 September 2012 in the UK. A spin-off is titled America's Supernanny.

History[edit]

Supernanny starring Jo Frost was originally broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 on 7 July 2004, following the success of Channel 4's Cutting Edge programme "Bad Behaviour". Supernanny is one of Channel 4's most popular shows, reaching nearly 5 million viewers in the first series, with consistently high ratings throughout the series. Supernanny USA is also shown on Channel 4 (and its sister channel E4) with respectable viewing figures.

The premiere episode for the third series attracted 3.1 million viewers with a 14% audience share. These values are half of those from the previous two series.[1] Series 2 (UK) episodes 4 to 12 and Supernanny USA etc. is narrated by Nick Frost (no relation to Jo Frost). The theme song is "Be Good Johnny" by Men at Work (though the show's version is Colin Hay's version that appears on the album Man @ Work, and beginning with US Season 6, the song was discontinued. The fourth series of Supernanny began on 29 August 2007 at 8pm with "Beyond The Naughty Step" following straight afterwards on E4. The fifth run, broadcast over a year later on Channel 4, began on 24 September 2008. The sixth and seventh run of Supernanny in the UK begins starting from 9 February 2010 as Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance. The eighth and final episode of the seventh series was postponed to 7 September 2012 and it aired on E4 instead of Channel 4. Supernanny UK Series 6 was narrated by Bob Marsden and Series 7 brought back Anthony Green as narrator after a break of 7 years.

Season 6 was supposed to be the last season of the USA version, as stated in the May 2010 newsletter on jofrost.com; but ABC brought it back for a seventh season. Jo Frost later confirmed that will be the last season.[2] The final episode aired on 18 March 2011.

Lifetime developed a spin off of the series, licensing the concept from program producer Shed Media. Titled America's Supernanny, the series is "the first true U.S. version of the hit global format that will feature Deborah Tillman".[3]

Format[edit]

The USA shows begin with a short introductory clip of highlights from the episode; after the title segment, Frost is featured riding in a London TXII with the vanity plate "SPRNANNY", where she shows a DVD player with the family's submission video. The submission video introduces the parent(s), children, with their ages, and in some cases other important family members, as well as the parents' occupations (including if one parent stays at home with the children) and the specific issues the family is facing, concluded by a final call for help alongside a reassuring statement from Frost telling the family she's 'on her way!'

Frost spends the first day in observation mode, taking mental notes to assess the situation and to devise a plan of action. If a situation is especially serious, she will point out the matter for immediate action. After the first day, she holds the parents' meeting (with clips showing the parents initial reaction), where she praises the family for their beautiful children and then mentions the problems noted. (Earlier episodes had the meeting at the end of the first day; later episodes have it the following day.)

Frost then returns with tools designed to assist the parents in child-rearing. For example, if she determines that the children are misbehaving due to a lack of scheduled activity time with the parents, she will bring in a set schedule (customized for the family's needs). She also will frequently devise "house rules" for the family (sometimes the rules are predetermined by Frost, other times she provides a blank paper and has the family devise them). Frequent issues on the show involve discipline (as Frost does not endorse spanking as a means, she introduces the family to the "naughty chair/step" timeout) and sleep separation.

After a time, Frost will leave the house to allow the family to implement her actions on their own. The parents' actions are still being filmed, and upon her return Frost will call another parents meeting to praise them for doing well and/or show them where they went wrong. She will then provide reinforcement as needed.

The ending shows the family saying goodbye to Frost; later episodes feature the family at a later time showing how well her techniques have worked, along with (after the credits, often featuring a blooper segment) a teaser segment for the next week's episode.

Frost has called in outside assistance on more than one occasion:

  • One family was dealing with an autistic son; Frost called in a clinical professor with expertise in autism to assist the family in communicating with their son.
  • Another family (from the Chicago area) had a son showing signs of disrespect and future juvenile delinquency; Frost called in Chicago native and NBA superstar Dwyane Wade to speak with him.
  • A third family had the father exhibiting classic signs of abuse (especially toward the female members of the family); Frost called in a social worker with expertise in abusive behaviour, as well as a woman who was abused by her father and, as a result, made poor decisions in relationships.
  • In another case, the father was an alcoholic, Frost located a nearby Alcoholics Anonymous support group for him to attend.
  • One family had deaf parents; Frost called in an interpreter to help with communication.
  • One family was dealing with a son who has type 1 diabetes, so Frost compiled a chart of celebrities living with diabetes and called upon a professional snowboarder who was a diabetic as mentioned on the video and runs snowboard camps for children who are diabetic.

DVD releases[edit]

A DVD Release of Supernanny entitled When Little Kids Cause Big Headaches was released in the UK on 12 April 2010.[4]

A DVD Release Of Supernanny USA was Released On Region 1 in The USA on 16 May 2006.[5]

Episodes[edit]

UK series overview
Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Series premiere Series finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4
1 3 2004 July 7 (7-07-2004) 2004 July 21 (21-07-2004) TBA 28 October 2013 TBA TBA
2 12 2005 May 4 (4-05-2005) 2005 October 5 (5-10-2005) TBA 15 January 2014 TBA TBA
3 6 2006 August 29 (29-08-2006) 2006 October 3 (3-10-2006) TBA TBA TBA TBA
4 5 2007 August 29 (29-08-2007) 2007 September 26 (26-09-2007) TBA TBA TBA TBA
5 3 2008 September 24 (24-09-2008) 2009 January 2 (2-01-2009) TBA TBA TBA TBA
6 6 2010 February 9 (9-02-2010) 2010 March 16 (16-03-2010) TBA TBA TBA TBA
7 8 2011 June 7 (7-06-2011) 2012 September 7 (7-09-2012) TBA TBA TBA TBA
USA series overview
Series Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Series premiere Series finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 3 Region 4
1 10 2005 January 1 (1-01-2005) 2005 May 2 (2-05-2005) TBA TBA TBA TBA
2 17 2005 September 23 (23-09-2005) 2006 September 18 (18-09-2006) TBA TBA TBA TBA
3 15 2006 December 4 (4-12-2006) 2007 June 6 (6-06-2007) TBA TBA TBA TBA
4 20 2008 January 2 (2-01-2008) 2008 June 25 (25-06-2008) TBA TBA TBA TBA
5 18 2008 October 3 (3-10-2008) 2009 May 1 (1-05-2009) TBA TBA TBA TBA
6 13 2009 October 23 (23-10-2009) 2010 March 12 (12-03-2010) TBA TBA TBA TBA
7 15 2010 November 5 (5-11-2010) 2011 March 18 (18-03-2011) TBA TBA TBA TBA

International versions[edit]

Supernanny has been broadcast or slightly adapted in other countries.

Country Title Network Other networks
 Australia Supernanny GEM
 Belgium Supernanny vtm
 Brazil Supernanny SBT
 Czech Republic Superchůva k pohledání Adult Swim
 China Supernanny CCTV
 France Supernanny
Les Nannies
M6
NT1
 Germany Die Super Nanny (2004-2011)
Mission Familie (since 2014)
RTL Television
Sat.1
 Indonesia Supernanny MetroTV
 Israel Supernanny Channel 2
 Italy S.O.S. Tata La7
 Malaysia Supernanny NTV7
 Netherlands Eerste Hulp Bij Opvoeden RTL 4
 Poland Supernanny TVN
TVN Style
 Romania Supernanny Prima TV
 Singapore Supernanny MediaCorp Okto
 Spain Supernanny
S.O.S. Adolescentes
Cuatro TV Catalonia TV3
Basque Country (autonomous community) ETB 1
 United Kingdom
Original series
Supernanny Channel 4
E4
Republic of Ireland RTÉ One
 United States Supernanny ABC
Style Network
Up TV
United Kingdom Channel 4, E4
Canada W Network, Twist TV

Other countries[edit]

  • The UK Version of Supernanny is shown on Channel 4 (and its sister channel E4) and in Ireland on RTÉ One.
  • The USA Version of Supernanny is also shown in the UK on Channel 4 (and its sister channel E4).
  • Reruns of the USA version of Supernanny is shown on Up TV.
  • The Brazilian version is nationally exhibited on Silvio Santos's SBT network. The Argentinian-born Chis Poli is the Brazilian Supernanny).
  • Katharina Saalfrank was the Supernanny in the German version, aired on RTL in a docufiction format, known to depict unreasonable family violence.
  • Dorota Zawadzka is the Supernanny in the Polish version, aired on TVN, and a co-host of the talk-show I Ty możesz mieć superdziecko (You too can have a superchild), in which Supernanny analyses episodes from her series, talks to celebrity parents and gives her advice. It is broadcast by TVN Style.
Rocio Ramos in the Spanish series
  • Cathy Kalthoum Sarrai was the Supernanny in the French version, aired by M6, until her death on 19 January 2010 from breast cancer.[6] After a period of mourning, a new version of the show called 'Nannies' aired on 10 September 2013.[7]
  • The Dutch version is called Eerste Hulp Bij Opvoeden. The name is a play on Eerste Hulp Bij Ongevallen(EHBO) the Dutch term for first aid.
  • The Italian version is called S.O.S. Tata. Aired on La7.
  • The Czech version is called Superchůva k pohledání. Aired on Adult Swim.
  • The first Romanian nanny was Irina Petrea. The second was Raluca Iuga. The show aired on Prima TV.
  • The Israeli Supernanny is Michal Daliot. Aired on Channel 2, the show is also called Supernanny.
  • The Chinese version of Supernanny is soon to be broadcast on CCTV.
  • In Australia "Supernanny" is aired on channel GEM.

In other media[edit]

  • The US animated series Drawn Together spoofed the show in a 2005 episode. In the parody, Supernanny tries to use her powers of discipline to take over the world. She first takes care of Captain Hero (the superhero) by sending him to the Naughty Stool so he will not intervene, and then uses an army of mind-controlled children to invade the White House until Captain Hero re-appears. He stops her by stomping on her foot, which makes her curse out loud. For using profanity, he sends her to the Naughty Stool, at which moment the mind-controlled children break free and tear Supernanny to shreds.[8]
  • The US animated series South Park spoofed the show in a 2006 episode "Tsst", though unlike the Drawn Together episode, the Supernanny parody was not the focus of the show. In the episode, which also features parodies of Nanny 911 and The Dog Whisperer, Supernanny is one of the nannies called upon to discipline Eric Cartman but his behaviour ends up driving her to a mental institution and eating her own excrement yelling "From hell, it's from hell!".
  • The movie Iron Man 2 also mentions the show. When Tony Stark is expected to remain in his residence under threat of violence, he is told by his keeper, Agent Coulson, that if he tries to escape: "I will taze you and watch Supernanny while you drool into the carpet."

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Deans, Jason (30 August 2006). "'Mrs O' sees off Richard and Judy". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 24 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Supernanny: Jo Frost Calling It Quits After Seven Seasons". tvseriesfinale.com. 7 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010. 
  3. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (11 August 2011). "Lifetime Orders New U.S. Version Of 'Supernanny'". deadline.com. Retrieved 11 August 2011. 
  4. ^ "Supernanny [DVD]". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Supernanny DVD 2006 Region 1 US Import NTSC". amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  6. ^ "Super Nanny est décédée". 20min.ch (in French). 20 January 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 
  7. ^ http://fr.news.yahoo.com/nannies-pourquoi-t%C3%A9l%C3%A9-ressuscite-l%C3%A9ducation-%C3%A0-lancienne-051739665.html
  8. ^ "Drawn Together: Super Nanny Recap". TV.com. Retrieved 29 October 2012. 

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