Café Americain

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Café Americain
Main cast
Created by Peter Noah
Starring Valerie Bertinelli
Lila Kaye
Sofia Milos
Maurice Godin
Jodi Long
Graham Beckel
Composer(s) Roger Bellon
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18
Executive producer(s) Jack Grossbart
Producer(s) Pamela Grant
Peter Noah
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Peter Noah Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Original network NBC
Original release September 18, 1993 – May 28, 1994

Café Americain is an American sitcom starring Valerie Bertinelli which aired on NBC from September 18, 1993 to February 8, 1994 with two leftover episodes shown on May 28, 1994.[1] It was filmed at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California.


Bertinelli played a young American woman, Holly Aldrige, who finds a job working as a waitress in a small café in France. The cast consisted of an assortment of eccentric characters from around the world who regularly visited the café, interacting in many hilarious circumstances. Madame Ybarra, a former dictator's wife, was a thinly veiled spoof of Imelda Marcos. Fabiana Borelli, the tempestuous Italian model, and her perpetually jealous Italian lover Carlo, regularly sparred and reconciled, with Carlo declaring of any real or imagined rival, "I kill him! I kill him bad! I kill him two times!" Marcel's on and off relationship with Holly set the stage for comedic interference by several guest star suitors.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot" James Burrows Peter Noah September 18, 1993 (1993-09-18)
2 "Le Confidence Game" Robert Berlinger Peter Noah September 25, 1993 (1993-09-25)
3 "Weekend at Holly's" James Burrows Sarit Catz & Gloria Ketterer October 2, 1993 (1993-10-02)
4 "The Language of Really Good Friends" Robert Berlinger Bruce Rasmussen October 9, 1993 (1993-10-09)
5 "Happy Birthday to Moi" James Burrows Eric Cohen October 16, 1993 (1993-10-16)
6 "Every Picture Tells a Story...Don't It?" Robert Berlinger Bill Barol October 23, 1993 (1993-10-23)
7 "Home Alone" Robert Berlinger Bruce Rasmussen November 6, 1993 (1993-11-06)
8 "There's No Business Like Show Business" Robert Berlinger Sarit Catz & Gloria Ketterer November 13, 1993 (1993-11-13)
9 "...And Giblets for All" Robert Berlinger Bill Barol November 20, 1993 (1993-11-20)
10 "Toast of the Town" Robert Berlinger Bruce Rasmussen November 27, 1993 (1993-11-27)
11 "Mommy Dearest" Robert Berlinger Sarit Catz & Gloria Ketterer December 11, 1993 (1993-12-11)
12 "Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly" Robert Berlinger Eric Cohen December 18, 1993 (1993-12-18)
13 "The Dating Game" Robert Berlinger Sarit Catz, David Silverman, Gloria Ketterer & Marcy Gray Rubin January 4, 1994 (1994-01-04)
14 "Le Date" Robert Berlinger Peter Noah January 11, 1994 (1994-01-11)
15 "All About Kelly" Robert Berlinger Sarit Catz & Gloria Ketterer January 18, 1994 (1994-01-18)
16 "Love the One You're With" Matthew Diamond Bruce Rasmussen February 8, 1994 (1994-02-08)
17 "Oh, Brother" Pamela Fryman Sarit Catz & Gloria Ketterer May 28, 1994 (1994-05-28)
18 "The Fashion Show" Robert Berlinger Eric Cohen May 28, 1994 (1994-05-28)

Production and casting[edit]

Although Lila Kaye played the role of Margaret in the series pilot, the role was re-cast with Happy Days actress Marion Ross when the series was picked up. Within a month, Ross was gone and Kaye agreed to reprise the role.[2] The role of Margaret Hunt was also offered to Rue McClanahan, but she turned it down.[3]


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 181. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
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