The Nanny (Pilot)
|The Nanny episode|
|Episode no.||Season 1
|Directed by||Lee Shallat-Chemel|
|Written by||Prudence Fraser, Fran Drescher, Peter Marc Jacobson, Robert Sternin, Peter Marc Jacobson|
|Original air date||November 3, 1993|
|Running time||30 minutes|
"The Nanny" is the self-titled pilot episode of the CBS television sitcom The Nanny. It was filmed in 1993 at Culver Studios on 9336 W. Washington Blvd. in Culver City, California. Picked up by CBS shortly after, the show would go on to produce 145 more episodes, ending its successful primetime run in 1999.
Cast and characters 
Plot outline 
After loud-mouthed Fran Fine is jilted by Danny, her husband-to-be and boss, she makes money by selling cosmetics door-to-door. One door happens to belong to Maxwell Sheffield, a Broadway producer who happens to need a nanny for his three children. Fran jumps at the chance. Hardly impressing Mr. Sheffield or his particularly obnoxious, smart-mouthed son, it seems the only one who enjoys Fran is Niles, the butler. Mr. Sheffield is still considering Fran until she proves to be too far beneath his class, writing her resume in red lipstick and answering the home phone for him. Just as Fran is about to leave, Mr. Sheffield hears that the nanny agency won't be able to send a nanny to the Sheffield home for another week. At this, Mr. Sheffield reluctantly hires Fran to take care of his children.
In the morning, Fran again fails to impress when she comes to breakfast in a bathrobe and slippers, while everyone else is fully dressed and prepared for their day. Fran hears of a backer's party Mr. Sheffield is hosting and is excited to go along with the children, until they inform her that the children and herself are not invited. Fran ignores this and takes the kids to Danny's bridal shop where we meet Val, Fran's best friend. Fran states that she has a lot of work to do with the kids, Brighton's attitude, Gracie's constant therapy sessions, and Maggie's lack of personality.
Later arriving at the party, Fran dresses in a loud, shimmering red dress while everyone else is dressed in boring grays. Meeting C.C., who is all but disgusted at the sight of the new nanny, the children quickly arrive, slightly embarrassing Mr. Sheffield who does not want to send his expectant children back upstairs. Allowing them to stay and surprised at how much Maggie "looks like her mother" when she is all dolled up, the night proves a success and garners Sheffield Productions a check with four zeros.
Mr. Sheffield, who hurries to his office to put away the check, finds Maggie engaging in her first kiss with one of the waiter's from the party. Shocked and upset, Mr. Sheffield yells at the children and the waiter runs out of the house leaving Maggie in tears. Mr. Sheffield grounds her and sends her upstairs, angering Fran who states that Maggie should be having one of the best nights of her life and not crying. An argument begins between the two and ends with Mr. Sheffield's firing Fran.
Back at her mother's home, Fran is oh-so surprised to find Mr. Sheffield at the door, having been influenced by Niles to get Fran back. Mr. Sheffield proposes they try and look aside from each other's differences and give it another go, and Fran, realizing that she is going to be allowed to go back, excitedly jumps up and hugs Mr. Sheffield before informing her mother of the news, who just-as-excitedly takes a picture of the happy Fran and the bashful Mr. Sheffield.
Additional Notes 
- An original bridal shop scene was filmed but reshot months later because it didn't fully explain the breakup between Fran Fine and Danny Imperalli. Also an additional scene (before Fran arrives at the Sheffield Mansion) that introduces Maxwell Sheffield, C.C. Babcock and Niles the Butler was filmed, but excluded in the final product.
- An original low budget opening credits was shot featuring the song, "If My Friends Could See Me Now", performed by Gwen Verdon from the 1966 Broadway musical Sweet Charity and involved featured Fran against a white background getting ready to go to work as the nanny.
- Most of the set designs in this episode were different than the ones used for the rest of the series.
- ""The Nanny" The Nanny (1993)". Retrieved 2009-02-11.
See also