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
Composer(s) Dan Foliart
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 network Fox
Original release September 15 – 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" TBA TBA UNAIRED
Jimmy steals cable TV as a present for his parents wedding anniversary.
6 "The Garage" Lee Shallat-Chemel Bob Daily UNAIRED
Sue moves into the garage.
7 "Double Date" TBA TBA UNAIRED
Sue and Trish feel sad about their love lives.
8 "Angie O'Plasty" TBA TBA 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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