Courting Alex

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Courting Alex
Courting Alex.jpg
Genre Sitcom
Created by Rob Hanning
Starring Jenna Elfman
Josh Randall
Hugh Bonneville
Dabney Coleman
Jillian Bach
Josh Stamberg
Composer(s) Justin Stanley
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (4 unaired)
Producer(s) Faye Oshima Belyeu
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) April Fools Productions
Paramount Television
Touchstone Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Buena Vista Television
Original network CBS
Original release January 23 – March 29, 2006 (2006-03-29)

Courting Alex is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from January 23 to March 29, 2006, and was a vehicle for Jenna Elfman of Dharma & Greg fame. The series was based on the British sitcom According to Bex.

Elfman portrays Alex Rose, a successful, single attorney who works with her father Bill (Dabney Coleman) at his law firm. Alex struggles with dating while looking for love in a big city. Her father wants her to settle down with her coworker Stephen (Josh Stamberg), a star lawyer at the firm who is smitten with her. She prefers Scott (Josh Randall), the tavern owner she meets in the first episode, who her father doesn't approve of. Alex relies on the advice of her assistant Molly (Jillian Bach) and British neighbor Julian (Hugh Bonneville).

Comedian Wayne Federman has a recurring role as office sycophant, Johnson.


Show history[edit]

The show's working titles were Everything I Know about Men and The Jenna Elfman Show. The stage for the office where Alex works is a redressed version of the Winfred-Louder Department Store set used by The Drew Carey Show.

Despite starting off with impressive numbers, ratings for Courting Alex fell hard after the show was moved to Wednesday nights. The show was not picked up for a second season in May 2006 when CBS canned Courting Alex and fellow freshman series Out of Practice.

The show's theme song was performed by Nikka Costa.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1 "A Tale of Two Kisses" Pamela Fryman Rob Hanning January 23, 2006 (2006-01-23) 101
2 "Is She Really Going Out With Him?" Mark Cendrowski Seth Kurland January 30, 2006 (2006-01-30) 102
3 "Girlfriend" Mark Cendrowski Eileen Conn February 6, 2006 (2006-02-06) 104
4 "New Best Friend" Asaad Kelada Steve Armogida & Jim Armogida February 13, 2006 (2006-02-13) 105
5 "The Fix-Up" Asaad Kelada Rob Hanning & John Peaslee & Judd Pillot February 27, 2006 (2006-02-27) 108
6 "Birthday" Mark Cendrowski Rob Hanning & Justin Spitzer March 6, 2006 (2006-03-06) 103
7 "The Mattress" Leonard R. Garner Jr. Rob Hanning & Amy Welsh March 22, 2006 (2006-03-22) 106
8 "Big Client" Mark Cendrowski Rob Hanning & Aury Wallington March 29, 2006 (2006-03-29) 107
9 "The Perfect Couple" Terry Hughes Rob Hanning & Jeremiah Leibowitz Unaired 109
10 "You Compete Me" Asaad Kelada Rob Hanning & Jim Armogida & Steve Armogida & Seth Kurland Unaired 110
11 "Alex Looks Out for Stephen" Mark Cendrowski Rob Hanning & John Peaslee & Judd Pillot Unaired 111
12 "A Moving Story" Mark Cendrowski Rob Hanning & Nancy Cohen Unaired 112


Based on the average total viewers per episode of Courting Alex on CBS:[1]

Season Timeslot (EDT) Series Premiere Series Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
18-49 Rating/Share
1 Monday 9:30 P.M. (January 23, 2006 - March 6, 2006)
Wednesday 8:00 P.M. (March 22, 2006 - March 29, 2006)
January 23, 2006 March 29, 2006 2005-2006 #35 11.2 3.7/8 (#39)

Despite a decent respectable rating average that passed the 10 million meter mark the show was not renewed for a second season and was canceled mid-way into the season.


Starting July 24 Paramount Comedy 1 in the UK started airing Courting Alex every Monday at 9pm in double bills.

In 2007 Talpa in the Netherlands started airing Courting Alex every Sunday.

For Thailand, Courting Alex was airing on True Series (True Visions).

In Serbia, Courting Alex was airing weeknights at 8pm on TV Avala.

In Croatia, Courting Alex or Sve sto znam o muškarcima was airing weeknights at 1pm on Nova TV.

In the UK, Courting Alex was airing weekdays at 9am on Paramount Comedy 1 from May 28, 2007.

In Turkey, Courting Alex will be airing Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Sept 26 2007.

In Australia, Courting Alex is currently aired on Channel Ten at midnight on Tuesdays.

In Poland the show called simply Alex is frequently rerun on Comedy Central Poland and recently (June 2008) started on POLSAT TV on weekdays' mornings.


  1. ^ "The Hollywood Reporter: 2005-06 primetime wrap". The Hollywood Reporter. May 26, 2006. Archived from the original on May 19, 2007. 

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