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Super Nanny Logo.svg
StarringJo Frost
Narrated by
Opening theme"Be Good Johnny" by Men at Work (U.S. version for seasons 1-4)
Country of originUnited Kingdom
United States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons7 (including Jo Frost Extreme Parental Guidance)(U.K.)
7 (U.S.)
No. of episodes43 (including Jo Frost Extreme Parental Guidance)(U.K.)
108 (U.S.)
(list of episodes)
Running time42 minutes
Production company(s)Ricochet Entertainment
DistributorOutright Distribution
Original network
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original release7 July 2004 (2004-07-07) - 5 August 2012 (UK)
17 January 2005 - 18 March 2011 (U.S.)
Related showsJo Frost: Family Matters
Jo Frost: Nanny On Tour
The World's Strictest Parents
External links
Official website

Supernanny is a British-American reality TV programme about parents struggling with their children's behaviour, mealtime, potty training, etc. The United Kingdom version had aired on Channel 4 with E4 showing repeats since 2004. The programme returned to Channel 4 after a two-year break in 2010, with E4 also showing more repeats. The show features professional nanny Jo Frost, who devotes each episode to helping a family where the parents are struggling with their child-rearing. Through instruction and observation, she shows the parents alternative ways to discipline their children and regain order in their households. Frost is a proponent of the "naughty chair" theory of discipline and is strictly opposed to smacking.

In the United States, it aired on ABC, Style Network and Up TV, RTL 4. The series ended in the United Kingdom on 8 October 2008 and ended on 18 March 2011 in the US. A spin-off of the show was produced and was titled America's Supernanny.

On March 27, 2019, it was announced that Supernanny will return for a 20-episode season that will premiere on Lifetime in 2020, Frost will also return as host.[1][2]


Supernanny, starring Jo Frost, was originally broadcast in the UK on Channel 4 on 7 July 2004, following the success of Channel 4's Cutting Edge programme "Bad Behaviour." Supernanny is one of Channel 4's most popular shows, reaching nearly 5 million viewers in the first series, with consistently high ratings throughout the series. Supernanny USA is also shown on Channel 4 (and its sister channel E4) with respectable viewing figures.

The premiere episode for the third series attracted 3.1 million viewers with a 14% audience share. These values are half of those from the previous two series.[3]

Episodes 5 to 12 of Series 2 and Supernanny USA are narrated by Nick Frost, who bears no relation to Jo Frost. The theme song is "Be Good Johnny," by Men at Work, though the show's version is Colin Hay's solo version, which appears on his album Man @ Work. Beginning with US Season 6, the song was discontinued.

Jo Frost: Extreme Parental Guidance began as a follow-up to the British Supernanny on 9 February 2010. The final episode of Extreme Parental Guidance aired on 5 August 2012 on E4. Series 1 was narrated Bob Marsden, and Series 2 was narrated by Anthony Green.

Season 6 was supposed to be the last season of the USA version, as stated in the May 2010 newsletter on, but ABC brought it back for a seventh season. Jo Frost herself later confirmed that this would be the last season.[4] The final episode aired on 18 March 2011.

Lifetime developed a spin-off of the series, licensing the concept from program producer Shed Media. Titled America's Supernanny, the series is "the first true U.S. version of the hit global format that will feature Deborah Tillman."[5]


The USA shows begin with a short introductory clip of highlights from the episode; after the title segment, Frost is featured riding in a London TXII with the vanity plate "SPRNANNY", where she shows a DVD player with the family's submission video. The submission video introduces the parent(s), children, with their ages, and in some cases other important family members, single parents, as well as the parents' occupations (including if one parent stays at home with the children) and the specific issues the family is facing including clips, concluded by a final call for help alongside a reassuring statement from Frost telling the family she's "on her way!"

Frost spends the first day in observation mode, taking mental notes to assess the situation and to devise a plan of action. If a situation is especially serious, she will point out the matter for immediate action. After the first day, she holds the parents' meeting (with clips showing the parents initial reaction), where she praises the family for their beautiful children and then mentions the problems noted. (Earlier episodes had the meeting at the end of the first day; later episodes have it the following day.)

Frost then returns with tools designed to assist the parents in child-rearing. For example, if she determines that the children are misbehaving due to a lack of scheduled activity time with the parents, she will bring in a set schedule, customized for the family's needs. She frequently devises "house rules" for the family. Sometimes the rules are predetermined by Frost, and other times she provides a blank paper and has the family devise them. Frequent issues on the show involve discipline (as Frost does not endorse spanking as a means, she introduces the family to the "naughty chair/step" timeout) and sleep separation.

After a time, Frost leave the houses to allow the family to implement her actions on their own. The parents' actions are still being filmed, and upon her return Frost calls another parents' meeting to praise them for doing well and/or show them where they went wrong. She then provides reinforcement as needed.

The ending shows the family saying goodbye to Frost. Later episodes feature the family at a later time showing how well her techniques have worked, along with (after the credits, often featuring a blooper segment) a teaser segment for the next week's episode.

Frost has called in outside assistance on more than one occasion:

  • One family was dealing with an autistic son; Frost called in a clinical professor with expertise in autism to assist the family in communicating with their son.
  • Another family (from the Chicago area) had a son showing signs of disrespect and future juvenile delinquency; Frost called in Chicago native and NBA superstar Dwyane Wade to speak with him.
  • A third family had the father exhibiting classic signs of abuse (especially toward the female members of the family); Frost called in a social worker with expertise in abusive behaviour, as well as a woman who was abused by her father and, as a result, made poor decisions in relationships.
  • In another case, the father was an alcoholic, and Frost located a nearby Alcoholics Anonymous support group for him to attend.
  • One family had deaf parents who were being taken advantage of by the younger children, who were not deaf; Frost called in an interpreter to help with communication.
  • One family was dealing with a son who has type 1 diabetes, so Frost compiled a chart of celebrities living with diabetes and called upon a professional snowboarder who is diabetic and runs snowboard camps for children who are diabetic.
  • One family was dealing with a daughter who had Down syndrome; Frost called in the professor from the segment with the autistic boy to help the girl and enlist the family in speech therapy.


In their book Handbook of Psychological Assessment, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment, Children and Adolescents, Michel Hersen and David Reitman state, "With considerable skill, Super Nanny Jo Frost implements standard, evidence-based contingency management procedures, as well as heavy evidence of creating alternative positive activity structures."[6] The show has had its critics, and not all child-care experts agree with her approach.[7][8] Some people find that the children's right to privacy has been violated[9] and that children are embarrassed when put on the "naughty step".[10] Newcastle University media and cultural-studies lecturer Tracey Jensen believes that the format results in the mother being "shamed before she is transformed".[9]

The show, viewed by six million people in its first year, was an "instant success." Shows were created in 48 countries by 2014 that were tailored after Supernanny.[7][8] The UK show ran six seasons.[11] The United States version aired on ABC.[12] Like the UK version, the American Supernanny was also a success and garnered Frost invitations to Late Show with David Letterman, The Oprah Winfrey Show, and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.[7] In 2011, Frost quit Supernanny, and Deborah Tillman, who ran a group of play schools, was hired as her replacement for the United States show.

DVD releases[edit]

A DVD release of Supernanny entitled When Little Kids Cause Big Headaches was released in the UK on 12 April 2010.[13] A DVD release of Supernanny USA was released in Region 1 in the USA on 16 May 2006.[14]


Supernanny (U.K.) series overview[15][16]
SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
137 July 2004 (2004-07-07)21 July 2004 (2004-07-21)
2125 April 2005 (2005-04-05)28 September 2005 (2005-09-28)
3629 August 2006 (2006-08-29)3 October 2006 (2006-10-03)
4529 August 2007 (2007-08-29)26 September 2007 (2007-09-26)
5324 September 2008 (2008-09-24)8 October 2008 (2008-10-08)
Jo Frost: Extreme Parenting Guidance overview[17][18]
SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
169 February 2010 (2010-02-09)16 March 2010 (2010-03-16)
286 July 2011 (2011-07-06)5 August 2012 (2012-08-05)
Supernanny (U.S.) series overview[19][20]
SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11017 January 2005 (2005-01-17)2 May 2005 (2005-05-02)
21723 September 2005 (2005-09-23)18 September 2006 (2006-09-18)
3154 December 2006 (2006-12-04)6 August 2007 (2007-08-06)
4202 January 2008 (2008-01-02)25 June 2008 (2008-06-25)
5183 October 2008 (2008-10-03)1 May 2009 (2009-05-01)
61323 October 2009 (2009-10-23)12 March 2010 (2010-03-12)
7155 November 2010 (2010-11-05)18 March 2011 (2011-03-18)

International versions[edit]

Supernanny has been broadcast or slightly adapted in other countries.

Country Title Network(s) Other networks
 Australia Supernanny GEM (2011-2013)
Nine Network (2004-2013)
SBS One (2004–2013)
Extra (2012-2013)
Seven Network (2004-2013)
Eleven (2011–2013)
One (2009-2013)
Lifestyle Home (2011-2013)
 Belgium Supernanny vtm No other foreign networks applicable
 Brazil Supernanny SBT
 Czech Republic Superchůva k pohledání
Chůva v akci
Adult Swim
Prima televize
 China 育儿大师 Guizhou Satellite Channel
 Finland Supernanny Suomi mtv
 France Super Nanny
Les Nannies
 Germany Die Super Nanny (2004-2011)
Mission Familie (since 2014)
RTL Television
 Indonesia Supernanny MetroTV
 Israel Supernanny Channel 2
 Italy S.O.S. Tata La7
 Lithuania Super Auklė TV1
 Malaysia Supernanny NTV7
 Netherlands Eerste Hulp Bij Opvoeden RTL 4
 Poland Supernanny TVN
TVN Style
 Portugal Supernanny SIC
 Romania Supernanny Prima TV
 Russia Суперняня Ren-TV
 Singapore Supernanny MediaCorp Okto
 Spain Supernanny
S.O.S. Adolescentes
Cuatro TV Catalonia TV3
Basque Country (autonomous community) ETB 1
 Sweden Supernanny Sverige" TV3 No other foreign networks applicable
 United Kingdom
Original series
Supernanny Channel 4
Republic of Ireland RTÉ One
 United States Supernanny ABC) (2005-2011)
Esquire Network) (2009-2013)
CMT (2010-2012)
Up TV (2014-2015)
RTL 4 (2015-present)
United Kingdom Channel 4, E4
Canada W Network, Twist TV

Other countries[edit]

  • The UK version of Supernanny is shown on Channel 4 (and its sister channel E4) and in Ireland on RTÉ One.
  • The USA version of Supernanny is also shown in the UK on Channel 4 (and its sister channel E4).
  • Reruns of the USA version of Supernanny have been shown on Up TV since 2014, after Style Network, which formerly carried such reruns, was re-branded as Esquire Network, and they were also shown on CMT from 2010 to 2012. A version with a Dutch dubbing can also be seen on RTL 4 in the Netherlands. Plus, a lot of clips from episodes of both the UK and USA versions of the show, as well as full episodes of the latter version, can be found on the Supernanny YouTube channel.
  • The USA version is also shown in Canada on W Network and Twist TV.
  • The Brazilian version is nationally exhibited on Silvio Santos's SBT network. The Argentinian-born Chis Poli is the Brazilian Supernanny.
  • Katharina Saalfrank was the Supernanny in the German version, aired on RTL in a docufiction format, known to depict unreasonable family violence.
  • Dorota Zawadzka is the Supernanny in the Polish version, aired on TVN, and a co-host of the talk-show I Ty możesz mieć superdziecko (You too can have a superchild), in which Supernanny analyses episodes from her series, talks to celebrity parents and gives her advice. It is broadcast by TVN Style.
Rocio Ramos in the Spanish series
  • Cathy Kalthoum Sarrai was the Supernanny in the French version, aired by M6, until her death on 19 January 2010 from breast cancer.[21] After a period of mourning, a new version of the show called 'Nannies' aired on 10 September 2013.[22]
  • Rocio Ramos is the Supernanny in the Spanish version, broadcast on Cuatro. Another version with teenagers called S.O.S. Adolescentes is also aired on Cuatro. In the Spanish regions of Catalonia and Basque Country, the original version is broadcast by TV3 with Catalan dubbing and by ETB 1 with Basque dubbing respectively.
  • The Dutch version is called Eerste Hulp Bij Opvoeden. The name is a play on "Eerste Hulp Bij Ongevallen (EHBO)," the Dutch term for first aid.
  • The Italian version is called S.O.S. Tata, and aired on La7.
  • The Czech version is called Superchůva k pohledání, and aired on Adult Swim. Another version called Chůva v akci aired on TV Prima on 29 March 2006. The nannies were Ivana Chramostová, Eva Popelková and Irena Valchářová.
  • The Singaporean version network on MediaCorp TV12 okto.
  • The Malaysian version network on Ntv7.
  • The Indonesian version network on MetroTV.
  • The first Romanian nanny was Irina Petrea. The second was Raluca Iuga. The show aired on Prima TV.
  • The Israeli Supernanny is Michal Daliot. Aired on Channel 2, the show is also called Supernanny.
  • The Chinese version of Supernanny is broadcast on CCTV. However, prior to creating a Mainland China-set version, the Mandarin Chinese dubs were based on Supernanny USA.
  • Wendy Bosmans is the Supernanny in the Belgian version aired on vtm.
  • In Australia Supernanny is aired on channel GEM and also previously aired on the Nine Network between 2005-2006.
  • The Russian Supernanny is Natalya Barlozhetskaya. Aired on Ren-TV channel, the show is also called Supernanny.
  • The Portuguese Supernanny was clinical psychologist Teresa Paula Marques. Only two episodes ever aired on SIC, in January 2018: the National Commission for the Protection of Children and the Promotion of their Rights (Comissão Nacional de Promoção dos Direitos e Proteção das Crianças e Jovens) received 21 complaints about the programme and emitted a statement on the "danger of exposure and of the poor image it gave of the children" and on how it was potentially "in violation of children's rights, namely the right to own image, and to respect for his of her private and family life". Prompted by the Public Prosecution Service, a civil court order was issued mandating that the children's voices and faces be blurred, as well as their parents' and those of any other people that could potentially be used to identify the children: in response, SIC announced they would cancel the programme.[23]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lifetime Brings Back Parenting Reality Series ‘Supernanny’ For 20-Episode Order To Debut In 2020 – Upfront Deadline Hollywood, March 27, 2019
  2. ^
  3. ^ Deans, Jason (30 August 2006). "'Mrs O' sees off Richard and Judy". The Guardian. London. Retrieved 24 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Supernanny: Jo Frost Calling It Quits After Seven Seasons". 7 November 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
  5. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (11 August 2011). "Lifetime Orders New U.S. Version Of 'Supernanny'". Retrieved 11 August 2011. Cite error: The named reference "deadline" was defined multiple times with different content (see the help page).
  6. ^ Michel Hersen; David Reitman (13 May 2008). Handbook of Psychological Assessment, Case Conceptualization, and Treatment, Children and Adolescents. John Wiley & Sons. p. 333. ISBN 978-0-470-17357-2.
  7. ^ a b c Sean Macaulay (28 January 2010). "Jo Frost interview: How a nanny from South London went on to become an Oprah-approved, world famous, multimillionaire childcare phenomenon". The Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  8. ^ a b Gordon, Byrony (13 September 2014). "Jo Frost interview: The day Supernanny came to tea". The Daily Telegraph. UK: Telegraph Media Group Limited. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  9. ^ a b Campbell, Alex (3 May 2013). "Six childcare gurus who have changed parenting". BBC News. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  10. ^ Duerden, Nick (8 September 2007). "Jo Frost: Nanny state". BBC News. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  11. ^ "Supernanny TV Episodes". Supernanny TV Series, UK, Ricochet Limited. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  12. ^ Calhoun, Ada (16 October 2005). "Supercalanormalistic". The New York Times. Retrieved 18 March 2015.
  13. ^ "Supernanny [DVD]". Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  14. ^ "Supernanny DVD 2006 Region 1 US Import NTSC". Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  15. ^ "Supernanny (UK)". Channel 4.
  16. ^ "Supernanny (UK)".
  17. ^ "Jo Frost: Extreme Parenting Guidance (series 1)". Channel 4.
  18. ^ "Jo Frost: Extreme Parenting Guidance (series 2)". Channel 4.
  19. ^ "Supernanny (US)". UPtv.
  20. ^ "Shows A-Z - supernanny (US) on abc". the Futon Critic. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  21. ^ "Super Nanny est décédée". (in French). 20 January 2010. Retrieved 29 October 2012.
  22. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 10 September 2013. Retrieved 10 September 2013. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  23. ^ Faria, Natália (26 January 2018). "SIC suspende transmissão do Supernanny" [SIC cancels Supernanny]. Público (in Portuguese). Retrieved 27 January 2018.

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