Chicken Soup (TV series)

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Chicken Soup
Created bySaul Turteltaub
Bernie Orenstein
Written byPaul Perlove
Directed byTerry Hughes
Alan Rafkin
StarringJackie Mason
Lynn Redgrave
Johnny Pinto
Rita Karin
Composer(s)Gordon Lustig
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Bernie Orenstein
Saul Turteltaub
Marcy Carsey
Tom Werner
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Carsey-Werner Company
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 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]



SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings[3]
First airedLast airedRankRatingTied with
112[a]September 12, 1989 (1989-09-12)November 7, 1989 (1989-11-07)1317.7Murder, She Wrote
  1. ^ Episodes 9-12 never aired.
No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Terry HughesTBASeptember 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 RafkinTBASeptember 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 RafkinTBASeptember 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 RafkinTBAOctober 3, 1989 (1989-10-03)
Maddie and Jackie have problems at their favorite restaurant when neither makes a reservation.
5"Double Date"Alan RafkinTBAOctober 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 RafkinTBAOctober 24, 1989 (1989-10-24)
7"Bea Moves Out"Alan RafkinTBAOctober 31, 1989 (1989-10-31)
Bea wants to be on her own and moves out of Jackie's apartment.
8"Almost Father Jackie"Alan RafkinTBANovember 7, 1989 (1989-11-07)
Bea is upset that Jackie doesn't always act like a father.
9"The Ralph Hearns Story"Alan RafkinManny BasaneseUnaired
10"Operation Jackie"Alan RafkinTBAUnaired
Maddie is concerned when she learns that Jackie needs surgery.
11"Bea's Night Out"Alan RafkinTBAUnaired
Jackie stays up all night waiting and worrying as Bea doesn't come home.
12"Community Service"Alan RafkinPaul PerloveUnaired
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.
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (Ninth Edition). Ballantine Books. p. 1692. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.

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