The Single Guy

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The Single Guy
Created byBrad Hall
Starring
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44
Production
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Hall of Production
(1995–1996)
(season 1)
NBC Productions
(1995–1996)
(season 1)
NBC Studios
(1996–1997)
(season 2)
Castle Rock Entertainment
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 21, 1995 – April 14, 1997

The Single Guy is an American television sitcom that ran for two seasons on NBC, from September 1995 to April 1997. It starred Jonathan Silverman as struggling New York City writer Jonathan Eliot and followed several of his close friends (some of whom came and left as the show was re-tooled between seasons). The series also starred Joey Slotnick as Eliot's best friend Sam Sloan, Ming-Na Wen as Sam's wife Trudy and Ernest Borgnine as doorman Manny, throughout its entire run. The Single Guy was created by Brad Hall.

Cast[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1995–96)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Pilot"Sam WeismanBrad HallSeptember 21, 1995 (1995-09-21)
22"Tennis"Sam WeismanBrad HallSeptember 28, 1995 (1995-09-28)
33"Gift"Sam WeismanRichard DoctorowOctober 5, 1995 (1995-10-05)
44"Babysitting"TBAJohn MasiusOctober 12, 1995 (1995-10-12)
55"Charity"TBAAndrew Gottlieb & Jay Kogen & Steve PaymerOctober 19, 1995 (1995-10-19)
66"Neighbors"TBADavid Kohan & Max MutchnikNovember 2, 1995 (1995-11-02)
77"Mugging"Sam WeismanDavid Kohan & Max Mutchnik & Richard DoctorowNovember 9, 1995 (1995-11-09)
88"Sister"TBASteve PaymerNovember 16, 1995 (1995-11-16)
99"Attraction"TBAJay KogenDecember 7, 1995 (1995-12-07)
1010"Midnight"TBAJay KogenDecember 14, 1995 (1995-12-14)
1111"Communication"Sam WeismanRichard DoctorowJanuary 4, 1996 (1996-01-04)
1212"Nineteen"TBAJim McCoulfJanuary 11, 1996 (1996-01-11)
1313"Distance"TBASteve PaymerJanuary 18, 1996 (1996-01-18)
1414"Rival"TBARichard DoctorowFebruary 1, 1996 (1996-02-01)
1515"Pudding"Sam WeismanDavid Kohan & Max MutchnikFebruary 8, 1996 (1996-02-08)
1616"Affair"TBAAndrew GottliebFebruary 15, 1996 (1996-02-15)
1717"Wedding"TBABrad HallFebruary 22, 1996 (1996-02-22)
1818"Poetry"Craig ZiskPaul BarroseMarch 7, 1996 (1996-03-07)
1919"Lovenest"Craig ZiskBrad Hall & Richard DoctorowMarch 14, 1996 (1996-03-14)
2020"Kids"Craig ZiskAndrew Gottlieb & John MasiusMay 2, 1996 (1996-05-02)
2121"Pop"Craig ZiskAndrew GottliebMay 9, 1996 (1996-05-09)
2222"Moving"David TrainerRichard Doctorow & Jay KogenMay 16, 1996 (1996-05-16)

Season 2 (1996–97)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
231"Mounted Cop"TBATBASeptember 19, 1996 (1996-09-19)
242"Best Man"TBATBASeptember 26, 1996 (1996-09-26)
253"Good God"TBATBAOctober 3, 1996 (1996-10-03)
264"Kept Man"TBATBAOctober 10, 1996 (1996-10-10)
275"Strip Club"TBATBAOctober 17, 1996 (1996-10-17)
286"Love Train"Craig ZiskTBAOctober 31, 1996 (1996-10-31)
297"The Virgin"TBATBANovember 7, 1996 (1996-11-07)
308"Double Date"TBATBANovember 14, 1996 (1996-11-14)
319"Davy Jones"TBATBANovember 21, 1996 (1996-11-21)
3210"Deepest Cut"TBATBADecember 12, 1996 (1996-12-12)
3311"New Year"TBATBAJanuary 9, 1997 (1997-01-09)
3412"Like Father..."Max TashStephen Godchaux & Rachel SweetJanuary 16, 1997 (1997-01-16)

Beginning and reception[edit]

While the series was favored enough by NBC to earn a timeslot in its coveted "Must-See-TV" Thursday night line-up, it ultimately failed to generate enthusiasm with critics and viewers. It was largely written-off as one in a long line of "singles in the city" sitcoms that emerged in the mid-1990s, following the success of Seinfeld. Many of that hit show's calling cards were emulated in The Single Guy, from the neurotic best friend who occasionally does reprehensible things, to its main character's rotating cast of flawed girlfriends. Jonathan and friends would also regularly hang out at a local coffee shop, The Bagel Cafe.

Ending[edit]

Perhaps aware of its impending cancellation, the series ended its second and final season with Jonathan Eliot married in Las Vegas, thus ending his single status.

Ultimately, it was one of the highest rated shows to ever get canceled, consistently attaining 4th or 5th place in the Nielsen ratings.[1] Most attribute this to the fact that it was hammocked in the coveted 8:30pm EST slot, between Friends and Seinfeld.[2] According to Entertainment Weekly, when the show was moved to a different time slot, its position in the ratings went into the low 60s.

Ross Geller (played by David Schwimmer), a character from the sitcom Friends, appeared on the show.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "TrivialTV's Nielsen Ratings archive". TrivialTV. Ratings for the week of November 11–17, 1996 (data: weekly ratings, Nielsen Media Research):
    1. ER
    2. Seinfeld
    3. Suddenly Susan
    4. Friends
    5. The Single Guy
    6. Pandora's Clock (Part 2)
    7. Home Improvement
    8. Frasier
    9. Mad About You
    10. Touched by an Angel
  2. ^ Ken Tucker (October 6, 1995). "The Single Guy". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2017-08-16.

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