The Ellen Burstyn Show

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The Ellen Burstyn Show
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Genre Sitcom
Created by Norman Steinberg
David Frankel
Written by Robert Bruce
Howard Gewirtz
Bob Rosenfarb
Norman Steinberg
Martin Weiss
Directed by Norman Steinberg
Dolores Ferraro
Sam Weisman
Starring Ellen 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 origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (1 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Norman Steinberg
Producer(s) David Frankel
Ronald E. Frazier
Cinematography George Spiro Dibie
Editor(s) Andy Ackerman
Jimmy B. Frazier
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Ellen Burstyn Productions
P.S. 235 Productions
Touchstone Television
Distributor Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Original network ABC
Audio format Monaural
Original release September 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 512 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 ranking 77th out of 79 shows and averaging only a 7.6/13 rating/share.[1]


Ep # Title Airdate
1 Pilot September 20, 1986
2 "Monkey Business" September 27, 1986
3 "Where There's a Will" October 4, 1986
4 "The Guest Lecturer" October 18, 1986
5 "Crime and Punishment" October 25, 1986
6 "Sydney's Night Out" November 1, 1986
7 "Reading Between the Lines" November 8, 1986
8 "Family Affair" November 15, 1986
9 "Molly Sings the Blues" August 8, 1987
10 "Writer, Wronger" August 15, 1987
11 "The Box" August 22, 1987
12 "Writes of Passage" September 5, 1987
13 "I'm Dancing Faster Than I Can" UNAIRED


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