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 Original air date Written by Directed by Guest starring:
1 Pilot September 18, 1993 Peter Noah James Burrows Peter Spears, Lilyan Chauvin, Barry Dennen, Lena Pousette
2 Le Confidence Game September 25, 1993 Peter Noah Robert Berlinger Lilyan Chauvin, Wesley Leong, Phillip Simon, Kevin Mikado, Andre Lachaumette
3 Weekend at Holly's October 2, 1993 Sarit Catz, Gloria Ketterer James Burrows Lilyan Chauvin, Zig Roberts, Shaun Stevens
4 The Language of Really Good Friends October 9, 1993 Bruce Rasmussen Robert Berlinger Frank Bruynbroek, Yasemin Baytok, Earl Carroll, Roy Doliner
5 Happy Birthday to Moi October 16, 1993 Eric Cohen James Burrows Shane Fraser, Lilyan Chauvin, Carlos Gomez, Michael J. Kuhlman, Atilla Aszodi
6 Every Picture Tells a Story ... Don't It? October 23, 1993 Bill Barol Robert Berlinger Elaine Thomas, Joe Alfasa, Roy Doliner
7 Home Alone November 6, 1993 Bruce Rasmussen Robert Berlinger Teresa Parente, Eddie Van Halen
8 There's No Business Like Show Business November 13, 1993 Sarit Catz, Gloria Ketterer Robert Berlinger Blake Bailey
9 ... And Giblets for All November 20, 1993 Bill Barol Robert Berlinger Lorna Scott, Richard Gilbert-Hill, Alex Nevil
10 Toast of the Town November 27, 1993 Bruce Rasmussen Robert Berlinger Stephen Tobolowsky, Richard Gilbert-Hill
11 Mommy Dearest December 11, 1993 Sarit Catz, Gloria Ketterer Robert Berlinger Philippe Bergeron
12 Deck the Halls with Boughs of Holly December 18, 1993 Eric Cohen Robert Berlinger Annette Claudier, Heinrich James, Brent Wisner, Carol Ficatier, Ian Abercrombie
13 The Dating Game January 4, 1994 Sarit Catz, David Silverman, Gloria Ketterer, Marcy Gray Rubin Robert Berlinger Anthony Guidera
14 Le Date January 11, 1994 Peter Noah Robert Berlinger Luigi Amodeo
15 All about Kelly January 18, 1994 Sarit Catz, Gloria Ketterer Robert Berlinger Kerri Green, Yasemin Baytok, Alex Nevil
16 Love the One You're With February 8, 1994 Bruce Rasmussen Matthew Diamond Craig Branham, Shaun Toub, Brian Hamilton, Ken Lerner, Christine Estabrook, Luigi Amodeo
17 Oh, Brother May 28, 1994 Sarit Catz, Gloria Ketterer Pamela Fryman Luigi Amodeo
18 The Fashion Show May 28, 1994 Eric Cohen Robert Berlinger Kim Baronof, Katie Noel Wright, Jack Bannon, Cynthena Sanders


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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