The Nanny: The Final Season Is A Fond, Fun, Funny Farewell To CBS’ Modern Classic Sitcom

Courtesy:  Shout! Factory

Courtesy: Shout! Factory

It’s been a long time coming but it’s finally to say farewell to Nanny Fine one last time.  Shout! Factory releases the sixth and final season of CBS’ modern classic sitcom The Nanny today.  It marks the first time that the twenty-two episode run has ever been released in its own standalone DVD set.  All twenty-two episodes from the series’ final season are presented here across three discs.  And over the course of those twenty-two episodes there is plenty to appreciate beginning with the episodes themselves.  The writing within the episodes is just as important as the episodes themselves.  There are plenty of laughs once again from the season premiere to the series finale to keep audiences entertained.  Last but hardly least of note in this season is the work of the series’ cast.  Once more the cast shows perfect timing and great chemistry in every episode, making for even more entertainment from beginning to end.  Each element proves important in its own right, as noted.  Altogether, they make The Nanny: The Final Season a fun and funny farewell to a great modern classic series.

The Nanny: The Final Season is a fun and funny farewell to CBS’ modern classic sitcom.  For five seasons, the series provided audiences with so many laughs and a certain amount of heart, too.  Now it does that once again here in this final installment.  One of the most important, notable elements of Season Six is its episodes.  This season’s release marks the first time that its episodes have ever been released in their own standalone season set.  Previously, Season Six had been released as part of the series’ full series run which was released in 2015.  All twenty-two episodes that made up Season Six are included here in their entirety.  The only “episode” that is not included with the season’s set is the cast’s 2004 “Reunion Special.”  Sure, it aired a little more than five years after the series ended its initial run.  But considering that this season is the series’ last, it would have been a major plus to have had this as an added bonus to the set, unless of course Shout! Factory has plans to release the reunion special in its own single-disc presentation in the not too distant future.  Right now it doesn’t look like that is in the works.  So it is a little bit of a letdown that the reunion special wasn’t included at least as a bonus feature to the set.  Even with its omission in this last installment of The Nanny it isn’t enough to really detract so much from the set that it becomes unwatchable.  Keeping that in mind, the episodes still maintain the center point of the set’s enjoyment.  They are collectively just one important part of the set’s presentation.  The writing within the episodes is just as important as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that are presented within the final season of The Nanny are in themselves hugely important to the set.  That is because their presentation in this set marks the first time that they have been presented together in their own standalone season set.  They are presented in whole just as they were in their original broadcasts on CBS.  Considering this it makes the set’s roughly thirty-five dollar price tag a largely reasonable price.  This is even without the series’ reunion special as a bonus or otherwise.  The episodes are collectively just one of the set’s most important elements.  The writing within each of the season’s episodes is just as important as the episodes themselves.  Over the course of the series’ previous five seasons, the show’s writers had shown real talent with not just the show’s episodes but the content within the episodes.  That content included great dialogue between the cast and equally funny one-liners throughout each episode.  That is no different in the series’ final season.  It is evident right off the top in Season Six’s premiere as Fran and Maxwell get stranded on a deserted island.  On the surface, it’s a classic story of two people being stranded by themselves in the wild.  On another level though, it is a story that sees the couple facing the first true test as husband and wife.  What is really interesting here is that as easy as it would have been to go over the top with this story, the writers opted not to take that route.  Instead they made it playful, and even rather edgy considering some of the innuendo thrown into the dialogue.  Even with all of the innuendo and jokes infused into the script for this episode, there was at least one tender moment between Fran and Maxwell that will put a smile on any viewer’s face.
“The Hanukkah Story” is another example of the importance of the writers’ work.  It is a holiday episode.  But unlike so many other holiday episodes out there from other series, it’s not one of those schmaltzy sort of episodes.  After all, the writers already did that with the show’s Passover episode.  This episode sees Max, C.C., and Gracie getting in a crash during a holiday trip to Boston.  Fran crosses religious lines so to speak when a nun happens along as Fran waits for Max to return.  The reason for the nun’s appearance is in itself a lighthearted moment that keeps the episode from becoming too emotionally heavy.  For the sake of those that haven’t seen this episode it won’t be revealed here.  Even when Max reveals the whole story of what happened, the writers keep the tie in to the Hanukkah story from being too emotional thanks to a pair of short jokes about holiday miracles.  Being that holiday episodes of TV shows are generally a craps shoot the writers rolled a lucky seven here.  Sure, it isn’t the only episode of a sitcom to ever attempt a lighthearted holiday episode.  But it is one of the rare lighthearted sitcom holiday episodes out there to date that succeeded.  And that is thanks, again, to the writers obviously not taking themselves too seriously in trying to not be serious (if that makes any sort of sense).

“Maggie’s Wedding” is one more example of what makes the show’s writing important once again in this season.  Right from the episode’s opening moments, Fran and Max just happen to be right in the room when Maggie’s boyfriend proposes to her.  The couple’s immediate and split reaction to the moment is a direct homage to I Love Lucy.  Fran’s response to Max constantly forbidding the wedding is just as funny.  She tells him, “Keep talking.  We’re listening” as she and the rest of the ladies head out the door, wedding plans stirring in their minds.  This is all within the first few minutes of the episode.  Even with all of the comedy tied into the episode, there are also some tender moments that will move viewers just as much.  One of the most memorable of those moments is Max’s talk with Maggie.  He has to finally come to terms that Maggie is grown up and she has to live her life.  It’s a moment through which every father with a daughter/daughters goes through.  So, even fathers will find this moment special.  It’s just one of the episode’s more emotional moments.  And together with the more lighthearted moments, the episode in whole will both entertain and move audiences male and female alike.  It’s one more example of what makes the show’s writing so important this season.  Set against the episodes themselves both elements strengthen even more the reason for fans of The Nanny to pick up this final installment of the modern classic sitcom.  And they still are not the only reasons that audiences and fans alike will enjoy this season of The Nanny.  Once again the cast’s work on camera shines through, making the show that much more enjoyable in its final season.

The episodes that make up the body of The Nanny’s sixth season and their sharp writing (both in terms of stories and smaller details) are both of equal importance to the set’s overall presentation.  While they are obviously quite important to the set they are hardly the show’s (and set’s) important elements.  The cast’s work in front of the cameras is just as important this time out as the episodes and their writing.  This is no different from the series’ previous seasons.  The chemistry that built between Shaughnessy and Drescher was more on display than ever this season as Fran and Max navigate the waters of married life.  One of the best moments between the pair comes early in the season in “Once A Secretary, Always A Secretary.”  Max comes to realize in this episode that he hasn’t yet adjusted to being married again, much less to the woman that was his children’s nanny.  When he slips up early on, saying that Fran was the nanny, the look on his face is priceless.  It is that look that lets viewers know he realizes he has really messed up.  It would have been easy for Shaughnessy to ham it up in the moment.  But he didn’t. He just stood there and let his face do the talking.  It is a great moment.  Drescher’s reaction as Max slips up is just as funny.  The two reactions together will leave viewers in stitches.  This is especially the case considering that other newlyweds will be able to relate to the situation.  Going from being boyfriend and girlfriend to fiancée to husband and wife is more of a whirlwind, mentally and emotionally than people realize.  So waking up and realizing that one is married takes some time in terms of adjustment.  Calling someone one’s husband or wife is actually strange to most couples at first.  It takes time adjusting to the new titles.  Any married couple will agree with that sentiment.  It’s just one of the moments when the cast’s work shines in this season.  Daniel Davis is just as entertaining from one episode to the next.  While he is still considered supporting cast, his interactions with his cast mates is yet again a laugh riot.  From trying to hide his new relationship with C.C. to sharing barbs with Drescher to so many other moments Davis proves time and again to be just as entertaining as his co-stars if not more so.  Lauren Lane’s work can’t be denied either.  Watching her reaction at Maggie’s wedding as Yetta tells her about Fran and Max walking in on her and Niles is worth just as many laughs.  Again, it’s one of those moments that shows the cast’s expertise.  Much as with Max’s reaction when he realizes he called Fran the Nanny early on in the season, C.C.’s look of total shock at being found out and following reaction will generate just as many laughs.  The blissful ignorance and innocence on Yetta’s part set against C.C.’s shock and embarrassment makes the moment even funnier and makes both actresses even funnier together.  It is yet one more example of what makes the cast’s work just as important to this season’s presentation as that of the writers.  There are plenty of other moments that could be cited to prove just how enjoyable the cast’s work was this season.  But that would take far too long.  That being the case viewers can find those moments for themselves.  The same can be said of the great moments in the episodes’ scripts that are just as enjoyable.  Speaking of the writing, that and the acting come together with the episode selection to make the whole of The Nanny: The Final Season a fond, fun, and funny farewell for one of the last great sitcoms of the twentieth century.

The Nanny: The Final Season is a fond, fun, and funny farewell for a show that is one of the last great sitcoms of the twentieth century.  That is saying quite a bit considering that the Big 4 (CBS, NBC, ABC, FOX) started moving more towards serials and all of the cookie cutter dramas not too long after it ended its run.  That is not to say that there is a correlation between the two events.  There were other sitcoms that ended around that time.  It just so happened that that was also the same time that the major broadcast networks were beginning to move more towards serials and cookie cutter crime and medical dramas.  Now getting back on the topic at hand, the fact that this season is the last of one of the last real worthwhile sitcoms on television it makes it that much more worth the addition to any viewer’s home DVD library.  That is evident through the episodes presented in this season and their writing.  The stories created for this season and their more minute details make for plenty of entertainment for audiences.  The same can be said of the cast’s work in front of the cameras.  Every member of the show’s cast shines in his and her own way from one episode to the next.   Their work and that of the writers comes together to make The Nanny: The Final Season, once more, a fond, fun, and funny farewell for a series that is one of the last great sitcoms of the twentieth century.  It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct online via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/the-nanny-the-final-season.  More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

 

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The Nanny’s Fifth Season Is Another “Fine” Installment Of CBS’ Classic Sitcom

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Courtesy: Shout! Factory

CBS’ hit sitcom The Nanny was one of the network’s biggest in its initial run from 1993 to 1999. Over the course of its nearly six years on television, the updated take on ABC’s Who’s The Boss? earned the network high praise along with its cast and writers. And thanks to the people at Sony Pictures Entertainment and Shout! Factory, fans of the classic series have been able to relive all the series great moments once again. That is because beginning with its full series DVD release early last year, Shout! Factory has been giving the series proper DVD releases for the most part. Unluckily Shout! Factory was unable to obtain distribution rights for the series’ first three seasons despite being able to release the series in whole in one complete box set. That means its standalone season sets kicked off with Season Four. That set was released last September. It was followed up just last month with the release of Season Five. And Season Six is currently slated for release on Tuesday, March 15th. Since it has yet to be released the focus for now will remain on the series’ recently released fifth season. There is plenty for audiences to appreciate about The Nanny’s fifth season beginning with its most obvious element, its writing. This includes not just the stories that were crafted for Season Five, but also the humor incorporated into each episode and of course the writers’ ability to balance the serial element of Max and Fran’s impending nuptials with the series’ standalone elements. Just as important to the overall presentation of Season Five is the work of the show’s cast. Once again, Drescher and company deliver more than their fair share of laughs throughout each episode. Last but hardly least of note in this the penultimate season of The Nanny is the overall look and sound of the show’s footage. Once again, the show has been presented in its original 4:3 aspect ratio. And it looks and sounds just as clean as it did in its original run so many years ago. The end result is twenty-three more episodes that will keep audiences watching thanks to that quality presentation and entertained thanks to the combined efforts of the show’s writers and cast. Altogether all three elements noted here show the fifth season of The Nanny to be another *ahem* “fine” installment of The Nanny.

The fifth season of The Nanny very easily could have been the end for this hit CBS sitcom. Why the network opted to try and keep things going after Max and Fran finally tied the knot at the season’s end is anyone’s guess. It’s probably the same reason that the network unwisely jumped the gun last year and re-upped The Big Bang Theory without thinking things through first. Regardless of the network’s motive for its movie, it can be said that the penultimate season of The Nanny is just as enjoyable for audiences today as it was in its original run. Considering so much of what is out there today, it could even be argued that the show, in its fifth season, was and is better than most comedy offerings out there today. It proves this first and foremost through the work of the show’s writers. The writers finally have Max and Fran tie the knot. And while that story line is obviously at the center of this season’s episodes, the writers never allow it to overshadow any of the standalone episodes that are also included throughout the season’s twenty-three episode run. “The Ex-Niles” is a good example of that balance. In the case of this episode, the writers have actually balanced both elements quite well with Niles’ very short departure from the Scheffield home taking most of the episode’s time. Audiences will find themselves laughing tears of joy as Niles ends up “working” for one of Fran’s relatives. Of course, the term “works” is used loosely as he becomes anything but a butler in said scenario, which leads to his return to the Scheffields’ home. That hilarious story line set against Fran and C.C.’s ongoing fight for Max’s affections makes for a great standalone episode that also doesn’t forget about the season’s main underlying plot line. “The Engagement” is another example of how the balance of the writing alongside the stories themselves makes this season so enjoyable for audiences. This episode focuses solely on Max and Fran’s relationship. And in comparison to so many other engagement story lines (both on the big screen and small screen) the writers have gone almost completely opposite of what so many other writers had done before in regards to the engagement. At the same time, the scenes leading up to the engagement offer their own share of laughs. And especially the show’s female audiences will find said scenes funny because of just how much truth there is to those scenes, which will not be revealed here. “Fransom” is yet another example of how the writers’ work and their balance makes this season as enjoyable as it proves to be. Instead of focusing on Fran’s relationship with Max, the writers opt this time to focus on Yetta. Fran hosts Yetta’s wedding shower here and decides to take a break by offering to walk C.C.’s dog Chester. Of course hilarity thy name is Fran. Fran ends up having to rescue Chester and bring him back. There’s just one problem. Fran ends up getting herself kidnapped in the process, leaving Maxwell to have to save the day. Even though the whole thing starts with a wedding shower, the writers still don’t let the wedding talk overpower the rest of the episode’s comic elements. This leads this episode to have its own share of enjoyment and to show once again the writers’ ability to solidly balance both the show’s serial elements with its standalone elements. Of course that ability to entertain audiences and balance the show’s separate elements is just one part of what makes the show’s writing so important to its enjoyment. The humor that is incorporated into each episode is just as important as the episodes themselves.

The episodes that were crafted for The Nanny: Season Five are in themselves clear examples of what makes the writing behind the show so important to its overall viewing experience. The ability of the writers to so expertly balance the show’s serial and standalone episodes from beginning to end is just as important in the overall picture of the show’s writing. While both are key elements to the writing they are just part of what makes the writing so important. The humor that is injected into each episode is equally important to each episode as the stories and their balance. “The Pre-Nup” is a prime example of the importance of the humor injected into the show’s writing. In her effort to get in to see Brighton after he accidentally skates into a brick wall, she convinces a nun to let her borrow her attire so as to slip in to Brighton’s room. This all happens because Fran is not immediate family, so the front desk nurse at the hospital won’t let her go in to see Brighton. The jokes that come after are just as great. Fran jokes about having missed her calling in life because nuns devote their lives to celibacy and not getting married. This ties back in to the episode’s main story line, which centers on Fran having to sign a pre-nup ahead of the wedding. What’s more, Drescher’s character being Jewish, this moment becomes even funnier. The plot will be left to viewers since it isn’t necessarily the center of interest here. But suffice it to say that it is entertaining in its own right. “The Ex-Niles” is another example of why the humor injected into The Nanny remains so important in the show’s fifth season. The whole episode develops after Niles discovers what Fran makes per month while doing some cleaning. This is so funny because of its reality in relation to people knowing one another’s salaries. At the same time, it also plays on Niles’ all too familiar snooping nature. It’s one more way that Niles causes and gets into trouble because of his snooping. In turn it makes for its own share of laughs, too. “The Engagement” was noted earlier because of its original story and for one of the comic elements that was inserted into the story line. That comic element sees Fran discovering (courtesy of Niles and his gossipy nature) about Maxwell’s plan to propose to her. She ends up telling one person about it on the phone, and then it just spreads like wildfire from there. This is so funny because there is so much truth to it. Women will especially appreciate this joke because of that truth. It doesn’t take much for rumors and gossip to spread in such situations. The very concept of having the multi-window presentation of everybody talking about the impending engagement adds even more to the moment. This is a classic setup. And it works just as well here as in any of its other uses in other TV shows and movies. Together with the other noted comic elements written into the episodes (and those not noted), every joke that is written into the show throughout this season adds plenty of great moments that will leave audiences laughing/ In laughing so much said audiences will agree that the humor within each episode is just as important to the show in its fifth season as the stories that make up the season’s twenty-three episode run.

The writing that went into the fifth season of The Nanny paid off in spades. That goes without saying. Everything noted here shows that with full clarity. As important as the writing proves to be to the whole of Season Five, the work of the show’s cast in interpreting each episode’s script can’t be denied. From the season premiere, which sets the season’s events into motion right to the big two-part season finale, the cast’s work is spot on. Daniel Davis’ work is the most notable yet again. His comic timing is perfect regardless of the scene. He shows his ability to adapt to every situation expertly. That is just as evident when he and Lauren Lane are throwing witty one-liners at each other as it is when he and Drescher playfully bounce bits off of each other. The same applies when he and Charles Shaughnessy are on camera together. Each pairing presents a different brand of comedy and in turn comic timing. He handles every one of those moments perfectly, leading to plenty of laughs. Of course there is also no denying Drescher’s comic talents. She is just as capable when teamed up with her cast mates as Davis and the rest of the cast. And just as with Davis, each situation allows her to show her ability to adapt to each situation. Shaughnessy’s straight man portrayal adds even more to the cast’s collective entertainment. He does a great job making audiences want to knock some sense into him at times—not violently, but rather with that sort of slapstick pop to the back of the head. The combination of the trio’s talents together makes for plenty of laughs in each episode. And in the grand scheme of things, it makes for even more reason that audiences will love this season just as much as The Nanny’s first four seasons.

The writing and acting behind the fifth season of The Nanny gives audiences plenty of laughs from one episode to the next. From pop culture references to cultural jokes and more the writers show themselves to be at the top of their game throughout this season. That is shown just as much as the writers were able to expertly balance the show’s serial elements with its standalone elements. The chemistry of the show’s cast throughout this season makes for even more enjoyment for audiences. While both elements are equally important in their own right to the whole of The Nanny’s fifth season, there is still one more element to examine in this season’s presentation. That element is the show’s overall presentation. It is presented here in its original 4:3 presentation just as in the previous seasons’ DVD releases. The look of the footage is surprisingly impressive whether played back on a DVD player or Blu-ray player. Though there’s no denying that up-converted on a Blu-ray player it looks especially impressive. The sound is just as impressive between the intro and outro music and the mic levels. Even when the writers take the show outside of the Scheffields’ house such as in “The Dinner Party” (which sees Fran and Maxwell shopping for a new engagement ring), the natural sound is quite well balanced with Shaughnessy and Drescher’s mics. The same applies as Fran goes to the hospital to find Brighton after his accident and in other moments. Regardless of the situation, the audio and video are handled just as expertly as the writing and acting. Both are just as impressive in this season’s DVD set as they were in the show’s original run. The end result of that attention to detail is twenty-three episodes that will keep audiences engaged just as much for their quality production values as for their entertaining writing and acting. All things considered here, The Nanny: Season Five shows in the end to be one more “fine” addition to the collection of any of the show’s fans.

The fifth season of The Nanny is not the last season of CBS’ hit sitcom. It easily could have been and probably should have been for that matter. That is not to discount the show’s sixth season by any means. But in looking at everything that went into this season—from its writing to its acting, and even to its production values—Season Five would have been a fitting finale for The Nanny. It is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered direct via Shout! Factory’s online store now at https://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/the-nanny-season-five. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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The Nanny’s Fourth Season Is Loaded With Laughs

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Early this summer Shout! Factory resurrected CBS’ classic sitcom The Nanny and released the series in its entirety for the series’ fans.  It marked the first time ever that the series had ever been released in its entirety and in one complete set for that matter.  Now thanks to the efforts of the people at Shout! Factory, those that were unable to add that extensive set to their home DVD libraries, there’s some good news.  Shout! Factory kicked off the series’ standalone season releases last week.  It kicked things off with the release of the series’ fourth season.  Now before anyone starts wondering, the reason that it didn’t start with Season One, it all has to do with distribution rights.  At last look, it would appear that Mill Creek Entertainment and/or Sony Pictures Home Entertainment (SPHE) had the rights to the series’ first three seasons.  That in mind, the fact that Shout! Factory was able to obtain the distribution rights for Season Four (and Season Five, which will be released this December via Shout! Factory, too) makes this kickoff to the series’ second half a good starting point for the collection.  The work of the show’s writers is just as worth noting to the triple-disc set’s positives.  While Fran and Maxwell’s on-again off-again relationship remains a central part of the series throughout this season, the writers don’t let themselves get carried away with themselves, thus preventing the series once more from becoming a serial.  There is also plenty of great, edgy writing that will have viewers laughing within each episode’s story line.  By relation, the work of the show’s cast is enjoyable in its own right, too.  Most notably Daniel Davis is among the most entertaining member of the cast thanks to his timing and delivery of his lines.  Though, Fran Drescher is to be commended for her acting, too.  There are some points at which she pulls off some surprisingly impressive tributes to Lucille Ball as in “The Fifth Wheel.”  It’s just one more example of how the cast’s work proves to be just as entertaining as the work of the show’s writing.  Together with the work of the writers and the presentation of Season Four in its entirety, this new box set is a good fit for any of the series’ original fans and for one more welcome alternative to all of the oversexed and overly violent serials, dramas, and so-called comedies that are out there today.

Shout! Factory’s release of The Nanny: Season Four is a big release for the series and for its fans.  That is because until its release last week, this season had never seen the light of day on DVD.  Up until last week the series’ first three seasons are its only installments that had seen the light of day since Sony Pictures Home Entertainment first released Season One some nine years ago.  This is important to note of this season’s set because it is also the first of the series’ standalone season sets to be released by Shout! Factory following the release of the series’ full series set early this summer.  It would have been nice to have seen Shout! Factory start from Season One.  But unluckily, distribution rights for the series’ first three seasons could not be obtained just yet.  That is not the fault of the people at Shout! Factory.  Keeping that in mind, the fourth season of The Nanny is yet another win both for Shout! Factory and for fans of the modern classic sitcom.  This collection boasts all twenty-six episodes included in Season Four in its original run.  Just as impressive is that every episode is presented in exactly the same format as in its original broadcast.  In simpler terms each episode looks and sounds just as good as it did in its original airing.  And the fact that each is shown in whole solidifies this season’s foundation that much more in its first-ever home release.  The impressive nature of Season Four’s overall presentation is a solid start for the collection.  It isn’t the only aspect of the collection that fans and audiences in general will appreciate.  The work of the series’ writers is just as worth noting in regards to this season’s overall enjoyment and success.

The work of The Nanny’s writers in the series’ fourth season is just as important to note in this collections’ success and enjoyment as the work of those charged with assembling the episode for their presentation.  That is because their work results in just as many laughs today as it generated in Season Four’s original run from late 1996 to mid-1997.  The most notable aspect of the writing that makes it so enjoyable is that Fran and Max’s on-again/off-again relationship maintained its place within the show’s overall structure.  At the same time though, the writers didn’t allow that element to dominate Season Four’s run.  Instead the writers crafted twenty-six standalone episodes that, despite having that ongoing, underlying story element were still their own stories.  One of the best of those stories comes in the form of “The Bank Robbery.”  As noted, the ongoing story between Fran and Maxwell is there.  But this is one of those cases in which it becomes more of a secondary element than a central element.  The main story in this episode sees Fran and her mother being caught up in a bumbling bank robber’s plan, only to end up befriending him.  His very reason for robbing the bank will have viewers laughing just as much as the story itself.  That is because it is directly related to Fran’s own situation with her mother.  Speaking of that relationship between Fran and her mother, “The Boca Story,” which sees Fran’s mother buy into a time share scheme of sorts lead to her own emotional breakdown that will have viewers laughing just as much.  This is another of those stories that sees Fran and Maxwell’s personal story take a welcome back seat to the episode’s central story.  Both episodes show that the writers could be just as successful crafting stories that didn’t rely on Fran and Maxwell as those that did.  For those that were more fans of that ongoing, underlying story line, “The Fifth Wheel” is one of this season’s best featuring that story line.  This episode sees Fran swear off men, leading her to become that proverbial fifth wheel when both C.C. and one of Fran’s friends go out on a double date at an Italian restaurant.  The end result is something that can be compared to Lucille’s Ball’s classic comedy from I Love Lucy.  Speaking of that comparison to Ball’s brand of comedy, that moment ties in to the work of the cast throughout Season Four.  It will be discussed along with the rest of the cast’s work later.  Staying on the topic of this season’s writing, the stories alone are just one part of what makes the writing so enjoyable for fans.  The writing within each episode in regards to the jokes is another element that makes the writing enjoyable.

The stories that were crafted for the fourth season of The Nanny show time and again just how enjoyable the writing is in a bigger picture.  However they are only part of what makes the writing noteworthy.  The more minute elements of each episode’s script shows even more why the writing is so enjoyable.  The writing within each episode is edgy to say the least.  Yes, there is a certain amount of sexual innuendo incorporated into each episode.  But in comparison to what audiences get in today’s so-called sitcoms it is tame.  It’s not all that audiences get either in this season’s more detailed writing.  There are pop culture references, political jabs (including one at then presidential candidate Ross Perot), and even a direct reference to one Harpo Marx in another episode.  That same episode jokes about the low-carb fad that once dominated America and so many other topics.  And that is all just in a matter of minutes early in the episode’s run.  One of the most pleasantly surprising elements of the episodes’ writing comes late in the season in “The Passed-Over Story.”  This episode does something that few if any mainstream series in any genre did at the time.  It actually celebrated the Jewish holiday of Passover.  This is extremely important because of how rarely it seemed to happen in mainstream television at the time.  Because of that it becomes a truly welcome and in its own right, heartwarming moment that will put a smile on every viewer’s face.  This is especially the case as the writers timed the scene in question just right, breaking the emotion just enough at just the right time.  it makes for one of the season’s most underrated yet memorable moments.  It is just one more example of how the writing, in its more detailed aspects, makes the fourth season of The Nanny another hit for both the series’ original fans and a whole new generation of fans.

The work put in by The Nanny’s writers throughout the course of the series’ fourth season paid off in spades as it will keep audiences completely engaged and entertained from one episode to the next right up to the season finale. And together with the fact that each episode is presented in whole, the show’s long-time fans are given plenty to appreciate in this first standalone season set from Shout! Factory. While both elements are of equal importance to Season Four’s overall enjoyment and success, there is still at least one element left worth noting about the collection. That last element is the work of the show’s cast. The cast’s work in front of the camera within each episode will entertain viewers just as much as the season’s writing. This applies not just to the cast’s interpretation of each episode’s script but to the timing of each cast member’s lines. Most notable of the cast is Daniel Davis, who plays Maxwell’s butler Niles. Davis’ chemistry with his cast mates and his timing with each line makes him shine as one of the show’s true stars. His constant deadpan delivery of his lines coupled with said lines and the timing of his delivery is a combination that will have viewers laughing uproariously every time he speaks. Drescher is funny in her own right as the show’s star, though in a different manner. There’s something about her acting (just as much here as in the show’s first three seasons) that echoes Lucille Ball’s brand of comedy in I Love Lucy. This applies both to the timing and delivery of her lines and to her occasional physical comedy such as in “The Fifth Wheel.” When Fran gets caught between C.C. and another friend as they make out with their male friends, Fran ends up getting pushed down in the booth, leading her to have to eat her pasta with just her mouth. The way that she did so followed by her line about having to do so instantly conjures thoughts of the late, great actress. Lauren Lane, who plays C.C. Babcock is just as entertaining when partnered with Daniel Davis. The duo’s constant back and forth makes for its own share of laughs. That is especially the case being that the dialogue and acting in question never feel the least bit forced. Both are so dry in their delivery and timing that it feels like it could have been adlibbed, even though it wasn’t. On another note, Charles Shaughnessy is entertaining in his own right, too as Maxwell. Being the bumbling, insecure father figure, it makes Drescher’s job all the easier in delivering her lines. Whether for that pairing, for the pairing of Lane and Davis, or for each cast member’s work alone, each of the cast members show in his and her own way exactly why their work in front of the camera is just as important to the enjoyment and success of The Nanny’s fourth season as the work of those behind the cameras. The work of the cast and the writers together with the season’s presentation in whole makes The Nanny: Season Four just as welcome in the home DVD collections of the show’s long-time fans as those that might be new to the modern classic.

The Nanny: Season Four is just as welcome in the home DVD collection of any of the series’ long-time fans as it is in the collections of those that are less familiar with the series and its rich history. The main reason for this is the fact that all twenty-six episodes from Season Four have been presented here exactly as they were seen in their original broadcasts. The work of both the show’s writers and cast make this season all the more enjoyable for the show’s fans. All things considered, the fourth season of CBS’ modern classic sitcom shows in its first-ever release to be a collection that any of the show’s fans will want to add to their own home DVD collections. It is available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via Shout! Factory’s online store at https://www.shoutfactory.com/tv/comedy/the-nanny-season-four. More information on this and other titles from Shout! Factory is available online now at:

 

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