Courting Alex is an American sitcom that aired on CBS from January 23 to March 29, 2006, and was a vehicle for Jenna Elfman of Dharma & Greg fame. The series was based on the British sitcom According to Bex.

Courting Alex
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Created byRob Hanning
StarringJenna Elfman
Josh Randall
Hugh Bonneville
Dabney Coleman
Jillian Bach
Josh Stamberg
Composer(s)Justin Stanley
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 (4 unaired)
Producer(s)Faye Oshima Belyeu
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)April Fools Productions
Paramount Network Television
Touchstone Television
Original networkCBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseJanuary 23 –
March 29, 2006 (2006-03-29)

Elfman portrays Alex Rose, a successful, single attorney who works with her father Bill (Dabney Coleman) at his law firm. Alex struggles with dating while looking for love in a big city. Her father wants her to settle down with her coworker Stephen (Josh Stamberg), a star lawyer at the firm who is smitten with her. She prefers Scott (Josh Randall), the tavern owner she meets in the first episode, of whom her father doesn't approve. Alex relies on the advice of her assistant Molly (Jillian Bach) and British neighbor Julian (Hugh Bonneville).

Comedian Wayne Federman had a recurring role as office sycophant, Johnson.


Show historyEdit

The show's working titles were Everything I Know about Men and The Jenna Elfman Show. The stage for the office where Alex works is a redressed version of the Winfred-Louder Department Store set used by The Drew Carey Show.

Despite starting off with impressive numbers, ratings for Courting Alex fell hard after the show was moved to Wednesday nights. The show was not picked up for a second season in May 2006 when CBS canned Courting Alex and fellow freshman series Out of Practice.

The show's theme song was performed by Nikka Costa.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1"A Tale of Two Kisses"Pamela FrymanRob HanningJanuary 23, 2006 (2006-01-23)101
2"Is She Really Going Out With Him?"Mark CendrowskiSeth KurlandJanuary 30, 2006 (2006-01-30)102
3"Girlfriend"Mark CendrowskiEileen ConnFebruary 6, 2006 (2006-02-06)104
4"New Best Friend"Asaad KeladaSteve Armogida & Jim ArmogidaFebruary 13, 2006 (2006-02-13)105
5"The Fix-Up"Asaad KeladaRob Hanning & John Peaslee & Judd PillotFebruary 27, 2006 (2006-02-27)108
6"Birthday"Mark CendrowskiRob Hanning & Justin SpitzerMarch 6, 2006 (2006-03-06)103
7"The Mattress"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Rob Hanning & Amy WelshMarch 22, 2006 (2006-03-22)106
8"Big Client"Mark CendrowskiRob Hanning & Aury WallingtonMarch 29, 2006 (2006-03-29)107
9"The Perfect Couple"Terry HughesRob Hanning & Jeremiah LeibowitzUnaired109
10"You Compete Me"Asaad KeladaRob Hanning & Jim Armogida & Steve Armogida & Seth KurlandUnaired110
11"Alex Looks Out for Stephen"Mark CendrowskiRob Hanning & John Peaslee & Judd PillotUnaired111
12"A Moving Story"Mark CendrowskiRob Hanning & Nancy CohenUnaired112


Based on the average total viewers per episode of Courting Alex on CBS:[1]

Season Timeslot (EDT) Series Premiere Series Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
18-49 Rating/Share
1 Monday 9:30 P.M. (January 23, 2006 - March 6, 2006)
Wednesday 8:00 P.M. (March 22, 2006 - March 29, 2006)
January 23, 2006 March 29, 2006 2005-2006 #35 11.2 3.7/8 (#39)

Despite a decent respectable rating average that passed the 10 million meter mark the show was not renewed for a second season and was canceled mid-way into the season.


Starting July 24 Paramount Comedy 1 in the UK started airing Courting Alex every Monday at 9pm in double bills.

In 2007 Talpa in the Netherlands started airing Courting Alex every Sunday.

For Thailand, Courting Alex was airing on True Series (True Visions).

In Serbia, Courting Alex was airing weeknights at 8pm on TV Avala.

In Croatia, Courting Alex or Sve sto znam o muškarcima was airing weeknights at 1pm on Nova TV.

In the UK, Courting Alex was airing weekdays at 9am on Paramount Comedy 1 from May 28, 2007.

In Turkey, Courting Alex will be airing Monday, Wednesday and Friday from Sept 26 2007.

In Australia, Courting Alex is currently aired on Channel Ten at midnight on Tuesdays.

In Poland the show called simply Alex is frequently rerun on Comedy Central Poland and recently (June 2008) started on POLSAT TV on weekdays' mornings.


  1. ^ "The Hollywood Reporter: 2005-06 primetime wrap". The Hollywood Reporter. May 26, 2006. Archived from the original on May 19, 2007.

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