The Naked Truth (TV series)

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The Naked Truth
Genre Sitcom
Created by Chris Thompson
Written by Jenny Bicks
Leslie Caveny
Robert Cohen
Allan Heinberg
Gary Janetti
Ken Keeler
Carol Leifer
Paul Lieberstein
Tom Martin
Laurie Parres
Phoef Sutton
Rachel Sweet
Chris Thompson
Miriam Trogdon
James Vallely
Mark Wilding
Directed by Robby Benson
Peter Bonerz
Matthew Diamond
Art Dielhenn
Dennis Erdman
Michael Lessac
Gail Mancuso
Rob Schiller
Starring Téa Leoni
Darryl Sivad
Holland Taylor
Tom Verica
Jake Sullivan
Mark Roberts
Dave Fontaine
Jonathan Penner
Jack Blessing
Amy Ryan
Composer(s) Dan Foliart
Alan Elliott
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 55 (7 unaired)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Brillstein-Grey Entertainment
Christopher Thompson Productions (season 1)
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network ABC (1995–1996)
NBC (1997–1998)
Original release September 13, 1995 (1995-09-13) – May 25, 1998 (1998-05-25)

The Naked Truth is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from 1995 to 1996, and on NBC from 1996 to 1998. The series stars Téa Leoni and Holland Taylor. The show took place at the office of a tabloid news publication.


Pulitzer Prize nominated photographer Nora Wilde (Téa Leoni) divorces her rich, philandering husband Leland Banks, asking for nothing in the settlement except the use of her maiden name. Broke and without prospects for employment, Nora seeks work at The Comet, a sleazy celebrity tabloid owned by Sir Rudolph Halley (Tim Curry) and run by ruthless Camilla Dane (Holland Taylor). Initially, Nora is repulsed by the depths to which she has to sink for her new job – she finds herself in demeaning situations such as stealing Anna Nicole Smith's urine to run a pregnancy test, and staking out the sewer for mutant alligators – but before long, she begins to feel at home. Nora's coworkers include egotistical Nicky Columbus (Jonathan Penner), a potential love interest; T.J. (Darryl Sivad), a humorless African-American man always clad in dark sunglasses; and Stupid Dave (Mark Roberts) who is mentally challenged. At home, Nora deals with deranged building manager Mr. Donner (Jack Blessing) and Chloe Banks (Amy Ryan), her best friend and former step-daughter.

In the second season, the show switched networks and was retooled. Meat-mogul Les Polanski (George Wendt) buys The Comet, intending to make it a respectable publication. Gone were the outlandishly zany antics from the first season, and Stupid Dave was now merely referred to as Dave. Chloe disappears without explanation, as does Mr. Donner (since Nora has a new apartment). Mary Tyler Moore (replacing Dyan Cannon from season one) and George Segal both make frequent guest appearances as Nora's parents in season two, eventually moving into the apartment across the hall.

Season three saw enormous changes. Camilla quits The Comet and moves on to rival tabloid The National Inquisitor, leaving most of the staff behind. By this point, she and Nora had become close, so she asks Nora to join her at the Inquisitor. Also moving to The Inquisitor was Dave, who was no longer mentally challenged. Their new coworkers include smug reporter Jake Sullivan (Tom Verica), photographer Suji (Amy Hill), studious fact checker Harris (Jim Rash), and Bradley Crosby (Chris Elliott), the self-proclaimed illegitimate son of Bing Crosby.


The series began on ABC and was canceled after a single season despite ranking at #25 with an 11.4 rating. For its second season, the series moved to NBC[1] with new cast members and a general retooling of the show away from its tabloid settings. The second season ranked at #4 with a 16.8 rating. Its third and final season plummeted to #74 and was canceled at the end of the season.


Season 1[edit]

# Title Original airdate Guest-stars
1-1 "Wilde Again" (Pilot) September 13, 1995 Anna Nicole Smith
1-2 "Bald Star in Hot Oil Fest!" September 20, 1995 Tom Hanks
1-3 "Elvis is Coming!" September 27, 1995 Larry Drake
1-4 "Woman Jokes While Husband Croaks!" October 4, 1995 Michael York
1-5 "Sex Crazed Sitcom Zombie Gropes Shutterbug (In Midnight Morgue Orgy)!" October 18, 1995 Rip Taylor
1-6 "Hero Pig Goes Hog Wild!" November 1, 1995 Robert Donner
1-7 "Real Life Henry Higgins Turns Dork Into Duke!" November 8, 1995 Tawny Kitaen
1-8 "Star and Comet Collide! Giant Bugs Invade!" November 15, 1995 Suzanne Somers, Betty White
1-9 "Girl Buys Soup While Woman Weds Ape!" November 29, 1995 George Segal, Dyan Cannon, Bob Saget
1-10 "Woman Weds Siamese Twins!" December 5, 1995 Victoria Jackson
1-11 "Comet Nails Star and Vice Versa!" December 13, 1995 D.W. Moffett
1-12 "Sewer Gators, Swordplay, Santa from Hell!" December 20, 1995 Tim Curry
1-13 "Shocking Tales of Hollywood Gunplay!" January 3, 1996
1-14 "Woman Loses Space Alien, Finds God!" January 10, 1996 Steven Eckholdt
1-15 "Man Wakes Up With Stranger in Pants!" January 17, 1996 Sheryl Crow
1-16 "The Bubble Show!" January 31, 1996 Rob Lowe
1-17 "Women Rises in World, Falls on Face!" February 7, 1996 George Hamilton
1-18 "Sisters In Sex Triangle With Gazillionaire!" February 14, 1996 Tim Curry, Sally Kellerman
1-19 "Man Loses Load While Woman Can't Dump!" February 21, 1996
1-20 "Hollywood Honors Male Prostitute!" February 28, 1996

Season 2[edit]

# Title Original airdate Guest-stars
2-1 "We're At NBC Now" January 16, 1997 Anna Nicole Smith
2-2 "Woman Gets Plastered, Star Gets Even" January 23, 1997 Tom Arnold
2-3 "Itching For A Cat" January 30, 1997 Mo Gaffney
2-4 "The Sister Show" February 6, 1997 Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal, Paula Cale
2-5 "A Year In the Life" February 13, 1997 Mary Tyler Moore, Billy Campbell
2-6 "The Dating Game (a.k.a. Roommates)" February 20, 1997 Paula Cale
2-7 "Comet Lands In Man's Garage" February 27, 1997 Robert Mailhouse
2-8 "The Scoop" March 14, 1997 Jon Lovitz
2-9 "The Birds" March 21, 1997 Stephen Tobolowsky
2-10 "The Debt" March 28, 1997 Carol Leifer
2-11 "The Parents" (1) April 3, 1997 Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal
2-12 "The Spa" (2) April 3, 1997 Mary Tyler Moore, George Segal
2-13 "The Source" May 14, 1997 Kenneth Mars

Season 3[edit]

# Title Original airdate Guest-stars
3-1 "Things Change" September 22, 1997 Ian McShane
3-2 "Her Girl Friday" September 29, 1997
3-3 "Bully For Dave" October 6, 1997 Norman Fell, Charo
3-4 "Liesl Weapon" October 13, 1997 Shannon Kenny
3-5 "Bridesface Revisited" October 20, 1997 Ian McShane, Morgan Fairchild, Garry Marshall
3-6 "We Almost Had Paris" November 10, 1997 John Tesh
3-7 "Look At Me! Look At Me!" November 17, 1997 Sarah Silverman
3-8 "Going Mein Way" November 24, 1997 Christopher Neame
3-9 "He Ain't Famous, He's My Brother" December 8, 1997 Frank Stallone, Bill Daily, Megan Mullally
3-10 "The Unsinkable Nora Wilde" December 15, 1997
3-11 "Hooked on Heroine" January 26, 1998 Lyle Waggoner
3-12 "Women on the Verge of a Rhytidectomy" February 2, 1998
3-13 "812" February 9, 1998
3-14 "The Neighbor of Bath" March 9, 1998 Dom DeLuise
3-15 "Day of the Locos" May 25, 1998
3-16 "Muddy for Nothing" unaired Conchata Ferrell
3-17 "Born to Be Wilde" unaired Gary Coleman
3-18 "The Seer and The Sucker" unaired
3-19 "Can't We All Just Get Along?" unaired
3-20 "Bob & Carol & Ted & Alice, Except With Different Names" (1) unaired Jack Coleman
3-21 "Jake or Fake?" (2) unaired Jack Coleman
3-22 "Up, Up, And Away" unaired Fred Stoller


  1. ^ Nick Sebek and Russell Wodell. "The Naked Truth" -

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