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  • Americans Hate Tingle: "Lamb Chop's on the Menu" didn't translate so well when the show was brought overseas, due to the character of Lamb Chop being virtually unknown outside the US, not to mention that the bratty and diva-like behavior of the character and her brazen flirting with Maxwell put off some international viewers who saw it as obnoxious and unlikeable.
  • Bizarro Episode:
    • The later season episode where Fran is approached by a woman who states that, due to a mix-up years ago, she might be Fran's actual mother and not Sylvia (and for a second, Fran believes it when she hears the woman's laugh, which sounds freakishly similar to Fran's own unique laugh). Of course, it turns out she's not, and the woman is never mentioned ever again.
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    • The animated Christmas Special "Oy to the World", in which Fran and Brighton are magically whisked to the North Pole, where they must protect Christmas against the wrath of ice princess "C.C. the Abominable Babcock".
  • Designated Hero/Designated Villain: Niles and C.C., respectively when he pesters her with marriage proposals. Sure, she delighted in humiliating him, but he proposed to her four times out of the blue, without even going on a First name basis with her, after she asked him to stop, and she's made out to be a bitch solely for refusing. Also, Niles is portrayed as righteous during his "Reason You Suck" Speech in which he calls her out on pining after Maxwell, when he himself can't let go of her. All of this somehow has the effect of humbling C.C. and forcing her to realise that Niles is the one for her.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment:
    • In the episode where Maxwell and Fran have to deal with the tabloid, there's a scene where the tabloid editor openly brags about the way his paper exploits Princess Diana. Sadly, we all know that Diana would die a few years later when she was trying to escape from the paparazzi.
    • Also, the fact that both Fran and her mother were so obsessed with Fran having children, it can be kind of hard to watch after you hear about Fran Drescher's battle with uterine cancer that required a radical hysterectomy which left her infertile without children. Becomes even worse when you consider that Brighton and Grace were the names she wanted to give to her real-life children.
    • In one episode, Sylvia has a freak-out where she threatens to throw herself in the Hudson River, to which Fran responded "Ma, flooding New Jersey is not gonna solve anything!" Flash forward to Fall 2012 and watch what happened to the state after Hurricane Sandy.
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    • In season 2 episode 23, C.C. complains loudly to Niles "My mental health is just a sick game to you isn't it?!" and it's played for laughs. Later in season 5 episode 17, C.C. actually ends up in a mental hospital and is absent for several episodes after she finally has a breakdown caused by all the mind games Niles has played on her through the years.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: The show the was immensely popular in many countries outside USA (Argentina, Australia, Chile and Russia, to name a few). It's also very popular in Mexico. It does help the Mexican dub was really good, and the network that had the rights to broadcasted it there was very fond of put its reruns for many years. It's even gotten several Foreign Remakes, too.
  • Growing the Beard: Fran Drescher says "Imaginary Friend" in season 1 was the turning point in the series, finding their niche in slapstick comedy.
  • Harsher in Hindsight:
    • In one episode, Fran fears that her mother might be having an affair (she's not, she's just flirting with the butcher to get low priced meat) and in another, a lonely and desperate Niles asks himself if Sylvia would ever leave Morty. Skip ahead to the final season, and Sylvia really does start having an affair and almost leaves Morty.
    • Fran's favorite store, Loehmann's, had filed for bankruptcy and it’s assets have been liquidated eventually the store has been converted to a shopping website.
    • The episode in which Fran thinks she's pregnant only to reveal it was a false positive on the test leading to her crying softly to herself on the hospital bed, is a lot harder to look at after a medical procedure left the actress herself infertile and incapable of ever bearing children.
    • Similar to the Loehmann's case above; during the season 3 episode "The Cantor Show" after their Temple Cantor quits to pursue a career in Broadway, Sylvia comments that without him the Temple will go under, and offhandedly mentions that "Blockbuster Video is already measuring the parking lot", joking about the exponential growth of the company during the mid to late 90's at the peak of their popularity. No one expected that less than 20 years later there'd be no trace of them.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In "Imaginary Friend", mention is made of Maxwell's great-aunt Hermione and her giant hoot owl in regards to the Sheffield family's history of dementia.
    • While Maggie was doing that particular research, she also noted that Maxwell was the only member of his family to not have the title of "Sir" or "Lord" in his name (except for another uncle who thought he was a leprechaun.) In reality, Charles Shaughnessy is the 5th Baron Shaughnessy, so he is an actual Lord.
    • The season 6 Thanksgiving episode (the one in which Fran finds out she's pregnant for real). Morty is seen watching the football game, and he said the he should have bet on Pittsburgh. The Steelers actually did play the Detroit Lions that Thanksgiving, and they lost on a controversial coin flip, now forever infamous to Steeler fans.
    • As the series ended, Maxwell moved to Hollywood and left the theater business. After that, it was announced in real-life media Cats would no longer be on stage.
    • In an early season, while snowed in at Sylvia's house, Maggie begins to flirt with another boy in the building named Kenny. At the end of the episode, he says that after he graduates from medical school, he's going to go right into stand-up comedy as kind of a giant joke on his parents. Funny then, but since Ken Jeong did the same thing (although he did spend a lot of time as a doctor and did stand-up as a hobby,) it's even funnier.
    • One of the show's Running Gags was Maxwell sometimes being mistaken for Pierce Brosnan. Fran Drescher did The Beautician and the Beast, a big-screen recycling of this show, with Timothy Dalton, Brosnan's immediate predecessor as James Bond.
    • The many jokes about Donald Trump and his family/wives/businesses can be this or Harsher in Hindsight, depending on how you feel about him.
    • In season 4's "The Boca Story", Grace's experiment with a new figure via bra stuffing comes to an end at Disney World's Space Mountain, where, as Fran put it, "they blew off into a galaxy far far away". Keep in mind this was 17 years before Disney ended up purchasing the Star Wars franchise.
  • Ho Yay: Maxwell and Niles occasionally had some. Like when Maxwell revealed he was going to propose to Fran, Niles reacted as if he was getting proposed to.
  • Jerkass Woobie: C.C. She may be a horrible, greedy, selfish person, but all the crap she takes, you can't help but have a tiny bit of sympathy for her. Especially when she has a mental breakdown.
  • Les Yay:
    • Fran and Val.
    • And, overlapping with Foe Yay, Fran and C.C.
      • Fran once kissed C.C. and she was completely nonchalant about it.
    • To make the circle complete, Val and C.C.
    • Played with when Maxwell hires a lesbian promoter (he thought she was straight) and she mistakes Fran for being gay since Fran "is over 30 and she has no man in her life." Fran responds with "I'm not gay, I'm just pathetic."
      • Immediately afterward:
    Sydney: Well, that's a shame I would've asked you out.
    Fran: Great, a gorgeous professional asks me out and it's a woman! (brief, thoughtful pause) You're not Jewish, are you?
    Sidney: (shrugs) Sorry!
    Fran: Aw, that's too bad. We were this close to makin' my mother happy!
    • Fran's obsession with Barbara Streisand would occasionally dip into a Psycho Lesbian Stalker with a Crush territory as well. She had a wig like Streisand's hair, stole her shoe when she visited her house, and when her sister Rosalind Kind visited the house, she declared "Close enough, same DNA!!!" and began kissing her feet.
  • Memetic Mutation: On the LiveJournal gossip community Oh No They Didn't, it's pretty much obligatory to include "commentary" from Maxwell Sheffield in Broadway-related posts. He still has it in for Andrew Lloyd Webber, he's not particularly impressed with Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark either.
    • Imagine Maxwell’s reaction to Cats first being made into a movie, and his reaction to the movie itself. We can only hope he had nothing to do with it.
    • In 2019 Patti Lupone in a New York Times interview was...very blunt about her feelings about Webber. Once it got shared on other social media sites, a few of the comments mentioned how Maxwell must be feeling vindicated after all these years.
  • No Yay: Niles and Nanny Mueller in "The Nanny-In-Law". That's not just Squick, that's Nightmare Fuel! Noted in-universe when Maxwell—after seeing them—stammers "I...I...I don't ever want to see that again!"
    • Niles and C.C. can also be this for some.
  • Retroactive Recognition:
    • Fran's ex-boyfriend/ex-boss is Jonathan Penner
    • In addition to their work on The Nanny, developers and executive producers Robert Sternin and Prudence Fraser are also best known as creators and executive producers of The Charmings.
    • Dorothy Lyman directed 74 episodes and served as producer. Lyman is best known for playing Naomi Oates Harper on Mama's Family.
    • Pamela Eells O'Connell wrote four episodes and served as co-executive producer. O'Connell is best known as creator and executive producer of Jessie and Bunk'd.
    • Eric Cohen wrote three episodes and served as supervising producer. Cohen is best known as co-creator and executive producer of So Little Time.
    • Bill Lawrence wrote two episodes. Lawrence is best known as creator and executive producer of Scrubs, co-creator and executive producer of Ground Floor, co-creator and co-executive producer of Clone High and Cougar Town, co-developer and co-executive producer of Rush Hour, and co-creator of Spin City.
    • Tracy Newman and Jonathan Stark wrote an episode. Both are best known as creators and executive producers of According to Jim.
    • Rob Lotterstein also wrote an episode. Lotterstein is best known as creator and executive producer of The War at Home.
    • James Marsden plays Eddie, the waiter/delivery boy Maggie has her first kiss with.
  • Strangled by the Red String: Despite a few moments of Belligerent Sexual Tension (like the kiss in the first season 3 episode), Niles and C.C. hate each other and Niles loves to insult and torment C.C. for most of the show... Until the second half of the last season when Niles suddenly reveals that he's actually in love with her and decides he wants to marry her. Then we only know that C.C. turns him down several times and after an argument Niles gives her a "The Reason You Suck" Speech...however at the end of the episode they are discovered in bed together without any explanation. After that, they almost never interact on-screen but it's implied they are having a secret relationship. In the last episode they get married in Fran's DELIVERY ROOM and in the same scene C.C. even learns that she is pregnant with Niles' baby. Even Niles's actor never quite bought it.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Fran’s sister, Nadine, is frequently mentioned and seen in a few flashback scenes, but only appears in one episode. You would think that she and her husband and kids would have appeared at Fran and Max’s wedding but none of them are seen.
    • Maggie, Brighton, and Grace’s maternal grandparents are not seen or mentioned until the season six episode centered around them and that’s their only appearance. Since it’s implied that their daughter, Sarah, was an only child, and Maggie, Brighton, and Grace are their only grandchildren, its strange that it would take that long for them to appear on the show.
    • The Christmas episode of season one, Max mentions his personal shopper, Edna, but she’s not seen or mentioned after that.
    • Fran is shown to have a few friends that work as nannies, but they don’t appear in any other episodes besides “Strange Bedfellows.”
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Plot: Given how the show ends as Niles and C.C. get married and C.C. finds out that she's expecting their baby, it probably would've made more sense to make Niles and C.C. an expectant couple both as a way to write Lauren Lane's pregnancy into season 5 and as a way to show Niles and C.C. relationship as parents with them possibly falling in love later. This, in turn, could also have been used to spur Fran and Maxwell into acknowledging their feelings for one another and officially become a couple.
  • Unpopular Popular Character: C.C. wasn't well liked by anyone in the main cast but Maxwell (and Niles, not that you'd know it) but she was a fan favorite. Fans loved it when she gave Niles as much crap as he gave her.
  • Values Dissonance:
    • Season 5's episode "Not Without My Nanny" didn't age well. Besides the egregiously stereotypical portrayal of Middle Easterners (even in a fictional Middle Eastern nation), the Sultan is played by Charles Shaughnessy in Brownface, a practice now frowned upon in Hollywood.
    • A big part of what people (like her Mother) nag Fran (and sometimes C.C.) about is being 30 and over and still not married with children. Fast forward to the 2010s where factors like the escalating costs of weddings, the 2008 Recession, more awareness about child abuse and emotional neglect of children, couples simply living together or practicing polyamory, and the rising cost of living have led to people putting off children (and sometimes marriage) until they have their economic situation together or put it off because they aren't ready emotionally.
    • If the show was made today Fran could have a career, boyfriend and possibly children on her schedule, and the only person rushing her into anything would be her mother. (Which would be shown to be in the wrong.)


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