TV BANTER QUIZ #22
The Nanny was a 1990s sitcom about an affable, big-haired, nasal-voiced Jewish woman from New York who becomes a nanny to the family of a widowed Englishman. The series, starring, Fran Drescher and Charles Shaughnessy, ran on CBS for six seasons, from 1993 to 1999. Why don't you test your knowledge of this popular show by doing the following quiz.
The Nanny Quiz
1. New Yorker Fran Fine (portrayed by Fran Drescher) was fired from her job in a bridal dress shop, owned by her then-boyfriend, Danny Imperiali. After the loss of that job, what employment did she find in Manhattan before becoming a nanny?
A. bank teller
B. cosmetics saleswoman
C. factory worker
D. flight attendant
E. hair stylist
2, Fran Fine was a native of what part of New York City?
A. The Bronx
E. Staten Island
3. British actor Charles Shaughnessy portrayed Maxwell Sheffield, the wealthy widower who eventually fell in love with nanny Fran Fine. Pior to landing his role on The Nanny, Shanughnessy was a soap opera star. What was the name of the soap he appeared on?
A. The Young and the Restless
B. The Bold and the Beautiful
C. General Hospital
D. Days of our Lives
E. One Life to Live
4. How many children did the widowed Maxwell have when Fran became their nanny?
A. three (two daughters and a son)
B. two (one son and one daughter)
C. four (two daughters and two sons)
D. five (three daughters and two sons)
E. two (both daughters)
5. What was the name of Max's late wife.
6. Which of these famous composers appeared in an episode of The Nanny?
A. Barry Manilow and Neil Diamond
B. Henry Mancini
C. Andrew Lloyd Webber
D. Carole Bayer Sager and Paul Simon
E. Marvin Hamlisch and Burt Bacharach
7. Joan Collins of Dynasty fame was a guest star in an episode of The Nanny. What role did she play?
A. Maxwell's aunt
B. Maxwell's stepmother
C. Fran's high school teacher
D. Fran's former employer
E. A well-to-do socialite friend of Maxwell's family
8. Did Fran and Maxwell ever get married?
A. No, they never married.
B. On the last episode of the series, they announced their engagement.
C. Yes, they wed at the end of the show's fifth season.
D. No, Maxwell married someone else.
E. The final season ended with Maxwell proposing and Fran turning him down.
9. Who was Valerie "Val" Toriello?
A. The owner of Fran's favourite Italian restaurant.
B. She was a Broadway actress
C. Fran's hair stylist
D. Fran's best friend.
E. Maggie's teacher
10. What were the names of Fran's parents on the show?
A. Sylvia and Morty
B. Ruth and Alan
C. Barbara and David
D. Esther and Ari
E. Rose and Daniel
11. What was Maxwell's occupation?
A. He was a corporate executive.
B. He was a theatrical producer for Broadway shows.
C. He was a real estate tycoon.
D. He was the owner of a department store chain.
E, He was the owner and operator of an upscale Manhattan hotel.
12. Who was Niles?
A. The Sheffield family's butler
B. Maxwell's brother
C. Maxwell's uncle
D. Maxwell's business partner
E. Maxwell's lawyer friend
13. Who was C.C. Babcock?
A. Maxwell's former girlfriend
B. A neighbour
C. Fran's niece
D. Maxwell's business partner
E. Fran's cousin
14. What did C.C. stand for in her name?
A. Charlotte Constance
B, Christine Cordelia
C. Catherine Carmella
D. Candice Camilla
E. Chastity Claire
15. What was the name of C.C.'s dog?
16. Which well-know psychologist guest-starred in an episode of The Nanny?
A, Dr. Phil McGraw
B. Dr. Ruth Westheimer
C. Dr. Joyce Brothers
D. Dr. Laura Schlessinger
E. All of the above
17. Whom did Niles eventually marry?
A. Fran Fine
B. Maxwell's sister
C. No one. He remained a bachelor.
D. C.C. Babcock
E. Fran's sister
18. What happened to daughter Maggie at the end of the series?
A. She got married.
B. She went to medical school in Chicago.
C. She started her own business.
D. She published a book.
E. She and a friend opened an upscale restaurant.
19. At the end of the series, Fran, Maxwell, Grace and the twins moved away from New York. Where did they go?
A. Paris, France
B. Hollywood, California
C. London, England
D. Rome, Italy
E. San Francisco, California
After losing her job and being dumped by her boyfriend, Fran became a cosmetics saleswoman.
Fran Fine was a native of the Flushing area of Queens, New York. The Nanny was greatly influenced by Fran Drescher own experiences growing up in Queens.
London-born Charles Shaughnessy played the aristocratic Shane Donovan, a secret agent on Days of Our Lives. He actually is a British peer, the 5th Baron Shaughnessy.
Shaughnessy reprised his Shane Donovan role on Days of Our Lives for two brief stints in May 2012 and November 2013.
Maxwell Sheffield was a widower with three children, two daughters and a son. The oldest was daughter Margaret "Maggie" Sheffield, played by Nicholle Tom. The middle child was a son named Brighton Sheffield, was portrayed by Benjamin Salisbury and Madeline Zima was brainy Grace "Gracie" Sheffield, the baby of the family.
|Nicholle Tom as Maggie Sheffield|
Max's late wife was named Sara. She passed away some years before the start of the series.
Marvin Hamlisch appeared in an episode of The Nanny called "Val's Boyfriend" (Season 3, Episode 18, Air Date: February 5, 1996). He played Alan Neider, Fran's former high school teacher, a Marvin Hamlisch look-alike. Burt Bacharach appeared as himself in a 1996 episode entitled "The Cantor." (Season 3, Episode 24, Air Date: April 29, 1996).
|Fran Dresher (left) with Joan Collins|
Joan Collins portrayed Maxwell's stepmother, Joan Sheffield in a 1996 episode of The Nanny entitled "Me and Mrs. Joan" (Season 4, Episode 6, Air Date: October 30, 1996). In the episode Fran attempts to play peacemaker by inviting Maxwell's father's former secretary (Joan), who caused the breakup of his parent's marriage, to dinner.
Yes, Fran and Maxwell wed at the end of the show's fifth season in an episode entitled "The Wedding" (Season 5, Episode 22, Air Date: May 13, 1998). Although Maxwell's family tells them that the marriage will never work, they get married anyway and fall off their honeymoon yacht. On the last episode of the season, Fran gives birth to fraternal twins, a boy, Jonah Samuel and a girl, Eve Catherine. They were named after their great grandparents (Trivia note: In 1999, Rachel Chagall, the actress who played Fran Fine's best friend, gave birth to twins named Jonah Samuel and Eve Catherine.)
Val, played by Rachel Chagall, was Fran's best friend since elementary school in Flushing, Queens, New York.
Fran's parents on the show were named Sylvia and Morty, as were Fran Drescher's real life parents
Bronx-born Renée Taylor played the role of Sylvia Fine, (née Rosenberg), Fran's outspoken mother. Steve Lawrence portrayed Fran's father, Morty Fine.
Maxwell was a theatrical producer for Broadway shows. He passed on Cats and his main rival was Andrew Lloyd Webber
Niles was the butler and caretaker for the Sheffield family home. His father had been the Sheffield butler previously. Niles' last name was never revealed on the show. Although the character was an Englishman, he was portrayed by Daniel Davis, a native of Little Rock, Arkansa.
C.C. Babcock, played by Lauren Lane, was Maxwell's longtime business partner. The egotistical C.C. had romantic designs on Maxwell, making her Fran's rival for his affections.
C.C. Babcock's full name was Chastity Claire Babcock.
|Fran with Chester Drescher|
C.C. Babcock had a dog called Chester. The performing dog, who died in 2000, was actually Fran Drescher's Pomeranian, and his full name was Chester Drescher. Perhaps that's why he seemed to prefer Fran Fine over his fictional TV owner, C.C.
Dr. Joyce Brothers guest-starred on a 1997 episode of The Nanny entitled "The Ex-Niles" (Season 5, Episode 5, Air Date: October 29, 1997) In the episode, Fran and C.C. visit Dr. Brothers to determine which woman is more suitable for Niles.
Niles eventually married C.C. Babcock, although they initially disliked each other intensely.
In one of the last episodes of the final season, Maggie Sheffield marries Michael, an underwear model, played by Andrew Levitas. The episode is entitled "Maggie's Wedding" (Season 6, Episode 19, Air Date: May 5, 1999. Fran is delighted to learn that Michael is a cousin of James Brolin, husband of her idol, Barbra Streisand.
At the end of the series, Fran, Max, Grace and the twins move to Los Angeles, where Maxwell is scheduled to produce a television show. Maggie and her husband move to Europe. However, Maggie stays in Paris with her brother, Brighton, while Michael heads to Venice for a modelling assignment.