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The Nanny

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Blue collar meets blue blood in this funny sitcom.
Parents recommendPopular with kids

Parents say

age 10+
Based on 8 reviews

Kids say

age 9+
Based on 47 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Positive Messages

The importance of family and being a good parent is a central theme here.

Positive Role Models & Representations

Maxwell is a hardworking, upstanding role model who puts his children's needs before anything else. Fran's caregiving style is unique, but means well and never misguides the kids. Some cast members reflect stereotypes about Jewish people.


Frequent but mild sexual banter between adults appears to go unnoticed by the TV kids, but tween and teen viewers will pick up on it. Teen and adult female characters (especially Fran) sometimes wear skimpy, tight outfits.


Exclamations like "Oh my god" are as bad as it gets.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

Adults occasionally have a mixed drink, but it's rare, and there's never any underage drinking.

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that much of this show's humor derives from sexual banter and playful flirtation between a father and the provocatively clad nanny of his three kids. While none of the discourse is sexually graphic (in fact the word "sex" is almost never heard), astute tween and teen viewers won't miss the suggestive comments and glances. The show also draws comedy from the kids' various woes. Adolescent issues like dating, peer pressure, and self-image are played for laughs, but the adult influence is good, and the overall message is a positive one.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKristyC May 29, 2012

Sad Stereotype!

The Nanny has to be one of the funniest sitcoms I've seen over the years. However, despite the widely positive reviews given by other reviewers, I believe... Continue reading
Adult Written byclarence August 5, 2015
Teen, 14 years old Written bydancegirl3697 August 28, 2011


This series is absolutely hilarious! I love it and watch it all the time. I think you should be at least 12 to start watching this. They have mild language, and... Continue reading
Kid, 11 years old January 26, 2011

The Nanny

I like this show, it's funny. There are some sexual things, but that's it.

What's the story?

THE NANNY is a classic '90s sitcom about the unlikely pairing of a proper Englishman-turned-New Yorker and his hastily hired nanny from Flushing. Desperately seeking a caregiver for his three children, widower Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy) opens his door one day to find Fran Fine (Fran Drescher), who's selling cosmetics in the affluent neighborhood after being dumped by her fiancé and losing her job in a bridal shop. He hires her on the spot and the two form a quintessential odd couple: He's a successful, buttoned-down Broadway producer, and she's a dramatic single gal with an eye for flashy fashion and ticking biological clock. But bubbly, nasally Fran immediately wins the hearts of the Sheffield children -- Maggie (Nicholle Tom), Brighton (Benjamin Salisbury), and Grace (Madeline Zima). Fran is likewise adored by Niles (Daniel Davis), the Sheffields' buttinsky butler, with whom she enjoys exchanging jabs at the expense of Maxwell's fawning female associate, C.C. Babcock (Lauren Lane).

Is it any good?

Playful banter and mild sexual innuendoes are the heart of the show's humor, and little of it is cause for concern. But parents may find the constancy of both Fran's and C.C.'s blatant attempts to catch Maxwell's eye questionable subject matter for their teen or tween daughters. C.C. in particular practically throws herself into Maxwell's arms at every opportunity and looks down her high-society nose at Fran, seeing her as an unworthy adversary for the affections of an eligible bachelor.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about family dynamics and communication between kids and parents. How do families establish and maintain good communication? Who do you go to for advice? Parents also can talk about what defines a family. Who do you consider to be part of your family?

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For kids who love TV about families

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