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[[caption-width-right:305:[[AttackOfThe50FootWhatever Attack of the 50 Foot Brooke Shields!]]]]
A WorkCom about a woman who leaves a man at the altar, finds herself without prospects, until her ex-fiance's brother takes a gamble and hires her as a journalist. Originally conceived as a starring vehicle for Brooke Shields, but in actuality it ended up being a retread of ''Series/TheMaryTylerMooreShow'' which ran the complete gamut of office humor cliches roughly three or four times.

Despite its shortcomings, the show managed to run for four seasons and enjoyed a semi-healthy run in syndication. However, the one-two punch of Creator/JuddNelson's departure and cast member David Strickland's suicide necessitated an exhaustive {{Retool}}, moving the characters to a grimy warehouse in Chinatown. The show's ratings, nothing much to begin with, plummeted and NBC mercifully pulled the plug.

Ultimately, any show in which you can say Judd Nelson is wasted and replaced in its final season by a washed-up Creator/EricIdle has little going for it. The show's only real claim to notability was that [[DamnedByFaintPraise it made Kathy Griffin a star]].

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!!!Provides Examples Of:

* TheAlcoholic: Maddy becomes one at one point.
* AlphaBitch: Maddy
* AmicableExes: Susan and Jack actually manage this after a few weeks of tension.
* CaptainErsatz: Vicki, the sassy redhead played by Kathy Griffin, was often accused of being a ripoff of Beth, the sassy redhead played by Vicki Lewis on ''Series/{{Newsradio}}''. The ''Newsradio'' producers sure seemed to think so.
* TheCasanova: Luis. It's the accent, of course; when he tries picking up women with a FakeAmerican accent ("M'name is Louis.") he spectacularly bombs.
* CelebrityParadox: One Halloween episode involved Todd dressing as tennis pro (and then-husband of Brooke Shields) Andre Agassi. Susan asks, "Isn't he married to-- ooh, what's her name?
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: After Judd Nelson was replaced with Eric Idle at the beginning of Season Four, Nelson's character Jack was never mentioned again, despite having been a very good friend and eventually a pretty important love interest to Susan at one point.
* {{Costumer}}
* DateMyAvatar: Todd subscribing to a lesbian dating site, having reasoned that his lust for women [[InsaneTrollLogic qualifies him as one]]. Predictably, his 'date' turns out to be another horny male.
* HollywoodDateless: Susan -- ''Brooke friggin' Shields'' -- at least once bemoaned not being able to find a date.
* HotForPreacher: Vicki falls in love with a rabbi.
* HotterAndSexier: The later seasons emphasized the main character's sexuality, and the theme song was changed to reflect this.
* IntergenerationalFriendship: Susan's closest girlfriend is get grandmother.
* PostRobberyTrauma
* PutOnABusToHell: Maddy's departure in Season Four. After the writers painstakingly spent most of Season Three [[DefrostingIceQueen Defrosting the Ice Queen]] and making Maddy into a sympathetic character, in the Season Four premiere, she dumps Luis for no real reason and hastily exits the show, then later is revealed to have married ''Jerry Springer''. Either the writers totally hated the character, or they assumed the fans did.
* RealLifeWritesThePlot: After David Strickland committed suicide, his character Todd [[TheCharacterDiedWithHim died with him]]. This was addressed in the Season Three finale, in which the cast spends the entire episode looking for Todd. Each scene is interspersed with the series regulars addressing the camera ''Theatre/OurTown''-style and sharing memories of him. The episode ends with the cast sitting in a circle with a telephone between them, still waiting to hear news of Todd's whereabouts. And then the phone rings.
* {{Retool}}: The last season, not helped that this was just after Strickland died.
* RunawayBride: The very first scene of the show has Susan standing at the altar, apparently on the brink of a panic attack. . .and the next scene has her running out of the church, ripping her dress along the way.
* StatuesqueStunner: The title character.
* ThemeTune
* UglyGuyHotWife: "Girlfriend", rather. While not outright hideous, Jack is still way out of Susan's league.
* TheUnfavorite: When Susan essentially begs Jack for a job in the pilot, Jack notes that she left his brother at the altar and deeply embarrassed his parents. Apparently, Jack was this because he then immediately offers Susan a better job and hires her.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Susan and Jack.
* WorkCom
* YourCheatingHeart: Closely subverted. Jack clearly has feelings for Susan from the very beginning, but cannot act on them due to his marriage and being uncertain if she reciprocates. His wife clearly believes otherwise, outright blaming Susan for breaking her and Jack up after the couple finally divorces.
** Susan herself kisses her real estate agent, fed up with Jack's waffling on them moving in together. They both realize that their behavior is symbolic of underlying problems in their relationship and sadly break up.
** Susan hits it off with a great guy and is debating living with ''him'' until she catches him and his ex-wife together. Aside from his infidelity, she realizes that the only reason he's interested in her is because of her resemblance to his ex.
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