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Bonnie (originally titled The Bonnie Hunt Show) is an American CBS television comedy that aired from 1995 to 1996. Bonnie Hunt played Bonnie Kelly, a television reporter who moves from Wisconsin to take a job with a local TV station in Chicago. There she encounters an eclectic group of coworkers.

Also known asThe Bonnie Hunt Show
GenreSituation comedy
Created byBonnie Hunt
Rob Burnett
Written byBonnie Hunt
Directed byJohn Bowab
StarringBonnie Hunt
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (2 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Bonnie Hunt
Rob Burnett
David Letterman
Producer(s)Robert Wright
John Bowab
Editor(s)Evan Wright
Production company(s)Bob & Alice Productions
Worldwide Pants Incorporated
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 22, 1995 –
April 7, 1996
Related showsThe Building (1993)

In addition to the stories surrounding her personal life and her life at the station, each episode showed one of Bonnie's television news features, where she would interview real people who were attending (or otherwise involved in) current real local events. These scenes were improvised.



Production notesEdit

The series premiered as The Bonnie Hunt Show in September of 1995, and aired under that title for the first 6 episodes before being put on hiatus in November. Upon returning to the air in March, the show was retitled Bonnie, and ran for an additional 5 episodes. A further two episodes were produced, but never broadcast.

As with Hunt's previous short-run 1993 sitcom The Building, The Bonnie Hunt Show had a theatrical sensibility wherein minor mistakes, accidents, and forgotten lines were often left in the aired episode. As well, cast members Hunt, Lake, Virtue and Wortell had all starred in The Building -- which like this show was set in Chicago, produced by David Letterman's Worldwide Pants production company, and directed by John Bowab. Hunt created the show with Rob Burnett, and wrote most of the episodes.

Hunt's next sitcom, Life With Bonnie, would also feature Hunt, Derwin and Wortell. Virtue had a recurring role in Life With Bonnie, but was not a regular. Don Lake would co-create that show with Hunt, and appear in a number of bit roles. John Bowab was also a frequent Life With Bonnie director.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"First Day"TBARob Burnett & Bonnie HuntSeptember 22, 1995 (1995-09-22)
2"Another Day at the Office"TBABonnie HuntSeptember 29, 1995 (1995-09-29)
3"The Phone Call"TBASteve Faber & Bob FisherOctober 6, 1995 (1995-10-06)
4"True Lies"TBAMichael ShortOctober 13, 1995 (1995-10-13)
5"Better Offer"John BowabBonnie Hunt (as Alice Jatczak)October 20, 1995 (1995-10-20)
6"Here's a Little Halloween Twist"TBAElaine ArataOctober 27, 1995 (1995-10-27)
7"Up All Night"TBABonnie Hunt & Elaine Arata & Steve Faber & Bob FisherMarch 10, 1996 (1996-03-10)
8"On the Streets Where You Live"TBABonnie HuntMarch 17, 1996 (1996-03-17)
9"Hair Today, Gone Merlot"TBABonnie HuntMarch 24, 1996 (1996-03-24)
10"To See or Not to See"TBAElaine ArataMarch 31, 1996 (1996-03-31)
11"Beginning of the Beginning"TBABonnie Hunt & Elaine ArataApril 7, 1996 (1996-04-07)
12"Queen of Hearts"TBATBAUNAIRED
13"The Bermuda Triangle"TBATBAUNAIRED