Caroline in the City

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Caroline in the City
Caroline in the City.jpg
Created byFred Barron
Dottie Dartland
Marco Pennette
StarringLea Thompson
Eric Lutes
Malcolm Gets
Amy Pietz
Andy Lauer
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes97 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Fred Barron
Dottie Dartland
Marco Pennette
Producer(s)Faye Oshima Belyeu
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Barron /Pennette Productions
3 Sisters Entertainment
CBS Productions
CBS Broadcast International
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Original runSeptember 21, 1995 – April 26, 1999
External links
[www.carolineinthecity.com Website]
 
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Caroline in the City
Caroline in the City.jpg
Created byFred Barron
Dottie Dartland
Marco Pennette
StarringLea Thompson
Eric Lutes
Malcolm Gets
Amy Pietz
Andy Lauer
Country of originUnited States
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes97 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Fred Barron
Dottie Dartland
Marco Pennette
Producer(s)Faye Oshima Belyeu
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Barron /Pennette Productions
3 Sisters Entertainment
CBS Productions
CBS Broadcast International
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Broadcast
Original channelNBC
Original runSeptember 21, 1995 – April 26, 1999
External links
[www.carolineinthecity.com Website]

Caroline in the City is an American situation comedy that ran on the NBC television network. It stars Lea Thompson as cartoonist Caroline Duffy, who lives in Manhattan in New York City. The series premiered on September 21, 1995 in the "Must See TV" Thursday night block after Seinfeld. The show ran for 97 episodes over four seasons, before it was cancelled; its final episode was broadcast on April 26, 1999.

Summary[edit]

Caroline Duffy (Lea Thompson), a cartoonist who lives in Manhattan, spends a lot of time with dates and lovers, and meddles in the lives of her friends and neighbors. In the pilot episode, she has broken up with Del Cassidy (Eric Lutes), who quickly finds another date. She hires Richard Karinsky (Malcolm Gets) to be her new colorist, and he pretends to be her new boyfriend during a dinner to prevent her from being embarrassed over Del's moving on. During the first season, Richard develops feelings for Caroline.

Caroline's success as a cartoonist is displayed throughout the first season; her cartoon character gets a balloon in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, she has a park dedicated to her in her native Peshtigo, Wisconsin, and she even has an offer for a cereal brand.[1] When she was a child, she drew violent pictures of her brother Chris, and after dropping out of college, she started doodling at a copywriting job. It took less than five years for her cartoon to become nationally syndicated, and she even appeared on The Today Show.

Towards the end of season one, Del proposes to Caroline. Richard is distressed by this, and searches for a new job. Although Richard has kept his feelings secret, their friends Annie (Amy Pietz) and Remo (Tom La Grua) figure out that he loves Caroline. The day before the wedding, Richard writes her a love letter where he asks Caroline to meet him at Remo's if she loves him. He leaves the letter in a pile of wedding thank-you cards. Caroline arrives at Remo's but does not mention the letter, and continues with the wedding plans. Richard decides to leave Manhattan. When Caroline and Del call off the wedding, Caroline visits Richard's apartment but he has left.

In the second season, Richard returns to Manhattan after having been in Paris where he had tried to sell paintings. Caroline gives the thank-you cards to a friend; Richard tries to find and destroy the love letter; he tosses it out of the window, only to have Annie find it. He resumes his old job as Caroline's colorist. Later, Caroline discovers that she has feelings for Richard, however Richard has reunited with his former girlfriend Julia, whom he met in Manhattan. Caroline leaves a message on his answering machine telling him that she loves him, but Julia discovers it and erases it.

Richard and Julia get married which prompts a bitter love triangle among the three. Richard eventually splits with Julia.

Caroline and Richard eventually become a couple, however, they split after arguing over whether to have children; Richard learned that Julia had a child. In the final episode, Caroline is about to marry Randy, when Richard shows up at the wedding.

Character listing[edit]

Main[edit]

Recurring[edit]

Notable guests[edit]

This is a list of the notable guest stars in the series. Some of them appear as their characters from related NBC series that aired around the same time.

ActorCharacterEpisodeNotes
Matthew PerryChandler Bing"Caroline and the Folks"Crossover appearance. Annie meets Bing at the video store.[1] The same night, Thompson appeared as Caroline in the November 2, 1995 Friends episode "The One with the Baby on the Bus."
Jean StapletonMary Kosky"Caroline and the Opera"Stapleton plays Caroline's aunt in the episode.[1]
Jane LeevesDaphne Moon"Caroline and the Bad Back"Frasier cameo crossover appearance at the end of the episode.[4]
David Hyde PierceNiles Crane"Caroline and the Bad Back"Frasier cameo crossover appearance at the end of the episode.[4]
David Hyde PierceJimmy Callahan"Caroline and the Cat Dancer"Pierce plays an IRS agent who hopes to win a role alongside Annie in Broadway's Cats.[5] Minor appearances were also made by Frasier actors Dan Butler and Harriet Sansom Harris, but none of them appeared as their characters from the show.
Sharon Lawrence[6]Maddie"Caroline and the Proposal"
John LandisHimself"Caroline and the Movie"
Florence Henderson[1]Herself"Caroline and the Balloon"
Elizabeth AshleyNatalie Karinsky"Caroline and Richard's Mom"
"Caroline and the Bad Trip"
Ashley plays Richard's mother in these episodes.
Morey AmsterdamVic Stansky"Caroline and the Watch"Alumnus from The Dick Van Dyke Show appeared with Stella Dawson as an elderly married couple.[1] Amsterdam died later that year, making the episode his last television appearance.
Rose MarieStella Dawson"Caroline and the Watch"
"Caroline and the Kept Man"
Alumnus from The Dick Van Dyke Show appeared with Vic Stansky as an elderly married couple.[1]
Phil Hartman[7]Host (uncredited)"Caroline and the Letter"In a parody of The Twilight Zone, the host describes the viewers entering the "Caroline Zone"
Thomas Gibson[8]William Stevens"Caroline and the Nice Jewish Boy"Gibson plays Caroline's old boyfriend.
Julie AndrewsHerself"Caroline and Victor/Victoria"Andrews has an audio cameo in this episode.[5]
French Stewart[9]Stu"Caroline and the Long Shot"Stewart plays a reporter who covers Richard in this episode.
Debra Jo Rupp[10]Melody"Caroline and the Red Sauce"Rupp plays Richard's boss in this episode.
George Segal[11]Bob Anderson"Caroline and the Buyer"
Brian George[12]Mr. Tedescu"Caroline and the Ombudsman"George plays Caroline's super in the episode.
Shadoe Stevens[13]Himself"Caroline and the Wayward Husband"Stevens inspires Annie to go to Los Angeles to try to become an actress.
Judd HirschBen Karinsky"Caroline and the Comic"Hirsch plays Richard's father in the episode.[5]
Jay LenoHimself"Caroline and the Bad Trip"
J.C. Wendel[14]Candy"Caroline and Richard & Julia"
Marvin HamlischHimself"Caroline and the Bitter Beast"

Background/production[edit]

The show was filmed at the CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles, California.[15]

Broadcast[edit]

SeasonTime SlotNotes
1 (1995–96)Thursdays, 9:30 PMPart of the "Must See TV" lineup.
2 (1996–97)Tuesdays, 9:30 PM
3 (1997–98)Mondays, 9:00 PMPart of the "Must She TV" lineup which included Suddenly Susan, Fired Up, and The Naked Truth.[16]
4 (1998–99)Mondays, 8:30 PM

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

SeasonSeason premiereSeason finaleTV seasonSeason
rank
Households
(in millions)
Rating
1September 21, 1995 (1995-09-21)May 16, 1996 (1996-05-16)1995–964[17]17.26[17]N/A
2September 17, 1996 (1996-09-17)May 13, 1997 (1997-05-13)1996–9725[18]10.67[18]N/A
3September 22, 1997 (1997-09-22)May 18, 1998 (1998-05-18)1997–9847[19]8.4[19]N/A
4September 21, 1998 (1998-09-21)April 26, 1999 (1999-04-26)1998–9991[20]8.8[20]N/A

Media[edit]

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released the first two seasons on DVD in Region 1.[21][22]

In Region 2, Revelation Films released all four seasons on DVD between August 2005 – June 2006

In Region 4, Visual Entertainment has released the first two seasons on DVD in Australia.[23][24]

SeasonEp #Release Dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
124August 12, 2008[21]August 22, 2005March 8, 2010[23]
225March 10, 2009[22]November 7, 2005October 15, 2010[24]
326TBAFebruary 20, 2006TBA
422TBAJune 26, 2006TBA

Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f "Caroline in the City - Episode Synopses - Season 1". Caroline in the City. Eyemark Entertainment. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Caroline in the City - cast bios - Eric Lutes as Del Cassidy". Caroline in the City. Eyemark Entertainment. Retrieved January 4, 2013. "Caroline's former fiancé and partner in the greeting card company that carries the "Caroline in the City" line of cards." 
  3. ^ "Caroline in the City - cast bios - Amy Pietz as Annie Spadaro". Caroline in the City. Eyemark Entertainment. Retrieved January 4, 2013. "Caroline's savvy and street-smart neighbor and confidant in the hit comedy series Caroline in the City. Over the course of four years, Annie has been a professional dancer in the long-running Broadway production of "Cats," and a fledging actress in a Hollywood television pilot and various commercials." 
  4. ^ a b "Caroline in the City - The First Season DVD Review". Sitcoms Online. August 12, 2008. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  5. ^ a b c "Caroline in the City - Episode Synopses - Season 2". Caroline in the City. Eyemark Entertainment. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  6. ^ Sharon Lawrence at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  7. ^ Phil Hartman at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  8. ^ Thomas Gibson at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  9. ^ French Stewart at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  10. ^ Debra Jo Rupp at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  11. ^ George Segal at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  12. ^ Brian George at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  13. ^ Shadoe Stevens at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  14. ^ J.C. Wendel at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved January 4, 2013.
  15. ^ Caroline in the City at the Internet Movie Database Retrieved January 4, 2013
  16. ^ Tucker, Ken (October 17, 1997). "TV Show Reviews: 'Suddenly Susan'; 'Fired Up'; 'Caroline in the City'; 'The Naked Truth' Review | TV Reviews and News". EW.com. Retrieved January 4, 2013. 
  17. ^ a b "TV Ratings: 1995-1996". ClassicTVHits.com. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  18. ^ a b "TV Ratings: 1996-1997". ClassicTVHits.com. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  19. ^ a b "TV Ratings 1997-1998". chez.com. Archived from the original on July 8, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2013.  - references 1999 Wall Street Journal almanac
  20. ^ a b "TV WINNERS & LOSERS: NUMBERS RACKET, A FINAL TALLY OF THE SEASON'S SHOWS". The Place (Geocities account). Archived from the original on June 19, 1999. Retrieved May 22, 2014.  - references Entertainment Weekly article dated June 4, 1999
  21. ^ a b "Caroline In The City: The Complete First Season DVD @ DVD Empire". Dvdempire.com. December 8, 2008. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  22. ^ a b "Caroline In The City: The Complete Second Season DVD @ DVD Empire". Dvdempire.com. October 3, 2009. Retrieved January 2, 2013. 
  23. ^ a b "Caroline in the City - The 1st Season (4 Disc Set) (810890)". ezydvd.com. Archived from the original on April 2, 2010. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  24. ^ a b "Caroline in the City - The 2nd Season (3 Disc Set) (815112)". ezydvd.com. Archived from the original on July 6, 2011. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 

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