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An American sitcom that aired for two seasons (1995–97) on NBC, which followed struggling writer Jonathan Elliot (Jonathan Silverman) and his close friends as he tried to find success and a relationship while living in New York City.

The show also starred Joey Slotnick, Ernest Borgnine, Ming-Na Wen, Jessica Hecht, Shawn Michael Howard, and Olivia d'Abo.


Tropes for the series:

  • Crossover: Ross from Friends appeared in one episode.
  • "Gift of the Magi" Plot: An episode has Jonathan and one of his female friends encountering this situation, the exact gifts being a Russian Doll and a comic book. In the end, he makes a quip that someone should write a book about this.
  • Ma'am Shock: After being addressed by the hated word, Janeane get a tattoo to prove she's still young and cool.
  • Mistaken for Gay: The Friends crossover has Jonathan and Ross each thinking the other is gay and hitting on them.
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  • New Year Has Come: "Midnight"
  • Rogue Juror: One episode has Manny serving on a jury and becoming this. It used actual clips from 12 Angry Men at one point.
  • Subways Suck: Jonathan eventually pries open the doors and braves the filthy underground tunnels trying to make it to freedom.
  • Thanksgiving Episode: "Sister"
  • You Look Familiar: Strangely averted. Despite Jessica Hecht having a recurring role on Friends as Susan and a main role on this as Jeanine, the crossover never does anything with it. We don’t see Ross meet Jeanine (even though he’s there to look at a bone she found) and Jonathan doesn’t react when Ross shows him a picture that has Susan in it.


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