Chicken Soup (TV series)

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Chicken Soup
Genre Sitcom
Created by Saul Turteltaub
Bernie Orenstein
Written by Paul Perlove
Directed by Terry Hughes
Alan Rafkin
Starring Jackie Mason
Lynn Redgrave
Johnny Pinto
Rita Karin
Composer(s) Gordon Lustig
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Bernie Orenstein
Saul Turteltaub
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Carsey-Werner Company
Original network ABC
Original release September 12 (1989-09-12) – November 7, 1989 (1989-11-07)

Chicken Soup is an American sitcom starring Jackie Mason and Lynn Redgrave that aired on ABC from September 12 to November 7, 1989.


The series focuses on the interfaith relationship of a middle-aged Jewish man, Jackie (Mason), and an Irish Catholic woman, Maddie (Redgrave). Episodes centered around humorous situations and obstacles caused by the couple's different religions.

Controversy and cancellation[edit]

Chicken Soup was scheduled after the number one primetime series Roseanne,[1] but was canceled because it could not hold a large enough percentage of the audience from its lead-in and because of controversy over inflammatory remarks by Mason during the New York City Mayoral elections.[2]


Actor Role
Jackie Mason Jackie Fisher
Lynn Redgrave Maddie Peerce
Johnny Pinto Donnie Peerce
Alisan Porter Molly Peerce
Kathryn Erbe Patricia Reece
Brandon Maggart Mike Donovan
Rita Karin Bea Fisher
Cathy Lind Hayes Barbara Donovan


Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 "Pilot" Terry Hughes TBA September 12, 1989 (1989-09-12)
Jackie Fisher and Maddie Peerce meet and fall in love. The catch: Jackie is Jewish and Maddie is Irish Catholic.
2 "The Dinner" Alan Rafkin TBA September 19, 1989 (1989-09-19)
Jackie and Maddie meet some friends for dinner and the evening is full of mishaps. Donnie and Patricia are sure that the couple is doomed.
3 "The Bartender" Alan Rafkin TBA September 26, 1989 (1989-09-26)
Jackie has to play bartender when Maddie throws a girls-only party and the bartender fails to show up.
4 "The Reservation" Alan Rafkin TBA October 3, 1989 (1989-10-03)
Maddie and Jackie have problems at their favorite restaurant when neither makes a reservation.
5 "Double Date" Alan Rafkin TBA October 10, 1989 (1989-10-10)
Maddie and Jackie go out on a double date when they set their best friends up with each other.
6 "Take My Kids, Please" Alan Rafkin TBA October 24, 1989 (1989-10-24)
7 "Bea Moves Out" Alan Rafkin TBA October 31, 1989 (1989-10-31)
Bea wants to be on her own and moves out of Jackie's apartment.
8 "Almost Father Jackie" Alan Rafkin TBA November 7, 1989 (1989-11-07)
Bea is upset that Jackie doesn't always act like a father.
9 "The Ralph Hearns Story" Alan Rafkin Manny Basanese N/A
10 "Operation Jackie" Alan Rafkin TBA N/A
Maddie is concerned when she learns that Jackie needs surgery.
11 "Bea's Night Out" Alan Rafkin TBA N/A
Jackie stays up all night waiting and worrying as Bea doesn't come home.
12 "Community Service" Alan Rafkin Paul Perlove N/A
Bea is sentenced to community service for her role in a school prank.


  1. ^ Oney, Steve (1989-09-10). "Jackie Mason Stirs Up a Chancy 'Chicken Soup'". New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Canned Soup". Time. 1989-11-20. 

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