Chicken Soup (TV series)
|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 producers||Bernie Orenstein|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company||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
Chicken Soup was scheduled after the #1 primetime series Roseanne, 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.
- 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||Unknown||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||Unknown||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||Unknown||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||Unknown||October 3, 1989||27.7|
|Maddie and Jackie have problems at their favorite restaurant when neither makes a reservation.|
|5||"Double Date"||Alan Rafkin||Unknown||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||Unknown||October 24, 1989||24.3|
|After hearing her brother tell racist jokes, Maddie decides to make Jackie the godfather of her children.|
|7||"Bea Moves Out"||Alan Rafkin||Unknown||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||Unknown||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||TBD||Unaired||TBD|
|Maddie is concerned when she learns that Jackie needs surgery.|
|11||"Bea's Night Out"||Alan Rafkin||TBD||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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- "Canned Soup". Time. 1989-11-20. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007.
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