The Daily Stream: Fran Drescher Gave Us Modern Lucille Ball Energy in ‘The Nanny’ and We Didn’t Appreciate It
Posted on Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021 by Hoai-Tran Bui
(Welcome to The Daily Stream, an ongoing series in which the /Film team shares what they’ve been watching, why it’s worth checking out, and where you can stream it.)
The Series: The Nanny
Where You Can Stream It: HBO Max
The Pitch: Cosmetics saleswoman Fran Fine was working at a bridal shop in Flushing Queens when her boyfriend kicked her out in one of those crushing scenes. She was out on her fanny, but unexpectedly, gets hired as a nanny for a rich Broadway producer’s three children. Oh, just watch the opening theme song.
Why It’s Essential Viewing: I can’t confess to being a huge fan of The Nanny. I don’t always love obnoxious characters in comedy, and The Nanny is all about that loud, big central performance by Fran Drescher. I also have some lingering trauma from when my college roommate would insist on leaving the TV on at night when she went to bed, and she would always turn it to Nick at Nite when The Nanny was playing (let me tell you, that famously nasal voice isn’t the best inducement to sleep). But as my current roommate makes her way through the beloved CBS sitcom for the first time, I noticed something that I hadn’t before when I was stuffing my head into my pillow to attempt to drown out the din in college. Fran Drescher is a comedy genius.