Encore! Encore!

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Encore! Encore!
Genre Sitcom
Written by John Augustine
Anne Flett-Giordano
Directed by Sheldon Epps
Pamela Fryman
Starring Nathan Lane
Joan Plowright
Glenne Headly
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (2 unaired)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Grub Street Productions
Paramount Television
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release September 22, 1998 (1998-09-22) – January 20, 1999 (1999-01-20)

Encore! Encore! is an American sitcom starring Nathan Lane as an opera singer. On the verge of becoming "The Fourth Tenor", Lane's character injures his vocal cords and must move in with his family, who run a vineyard in Northern California. The series premiered on NBC on September 22, 1998.[1]

Encore! Encore! struggled in the ratings from the start. After its fourth episode aired on October 27, 1998, NBC put the series on hiatus for two months. Thirteen episodes were ordered but the series was cancelled at midseason with two episodes left unaired. The final network episode aired on January 20, 1999. All 13 episodes later ran on Bravo.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"TBATBASeptember 22, 1998 (1998-09-22)
2"I Am Joe's Ego"TBATBASeptember 29, 1998 (1998-09-29)
3"The French Connection"TBATBAOctober 20, 1998 (1998-10-20)
4"Master Class"TBATBAOctober 27, 1998 (1998-10-27)
5"Sour Grapes"TBATBADecember 16, 1998 (1998-12-16)
6"The Diary"TBATBADecember 23, 1998 (1998-12-23)
7"Mr. Joe's Wild Ride"TBATBADecember 30, 1998 (1998-12-30)
8"I Know How Caged Bird Tastes"TBATBAJanuary 6, 1999 (1999-01-06)
9"Crime and Punishment"TBATBAJanuary 13, 1999 (1999-01-13)
10"To Soeur, with Love"TBATBAJanuary 20, 1999 (1999-01-20)
11"The Doubt of the Benefit"TBATBAJanuary 27, 1999 (1999-01-27)
12"A Review to Remember"TBATBAunaired
13"Soul Food"TBATBAunaired

Critical reception[edit]

A New York Observer review described the show as "the 'Moose Murders' of sitcoms -- it won't be here past Halloween, but the recollection of its awfulness will give you untold delight for years to come."[2] In contrast, the New York Times gave a very positive review to the show's debut, saying it possessed the "most accomplished, high-powered cast on television."[3]


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 364. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  2. ^ Rutenberg, Jim (2003-09-21). "Hunting for a Sitcom Hit Among the Misses". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 
  3. ^ James, Caryn (1998-09-22). "One Family's Regal Airs, Another's Upward Mobility". The New York Times. Retrieved 2017-09-18. 

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