The Simple Life (1998 TV series)

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The Simple Life
Created byPamela Norris
Prudence Fraser
Robert Sternin
Herb Hamsher
StarringJudith Light
Florence Stanley
Brett Cullen
James Patrick Stuart
Ashlee Levitch
Ross Malinger
Eliza Dean
Sara Rue
Jeff Blumenkrantz
Composer(s)Bruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Prudence Fraser
Robert Sternin
Pamela Norris
Robbie Schwartz
Herb Hamsher
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Sternin and Fraser Ink
CC Lyons Productions
Bell Prime Time
Columbia TriStar Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJune 3 –
July 8, 1998 (1998-07-08)

The Simple Life is an American sitcom starring Judith Light which aired on CBS from June 3 until July 8, 1998.


A Martha Stewart-like TV star decides to move her TV show from Manhattan to a rustic farm in upstate New York.[1]

CBS tried another show similar in content earlier in 1998, Style & Substance starring Jean Smart as a lifestyle expert, which was cancelled after 5 episodes while 7 more episodes were aired during the summer.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Pamela FrymanPamela Norris & Prudence Fraser & Robert SterninJune 3, 1998 (1998-06-03)
Sara Campbell, a leading authority on homespun country living, decides to abandon her posh Manhattan digs to tape her do-it-yourself home show from a rustic, centuries-old farm in upstate New York.
2"The Remodeling Show"Ellen GittelsohnPamela NorrisJune 10, 1998 (1998-06-10)
Sara kicks Luke out of his home when she decides to return the farm to its 18th-century charm. The gang discovers a gruesome secret about the original owner.
3"The Church Supper"Philip Charles MacKenziePamela Norris & Robert Sternin & Robbie SchwartzJune 15, 1998 (1998-06-15)
Sara and Luke go to a church supper where Sara participates in a pie-eating contest.
4"The Other Mother"TBATBAJune 17, 1998 (1998-06-17)
When Muriel refuses to talk about Sara's childhood on a TV show, Sara hires an actress to be her mother for the day.
5"Sara's Ex"Philip Charles MacKenzieWayne LemonJune 24, 1998 (1998-06-24)
Sara's ex announces that he is writing a tell-all book.
6"The Fly-Fishing Show"Rod DanielAnne Lewis & Melanie MacfeeJuly 1, 1998 (1998-07-01)
When Sara takes Luke and the kids on a fishing trip, she doesn't realize that her show is about to be cancelled.
7"The Luke and Sara Show"Dorothy LymanTeleplay by: Pamela Norris & Robert Sternin
Story by: Pamela Norris
July 8, 1998 (1998-07-08)
The network president wants Luke to have an on-camera role.


  1. ^ TV Guide. "The Simple Life Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-02-21.

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