The Mommies (TV series)

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The Mommies
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Created by
  • Terry Grossman
  • Kathy Speer
  • Steve Dorff
  • Rich Eames
  • Scott Gale
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes38
Executive producers
  • Terry Grossman
  • Tim O'Donnell
  • Kathy Speer
  • Rick Newberger
  • Julie Tsutsui
  • Darryl Palagi
  • George Spiro Dibie
  • Michael Weitzman
  • Frank Mazzaro
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 18, 1993 (1993-09-18) –
June 10, 1995 (1995-06-10)

The Mommies is an American sitcom television series created by Terry Grossman and Kathy Speer that aired on NBC from September 18, 1993, to June 10, 1995.[1][2]

NBC originally canceled The Mommies after one season along with other Saturday night sitcoms Café Americain and Nurses. Due to increased ratings during summer reruns, NBC renewed the series for midseason with some tweaks in format (as well as its title shortened to simply Mommies). However, the ratings dropped again in season 2, and the series was pulled in the spring of 1995, with its final episode being burned off over the summer.


The series was loosely based on the real-life personas of Caryl Kristensen and Marilyn Kentz (aka The Mommies) as suburban neighbors and their families in Petaluma, California. Episodes focused on how they dealt with parenting and modern-day issues. The duo also co-produced and co-wrote the series. Neighbors "Perfect Mom" Barb Ballantine (Julia Duffy) and "Mr. Mom" Tom Booker (Jere Burns) were introduced in the middle of season one with Duffy becoming a series regular.

Season two brought several changes to the series. Jere Burns was upgraded to series regular, Paul Kellogg was recast, Marilyn got divorced, and Barb's never before seen husband (played by fellow Newhart alum Peter Scolari) became recurring. Also laugh track usage was reduced.





Season 1 (1993–94)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"Terry HughesKathy Speer & Terry GrossmanSeptember 18, 1993 (1993-09-18)
22"Those Lowdown Ultrasound Pink-or-Blues"Terry HughesLinda MarrSeptember 25, 1993 (1993-09-25)
33"Death of a Crossing Guard"Terry HughesEllen Sandler & Cindy ChupackOctober 2, 1993 (1993-10-02)
44"Take Me Out Anywhere But the Ballgame"Terry HughesMichael Davidoff & Bill RosenthalOctober 9, 1993 (1993-10-09)
55"Much I Do About Nothing"Terry HughesMichael Davidoff & Bill RosenthalOctober 16, 1993 (1993-10-16)
66"Revenge of the Mommies"Terry HughesNick LeRoseOctober 23, 1993 (1993-10-23)
77"I Got the Music in Me"Terry HughesLisa A. BannickNovember 6, 1993 (1993-11-06)
88"Doggie Dearest"Terry HughesNick LeRoseNovember 13, 1993 (1993-11-13)
99"Thanks, But No Thanksgiving"Terry HughesEllen Sandler & Cindy ChupackNovember 20, 1993 (1993-11-20)
1010"Friends and Mothers"Terry HughesLinda MarrNovember 27, 1993 (1993-11-27)
1111"Sleeping Around"Terry HughesEllen Sandler & Cindy ChupackDecember 9, 1993 (1993-12-09)
1212"Christmas"Gary BrownNick LeRoseDecember 11, 1993 (1993-12-11)
1313"Quality Time"Gary BrownMichael Davidoff & Bill RosenthalDecember 18, 1993 (1993-12-18)
1414"The Fight"Gary BrownLisa A. BannickJanuary 8, 1994 (1994-01-08)
1515"Home Alone"Terry HughesNick LeRoseJanuary 15, 1994 (1994-01-15)
1616"The Old Man Cometh"Gary BrownNick LeRoseJanuary 29, 1994 (1994-01-29)
"Bringing Home Baby
Five Minutes Apart"
Gary BrownLinda MarrFebruary 5, 1994 (1994-02-05)
1919"Valentine's Day"Gary BrownMichael Davidoff & Bill RosenthalFebruary 12, 1994 (1994-02-12)
2020"Mr. Mommie"Gary BrownNick LeRoseMarch 19, 1994 (1994-03-19)
2121"The Campfire Girls"Gary BrownMichael Davidoff & Bill RosenthalApril 2, 1994 (1994-04-02)
2222"A Day in the Life"Gary BrownLisa A. BannickApril 16, 1994 (1994-04-16)
2323"Mommies Day"Gary BrownLinda MarrMay 7, 1994 (1994-05-07)
2424"The Exercist"Gary BrownEllen Sandler & Cindy ChupackMay 7, 1994 (1994-05-07)

Season 2 (1995)[edit]

No. in
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
251"Tom's Deal"Art DielhennEllen Sandler & Cindy ChupackJanuary 2, 1995 (1995-01-02)
262"The Mother of All In-Laws"Joanna KernsEllen Sandler & Cindy ChupackJanuary 7, 1995 (1995-01-07)
273"Enter Christine"Frank BonnerStory by : Tim O'Donnell
Teleplay by : Nick LeRose
January 14, 1995 (1995-01-14)
284"Enter Ken"Art DielhennNick LeRoseJanuary 21, 1995 (1995-01-21)
295"Coming Apart"Tim O'DonnellTim O'DonnellJanuary 28, 1995 (1995-01-28)
306"You Must Remember This"Art DielhennRick NewbergerFebruary 4, 1995 (1995-02-04)
317"I Do, I Do Again"Frank BonnerRick NewbergerFebruary 25, 1995 (1995-02-25)
328"The Dating Pool"Art DielhennEllen Sandler & Cindy ChupackMarch 4, 1995 (1995-03-04)
339"Who Am I?"Joanna KernsGeoffrey MillerMarch 18, 1995 (1995-03-18)
3410"Mystery Ride"Art DielhennMichael Davidoff & Bill RosenthalMarch 18, 1995 (1995-03-18)
3511"My Roof, My Rules"Art DielhennLinda MarrMarch 25, 1995 (1995-03-25)
3612"Selling Out"Frank BonnerEllen Sandler & Cindy ChupackApril 3, 1995 (1995-04-03)
3713"Four Mommies and a Funeral"Frank BonnerNick LeRoseJune 10, 1995 (1995-06-10)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1992 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Youth Comedienne in a TV Show Ashley Peldon
Best Performance: Young Actress in a TV Comedy Series Courtney Peldon
Best Performance by an Actress Under Ten in a TV Series Ashley Peldon
Best Performance by an Actor Under Ten in a TV Series Sam Gifaldi
1994 Nominated Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series Sam Gifaldi, Ryan Merriman, Ashley Peldon, Shiloh Strong and Joey Zimmerman
Best Actor Under Ten in a Television Series or Show Sam Gifaldi


  1. ^ Doggrell, Glenn (January 12, 1995). "COMEDY : Caryl Kristensen: Mining the Mother Load Pays Off Big". Los Angeles Times.
  2. ^ Templeton, David (January 26, 2018). "Looking Back: When 'The Mommies' were Petaluma's favorite local comedians". Argus-Courier.

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