Tattingers (later Tattinger's) is an American comedy-drama television series that aired by the NBC television network from October 26, 1988 to April 26, 1989, as part of its 1988 fall lineup. After failing in the Nielsen ratings as an hour-long program, the plot and characters were briefly revived in the spring of 1989 as the half-hour sitcom Nick & Hillary.
|Also known as|
|Created by||Bruce Paltrow|
Mary Beth Hurt
Sue Francis Pai
|Theme music composer||Jonathan Tunick|
|Opening theme||"Anybody's Guess" by Brock Walsh (Nick & Hillary run)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (2 unaired)|
|Running time||60 minutes/30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Paltrow Group|
|Distributor||MTM Television Distribution Group|
|Original release||October 26, 1988 –|
April 26, 1989
An unaired episode, "Screwball," aired on TV Land on April 4, 1999.
Tattingers is the story of a couple, Nick and Hillary Tattinger (Stephen Collins and Blythe Danner), they have 2 daughters Nina and Winnifred, who had co-owned a posh Manhattan restaurant. They had divorced, but remained partners in the restaurant until Nick was shot by a drug dealer and decided to sell the restaurant and leave Manhattan for Paris. However, his successors proved incapable of running the restaurant properly, so Nick reclaimed the restaurant from them and decided to give it another go. Real-life Manhattan celebrities often appeared in cameo roles as themselves, Nick's exclusive clientele.
- Stephen Collins as Nick Tattinger
- Blythe Danner as Hillary Tattinger
- Jerry Stiller as Sid Wilbur
- Roderick Cook as Louis Chatham
- Zach Grenier as Sonny Franks (Tattingers run)
- Patrice Colihan as Nina Tattinger
- Chay Lentin as Winnifred Tattinger
- Thomas Quinn as O'Malley (Tattingers run)
- Mary Beth Hurt as Sheila Bradley (Nick & Hillary run)
- Chris Elliott as Spin (Nick & Hillary run)
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"Pilot"||TBA||TBA||October 26, 1988|
|2||"The Sonny Also Rises"||TBA||TBA||November 2, 1988|
|3||"Nouvelle York"||TBA||TBA||November 9, 1988|
|4||"Virgin Spring"||TBA||TBA||November 16, 1988|
|5||"Rest in Peas"||TBA||TBA||November 30, 1988|
|6||"Death and Taxis"||TBA||TBA||December 7, 1988|
|7||"Two Men and a Baby"||TBA||TBA||December 14, 1988|
|8||"Broken Windows"||TBA||TBA||January 4, 1989|
|9||"Wall Street Blues"||TBA||TBA||January 11, 1989|
|12||"Half a Loaf..."||Art Wolff||Tom Fontana & Channing Gibson & John Tinker||April 20, 1989|
|13||"El Sid"||Don Scardino||Teleplay by: Channing Gibson|
Story by: Tom Fontana & John Tinker
|April 26, 1989|
|14||"Tour of Doody"||TBA||TBA||UNAIRED|
This program was a ratings failure and was cancelled in January 1989. However, NBC was apparently unwilling to give up totally on the characters or the concept, and the program was revamped into a half-hour sitcom, Nick & Hillary. This new series premiered on April 20, 1989, but proved even less successful than its predecessor and was cancelled after only two episodes.
- Brooks, Tim, and Marsh, Earle, The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present
- Starr, Michael (March 26, 1999). "TV Land at 'Junction,' Heeds Fontana's Call". New York Post. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
- O'Connor, John (April 20, 1989). "Review/Television; NBC Series Is Changed From Soap Into Sitcom". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-24.
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