The Jackie Thomas Show

ABC (ended 1993)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 18

    Aloha, Io-wahu

    Aired 3/30/93

  • S 1 : Ep 17

    Poker, Schmoker

    Aired 3/23/93

  • S 1 : Ep 16

    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

    Aired 3/16/93

  • S 1 : Ep 15

    Sophie's Choice

    Aired 3/9/93

  • S 1 : Ep 14

    Write This Way

    Aired 3/2/93

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tom Arnold

    Jackie Thomas

  • Martin Mull

    Doug Talbot

  • Breckin Meyer

    Chas Walker

  • Paul Feig

    Bobby Wynn

  • Dennis Boutsikaris

    Jerry Harper

  • show Description
  • One of the best of the show-within-a-show series (along with The Larry Sanders Show and Buffalo Bill) The Jackie Thomas Show is easily the most underrated series of all time. Most critics hated the show, probably because of their hatred for Tom and Roseanne Arnold. It is actually a brilliant parody of network television, the sitcom genre, and Tom and Roseanne's poke at themselves and how they are perceived. Jackie Thomas is a stand-up comic who rocketed to fame in his own show, and gained enough power to choose his own writers and creates havoc for the network. Unfortunately, he's a terrible actor and the show isn't much better. But it's a ratings success, so Jackie is a sacred cow. The May 1993 issue of TCI (a.k.a. Theatre Crafts International) has a brief article about the Jackie Thomas Show set and reveals that the exterior of Jackie's dressing room is actually a stage door to the Roseanne set.moreless

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  • Notes (9)

    • The final scene of this night's Roseanne showed the Conners watching the premiere of The Jackie Thomas Show. When the episode was repeated 30 Mar 92 (and in syndication) the scene was replaced with bloopers from that episode.

    • David Fury & Elin Hampton are husband and wife.

    • This episode featured the premiere of Farley's motivational speaker character, here done as an impersonation of one of Jackie and Chris' friends from Iowa. Chris Thomas has just been released from a fat farm. In real life Tom and Roseanne met Farley in alcohol rehab. Philip Charles MacKenzie is Alison LaPlaca's husband. Emily Kuroda appears but does not have a speaking role.

    • Fred Willard and Martin Mull previously worked together on Fernwood 2-Night and again as husband and husband when Mull returned to Roseanne.

    • The meeting between Jackie and the chairman of the Global Enquirer is a reference to a similar scene in Network. In the film UBS president Arthur Jensen (Ned Beatty) summons news anchor Howard Beale (Peter Finch). It's odd that Ned Beatty didn't reprise his role here as he had previously appeared as Dan's father in Roseanne.

    • Leeza Gibbons and John Tesh report on Grant's movie for Entertainment Tonight. Their appearances are not credited.

    • Danton Stone had previously worked with Tom Arnold on Roseanne as the Conner's next door neighbor Jerry Bowman and worked with Arnold and LaPlaca in Tom.

    • Michael Des Barres also appeared on Roseanne as Jerry, Leon's (Martin Mull) lover. After Nancy is fired she gets a job at Sustarsic Animation Co., named after executive story consultant Steve Sustarsic. Bill Maher's character is named after Chuck Lorre who worked on Roseanne. This evening's Roseanne featured the Conners at a taping of the fictitious Jackie Thomas Show. This episode contains one of many jabs at Seinfeld in reponse to the event below: Newsweek, March 15, 1993 Even in perk-conscious L.A., parking spaces don't often cause dust-ups like this. Last Tuesday, "Seinfeld" actress Julia Louis-Dreyfus used the studio space reserved for Roseanne Arnold's hubby, Tom. She later found obscenities scrawled on her car. The next day, she used another spot -- but found more slurs, plus a Polaroid of a man's naked posterior. A "Seinfeld" exec tore up the photo, so it could not be checked for identifying marks. The Arnold camp declined to comment; but an Arnold source said Tom left a salty note but later apologized. A "Seinfeld" source said: "We are shocked, but not surprised, by this behavior."

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