Costello (TV series)

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Created bySue Costello
Cheryl Holliday
StarringSue Costello
Jenny O'Hara
Dan Lauria
Kerry O'Malley
Chuck Walczak
Timothy Pickering
Composer(s)Dan Foliart
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes8 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeapprox. 22 minutes
Production company(s)Wind Dancer Productions
Touchstone Television
Original networkFox
Original releaseSeptember 15 –
October 13, 1998

Costello is an American television sitcom that aired on Fox from September 15, 1998 to October 13, 1998.


The series was about an Irish-American family in South Boston.[1] The central character is Sue Murphy (Sue Costello), a barmaid who has broken up with her boyfriend and is trying to improve herself, despite the incomprehension of her blue-collar family.[2]


Critical response[edit]

The show wasn't popular with critics, who considered it vulgar and shouty.[3] A review in The New York Times said, "There are entirely too many colorfully crude blue-collar characters".[4] The Los Angeles Times called it a more working-class Cheers and criticised Costello's acting ability.[2]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"John WhitesellCheryl HollidaySeptember 15, 1998 (1998-09-15)
Sue breaks up with her boyfriend and moves back in with her parents.
2"Monkey Butt"Lee Shallat ChemelJeff Judah and Gabe SachsSeptember 22, 1998 (1998-09-22)
Sue writes an essay for her college application. Lottie exposes her red panties in church and gets the nickname "monkey butt".
3"Sue Drives, Ya Suck Bag"Lee Shallat ChemelCheryl HollidayOctober 6, 1998 (1998-10-06)
Sue asks her family for help with getting her drivers license.
4"Sue Dates a Freakin' Dentist"Ted WassLester LewisOctober 13, 1998 (1998-10-13)
Sue has a crush on her dentist.
5"The Anniversary"TBATBAUnaired
Jimmy steals cable TV as a present for his parents wedding anniversary.
6"The Garage"Lee Shallat ChemelBob DailyUnaired
Sue moves into the garage.
7"Double Date"TBATBAUnaired
Sue and Trish feel sad about their love lives.
8"Angie O'Plasty"TBATBAUnaired
Lottie has a heart attack on Halloween.


  1. ^ (2006-03-15). "Costello". Retrieved 2012-09-04.
  2. ^ a b Rosenberg, Howard (September 8, 1998). "'Costello' Is a Blue-Collar Chip Off the 'Cheers' Block". LA Times. Retrieved 10 January 2013.
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim; Earle F. Marsh (2003). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows: 1946-Present. Random House. p. 248.
  4. ^ Gates, Angela (September 8, 1998). "TELEVISION REVIEW; Serving Beer but Making Waves". New York Times. Retrieved 10 January 2013.

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