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
  • Tattinger's
  • Nick & Hillary
Created byBruce Paltrow
Tom Fontana
John Masius
StarringStephen Collins
Blythe Danner
Patrice Colihan
Chay Lentin
Jessica Prunell
Jerry Stiller
Mary Beth Hurt
Roderick Cook
Zach Grenier
Rob Morrow
Sue Francis Pai
Yusef Bulos
Robert Clohessy
Simon Jones
Chris Elliott
Anna Levine
Theme music composerJonathan Tunick
Opening theme"Anybody's Guess" by Brock Walsh (Nick & Hillary run)
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (2 unaired)
Producer(s)Bruce Paltrow
Tom Fontana
John Masius
Running time60 minutes/30 minutes
Production company(s)Paltrow Group
MTM Enterprises
DistributorMTM Television Distribution Group
Original networkNBC
Picture formatColor
Original releaseOctober 26, 1988 (1988-10-26) –
April 26, 1989 (1989-04-26)

An unaired episode, "Screwball," aired on TV Land on April 4, 1999.[1]


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.



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"Pilot"TBATBAOctober 26, 1988 (1988-10-26)
2"The Sonny Also Rises"TBATBANovember 2, 1988 (1988-11-02)
3"Nouvelle York"TBATBANovember 9, 1988 (1988-11-09)
4"Virgin Spring"TBATBANovember 16, 1988 (1988-11-16)
5"Rest in Peas"TBATBANovember 30, 1988 (1988-11-30)
6"Death and Taxis"TBATBADecember 7, 1988 (1988-12-07)
7"Two Men and a Baby"TBATBADecember 14, 1988 (1988-12-14)
8"Broken Windows"TBATBAJanuary 4, 1989 (1989-01-04)
9"Wall Street Blues"TBATBAJanuary 11, 1989 (1989-01-11)
12"Half a Loaf..."Art WolffTom Fontana & Channing Gibson & John TinkerApril 20, 1989 (1989-04-20)
13"El Sid"Don ScardinoTeleplay by: Channing Gibson
Story by: Tom Fontana & John Tinker
April 26, 1989 (1989-04-26)
14"Tour of Doody"TBATBAUNAIRED
15"Money Matters"TBATBAUNAIRED


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,[2] but proved even less successful than its predecessor and was cancelled after only two episodes.


  1. ^ Starr, Michael (March 26, 1999). "TV Land at 'Junction,' Heeds Fontana's Call". New York Post. Retrieved 2017-06-11.
  2. ^ O'Connor, John (April 20, 1989). "Review/Television; NBC Series Is Changed From Soap Into Sitcom". The New York Times. Retrieved 2009-04-24.