Chicken Soup (TV series)
|Created by||Saul Turteltaub|
|Written by||Paul Perlove|
|Directed by||Terry Hughes|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12 (4 unaired) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Bernie Orenstein|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Carsey-Werner Company|
|Original release||September 12 –|
November 7, 1989
The series focuses on the interfaith relationship of a middle-aged Jewish man, Jackie (Mason), and an Irish Catholic woman, Maddie (Redgrave). Episodes centered around humorous situations and obstacles caused by the couple's different religions.
Controversy and cancellationEdit
Chicken Soup was scheduled after the number one primetime series Roseanne, but was canceled because it could not hold a large enough percentage of the audience from its lead-in and because of controversy over inflammatory remarks by Mason during the New York City Mayoral elections.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Nielsen ratings|
|First aired||Last aired||Rank||Rating||Tied with|
|1||12[a]||September 12, 1989||November 7, 1989||13||17.7||Murder, She Wrote|
- Episodes 9-12 never aired.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||Terry Hughes||TBA||September 12, 1989|
|Jackie Fisher and Maddie Peerce meet and fall in love. The catch: Jackie is Jewish and Maddie is Irish Catholic.|
|2||"The Dinner"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||September 19, 1989|
|Jackie and Maddie meet some friends for dinner and the evening is full of mishaps. Donnie and Patricia are sure that the couple is doomed.|
|3||"The Bartender"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||September 26, 1989|
|Jackie has to play bartender when Maddie throws a girls-only party and the bartender fails to show up.|
|4||"The Reservation"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||October 3, 1989|
|Maddie and Jackie have problems at their favorite restaurant when neither makes a reservation.|
|5||"Double Date"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||October 10, 1989|
|Maddie and Jackie go out on a double date when they set their best friends up with each other.|
|6||"Take My Kids, Please"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||October 24, 1989|
|7||"Bea Moves Out"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||October 31, 1989|
|Bea wants to be on her own and moves out of Jackie's apartment.|
|8||"Almost Father Jackie"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||November 7, 1989|
|Bea is upset that Jackie doesn't always act like a father.|
|9||"The Ralph Hearns Story"||Alan Rafkin||Manny Basanese||Unaired|
|10||"Operation Jackie"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||Unaired|
|Maddie is concerned when she learns that Jackie needs surgery.|
|11||"Bea's Night Out"||Alan Rafkin||TBA||Unaired|
|Jackie stays up all night waiting and worrying as Bea doesn't come home.|
|12||"Community Service"||Alan Rafkin||Paul Perlove||Unaired|
|Bea is sentenced to community service for her role in a school prank.|
- Oney, Steve (1989-09-10). "Jackie Mason Stirs Up a Chancy 'Chicken Soup'". New York Times.
- "Canned Soup". Time. 1989-11-20.
- Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (Ninth Edition). Ballantine Books. p. 1692. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.