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The Naked Truth is an American television sitcom that aired on ABC from 1995 to 1996, and on NBC from 1996 to 1998. The series stars Téa Leoni and Holland Taylor. The show took place at the office of a tabloid news publication.

The Naked Truth
Created byChris Thompson
Written byJenny Bicks
Leslie Caveny
Robert Cohen
Allan Heinberg
Gary Janetti
Ken Keeler
Carol Leifer
Paul Lieberstein
Tom Martin
Laurie Parres
Phoef Sutton
Rachel Sweet
Chris Thompson
Miriam Trogdon
James Vallely
Mark Wilding
Directed byRobby Benson
Peter Bonerz
Matthew Diamond
Art Dielhenn
Dennis Erdman
Michael Lessac
Gail Mancuso
Rob Schiller
StarringTéa Leoni
Darryl Sivad
Holland Taylor
Tom Verica
Jake Sullivan
Mark Roberts
Dave Fontaine
Jonathan Penner
Jack Blessing
Amy Ryan
Composer(s)Dan Foliart
Alan Elliott
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes55 (7 unaired)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Brillstein-Grey Entertainment
Christopher Thompson Productions
(season 1)
Columbia Pictures Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkABC (1995–1996)
NBC (1997–1998)
Original releaseSeptember 13, 1995 (1995-09-13) –
May 25, 1998 (1998-05-25)



Pulitzer Prize nominated photographer Nora Wilde (Téa Leoni) divorces her rich, philandering husband Leland Banks, asking for nothing in the settlement except the use of her maiden name. Broke and without prospects for employment, Nora seeks work at The Comet, a sleazy celebrity tabloid owned by Sir Rudolph Halley (Tim Curry) and run by ruthless Camilla Dane (Holland Taylor). Initially, Nora is repulsed by the depths to which she has to sink for her new job – she finds herself in demeaning situations such as stealing Anna Nicole Smith's urine to run a pregnancy test, and staking out the sewer for mutant alligators – but before long, she begins to feel at home. Nora's coworkers include egotistical Nicky Columbus (Jonathan Penner), a potential love interest; T.J. (Darryl Sivad), a humorless African-American man always clad in dark sunglasses; and Stupid Dave (Mark Roberts) who is mentally challenged. At home, Nora deals with deranged building manager Mr. Donner (Jack Blessing) and Chloe Banks (Amy Ryan), her best friend and former step-daughter.

In the second season, the show switched networks and was retooled. Meat-mogul Les Polanski (George Wendt) buys The Comet, intending to make it a respectable publication. Gone were the outlandishly zany antics from the first season, and Stupid Dave was now merely referred to as Dave. Chloe disappears without explanation, as does Mr. Donner (since Nora has a new apartment). Mary Tyler Moore (replacing Dyan Cannon from season one) and George Segal both make frequent guest appearances as Nora's parents in season two, eventually moving into the apartment across the hall.

Season three saw enormous changes. Camilla quits The Comet and moves on to rival tabloid The National Inquisitor, leaving most of the staff behind. By this point, she and Nora had become close, so she asks Nora to join her at the Inquisitor. Also moving to The Inquisitor was Dave, who was no longer mentally challenged. Their new coworkers include smug reporter Jake Sullivan (Tom Verica), photographer Suji (Amy Hill), studious fact checker Harris (Jim Rash), and Bradley Crosby (Chris Elliott), the self-proclaimed illegitimate son of Bing Crosby.


The series began on ABC and was canceled after a single season despite ranking at #25 with an 11.4 rating. For its second season, the series moved to NBC[1] with new cast members and a general retooling of the show away from its tabloid settings. The second season ranked at #4 with a 16.8 rating. Its third and final season plummeted to #74 and was canceled at the end of the season.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings[2]
First airedLast airedNetworkRankRatingTied with
120September 13, 1995 (1995-09-13)February 28, 1996 (1996-02-28)ABC2411.4Law & Order
The CBS Sunday Movie
Can't Hurry Love
213January 16, 1997 (1997-01-16)May 14, 1997 (1997-05-14)NBC416.8Friends
322[a]September 22, 1997 (1997-09-22)May 25, 1998 (1998-05-25)N/AN/AN/A
  1. ^ Episodes 16-22 never aired.


  1. ^ Nick Sebek and Russell Wodell. "The Naked Truth" -
  2. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (Ninth Edition). Ballantine Books. p. 1694. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.

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