Jesse (TV series)

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This article is about the 1998 NBC series. For the 2011 Disney Channel series, see Jessie (TV series).
Genre Sitcom
Created by Ira Ungerleider
Starring Christina Applegate
Bruno Campos
Eric Lloyd
Liza Snyder
Jennifer Milmore
John Lehr
David DeLuise
George Dzundza
Kevin Rahm
Theme music composer Stephen Bertrand
James Jacob Farris
Michael Skloff
Opening theme "Time For You", performed by The Tories
Composer(s) Michael Skloff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 42
Executive producer(s) Kevin Bright
David Crane
Marta Kauffman (all; entire run)
Ira Ungerleider
Stephen Nathan (both; season 1)
Wil Calhoun (season 2)
Cinematography Mikel Neiers
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions
Hemingson Entertainment
Pickle Films
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release September 24, 1998 (1998-09-24) – May 25, 2000 (2000-05-25)

Jesse is an American sitcom which ran on NBC from September 1998 to May 2000. The show was created by Ira Ungerleider.


The show stars Christina Applegate as single mother Jesse Warner, raising her nine-year-old son, Little John, in Buffalo, New York. She works for her overbearing father in a German-themed bar, serving beer while wearing a dirndl. Jesse's love interest, a Chilean named Diego (Bruno Campos), gains a rival when her ex-husband comes to town, intent on winning her back.

In the second season, Jesse becomes a nurse and stories revolve around her friends instead of her family.


Actor Role
Christina Applegate Jesse Warner
Bruno Campos Diego Vasquez
Eric Lloyd "Little John" Warner
Liza Snyder Linda
Jennifer Milmore Carrie
John Lehr John Warner, Jr. (Season One only)
David DeLuise Darren Warner (Season One only)
George Dzundza John Warner, Sr. (Season One only)
Kevin Rahm Dr. Danny Kozak (Season Two only)
Michael Weatherly Roy Bently (Season One only)


While Jesse was in the top 20 in the Nielsen ratings regularly, the show lost much ground to Friends, its powerful lead-in. As a result, NBC decided to cancel the show after its second season. A total of 42 episodes were produced.

Season Episodes Season Premiere Season Finale Ranking Viewers
(in millions)
1 22 September 24, 1998 April 1, 1999 #4[1] 20.1[1]
2 20 September 23, 1999 May 25, 2000 #12[2] 16.65[2]

Season 1: 1998-1999[edit]

Title Original Air Date
Pilot September 24, 1998
Slimy Mess October 1, 1998
Bees Do It, Birds Do It, But Not in a Car October 8, 1998
Live Nude Girl October 15, 1998
Yikes He's Back October 29, 1998
The Methadone Clinic November 5, 1998
The Kiss November 12, 1998
The Cheese Ship November 19, 1998
Barko, the Holiest Dog in the World December 10, 1998
Boo! He's Gone December 17, 1998
The Best Deal Possible January 14, 1999
The Mischievous Elf January 21, 1999
My Casual Friend's Wedding January 28, 1999
Hickory, Dickory, Death February 4, 1999
Crazy White Female February 11, 1999
Bar Remodel February 18, 1999
Touched by an Angel February 25, 1999
Cecil, the Angry Postman March 4, 1999
The Parent Trap March 11, 1999
Momma Was a Rollin' Stone March 18, 1999
Finders Keepers March 25, 1999
I Do, I Think I Do April 1, 1999

Season 2: 1999-2000[edit]

Title Original Air Date
Jesse's New Job September 23, 1999
Driving Miss Jesse September 30, 1999
Students Get Flu, Carrie at Zoo, Monkey Throw Poo October 7, 1999
Everything But The Grill October 14, 1999
Jesse vs. Kurt October 21, 1999
Jesse's Flat Tire November 4, 1999
A Woman's Prerogative: The Jesse Warner Story December 2, 1999
L'Eggo My Diego December 9, 1999
The Christmas Party December 16, 1999
Jesse as Nurse, Fills in: Diego Throws Ice at Children December 23, 1999
Kurt Slips, Niagara Falls January 6, 2000
Small Time Felon: The Jesse Warner Story Part II January 13, 2000
The Rock January 20, 2000
Jesse Gives Birth February 3, 2000
My Boyfriend Went to Chile and all I Got Was This Lousy Moustache February 10, 2000
Jesse's Coat a Useful Crutch, Diego's Kitchen Not so Much February 24, 2000
The Dump March 2, 2000
Diego's First Sleepover March 16, 2000
First Blood May 25, 2000
My Best Friend's Wedding May 25, 2000


  1. ^ a b "TV Winners & Losers: Numbers Racket A Final Tally Of The Season's Show (from Nielsen Media Research)". GeoCities. June 4, 1999. Archived from the original on 2009-10-29. Retrieved 02-12-2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  2. ^ a b "Top TV Shows For 1999-2000 Season". Variety. Retrieved 02-12-2010.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)

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