Veronica's Closet

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Veronica’s Closet
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Inter-title
Format Sitcom
Created by David Crane
Marta Kauffman
Starring Kirstie Alley
Dan Cortese
Daryl Mitchell
Wallace Langham
Kathy Najimy
Ron Silver
Lorri Bagley
Robert Prosky
Opening theme "Bodyrock" by Moby
(season 3)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 66
Production
Executive producer(s) Kevin S. Bright
Marta Kauffman
David Crane
Running time 20–25 min.
Production company(s) Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channel NBC
Original run September 25, 1997 – June 27, 2000

Veronica’s Closet is an American sitcom which aired on NBC from September 25, 1997, to June 27, 2000.

The show stars Kirstie Alley as Veronica “Ronnie” Chase, the head of her own lingerie company in New York City.

Plot[edit]

Season one[edit]

As the country’s leading romance expert and owner of Veronica’s Closet, purveyor of lingerie and books designed to keep romance alive, Veronica Chase seems to have it all. Her only problem has been a rocky marriage to a womanizing husband, Bryce, (Christopher McDonald) whom she finally gathered the strength to leave. Having written The Guide to a Fairy Tale Marriage and built an empire as the foremost authority on relationships, Ronnie must now confront the charade she’s been living in the public eye as the perfect wife and career woman. Helping Ronnie run the company and her personal life is her top executive, Olive, who is always ready with solid business advice or a shoulder to cry on.

Season two[edit]

In the second season, Ron Silver joins the cast as Alec, Ronnie’s new business partner and nemesis who buys controlling interest of the company she built. Robert Prosky, who played Ronnie’s father in Season One, was written out of the show (no explanation is ever given).

Season three[edit]

In the third and final season, Alec was killed off the show as it was shown that audiences did not like Ron Silver’s character. His widow, June, took over his role in the company and later admitted to pushing Alec into a volcano. Although the final few episodes of Veronica’s Closet did not air in the U.S. on NBC, they were later aired on the USA Cable Network during its syndicated run. In the final episodes, Veronica ends up dating Perry, Olive sells her Internet company and buys June’s half of Veronica’s Closet, making her a co-owner with Veronica, and Josh finally accepts the fact that he is gay and starts dating his neighbor and friend, Bree.

History[edit]

The series premiered on Sept 25, 1997, after Seinfeld to 35 million viewers. Its title was derived from the “real life” lingerie company, Victoria’s Secret. The show was a top 10 hit, although the initial ratings died down later in the first season. The sitcom spent the first two seasons on Thursdays at 9:30 (after Seinfeld in season 1 and after Frasier in season 2). NBC moved the show to Mondays after Suddenly Susan for the 1999–2000 season. Ratings fell more than 50 percent, and NBC put it on hiatus with Suddenly Susan. The show returned on Tuesdays at 9:30 (after Will & Grace) with only a slight boost in ratings. NBC canceled the series in 2000, along with Suddenly Susan due to low ratings. Reruns were shown on USA Network for a short time in 2000–2001 and on TV Guide Network from 2011–2012.

The show was taped Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California, on soundstage 25.

Broadcast history[edit]

  • September 25 1997 - May 6 1999 NBC Thursdays @ 9:30/8:30 central (NBC's Must See TV Thursdays)
  • September 20 1999 - June 27 2000 NBC Mondays @ 8:30/7:30 central

Ratings history[edit]

Season Network Season premiere Season finale Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 NBC September 25, 1997 May 9, 1998 #3[1] 24.4[1]
2 September 24, 1998 May 6, 1999 #5[2] 19.3[2]
3 September 20, 1999 June 27, 2000[a] #86[3] 7.97[3]

^[a] End of the series' original broadcast run. Last four episodes were aired on the USA Network five months later.[4]

Cast[edit]

Episode list[edit]

Season one[edit]

Number Title Airdate Notes
1 "Pilot" Sep. 25, 1997
2 "Veronica's Woman Friend" Oct. 2, 1997
3 "Veronica's Husband Won't Leave" Oct. 9, 1997
5 "Veronica's First Date" Oct. 30, 1997
6 "Veronica's Best Buddy" Nov. 6, 1997
7 "Veronica's a Doll" Nov. 13, 1997
8 "Veronica's First Thanksgiving" Nov. 20, 1997
9 "Veronica's Brotherly Love" Dec. 11, 1997 Guest starring Eric McCormack
10 "Veronica's Christmas Song" Dec. 18, 1997
11 "Veronica's Got a Secret" Jan. 8, 1998
12 "Veronica's Fun and Pirates Are Crazy" Jan. 15, 1998 Guest starring Zooey Deschanel
13 "Veronica's Night Alone" Jan. 29, 1998
14 "Veronica's $600,000 Pop" Feb. 5, 1998 Guest starring Ted Danson
15 "Veronica's a Drag" Feb. 26, 1998
16 "Veronica's Divorce Papers" Mar. 5, 1998
17 "Veronica's Blackout" Mar. 12, 1998
18 "Veronica's Bridal Shower" Apr. 2, 1998
19 "Veronica's Man in a Suitcase" Apr. 9, 1998
20 "Veronica's All Nighter" Apr. 16, 1998
21 "Veronica's Mole" Apr. 30, 1998
22 "Veronica's Silent Partner" May 9, 1998 Robert Prosky's final episode

Season two[edit]

Number Title Airdate Notes
1 "Veronica Gets Her Closet Back" Sep. 24, 1998 Ron Silver joins the regular cast
2 "Veronica's a Partner Now" Oct. 1, 1998
3 "Veronica's Great Model Search" Oct. 8, 1998
4 "Veronica's Dog Day Afternoon" Oct. 15, 1998
5 "Veronica's Crushed" Oct. 29, 1998
6 "Veronica's on the Herb" Nov. 5, 1998
7 "Veronica's Breast Efforts" Nov. 12, 1998
8 "Veronica's Thanksgiving That Keeps on Giving" Nov. 19, 1998
9 "Veronica's Cheating Partners" Dec. 10, 1998
10 "Veronica's Secret Santa" Dec. 17, 1998
11 "Veronica's from Venus/Josh's Parents Are from Mars" Jan. 7, 1999
12 "Veronica's Desk Job" Jan. 21, 1999
13 "Veronica's Wedding Bell Blues" Feb. 4, 1999 Guest starring Anna Nicole Smith
14 "Veronica Plays House" Feb. 11, 1999
15 "Veronica's Favorite Year" Feb. 18, 1999
16 "Veronica's Little Tribute" Feb. 25, 1999
17 "Veronica Falls Hard" Mar. 11, 1999
18 "Veronica's Big Date" Mar. 25, 1999
19 "Veronica's Big Homecoming" Apr. 1, 1999
20 "Veronica's Little Ruse" Apr. 22, 1999
21 "Veronica's Night at the Theater" Apr. 29, 1999
22 "Veronica Says Goodbye" May 6, 1999 Ron Silver's Final Episode

Season three[edit]

Number Title Airdate Notes
1 "Veronica's New Boss" Sep. 20, 1999 Lorri Bagley replaces Ron Silver in the regular cast
2 "Veronica's June Swoon" Sep. 27, 1999
3 "Veronica's Construction Worker" Oct. 4, 1999
4 "Veronica's Office: Bigger, Longer and Cuter" Oct. 11, 1999
5 "Veronica’s New Cat" Oct. 18, 1999
6 "Veronica's Long Walk Home" Oct. 25, 1999
7 "Veronica's Got All the Right Stuffing" Nov. 22, 1999
8 "Veronica's Sliding Doors" Nov. 29, 1999
9 "Veronica's New Year" Dec. 13, 1999
10 "Veronica's Perfect Man" Jan. 4, 2000
11 "Veronica's Record" Jan. 11, 2000
12 "Veronica's Tattooed Man" Jan. 18, 2000
13 "Veronica's Candy Panties" Jan. 25, 2000
14 "Veronica's New Bookshelves" Feb. 1, 2000 Guest starring Scott Baio
15 "Veronica's Sleepover" Jun. 6, 2000 Guest starring Scott Baio
16 "Veronica's Girls' Night Out" Jun. 13, 2000
17 "Veronica Helps Josh Out" Jun. 20, 2000
18 "Veronica Sets Josh Up" Jun. 27, 2000
19 "Veronica's Clips" Dec. 4, 2000
20 "Veronica Loses Her Olive Again" Dec. 5, 2000
21 "Veronica's Doing the Nasty with Perry" Dec. 6, 2000
22 "Veronica Checks Out" Dec. 7, 2000 Final episode

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "The Final Countdown". Entertainment Weekly Published in issue #434 May 29, 1998. May 29, 1998. Retrieved 02-12-2010. 
  2. ^ a b "TV Winners & Losers: Numbers Racket A Final Tally Of The Season's Show (from Nielsen Media Research)". GeoCities. June 4, 1999. Archived from the original on 2009-10-29. Retrieved 02-12-2010. 
  3. ^ a b "Top TV Shows For 1999-2000 Season". Variety. August 6, 2000. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 
  4. ^ "Veronica's Closet (an Episode Guide)". May 15, 2005. Retrieved 2010-01-09. 

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