Thea (TV series)

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Genre Sitcom
Created by Bernie Kukoff
Written by Bill Bryan
Lenore G. Bunt
Dan Cohen
Elias Davis
Tom Devanney
Michelle Jones
Bernie Kukoff
David Kukoff
David Pollack
F.J. Pratt
Donald Seigel
Terri Schaffer Hicks
Chris Sheridan
Latrice Williams
Directed by John Bowab
Linda Day
Paul Kreppel
Jay Sandrich
Tony Singletary
Chuck Vinson
Starring Thea Vidale
Adam Jeffries
Brandy Norwood
Jason Weaver
Brenden Jefferson
Cleavant Derricks
Yvette Wilson
Theme music composer Freddie Washington
Benjamin Wright
Composer(s) Kurt Farquhar
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 19
Executive producer(s) Bernie Kukoff
Andrew Susskind
Producer(s) Tom Devanney
Mary Ellen Jones
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Castle Rock Entertainment
Columbia Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network ABC
Original release September 8, 1993 (1993-09-08) – February 16, 1994 (1994-02-16)

Thea is an American sitcom that premiered September 8, 1993 on ABC, and last aired on February 16, 1994, for a total of 19 episodes. Starring comedian Thea Vidale, the series marked the first time an African American female comedian was the star of a series named after her.[1]


Thea Vidale starred as the sassy Thea Turrell (known for her trademark one-liner of "See ya!"), a widowed mother of four who worked in a Houston, Texas supermarket by day and ran a 1-chair beauty salon on the corner of her porch in the evenings.

The show was the first to feature Brandy Norwood, who went on to become a Grammy-winning singer and the star of her own sitcom, Moesha, (with Yvette Wilson as a member of the supporting cast).

Although the show garnered high ratings at first, ratings declined steadily over the course of the season, and the series was canceled after 19 episodes. It ended the season in 43rd place.





No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "Pilot" Jay Sandrich Bernie Kukoff September 8, 1993 (1993-09-08)
Thea has a hectic routine: working at the supermarket checkout by day, dressing hair by night, and supervising her four demanding children. Jarvis gives his mother $25 which he earned delivering sandwiches during his school lunch hour, but she insists that he keep the money and eat his own lunch in the cafeteria. Danesha returns from taking James clothes-shopping, and James blabs that he had to keep trying on ill-fitting clothes while she talked on the phone to her new boyfriend Leonard, whom she's meeting at the library later. Thea insists that Leonard pick Danesha up at home so she can inspect him. Meanwhile, Jerome is supposedly at a friend's house doing a geography assignment, but Thea finds his geography book and knows that he has been at the video arcade instead, and grounds him before she leaves to attend a memorial service. It's the night of a big video-game competition, and Jerome sneaks out despite Jarvis' attempts to keep him at home, then must face Thea's wrath.
2 "Jerome Makes the Grade" Jay Sandrich Tom Devanney September 10, 1993 (1993-09-10)
Jerome is failing English because of his desperate attempts to make the school basketball team. When Thea forces him to finish his book report on "To Kill a Mockingbird", he doesn't make the team but gets an A on his report. Meanwhile, Danesha attempts to submit a video to America's Funniest Home Videos.
3 "Dirty Laundry" TBA TBA September 15, 1993 (1993-09-15)
The washing machine breaks down, which means endless trips to the laundromat. Meanwhile, Danesha's boyfriend is in hot water after he kisses another girl, and Thea puts him through the wringer before he can come clean with Danesha.
4 "How I Got Over" Jay Sandrich Michelle Jones September 29, 1993 (1993-09-29)
Thea gets a chance to train for manager, but Jerome plans a boxing-match party while Thea is at her night-school class.
5 "To Tell the Truth" Jay Sandrich Don Siegel October 6, 1993 (1993-10-06)
Jarvis lets his younger brother drive and they get into an accident, but the boys don't tell their mother who was behind the wheel. To punish them, Thea cooks up a scheme with Lynette, who pretends to have lost her wedding ring in her trash, now at the bottom of a very fragrant dumpster.
6 "Artie's Party" Chuck Vinson Bill Bryan & Tom Devanney October 13, 1993 (1993-10-13)
Conflict brews when Arthur invites Jerome to his bachelor party but Thea thinks he's too young to attend.
7 "Here Comes Mr. Gordon" TBA TBA October 15, 1993 (1993-10-15)
Thea acquires an unwanted admirer.
8 "Birthday Girl" TBA TBA November 3, 1993 (1993-11-03)
On her birthday, Thea's treasured gift of tickets to a Motown reunion concert go unused when her boss calls her in to work a replacement shift.
9 "Danesha Loooves Leonard" TBA TBA November 17, 1993 (1993-11-17)
When Danesha's romance with Leonard disrupts the household, Jarvis and Jerome hatch a plan to split them up.
10 "Mama, I'm Full" TBA TBA November 24, 1993 (1993-11-24)
Thea must work at the market on Thanksgiving, so she entrusts Danesha with the cooking of the family feast.
11 "Good Stock" TBA TBA December 1, 1993 (1993-12-01)
Jerome finds he has a knack with stocks, which leads Thea to lend him a real-investment stake.
12 "A Christmas Story" TBA TBA December 15, 1993 (1993-12-15)
Jarvis procrastinates putting up the Christmas lights because he's afraid of heights.
13 "Danesha Project" TBA TBA December 22, 1993 (1993-12-22)
Danesha teams up with Cliff Croverd, the most popular guy in school, for a social-studies project on single parents.
14 "Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow" TBA TBA January 5, 1994 (1994-01-05)
Thea finds herself in a hairy situation when she can't afford mandated improvements to her in-home salon and an inspector wants to close it down.
15 "Who's Zoomin' Who" TBA TBA January 12, 1994 (1994-01-12)
Marcella uses Jerome to make her boyfriend Dwayne jealous, while Jerome uses the relationship to meet his own needs. Meanwhile, Thea decides to fix her own plumbing after Charles can't make time to do it for her.
16 "Of Fish and Men" TBA TBA January 19, 1994 (1994-01-19)
Danesha is paired with a basketball star for a school project, but he tries to pass all the work off on her.
17 "Call Me Thea" TBA TBA February 2, 1994 (1994-02-02)
Thea takes a day off, leaving the kids to do the household chores. She visits her favorite barbecue joint, Mickey's, but Mickey has died and new owner Roy's cooking doesn't come close, so Thea joins the restaurant as the head chef.
18 "T.C.B." TBA TBA February 9, 1994 (1994-02-09)
Barbecue-sauce chef Thea is offered a restaurant partnership.
19 "The Pie Queen and the Loan Duck" TBA TBA February 16, 1994 (1994-02-16)
Jarvis needs space and privacy to study for his college SATs. Meanwhile, Thea is outraged when she learns that Mitch Mallard, the banker who holds the mortgage on the diner, eats there for free.

Ratings [2][3][4][edit]

  • Episode 1: 13.6/22, 20.7 million, #11
  • Episode 2: 10.4/20, 15.9 million, #29
  • Episode 3: 15.0/24, 23.4 million, #10
  • Episode 4: 10.1/17, 14.9 million, #52
  • Episode 5: 10.5/17, 15.4 million, #52
  • Episode 6: 10.3/16, 15.4 million, #53
  • Episode 7: 11.2/18, 17.0 million, #40
  • Episode 8: 10.0/16, 14.6 million, #57
  • Episode 9: 9.7/15, 15.1 million, #55
  • Episode 10: 9.3/16, 14.8 million, #56
  • Episode 11: 13.6/21, 22.2 million, #23
  • Episode 12: 9.6/16, 14.9 million, #54
  • Episode 13: 8.5/14, 14.2 million, #61
  • Episode 14: 11.4/17, 17.6 million, #45
  • Episode 15: 10.2/16, 15.0 million, #58
  • Episode 16: 11.5/17, 17.3 million, #47
  • Episode 17: 10.1/16, 15.6 million, #59
  • Episode 18: 10.7/16, 16.8 million, #48
  • Episode 19: 9.2/14, #46 [5]


Reruns of the show aired on BET from 1994-1998 and returned on Mother's Day in 2008 but stopped airing a few months later.

Award nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipient Result
1994 Young Artist Awards Outstanding Youth Ensemble in a Television Series Brandy Norwood, Jason Weaver, Brenden Jefferson and Adam Jeffries Nominated


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