Costello (TV series)

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Created by Sue Costello
Cheryl Holliday
Starring Sue Costello
Jenny O'Hara
Dan Lauria
Kerry O'Malley
Chuck Walczak
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 8 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time approx. 22 minutes
Production company(s) Wind Dancer Productions
Touchstone Television
Original channel Fox
Original release September 15, 1998 – October 13, 1998

Costello is an American television sitcom that aired 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. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot" John Whitesell Cheryl Holliday September 15, 1998 (1998-09-15)
Sue breaks up with her boyfriend and moves back in with her parents.
2 "Monkey Butt" Lee Shallat-Chemel Jeff Judah and Gabe Sachs September 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-Chemel Cheryl Holliday October 6, 1998 (1998-10-06)
Sue asks her family for help with getting her drivers license.
4 "Sue Dates a Freakin' Dentist" Ted Wass Lester Lewis October 13, 1998 (1998-10-13)
Sue has a crush on her dentist.
5 "The Anniversary" UNAIRED
Jimmy steals cable TV as a present for his parents wedding anniversary.
6 "The Garage" UNAIRED
Sue moves into the garage.
7 "Double Date" UNAIRED
Sue and Trish feel sad about their love lives.
8 "Angie O'Plasty" UNAIRED
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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