The Nanny

Season 1 Episode 1

Pilot (a.k.a. The Nanny)

Aired Wednesday 8:30 PM Nov 03, 1993 on CBS
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Pilot (a.k.a. The Nanny)
Fran gets a job as a nanny for the Sheffields after being fired from her job at her fiancé's bridal store.

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  • Brilliant Pilot.

    I love pilots like these where from the beginning you know that it's going to be something really special.

    This was one of those shows that's actually not 2 Broke Girls.

    Easily one of the best sitcoms ever.
  • great pilot episode. after watching this i was hooked!

    i loved this episode. it was absolutely amazing. i loved how you met all the characters and you got a feel of their personalities. i especially loved niles the butler. my favourite part of this episode was when fran went down for breakfast and she says "wher do i sit?" and then one of the children says "te last nanny sat in the kitchen." and fran says, !how anti-social." i could watch that part over and over again and never get boared. if anyone wants to watch it for free download bittorrent and then download torrents off of torrentspy. its pretty hard in the beggining but you get the hang of it.moreless
  • An episode opening the great series. We meet Fran Fine (Dresher) right at the moment when she's being dumped by her fiancee Danny and decides to try her luck as a saleslady, going from house to house, selling cosmetics.moreless

    Fran Fine is dumped and fired from work by her fiancee Danny, so she tries her luck as a "hawker", selling cosmetics. By chance gets a job as a nanny for famous Broadway producer, Maxwell Sheffield's kids. She comes from Flushing, Queens, so she seems not suiting in this wealthy, classy family. What Fran does to fit into the family is not changing herself - it's making them adjust to her. It leads to many hilarious situations as we later find out: her cooperation with Niles, the Butler in playing tricks on Maxwell's business partner, C.C. Babcock, teaching the girls how to be cunning in picking up guys or during the sales and making her boss gradually falling in love with her...moreless
  • Fran Fine shows up at the door of a wealthy Broadway producer, Maxwell Sheffield. He is looking for a nanny for his 3 children, she is selling make-up products. Not understanding her intention, she is hired on as his nanny.moreless

    The pilot episode of The Nanny highlights exactly why I watch the show: it is cleverly plotted, well scripted, undeniable chemistry between the characters, and the amazing comedic ability of Fran Drescher. When the mix-up is made by the under-rated Butler, Niles, Fran is hired to be the nanny to the wealthy Sheffield family. Under her toutelage, she is able to transform each of the three children into bright young individuals, much to the amazement of Mr. Sheffield, and much to the chagrin of his co-worker, Ms Babcock. After seeing how well the children light up after just a few days with Ms. Fine, Mr Sheffield can not fire her, but instead puts her on as a 'temporary' nanny.moreless
Ann Morgan Guilbert

Ann Morgan Guilbert

Yetta Rosenberg

Fran Drescher

Fran Drescher

Fran Fine Sheffield

Charles Shaughnessy

Charles Shaughnessy

Maxwell Sheffield

Lauren Lane

Lauren Lane

Chastity Claire "C.C." Babcock

Daniel Davis

Daniel Davis


Nicholle Tom

Nicholle Tom

Margaret "Maggie" Sheffield

Jonathan Penner

Jonathan Penner

Danny Imperiali

Guest Star

James Marsden

James Marsden


Guest Star

Ray Johnson

Ray Johnson

Piano Player

Guest Star

Dee Dee Rescher

Dee Dee Rescher


Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (1)

    • Sylvia is also the name of Fran Drescher's mother. Just like Morty (Fran Fine's father, who will later appear) is Drescher's father's name.

  • QUOTES (21)

    • Maxwell: Miss Fine this is not exciting it's appalling! She's just a child!
      Maggie: No I'm not!
      Fran: She's not, you know.
      C.C.: I think I'm starting to feel better.
      Maggie: Dad I'm fourteen years old!
      Fran: You know when I was fourteen.. (Maxwell glares) Oh, maybe this isn't the right time...

    • Sylvia: Want another Mallomar?
      Fran: Ma, food's not the answer to everything!
      Sylvia: Meanwhile your father and I have based our entire relationship around food. Passion goes, sex goes, communication we never had, But food is forever.
      Fran: Okay. (Takes one)
      Sylvia: Morty? You want another Mallomar?

    • Fran: That is so sweet! Couldn't you just drop dead?
      C.C.: I don't know. Could you?

    • Grace: Daddy, like my party dress? Loehmann's, 70% off!
      Fran: She'll never shop retail again!

    • Maggie: Dad's going to hate this.
      Grace: C.C.'s going to totally freak.
      Brighton: Sounds like a party to me!

    • Fran: Gracie how're you doing?
      Grace: I'm feeling empty and alone.
      Fran: Want a Tic Tac?
      Grace: Okay!

    • Fran: Oh thank you, Mr. Sheffield! You won't regret this!
      Maxwell: I'm pretty sure I will.

    • Brighton: Come on, Gracie. Let's go upstairs while Father hires someone else to take care of us problem children.
      Fran: Well you're a bitter little person aren't you? We're gonna get along great!

    • Niles: May I present your resume to Mr. Sheffield?
      Fran: Oh, my resume. Why don't you get this Mr. Sheffield and I'll do the resume presenting myself?
      Niles: As you wish. (To himself) This oughta be good.

    • Maxwell: May I see your resume, please?
      Fran: Oh, sure.
      (Fran hands Maxwell the resume; Maxwell rubs something off his fingers)
      Maxwell: Crayon?
      Fran: Lipstick.
      Maxwell: Ah, of course. And what a lovely shade.
      (Fran laughs her trademark nasal laugh)

    • Fran: Oh, please! I come from Flushing. There is nothing these kids can throw at me that I haven't seen before. Except maybe their trust funds.

    • Niles: Miss Babcock for you, sir.
      Maxwell: Thank you Niles, I'll take her in the library.
      Niles: Miss Babcock loves to be taken in the library.

    • Brighton: I hate her.
      Maxwell: No Brighton, let's not be hasty.
      Fran: Yeah, I haven't even sung 'Climb Ev'ry Mountain' yet.

    • (Fran walks down stairs wearing red sparkly dress)
      C.C.: Who is that?
      Maxwell: That's the nanny.
      Fran: You like? I borrowed from my cousin, Miss Long Island 1989.
      Niles: A very good year!

    • Fran: (points to Maggie) This one's got no personality, (points to Gracie) this one's got multiple personalities and Brighton... Where's Brighton?
      Brighton: (pokes head out from under a female mannequin) Are these dummies anatomically correct?

    • Grace: (referring to her previous psychiatrist appointment) She took me back through my childhood.
      Fran: Wow, must have been a quick trip.
      Grace: Oh you have no idea how complicated my life is.

    • Fran: Hey, be nicer to your sister.
      Brighton: Why, because we're a family?
      Fran: Yes, that's right, and someday your father's gonna be old and sick, you're gonna want him to live with her.

    • Fran: Oh! The nanny gets to live here?
      Niles: Is that a problem?
      Fran: Oh, yeah, I'm sure I'm gonna miss being 29 and still living at home with my parents, but, if it's best for the kids...
      Niles: Twenty-nine...
      Fran: Don't start with me, Niles.

    • Brighton: Maggie doesn't date.
      Fran: Never?
      Maggie: The boys haven't noticed me yet.
      Brighton: Oh, they've noticed, Maggie and... that's why you don't date!

    • (Fran sees no available chairs at the breakfast table)
      Fran: Oh...where do I sit?
      Niles: The previous nanny sat in the kitchen.
      Fran: Oh, how antisocial!

    • Maxwell: Miss Fine, you seem to have listed the Queen Mother as a reference.
      Fran: What? Let me see that. Oh, no, that's not the Queen Mother. That's my mother from Queens!

  • NOTES (9)

    • Jonathan Penner (Danny) would later compete on "Survivor: Cook Islands," the thirteenth season of the hit CBS reality show. In addition, he would also compete in multiple other seasons.

    • The Nanny Named Fran is the song that opens every episode. It was composed and performed by Ann Hampton Callaway.

    • The set used for the house is the exact same as the one in the 1994 show Sister, Sister.

    • Val originally had speaking parts in the bridal scene in the beginning, but they were cut out for the final version.

    • In the original script, Danny didn't dump Fran for Heather Biblow, but for Val; C.C. was a divorcee; the family name was Shurfeld instead of Sheffield; there was a chauffeur named Edmond, and Mr. Sheffield had only two children, Brighton and Grace. Maggie was added later.

    • Fran was fired by Danny and he gave her job to Heather Biblow. But in the opening animation, we see Danny placing a "help wanted" sign in the window.

    • In the pilot we see that the staircase and the front door are located on the left side of the house. We can also see two offices. After the pilot was picked up by CBS, they re-made the house, changing the stairs and the door to the right. The two offices were only one. We see two because the office was also changed and the first scene was re-shot. Later, CBS kept the new one.

    • The idea for the show was inspired on Fran Drescher's real life experiences as the nanny for english model Twiggy's children.

    • The show's pilot cost only US$25,000.


    • Brighton calls Grace "Sybil," a reference to Shirley Mason whose life was chronicled under the name Sybil Dorsett. Shirley Mason is one of the most popular cases of Multiple Personality Disorders later named Dissociative Identity Disorder.

    • Fran mentions that she hasn't sung "Climb Ev'ry Mountain" yet, a reference to the song Mother Abbess sang in The Sound Of Music.