Encore! Encore!
Genre Sitcom
Written by John Augustine
Anne Flett-Giordano
Directed by Sheldon Epps
Pamela Fryman
Starring Nathan Lane
Joan Plowright
Glenne Headly
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (2 unaired)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Grub Street Productions
Paramount Television
Original network NBC
Original release September 22, 1998 (1998-09-22) – January 20, 1999 (1999-01-20)

Encore! Encore! is an American sitcom starring Nathan Lane as an opera singer. On the verge of becoming "The Fourth Tenor", Lane's character injures his vocal cords and must move in with his family, who run a vineyard in Northern California. The series premiered on NBC on September 22, 1998.[1]

Encore! Encore! struggled in the ratings from the start. After its fourth episode aired on October 27, 1998, NBC put the series on hiatus for two months. Thirteen episodes were ordered but the series was cancelled at midseason with two episodes left unaired. The final network episode aired on January 20, 1999. All 13 episodes later ran on Bravo.



Critical receptionEdit

A New York Observer review described the show as "the 'Moose Murders' of sitcoms -- it won't be here past Halloween, but the recollection of its awfulness will give you untold delight for years to come."[2] Strangely enough, the New York Times gave a very positive review to the show's debut, as well as to another short-lived show, The Hughleys.


  1. ^ The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946-Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 364. ISBN 0-345-45542-8. 
  2. ^ Rutenberg, Jim (2003-09-21). "Hunting for a Sitcom Hit Among the Misses". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-02-25. 

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