Rachel Gunn, R.N.

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Rachel Gunn, R.N.
Created byKatherine Green
StarringChristine Ebersole, Kevin Conroy, Megan Mullally
Opening theme"Workin' for a Livin'" performed by Christine Ebersole
ComposerKurt Farquhar
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (3 unaired)
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesFoul Tempered Woman Productions
Columbia Pictures Television
Original release
ReleaseJune 28 (1992-06-28) –
September 4, 1992 (1992-09-04)

Rachel Gunn, R.N is an American sitcom that aired on Fox from June 28, 1992, to September 4, 1992.[1]


The series followed the staff of Little Innocence Hospital in Nebraska. Those shown included head nurse Rachel Gunn, surgeon David Dunkle, and Native American Vietnam war veteran Zac.[2][3][4]

The opening theme was a cover of the Huey Lewis and the News song "Workin' for a Livin'" sung by Ebersole.[5]


The show was originally developed for CBS with country music singer K.T. Oslin to star in the title role. But in May 1991, it was reported that Oslin had pulled out because she thought the main character was too mean.[6]

After Ebersole came on board in the lead role, CBS ordered six episodes but concluded the show's brash style was not a good fit and seemed more like a show Fox would air.[7] The show was later picked up by Fox.[8][9] On June 10, 1992, Fox announced that the show would debut on Sunday June 28, in the 8:30 pm Eastern Time slot, a summer time replacement for Roc. At first it was announced that six episodes would air, though 13 had been ordered.[10] After seven episodes aired, the show was moved to 9:30 Eastern on Fridays, for three weeks.[11]

The creator and executor producer of the show was Katherine Green, also a producer on Married... with Children. As a University of Oklahoma graduate, she made sure that branded materials from that school and also Oklahoma State University appeared on the set of the show.[12]

Though Ebersole got credit for her performance, the show received generally negative reviews. In one of the more salacious reviews, People opined that "Fox is scraping the bottom of the bedpan with this summer sitcom," which it deemed an "ugly insultfest" and the "idiot cousin" of NBC show Nurses.[13] The series was not a ratings hit and was canceled less than three months of its initial airing.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"The House of Rachel"John WhitesellKatherine GreenJune 28, 1992 (1992-06-28)
Nielsen ratings: 11.4 million viewers, 9.5 rating, rank 59 for week. (Episode was also re-run on August 28, 1992.)
2"Walkin' the Floor Over You"John WhitesellKim WeiskopfJuly 5, 1992 (1992-07-05)
Nielsen ratings: 9.1 million viewers, 6.2 rating, rank 62 for week
3"To Plea or Not to Plea"John WhitesellKatherine GreenJuly 12, 1992 (1992-07-12)
Nielsen ratings: 9.1 million viewers, 6.4 rating, rank 68 for week
4"A Fistful of Savings"John WhitesellEllen L. FogleJuly 19, 1992 (1992-07-19)
Nielsen ratings: 9.2 million viewers, 6.2 rating, rank 60 for week
5"The Pet Peeve"John WhitesellJack BernsteinJuly 26, 1992 (1992-07-26)
Nielsen ratings: 8.6 million viewers, 6.0 rating, rank 73 for week. (1992 Summer Olympics started on July 25 on NBC).
6"A Kept Woman"John WhitesellRussell MarcusAugust 2, 1992 (1992-08-02)
Nielsen ratings: 8.9 million viewers, 6.0 rating, rank 56 for week.
7"Jeanette Meets Strasberg"Art DielhennKim WeiskopfAugust 9, 1992 (1992-08-09)
Nielsen ratings: 8.2 million viewers, 5.7 rating, rank 60 for week.
8"My Left Feet"Art DielhennDaphne Pollon & David CastroAugust 14, 1992 (1992-08-14)
Moved to Friday, 9:30 Eastern slot. Nielsen ratings: 5.6 million viewers, 3.8 rating, rank 85 for week.
9"Who's That Knockin' on My Head?"Art DielhennMichele J. WolffAugust 21, 1992 (1992-08-21)
Nielsen ratings: 6.3 million viewers, 4.3 rating, rank 89 for week.
10"Love is Here to Stray"Art DielhennKatherine GreenSeptember 4, 1992 (1992-09-04)
Nielsen ratings: 5.7 million viewers, 4.0 rating, rank 89 for week.
11"Rachel Sees Red"Art DielhennKatherine GreenN/A
12"I Dream of Squidhead"Art DielhennMichael RiedelN/A
13"Come Ona My House"Art DielhennTom WhedonN/A


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 976. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  2. ^ Martin, John (June 27, 1992). New Fox show is just plain dumb, The Dispatch (Lexington, North Carolina)
  3. ^ Pierce, Scott D. (June 27, 1992). Star of 'Rachel Gunn, R.N.' Is Better Than The Show, Deseret News
  4. ^ Scott, Tony (June 26, 1992). Rachel Gunn R.N. the House of Rachel, Variety
  5. ^ (July 10, 1992). "Rachel Gunn, R.N.", Entertainment Weekly
  6. ^ (May 15, 1991). K.T. Oslin pulls out of sitcom's starring role, The Republic (Columbus, Indiana)
  7. ^ Cerone, Daniel (June 26, 1992). How Fox Got Two Sitcoms From 'the Competition', Los Angeles Times
  8. ^ Lowry, Brian (April 26, 1993). NBC sinks teeth into Par 'Viper', Variety
  9. ^ Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2010, Vol. 1, 2d ed., p. 871 (2012)
  10. ^ Carmody, John (June 11, 1992). The TV Column, The Washington Post
  11. ^ (August 13, 1992). Haunted Summer, Battle Creek Enquirer
  12. ^ Saviers, Dale (August 28, 1992). Blazers Looking For Spot on Dial, Oklahoman
  13. ^ Hiltbrand, David (July 6, 1992). Picks and Pans Review: Rachel Gunn, R.n., People

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