Trivia: The Nanny

  • Acting for Two: One episode had Bobbi Flekman appearing. Another episode had Fran Drescher acting as herself and as Fran Fine simultaneously.
    • In "Not Without My Nanny", Charles plays both Max and the Sultan.
  • Actor Allusion: Happened often with guest stars.
    Fred (played by Donald O'Connor): Let's face it, Fran, I'm just never going to be known for my dancing.
    • They also constantly mentioned that Grandma Yetta was played by the same actress who was Millie Halper on The Dick Van Dyke Show.
    • During the closing credits of "The Gym Teacher", as Fran and Miss Stone (nee Wickavich) are looking through a yearbook at a picture of Fran's old boyfriend, Miss Wickavich tells Fran "A boy like that, who'd kill your brother. Forget that boy and find another. One of your own kind, stick to your own kind!", which are lyrics from West Side Story. Rita Moreno, who played Miss Wickavich, sang those very lines in the film adaptation.
    • In "Stock Tip", as Fran flirts with Glenn, played by Corbin Bernsen:
    Fran: (on what Glenn's job is) So, we've ruled out Rabbi, and I can tell you're not a lawyer...
    Glenn: Why can't I pass as a lawyer?
    Fran: Well, not in New York. I mean, maybe in L.A....
    • Happened with Fran Drescher herself. In one episode, she plays Bobbi Flekman, a character she'd already played on This Is Spinal Tap. There are also several references to Saturday Night Fever, in which Fran Drescher played a minor role.
    • The show made a couple of references to the movie The Hand That Rocks the Cradle. Apart from simply sharing the same "nanny" premise, Madeline Zima appeared in both.
  • Actor-Shared Background: Almost all of Fran Fine's life (except working at a bridal shop; her mother worked at one) was taken almost verbatim from Fran Drescher's own life. Both are from Queens, both have parents named Morty and Sylvia and a sister named Nadine, both graduated from Hillcrest High (with Ray Barone/Ray Romano.)
  • Adored by the Network: TV Azteca, the mexican network that had the rights of this show since the 90's and early 00's, really, really loved this show; after its original run, they used to put reruns of this for years, being the base of the afternoon schedule of his feed Azteca 7 (along withThe Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Simpsons).
  • Cultural Translation: The Italian dub changed Fran to be an Italian woman living in Manhattan ("Fran" being short for Francesa instead of Francine). To make her look more like a Fish out of Water, Sylvia was changed to be Fran's Aunt Assunta, with Fran's "real parents" still living in Italy unseen. Grandma Yetta kept her name but was changed to be Assunta's Polish sister-in-law. Even Fran's sister, Nadine, was changed to be Cousin Nadia.
  • The Danza: Fran Fine is played by Fran Drescher.
  • Dawson Casting: Done intentionally for laughs in S3 Ep 12, "The Kibbutz". Fran and Val play teenage versions of themselves in a flashback.
  • Fake Nationality / Fake Brit: Daniel Davis as Niles, who is from Arkansas. He is good at it though, to the point where Charles Shaughnessy (Maxwell Sheffield), an actual Brit, was told by some critics that he should take lessons from Davis in order to get his "fake" accent right.
    • Lampshaded in a late episode, where Niles has a bit part in Gracie's play and does very badly. Citing a review, he asks Max, "Do you think my accent sounded fake?"
  • Hey, It's That Guy!: Multiple times, one example being the episode "Kissing Cousins" where Fran's date( who she later finds out is her cousin) is Jon Stewart.
    • James Marsden was Eddie, Maggie's first boyfriend during the first season.
    • The boy in Kindergarten Cop who told Ahnuld "Boys have a penis. Girls have a vagina." is the bratty son of Maxwell's client Fran has to watch, as mentioned in Badly Battered Babysitter.
    • Babu Bhatt is one of the representatives of the Professional Butler's Association in "The Nanny, the Butler, the Wife and Her Mother".
    • Patty Chase was married to Mr. Sheffield
    • As was Justin Pitt.
    • In addition, before playing Niles, Daniel Davis played Moriarty on Star Trek: The Next Generation.
    • Danny Imperialli was played by Jonathan Penner, who placed seventh in the Cook Islands season of Survivor.
  • Hey, It's That Voice!:
    • In the Latin American dub, the voices of Fran and Maggie are Sailor Mars and Sailor Mercury from Sailor Moon, respectively.
    • In the German dub, Maggie has Sailor Mecury's voice.
    • Also in the German dub, Maxwell's voice actors played Scar from The Lion King.
  • Old Shame: When Maggie researches the Sheffield family history for a school project and casually mentions that the family has reputation for mental illness, Maxwell declares that this merely is a vicious rumor...despite the fact that he has a great-aunt who lives in a gazebo with a hoot owl, an uncle who beheaded his aunt, and another uncle who believes himself to be a leprechaun.
  • The Other Darrin: Maxwell's sister Jocelyn was played by actress/model Twiggy Lawson in "Stop the Wedding, I Want To Get Off", but played by Sophie Ward in all subsequent appearances.
  • Reality Subtext: Twiggy Lawson playing Jocelyn, Maxwell's sister, in "Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off" is a nod to the fact that the whole show was inspired by Fran Drescher's experience in taking care of her daughter.
    • In "The Butler, the Husband, the Wife and Her Mother", Fran criticizes Maxwell for wearing bright yellow rain boots with his suit, saying "Normally, you're so GQ. Now, you're the Gorton's Fisherman?". Charles Shaughnessy, who plays Maxwell, had shown up to his original audition wearing those same exact boots.
  • Real-Life Relative: Joseph Bologna (Renée Taylor's husband) guest starred in two different episode, one as a Small Name, Big Ego actor and the second as a man wooing Sylvia.
    • Chester the Pomeranian was Fran Drescher's real-life dog, which is why he was always so excited around her.
    • Fran Drescher's real life parents Morty and Sylvia appeared on the show in several roles, later on as Uncle Stanley and Aunt Rose.
    • Lester, Jocelyn's chauffeur in "Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off" was played by Twiggy Lawson's real-life husband Leigh Lawson.
  • Unintentional Period Piece: Aside from the fashion sense (Maggie's babydoll dresses, especially), the earlier seasons made quite a few pop culture references and current events references to things like the O.J. Simpson trial and the Menendez Brothers that date the show to the Nineties.
  • What Could Have Been: Originally, there were just two Sheffield children: Brighton and Gracie. The executives suggested that a shy teenaged daughter would serve as an amusing contrast with Fran, which eventually became Maggie.