Bless This House (American TV series)

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Bless This House
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Created byBruce Helford
StarringAndrew Dice Clay
Cathy Moriarty
Raegan Kotz
Sam Gifaldi
ComposerEd Alton
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes16
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesMohawk Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 11, 1995 (1995-09-11) –
January 17, 1996 (1996-01-17)

Bless This House is an American sitcom television series created by Bruce Helford, which starred Andrew Dice Clay and Cathy Moriarty that aired on CBS from September 11, 1995, until January 17, 1996.[1][2][3] The show is completely unrelated to the more successful British sitcom of the same name.


Postal worker Burt Clayton and his wife Alice raise two children in Trenton, New Jersey.[4]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Barnet KellmanBruce HelfordSeptember 11, 1995 (1995-09-11)
2"A Woman's Work Is Never Done"UnknownUnknownSeptember 13, 1995 (1995-09-13)
3"Company Loves Misery"UnknownUnknownSeptember 20, 1995 (1995-09-20)
4"A Date Which Will Live in Infamy"UnknownUnknownSeptember 27, 1995 (1995-09-27)
5"I Am Not My Sister's Keeper"UnknownUnknownOctober 11, 1995 (1995-10-11)
6"Where There's Smoke, You're Fired"UnknownUnknownOctober 18, 1995 (1995-10-18)
7"The Road to Hell Is Paved With Good Intentions"UnknownUnknownOctober 25, 1995 (1995-10-25)
8"A Fight a Day Keeps the Doctor Away"UnknownUnknownNovember 1, 1995 (1995-11-01)
9"Fish and Guests Stink After Three Days"UnknownUnknownNovember 8, 1995 (1995-11-08)
10"The Postman Always Moves Twice"UnknownUnknownNovember 15, 1995 (1995-11-15)
11"Neither a Borrower nor a Landlord Be"UnknownUnknownNovember 22, 1995 (1995-11-22)
12"If It Ain't Broke, Break It"UnknownUnknownDecember 13, 1995 (1995-12-13)
13"Misery on 34th Street"UnknownUnknownDecember 20, 1995 (1995-12-20)
14"The Bowling Method"UnknownUnknownJanuary 3, 1996 (1996-01-03)
15"One Man's Ceiling Is Another Man's Stereo"UnknownUnknownJanuary 10, 1996 (1996-01-10)
16"Natural Born Parents"Shelley JensenDiane Burroughs & Joey GutierrezJanuary 17, 1996 (1996-01-17)


The Rochester Democrat and Chronicle gave the show a favorable review, saying, "it really does remind you of Jackie Gleason and The Honeymooners, without trying to copy that classic. There could be life after Dice; this kinder, gentler Andrew Clay seems like a pretty decent guy."[5] The Los Angeles Times also gave it favorable notice, writing, "Bless This House doesn't quite blow you away, but it's a pleasant half-hour with likable characters and enough start-up humor to make you optimistic about its future."[3]

Other reviews were mixed. Entertainment Weekly gave the show a C, writing, "Bless has smart things to say about how hardworking parents manage family life, but the show is hobbled by its endless succession of squalid sex jokes."[6] People gave the show a C+, praising the performances of Clay and Moriarty, but concluding "Bless This House is the first TV show I’ve ever seen that would work better on radio."[7] Variety wrote, "Director Barnet Kellman bounces laugh lines along at a brisk clip [...] Creator Bruce Helford’s writing is often ham-handed [...] Clay’s acting is awkward and forced, but Moriarty’s a treasure [...] Though Bless looks to be trying to carbon The Honeymooners, its closest relative would seem to be Married... with Children."[8] TV Guide ranked Bless This House number 48 on their 50 Worst Shows of All Time list in 2002.[9]


  1. ^ "New York Times". 1996-05-15. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  2. ^ "Sun Sentinel". 1996-05-11. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  3. ^ a b "Los Angeles Times". 1995-09-11. Retrieved 2011-02-16.
  4. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 131. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  5. ^ "Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York on July 28, 1995 · Page 24".
  6. ^ "Bless This House; the Drew Carey Show". Entertainment Weekly.
  7. ^ "Picks and Pans Review: Bless This House".
  8. ^ "Bless This House". 11 September 1995.
  9. ^ TV Guide Guide to TV. Barnes and Noble. 2004. p. 228. ISBN 0-7607-5634-1.

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