The Ellen Burstyn Show

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The Ellen Burstyn Show
Ellen Burstyn Show.jpg
Created byNorman Steinberg
David Frankel
Written byRobert Bruce
Howard Gewirtz
Bob Rosenfarb
Norman Steinberg
Martin Weiss
Directed byNorman Steinberg
Dolores Ferraro
Sam Weisman
StarringEllen Burstyn
Elaine Stritch
Megan Mullally
Barry Sobel
Jesse Tendler
Opening theme"Nothing in the World Like Love" performed by Rita Coolidge
Composer(s)Artie Butler
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Norman Steinberg
Producer(s)David Frankel
Ronald E. Frazier
CinematographyGeorge Spiro Dibie
Editor(s)Andy Ackerman
Jimmy B. Frazier
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Ellen Burstyn Productions
P.S. 235 Productions
Touchstone Television
DistributorDisney-ABC Domestic Television
Original networkABC
Audio formatMonaural
Original releaseSeptember 20, 1986 (1986-09-20) –
September 5, 1987 (1987-09-05)

The Ellen Burstyn Show is an American sitcom starring Ellen Burstyn. The series was produced by Touchstone Television and debuted on ABC on September 20, 1986. The series was canceled after 13 episodes.


Burstyn played Baltimore college professor Ellen Brewer, who sometimes had to deal not only with the students she has to tutor, but also with her meddling mother (played by fellow veteran Broadway/film actress Elaine Stritch), her divorced daughter (Megan Mullally) and her 5​12 year old grandson (played by Jesse Tendler).


Actor Role
Ellen Burstyn Ellen Brewer
Megan Mullally Molly Brewer Ross
Elaine Stritch Sydney Brewer
Barry Sobel Tom Hines
Jesse Tendler Nick Ross
Timothy Biggins Mike Brewer


The series debuted on September 20, 1986, and ran until November 15, 1986. It was cancelled after eight episodes but returned in August of 1987 to burn off the remaining five episodes. The final episode aired on September 5, 1987, ranking as the third-lowest-rated series on network television (77th out of 79 shows, with a 7.6/13 rating/share).[1]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"Norman SteinbergTeleplay by: David Frankel
Story by: Norman Steinberg & David Frankel
September 20, 1986 (1986-09-20)
2"Monkey Business"TBATBASeptember 27, 1986 (1986-09-27)
3"Where There's a Will"TBATBAOctober 4, 1986 (1986-10-04)
4"The Guest Lecturer"TBATBAOctober 18, 1986 (1986-10-18)
5"Crime and Punishment"TBATBAOctober 25, 1986 (1986-10-25)
6"Sydney's Night Out"TBATBANovember 1, 1986 (1986-11-01)
7"Reading Between the Lines"TBATBANovember 8, 1986 (1986-11-08)
8"Family Affair"TBATBANovember 15, 1986 (1986-11-15)
9"Molly Sings the Blues"TBATBAAugust 8, 1987 (1987-08-08)
10"Writer, Wronger"TBATBAAugust 15, 1987 (1987-08-15)
11"The Box"TBATBAAugust 22, 1987 (1987-08-22)
12"Writes of Passage"TBATBASeptember 5, 1987 (1987-09-05)
13"I'm Dancing Faster Than I Can"TBATBAUNAIRED


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