Chicken Soup (TV series)
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|Created by||Saul Turteltaub|
|Written by||Paul Perlove|
|Directed by||Terry Hughes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Bernie Orenstein|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Carsey-Werner Company|
|Original release||September 12 –|
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
- Jackie Mason as Jackie Fisher
- Lynn Redgrave as Maddie Peerce
- Johnny Pinto as Donnie Peerce
- Alisan Porter as Molly Peerce
- Kathryn Erbe as Patricia Reece
- Brandon Maggart as Mike Donovan
- Rita Karin as Bea Fisher
- Cathy Lind Hayes as Barbara Donovan
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Rank||Rating||Tied with|
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||12[a]||September 12, 1989||November 7, 1989||13||17.7||Murder, She Wrote|
- Episodes 9-12 never aired.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers|
|1||"Pilot"||Terry Hughes||TBA||September 12, 1989||31.0|
|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||27.4|
|Jackie and Maddie meet some friends for a dinner full of mishaps; Donnie and Patricia are sure that the couple is doomed.|
|3||"The Bartender"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||September 26, 1989||28.6|
|Jackie must 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||27.7|
|Maddie and Jackie have problems at their favorite restaurant when neither makes a reservation.|
|5||"Double Date"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||October 10, 1989||27.8|
|Maddie and Jackie set their best friends up with each other and take them on a double date.|
|6||"Take My Kids, Please"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||October 24, 1989||24.3|
|7||"Bea Moves Out"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||October 31, 1989||23.3|
|Bea wants to be on her own and moves out of Jackie's apartment.|
|8||"Almost Father Jackie"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||November 7, 1989||22.4|
|Bea is upset that Jackie doesn't always act like a father.|
|9||"The Ralph Hearns Story"||Alan Rafkin||Manny Basanese||Unaired||TBD|
|10||"Operation Jackie"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||Unaired||TBD|
|Maddie is concerned when she learns that Jackie needs surgery.|
|11||"Bea's Night Out"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||Unaired||TBD|
|Jackie stays up all night waiting and worrying when Bea doesn't come home.|
|12||"Community Service"||Alan Rafkin||Paul Perlove||Unaired||TBD|
|Bea is sentenced to community service for her role in a school prank.|
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