- Format: DVD Region 2 for the UK
- Number of Disc: 19
- Genre: Sitcom,Comedy-Drama
- Starring: Fran Drescher, Charles Shaughnessy, Daniel Davis
- Studio: Shout! Factory,CBS
- Release Date: 2015
What’s it about
That flashy girl from Flushing with the heart of an angel (and the voice of a slighty more nasal angel) is here at last in The Nanny: The Complete Series. Starring the one and only Fran Drescher in her signature role, The Nanny charmed television audiences throughout its six-season network run. Detailing the comic misadventures of the sweet and sassy Fran Fine (Drescher), her sophisticated employer, Broadway producer Mr. Sheffield (Charles Shaugnessy), his boisterous brood (Nicholle Tom, Benjamin Salisbury and Madeline Zima) and his wisecracking staff (Lauren Lane and Daniel Davis), each hilarious episode of The Nanny, many available on DVD for the first time, is a sure-fire dose of laughter and fun!
Both an homage to and a subversive take on the classic comedies of the Baby Boomer generation and featuring an unbelievably bright roster of hilarious guest stars, The Nanny is a delightful addition to your television collection: finally available in a complete series collection from your favorite video babysitter, Shout! Factory.
Thank you Shout for releasing all six seasons of this great show on DVD. However, there is a problem and that is with the first three seasons of the series — the seasons that Sony released commercially a few years back. Most likely due to licensing issues, many of the original music cues were replaced with inferior “stock library” tracks. In many cases, some jokes are lost due to this change — for example substituting the original theme of “That Girl” that was used in an episode with some generic tune. This really ruins so many truly funny moments. However, seasons four through six, released here for the first time ever, seem to be completely intact (to the best of my knowledge) with all of the original music cues that were used when the show first aired on CBS in the 1990s.
“The Nanny named Fran” is the genius creation of Fran Drescher. Nobody else could play Fran Fine, the delightful sexy nanny that we have all grown to love and love more. She is sweet, not always the brightest thinker, very beautiful and sexy, has a nasely voice, looks great in the shortest colorful dresses ever, and a big heart of gold. If you do not fall madly in love with Fran Fine in the first episode, you are dead inside. If you do not laugh through every episode, you have no sense of humor of any kind.
Fran Drescher may have been the main character, but the entire cast were equal as stars. Every cast member had memorable lines and center screen positions to give each one an equal shot at the spotlight. The show would not have been the same if any one of them had left the show. The Nanny was one of the few comedies done with intelligent humor that made sense and produce the funniest dialogue that TV has not shown us for many years. They don’t make comedies like this anymore.
I have to give a shout out to Shout Factory for their expert packaging of this series. Every disc is clean, Every episode is in crystal clear sharp picture with vivid color and perfect contrast. Every episode is in full Dolby Stereo 2.0 with the highest audio quality. The audiophile and videophile in me is very pleased with the DVD quality. The series was done in the old 480 line, 4 x 3 standard video and 2 channel stereo sound.
The packaging is also genius. Two seasons per DVD box. Three discs per season in a regular sized DVD case with 2 flip trays that hold and separate each disc from the others. Easy to access and they can not get scratches Three DVD cases holding all 6 seasons in one very nice and solid cardboard box sleeve.
There is also a bonus disc with the making of the Nanny. Plus a full color booklet showing every episode title and a program description of each episode, with photos. You can not ask for a more professional packaging. Shout Factory should teach the other video producers how it is supposed to be done right.
Thank you to Shout Factory for giving us the Nanny with such high quality standards. And thank you to Fran Drescher for her wonderful creation and warming our hearts for the original 6 years of the show. And now she will warm our hearts for many years to come thanks to Shout Factory.