Tracey Ullman Takes On New York

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Tracey Ullman
Takes On New York
Created by Tracey Ullman
Allan McKeown
Starring Tracey Ullman
Dan Castellaneta
Blythe Danner
Jill Eikenberry
Michael Tucker
Dan Futterman
Jim Fyfe
Todd Oldham
Parker Posey
Michael York
Country of origin United States
Running time 50 minutes
Original network HBO
Original release October 9, 1993
Related shows Tracey Ullman: A Class Act
Tracey Takes On...
Tracey Ullman: Live and Exposed

Tracey Ullman Takes On New York is a comedy special starring actress-comedian Tracey Ullman. "New York" was Ullman's first project for HBO. The special helped launch the series Tracey Takes On....


The Johnsons[edit]

Couple, Penny and Gordon Johnson, travel to New York to attend a Broadway show, which happens to be starring Linda Granger. Penny and Gordon get separated from each other in the city, and both experience two different sides of New York: Penny, the good. Gordon, the bad. Penny is even chosen to model for a fashion photographer. After Linda Granger gets hit by a bus, Penny is chosen to replace her in the show.

Family Reunion[edit]

Tracey Ullman: A Class Act character, Janie Pillsworth, now an adult, works as a magazine fashion editor. Pillsworth, who disowned her parents as a young girl, is reunited with them during an interview. Janie, although mortified at first, reconciles with them and decides to put them on the cover of her magazine's next issue.

The Rosenthal Affair[edit]

Harry and Fern Rosenthal welcome their daughter's future in-laws to the city. Fern becomes jealous of her future son-in-law's mother, and begins to suspect that she is trying to steal her daughter away from her.


Takes On New York was nominated for a total of seven Emmy Awards, winning two; nominated for and winning one American Comedy Award; nominated for three CableAce Awards, winning one; nominated for one Directors Guild of America Award; nominated for and winning one Writers Guild of America Award.


American Comedy Awards
  • 1994–Funniest Female Performer in a TV Special (Leading or Supporting) Network, Cable or Syndication
CableACE Awards
  • 1995–Performance in a Comedy Special
Primetime Emmy Awards
  • 1994–Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program
  • 1994–Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Variety or Music Program
Writers Guild of America Award
  • 1995–Variety - Musical, Award, Tribute, Special Event

Commercial release[edit]

The special acts as a bonus feature on the DVD set Tracey Takes On... Complete Season 1. It became available on Hulu in the United States in 2012.

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