Cybill

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Cybill
Cybill.JPG
Cybill title card
GenreSitcom
Created byChuck Lorre
StarringCybill Shepherd
Christine Baranski
Alicia Witt
Dedee Pfeiffer
Tom Wopat
Alan Rosenberg
Theme music composerGeorge Gershwin
Ira Gershwin
Opening theme"Nice Work if You Can Get It" sung by Cybill Shepherd
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes87
Production
Executive producer(s)Marcy Carsey
Jay Daniel
Howard Gould
Chuck Lorre
Caryn Mandabach
Bob Myer
Cybill Shepherd
Tom Werner
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)YBYL Productions
Carsey-Werner Productions
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original runJanuary 2, 1995 (1995-01-02) – July 13, 1998 (1998-07-13)
 
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Cybill
Cybill.JPG
Cybill title card
GenreSitcom
Created byChuck Lorre
StarringCybill Shepherd
Christine Baranski
Alicia Witt
Dedee Pfeiffer
Tom Wopat
Alan Rosenberg
Theme music composerGeorge Gershwin
Ira Gershwin
Opening theme"Nice Work if You Can Get It" sung by Cybill Shepherd
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes87
Production
Executive producer(s)Marcy Carsey
Jay Daniel
Howard Gould
Chuck Lorre
Caryn Mandabach
Bob Myer
Cybill Shepherd
Tom Werner
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)YBYL Productions
Carsey-Werner Productions
Broadcast
Original channelCBS
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original runJanuary 2, 1995 (1995-01-02) – July 13, 1998 (1998-07-13)

Cybill is an American television sitcom created by Chuck Lorre, which aired on CBS from January 2, 1995, to July 13, 1998. Starring Cybill Shepherd, the show revolves around the life of Cybill Sheridan, a twice-divorced single mother of two and struggling actress in her 40s, who has never gotten her big show business break. Alicia Witt and Dedee Pfeiffer co-starred as Sheridan's daughters, with Alan Rosenberg and Tom Wopat playing their respective fathers, while Christine Baranski appeared as Cybill's hard-drinking friend Maryann.

The sitcom was produced by Carsey-Werner Productions and YBYL Productions, with Shepherd, Lorre, Howard Gould, Jay Daniel, Marcy Carsey and Tom Werner serving as the show's original executive producers. Broadcast to critical praise, Cybill was nominated for twelve Emmy Awards throughout its run and awarded the 1996 Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy. Shepherd won a third Golden Globe Award for her performance, while Baranski received an Emmy, a SAG and an American Comedy Award.

Premise[edit]

Cybill takes place in Los Angeles, California, and focuses on the character of a somewhat faded actress, Cybill Sheridan (played by Cybill Shepherd), who, because of her age, had been relegated to playing character roles, bit parts and TV commercials. Also featured are her daughters, headstrong Zoey (Alicia Witt) and uptight Rachel (Dedee Pfeiffer), her two ex-husbands, Ira (Alan Rosenberg) and Jeff (Tom Wopat), and her hard-drinking best friend Maryann (Christine Baranski). Due to the show's premise, many episodes featured a show-within-a-show format, showing Cybill Sheridan playing a variety of other characters in her various film and TV acting roles.

In her autobiography, Cybill Disobedience, Shepherd stated that the Cybill character was based on herself—or at least what her life as an actress could have been without the successes of The Last Picture Show and Moonlighting. Many of the show's details and situations were mined from her own family, marriages and experiences.[1]

Main cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Cybill was nominated for twelve Emmy Awards throughout its entire run, winning three. Nominated for her performance in each season, Baranski was the only cast member to win an Emmy.[3] Baranski also received an American Comedy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award and a Viewers for Quality Television Award for her portrayal, while Shepherd was awarded the 1996 Golden Globe Award for Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy.[3] The same year, the sitcom also won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy, its only win for both the crew and the cast.[3]

Ratings[edit]

The series got respectable ratings throughout its run, but was abruptly canceled by CBS at the end of the 1997-98 season, amid allegations by Shepherd that the network was uncomfortable with Cybill's feminist leanings and frank depiction of female sexuality.[4]

Average seasonal ratings[edit]

SeasonPremiereFinaleTV SeasonSeason
rank
Viewers
(millions)
1January 2, 1995May 15, 19951994-1995#2212.8
2September 17, 1995May 20, 19961995-1996#50 [5]10.0
3September 16, 1996May 19, 19971996-1997#32[6]10.5
4September 15, 1997July 13, 19981997-1998#50[7]8.3

Episodes[edit]

Episode Listing[edit]

Season 1[edit]

#Episode titleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1.01"Virgin, Mother, Crone"Robert BerlingerChuck Lorre2 January 1995 (1995-01-02)
Cybill dates a stranger she meets in a traffic jam, but is thrown off balance by being told she is too old to get good parts, that her older daughter is expecting a baby, and that her younger daughter is dating a college man by lying about her age.
1.02"How Can I Call You My Ex-Husbands If You Won't Go Away?"Tom MooreChuck Lorre9 January 1995 (1995-01-09)
Are Cybill's ex-husbands really out of her life? She's not sure any more, as Jeff temporarily moves in, and she and Ira share a romantic moment. Meanwhile, she must decide whether to do a movie with a nude shower scene.
1.03"As The World Turns to Crap"Tom MooreElaine Aronson16 January 1995 (1995-01-16)
Cybill competes with a wily colleague for the role of the producer's pet when she learns that one of their soap opera characters will die; meanwhile, she plans for the arrival of Rachel's prudish Boston in-laws.
1.04"Look Who's Stalking"Tom MooreDottie Dartland23 January 1995 (1995-01-23)
Cybill is attracted to a guy she meets while they walk their respective dogs, who turns out to be Ira's ex-psychiatrist; Maryann befriends her ex-husband's new girlfriend Sharon in her continuing scheme for revenge.
1.05"Starting on the Wrong Foot"Tom MooreHoward M. Gould6 February 1995 (1995-02-06)
Maryann has her first date in 25 years, but frightens him off with obsessive gifts of shoes; Jonathan Frakes presses Cybill to go out with him.
1.06"Call Me Irresponsible"Tom MooreTeleplay: Dottie Dartland & Linda Wallem
Story: Michael Dempsey
13 February 1995 (1995-02-13)
Dateless on Valentine's Day, Cybill and Maryann feel unappreciated and bored until Maryann comes up with a plan - a trip to Vegas to max out her ex's credit card. Meanwhile, Ira has to look after Jeff in ways he'd rather not when Jeff gets his hands covered with poison oak.
1.07"See Jeff Jump, Jump, Jeff, Jump!"Robert BerlingerTeleplay: Mike Langworthy
Story: Mike Langworthy & Philip Babcock
20 February 1995 (1995-02-20)
Cybill's efforts to end Jeff's overextended stay above her garage stall out when her ex gets fired, then decides he wants to switch careers.
1.08"The Curse of Zoey"Robert BerlingerTeleplay: Elaine Aronson & Linda Wallem
Story: Dottie Dartland
27 February 1995 (1995-02-27)
Maryann insists that it's no coincidence that Cybill's luck improved when Zoey moves out - especially after a psychic senses a "negative energy" in the house.
1.09"The Replacements"Andrew D. WeymanLee Aronsohn & Chuck Lorre13 March 1995 (1995-03-13)
Cybill feels neglected when Maryann becomes preoccupied with her new basoonist boyfriend.
1.10"Death and Execs"Andrew D. WeymanTeleplay: Chuck Lorre & Howard M. Gould.
Story: Dottie Dartland & Linda Wallem
20 March 1995 (1995-03-20)
Old feelings come back to life when Cybill lands in Ira's comforting arms after a brush with death on a movie set. So the two decide to bury their past and start dating.
1.11"The Last Temptation of Cybill"Robert BerlingerTeleplay: Elaine Aronson & Lee Aronsohn
Story: Mike Langworthy & Michael Dempsey
10 April 1995 (1995-04-10)
Cybill and Ira's second chance at romance faces a Herculean challenge when handsome young actor Rick takes his love-scene rehearsals with Cybill very seriously. Meanwhile, Maryann buys a telescope to gaze at the stars - movie stars.
1.12"The Big Sleep-Over"Robert BerlingerTeleplay: Dottie Dartland & Howard M. Gould
Story: Chuck Lorre
8 May 1995 (1995-05-08)
The arrival of Zoe's rocket-scientist boyfriend Greg launches a series of squabbles; Cybill takes off for Nevada to rescue a flighty Maryann from marriage.
1.13"The Cheese Stands Alone"Alan MyersonLee Aronsohn15 May 1995 (1995-05-15)
Maryann plans a sabotage surprise (Limberger cheese in the air conditioning) for Dr. Dick's party, which is the same night as her own party. Ira's book is going to be made into a film with Sir Anthony Hopkins, and he wants Cybill to go to London with him.

Season 2[edit]

#Episode titleDirected byWritten byOriginal airdate
2.01"Cybill Discovers the Meaning of Life"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: Chuck Lorre & Elaine Aronson
Story: Chuck Lorre
17 September 1995 (1995-09-17)
Disturbed by feeling that her family all have lives separate from her own, Cybill drags Maryann into the desert in search of spiritual insights and, receiving an urgent psychic message from the universe, rushes back just in time for the birth of her grandson.
2.02"Zing!"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: Lee Aronsohn & Alan Ball
Story: Lee Aronsohn
24 September 1995 (1995-09-24)
Cybill tells Maryann that "there's no zing anymore" when she meets someone new. And it's still missing when Maryann sets her up on a blind date - until she meets the guy's sixty-something father.
2.03"Since I Lost My Baby"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: Lee Aronsohn & Linda Wallem
Story: Chuck Lorre
1 October 1995 (1995-10-01)
Jeff's second ex-wife Terry is pregnant, and tells Cybill that Jeff is the unwitting father; Cybill and Maryann take William shopping, but return home with the wrong stroller and baby.
2.04"Cybill with an 'S'"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: Michael Langworthy & Linda Wallem
Story: Howard M. Gould
8 October 1995 (1995-10-08)
Ira brings his new girlfriend to Zoey's sweet sixteen birthday party, and Cybill and Maryann both like her until they discover she has uncontrollable multiple personalities; Zoey and Sean, a busboy from the restaurant, are mutually smitten.
2.05"Cybill's Fifteen Minutes"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: Russ Woody
Story: Lee Aronsohn & Howard M. Gould
15 October 1995 (1995-10-15)
Cybill is hounded by the press after her Oscar night date, famous actor Dennis Oliver leaves her and then solicits a prostitute in LA, taking it for granted he won't get caught.
2.06"Nice Work If You Can Get It"Andrew D. WeymenPat Bowman & Shivas Irons22 October 1995 (1995-10-22)
Controlling Maryann comes to Cybill's financial rescue when the star of her new sitcom, Dick Van Patten, drops dead during a curtain call.
2.07"To Sir, with Lust"Andrew D. WeymenAlan Ball24 March 1996 (1996-03-24)
To be physically intimate or not to be? That's the question when Cybill dates and desires her acting teacher, until she sees him in his one-man play; and Zoey reconsiders her vow of chastity now that she has met Sean.
2.08"They Shoot Turkeys, Don't They?"Andrew D. WeymenElaine Aronson & Howard M. Gould19 November 1995 (1995-11-19)
Cybill's an unhappy Pilgrim who's not making much progress realizing her dream of a family Thanksgiving: everyone goes elsewhere, and she has to work on the holiday.
2.09"Local Hero"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: Linda Wallem & Howard M. Gould
Story: Elaine Aronson & Russ Woody
26 November 1995 (1995-11-26)
After she is replaced in a movie starring Kenny Rogers, Cybill thinks her career's a flop - until she takes a gamble on accepting an invitation to visit an immigrant family who collectively idolize her. Meanwhile, Rachel tries to counsel Ira out of his neurotic fear of the telephone.
2.10"The Odd Couples"Andrew D. WeymenRuss Woody3 December 1995 (1995-12-03)
Not since Felix and Oscar have there been such odd pairings: Ira shadows Maryann hoping her lunacy will dispel his trouble with writers' block; and Cybill hangs out with Sean.
2.11"Mourning Has Broken"Andrew D. WeymenElaine Aronson17 December 1995 (1995-12-17)
Cybill renews a romance with David Whittier Sr., which ended the first time because he was still mourning his wife's death. But Maryann's convinced he did more than mourn - she thinks he caused it. So she and Cybill break into his house in search of evidence.
2.12"The Big Apple Can Bite Me"Andrew D. WeymenLinda Wallem7 January 1996 (1996-01-07)
A rotten experience in the Big Apple in 1969 took a chunk out of Cybill's self-esteem, so, for her birthday, Maryann, Rachel and Zoey take her to New York and teach her how to bite back.
2.13"Educating Zoey"Andrew D. WeymenMichael Dempsey14 January 1996 (1996-01-14)
Cybill and Ira learn a lesson in parenting when one of Zoey informs them that college is not part of her plans for the future.
2.14"Where's Zoey?"Andrew D. WeymenMaria A. Brown4 February 1996 (1996-02-04)
Cybill refuses to let Zoey stay home alone while she travels to Vancouver to film an sf series, so Maryann offers to let the "demon seed" stay with her. But Maryann gets into a pickle when she goes out for olives and Zoey disappears.
2.15"Lowenstein's Lament"Andrew D. WeymenGlenn Gers11 February 1996 (1996-02-11)
Cybill auditions to play herself in the film based on Ira's book, but she regards the written character as a "needy doormat" - which may be why her performance is flat; and she loses the role to Paula Abdul.
2.16"A Who's Who for What's His Name"Andrew D. WeymenRuss Woody18 February 1996 (1996-02-18)
Cybill's agent Arthur dies and Cybill ends up planning his funeral loaded with look-alikes. Maryann makes a move on Ira, but he rejects her.
2.17"Wedding Bell Blues"Andrew D. WeymenJames L. Freedman25 February 1996 (1996-02-25)
Morgan Fairchild returns as one of Cybill's casting competitors, who beats her out for another job, and then announces that she is getting married to Maryann's ex-husband Dr. Dick. So the two plot revenge schemes to ruin the wedding reception. Nothing goes as planned, but a food fight puts an end to the reception anyway.
2.18"Romancing the Crone"Andrew D. WeymenBruce Eric Kaplan10 March 1996 (1996-03-10)
Cybill accidentally causes a famous actress to break her arm, so she invites her to recuperate at her ho me, where the woman breaks Cybill's endurance with boundless demands. Meanwhile, Zoey discovers that her brother-in-law Kevin is having an on-line dalliance with another woman.
2.19"An Officer and a Thespian"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: Michael Langworthy & Linda Wallem
Story: Russ Woody & Maria A. Brown
17 March 1996 (1996-03-17)
To land a movie role as a cop, Cybill prepares by riding with a cop on duty; but when his wife goes into labour, Cybill is left with the car, the siren and a call from Maryann in trouble. Meanwhile, Rachel's husband throws a party to suck up to his academic superior in hopes of landing tenure; and Zoey and Sean notice the academic's wife stealing the silver.
2.20"Virgin, Mother, Cheater"Jonathan WeissJane O'Brien22 April 1996 (1996-04-22)
Kevin's preoccupation with getting tenure looks like an affair to Rachel, who decides that two can play that game; Zoey and Sean lie about their celibacy to stop their friends' questions.
2.21"When You're Hot, You're Hot"Andrew D. WeymenErin A. Bishop & Susan Nirah Jaffe29 April 1996 (1996-04-29)
Cybill's hot flashes and herbal treatments don't make her feel any younger, nor does Ira's visiting mother Ruth, who has traded in pantsuits for trendy clothes and an herbal pleasure of her own (or, as she calls it, "a little sweet wheat"). But Ruth is a hit with Zoey, since she arrives in a pink Cadillac that's a present for her granddaughter, much to Cybill and Ira's dismay.
2.22"Pal Zoey"Andrew D. WeymenMichael Langworthy6 May 1996 (1996-05-06)
Cybill is disconcerted but delighted when a heartbroken Zoey decides she wants to be best friends; but Rachel storms off when Cybill and Kevin agree to sit in on a marriage counselling session, only to discover that Kevin slept with Rachel's therapist. Meanwhile, Maryann tries to make Ira jealous by flirting with Cybill's Arkansas cousin Lyle, who is obsessed with getting onto 'The Price is Right'.
2.23"Three Women and a Dummy"Pamela FrymanAlan Ball13 May 1996 (1996-05-13)
Zoey's new-found popularity confounds an apologetic Sean; Ira and Maryann go on a first date; Cybill accompanies the waiter to a party at his ex-boyfriend's.
2.24"Going Out with a Bang"Pamela FrymanTeleplay: Maria A. Brown & Michael Langworthy
Story: Howard M. Gould
20 May 1996 (1996-05-20)
Children's show host Major Milo proposes to Cybill on the air; but she's much more interested in a hunky cable technician. Meanwhile, Ira and Maryann have a steamy dinner date that ends in disaster.

Season 3[edit]

#Episode titleDirected byWritten byOriginal airdate
3.01"Bringing Home the Bacon"Andrew D. WeymenRuss Woody16 September 1996 (1996-09-16)
On the barnyard set of her new show (a parody of Babe), Cybill rescues a pig that was fired and doomed to the frying pan; then tries to keep an independent Zoey from flying the coop after she visits the greener pastures of Paris. Meanwhile, Maryann dresses as Little Bo Peep to entice a sheepish Ira.
3.02"Venice or Bust"Andrew D. WeymenAlan Ball23 September 1996 (1996-09-23)
Zoey moves out; Cybill and Maryann take a sculpting class.
3.03"Cybill and Maryann Go to Japan"Andrew D. WeymenLinda Wallem30 September 1996 (1996-09-30)
As the spokeswoman for a Japanese car company, Cybill (along with Maryann) visits Japan, where both are embraced - until they take a stuffy exec's wife out to greet the rising sun. Meanwhile, Ira mediates a dispute between Zoey and Sean
3.04"It's for You, Mrs. Lincoln"Andrew D. WeymenMichael Langworthy7 October 1996 (1996-10-07)
When Cybill gets a chance to play Abe Lincoln's wife on stage, an unexpected caller interrupts her big moment. Cast as the understudy for Joan Hayden, the lead in What Now, Mrs. Lincoln?, Cybill awaits the day that the star breaks her amazing record of never having missed a performance in her life. Just when Cybill thinks it's hopeless, the star is stricken with an allergic reaction, putting Cybill in the spotlight. Unfortunately, her chance of a lifetime runs amok when the cell phone that she accidentally left in her skirt pocket starts ringing in the middle of the climactic scene. Meantime, Maryann and Ira gang up on a woman in the audience for her rude behavior - oblivious to the fact that she's the powerful agent Cybill has been courting for months.
3.05"Cybill, Get Your Gun"Andrew D. WeymenJeff Lowell14 October 1996 (1996-10-14)
After Cybill is robbed, she decides to fight back by taking a course in self defense. Cybill decides to take action with tactics that include an obnoxious house alarm, self-defense courses taught by Vicki Lawrence (guest starring as herself), and her very own "Safety Man," a role she bestows on an unenthusiastic Zoey. Meanwhile, the newly available Ira finds that he has misrepresented himself when he meets a woman at one of Jeff's favorite hangouts - an Alcoholic's Anonymous meeting. And, Maryann becomes a suspect in the abrupt disappearance of Dr. Dick
3.06"Cybill Does Diary"Andrew D. WeymenMichael Patrick King21 October 1996 (1996-10-21)
After discovering Cybill's picture on an X-rated video, Cybill and Maryann decide to produce an erotic video intended for women. But when Cybill borrows Zoey's laptop to write the script and tries to e-mail it to a producer, she accidentally sends Zoey's European diary instead - and the producer loves the story of how Zoey lost her virginity.
3.07"Sex, Drugs and Catholicism"Peter BaldwinJames L. Freedman4 November 1996 (1996-11-04)
Ira is full of sexual energy thanks to the new hormones he's taking - but when he learns they are really placebos, he proposes to Holly. Cybill agrees to be Ira's best man, but when Zoey resists being a bridesmaid, Holly shows her true colours. Meanwhile, Maryann goes to confession.
3.08"Going to Hell in a Limo: Part 1"Peter BaldwinTeleplay: Maria A. Brown
Story: Elaine Aronson
11 November 1996 (1996-11-11)
Cybill becomes a prime-time hit in the new sf series Lifeforms, but when her co-star starts sleeping with the female producer, Cybill's role gets reduced to a few lines per episode. Meanwhile, Ira tries to convince Zoey to throw a bridal shower for Holly.
3.09"Going to Hell in a Limo: Part 2"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: Erin A. Bishop & Susan Nirah Jaffe
Story: Elaine Aronson
18 November 1996 (1996-11-18)
Cybill retaliates when her obnoxious co-star Jack mysteriously fires his friend, the executive producer, Buddy, and apologizes to Cybill for his rude - and crude - behavior. Smelling a rat, Cybill, Maryann and Cybill's producer friend Amy devise a sting operation to trick Buddy into revealing the truth behind Jack's sudden change of heart. Meanwhile, Zoey is having second thoughts about being maid of honor at the wedding of her father, Ira, and Holly after overhearing Holly remark to a friend that Zoey threw her a tacky wedding shower.
3.10"Buffalo Gals"Andrew D. WeymenAlan Ball25 November 1996 (1996-11-25)
Maryann goes home to Buffalo for an uneasy reunion with her parents , and to attend a 25-year reunion of her high-school classmates - who treated her like dirt. When Maryann can't make her high school reunion, Cybill decides to pose as Maryann and go in her place. Cybill had convinced Maryann to attend her high school reunion and planned to accompany her, but when the pair returns to Maryann's home town of Buffalo, N.Y. to take on the former classmates who made Maryann's life intolerable, Maryann learns that her son - who she believed was traveling with Greenpeace - is actually living with her parents. When Maryann consequently opts to forgo the reunion to spend time with him, Cybill, not one to miss an opportunity, goes to the reunion as Maryann in order to claim sweet revenge on the classmates who made Maryann's high school experience a nightmare. Meantime, Cybill is also spearheading efforts to make Thanksgiving dinner plans.
3.11"A Hell of a Christmas"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: Jane O'Brien & Michael Poryes
Story: Maria A. Brown
9 December 1996 (1996-12-09)
Cybill's overbearing mom comes for a Christmas visit. Cybill welcomes her mom, Virginia, who's in town for the holidays, but tensions arise when "Me-Maw" showers Rachel with affection while virtually ignoring Zoey. When Cybill confronts her about the favoritism, she learns that Virginia feels a responsibility to compensate for Cybill's own partiality towards Zoey. Meanwhile, Maryann volunteers to be Cybill's personal holiday shopper while Cybill deals with the fact that her show's time slot has been moved - opposite 60 Minutes, and Ira finds out that Zoey lost her virginity while in Europe.
3.12"The Little Drummer Girls"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: Joey Murphy & John Pardee
Story: Erin A. Bishop & Susan Nirah Jaffe
16 December 1996 (1996-12-16)
Cybill tries to help Maryann, Rachel and Zoey overcome their romantic troubles by forcing them to take part in a new age drum beating session. Maryann, furious when Dr. Dick doesn't send any hateful gifts to her in honor of what would have been their 23rd anniversary, agrees to let Cybill take her to a new age female bonding session so she can get Dr. Dick out of her system once and for all. Meanwhile, Kevin uses Baby William to diffuse his anger towards Rachel and his job-hunting problems, and Ira finds out that Sean cheated on Zoey.
3.13"Bachelor Party"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: Jane O'Brien & Michael Langworthy
Story: Jane O'Brien
6 January 1997 (1997-01-06)
As designated "best man" at Ira's wedding, Cybill is in charge of planning the bachelor party. Since Holly objects to hiring a stripper, Cybill decides to have everyone go to the track instead. But when Ira and the director of Cybill's television series show up expecting to see some skin, Cybill reluctantly agrees to have the party at a strip club. She and Maryann go disguised as men, primarily because Cybill doesn't want to jeopardize her newfound celebrity status. Meanwhile, Zoey tries to get used to her new job as production assistant on Cybill's television show, Lifeforms.
3.14"Little Bo Beep"Jonathan WeissTeleplay: James L. Freedman
Story: Maria A. Brown
20 January 1997 (1997-01-20)
Provoked by Cybill's offensive reaction to a lamb attack on live television, animal activists - led by Shari Lewis and Lamb Chop (as themselves) - launch a campaign against Cybill. When Cybill makes an appearance at a local zoo to promote "Lifeforms," she's bitten by a lamb while being interviewed on live television and reacts in politically incorrect fashion. Trying to save her career, Andy convinces her to be a guest speaker at an animal rights banquet. Meanwhile, while Cybill dates a younger man who seems too good to be true, Maryann desperately tries to cope with the fact that her new romantic interest shares something in common with her ex-husband - the same name.
3.15"In Her Dreams"Pamela FrymanTeleplay: Bob Myer
Story: Bob Myer & Marilyn Suzanne Miller
3 February 1997 (1997-02-03)
Kevin gets a job teaching third grade, while Cybill loses her job and flashes back to how she first met Maryann at an audition for Rocky. Maryann and Cybill argue about Maryann going for a mammogram, while Ira and Cybill are both audited by the IRS.
3.16"Valentine's Day"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: Joey Murphy & John Pardee
Story: Michael Poryes
10 February 1997 (1997-02-10)
Maryann is acting more bizarre than usual during a Valentine's Day outing with Richard and her visiting son. Meanwhile, Zoey moves in with Ira to spite her mother. Sparks fly between Zoey and Maryann's son, Justin. Maryann arranges a Valentine's Day dinner with her son and her new flame but panics and shows up on Cybill's doorstep with Justin and her beau, looking for moral support - just as Zoey is leaving to meet Ira. When Zoey and Justin see each other again - after years apart - they begin spending time together, and, although Maryann loves Zoey like a daughter, she fears that Zoey may break her son's heart. Meanwhile, Cybill spends Valentine's Day with the special guy in her life - her grandson, William.
3.17"Kiss Me, You Fool"Andrew D. WeymenTeleplay: James L. Freedman & Michael Langworthy
Story: Linda Wallem
17 February 1997 (1997-02-17)
Cybill and Jeff co-star in a new action film. Just as Cybill is complaining to her photographer friend, Davolio that her career is going nowhere, Jeff pulls some strings to get her the co-starring role in his new action film. Cybill must then return the favor when she learns that Jeff's future as the next action hero is on the line because he's unable to keep a straight face during intimate scenes. Now that Jeff's making more money than he knows what to do with, he gives Rachel and Kevin a down payment for a new house.
3.18"True Confessions"Jonathan WeissTeleplay: Linda Wallem & Maria A. Brown
Story: Erin A. Bishop & Susan Nirah Jaffe
24 February 1997 (1997-02-24)
Cybill stalks Maryann in order to research a new role and discovers a jaw-dropping secret. When Cybill decides to base her character in Ira's new play on Maryann, she immediately begins to shadow Maryann's every move. But, when Maryann tells Cybill that she's not welcome to accompany her one afternoon, Cybill secretly follows her anyway. When she spies Maryann suspiciously meeting a man at his apartment, Cybill assumes that her friend is having an affair, only to discover that Maryann has been posing as a nude model.
3.19"Name That Tune"David TrainerTeleplay: Alan Ball & Michael Langworthy
Story: Linda Wallem
3 March 1997 (1997-03-03)
Cybill joins Ira at an open-mike night for his debut as a stand-up comic, which gets off to a rocky start when he faints from stage fright. Cybill's performance, however, results in an offer to sing in a new Name That Tune. Meanwhile, Maryann displays unusual behavior, but if she seems preoccupied (to the point of wearing the same outfit two days running), it's because she thinks she may be pregnant.
3.20"From Boca, with Love"David TrainerTeleplay: Maria A. Brown & Michael Poryes
Story: Erin A. Bishop & Susan Nirah Jaffe
10 March 1997 (1997-03-10)
Ira's mother is in town and Zoey goes to her for advice on college. Maryann is trying to keep her "new" Richard from her parents. Cybill goes on a disastrous date.
3.21"All of Me"Pamela FrymanTeleplay: Maria A. Brown & Linda Wallem
Story: Steve Young
7 April 1997 (1997-04-07)
Cybill puts her foot down when she's chosen as a model for a shoe campaign only to see a billboard with her face - on a younger, thinner woman's "waif" body. Cybill decides to defend women of all shapes and sizes by defacing a billboard that depicts her face with someone else's waif-like figure. Meanwhile, Maryann freaks when she discovers that her son, Justin, is two-timing Zoey, and Ira decides to give up caffeine, which creates some abnormal side effects.
3.22"The Wedding"David TrainerTeleplay: James L. Freedman & Michael Langworthy
Michael Poryes
21 April 1997 (1997-04-21)
Learning that her film's a flop, Cybill has nothing to throw in the faces of her friends when she attends a neighbor's wedding. But that's not the case for Zoey, who accidentally decks the bride while dancing.
3.23"The Piano"Jonathan WeissTeleplay: Joey Murphy & John Pardee
Story: Michael Poryes
28 April 1997 (1997-04-28)
Cybill needs a favor from Dr. Dick's wife, Andrea (guest star Morgan Fairchild, reprising the role), so in return, she grudgingly agrees to give a speech at an awards banquet honoring Andrea. When Cybill discovers that Andrea can get Zoey a piano audition that's otherwise unobtainable, she agrees to give the testimonial speech for the charity award, which deservedly belongs to Maryann. But when Cybill finds out that Zoey got the audition on her own, she decides to tell the awards committee what she really thinks of Andrea.
3.24"There Was an Old Woman"David TrainerTeleplay: Erin A. Bishop & Susan Nirah Jaffe
Story: Linda Wallem
5 May 1997 (1997-05-05)
When a TV director takes his cat to see Maryann's Richard, Cybill drops by - dressed as an old woman - and becomes privy to Richard's intentions regarding Maryann.
3.25"Mother's Day"Jonathan WeissTeleplay: Michael Langworthy & Michael Poryes
Story: Alan Ball
12 May 1997 (1997-05-12)
Cybill doesn't realize that her mom, who's visiting for Mother's Day, is within earshot when she says she's worked her entire life trying not to become her mother.
3.26"Let's Stalk"Jonathan WeissTeleplay: James L. Freedman & Stephanie Arasim Portnoy
Story: Erin A. Bishop & Susan Nirah Jaffe
19 May 1997 (1997-05-19)
With Cybill as the organizer, Maryann's bachelorette party turns out to be one last evening stalking Dr. Dick. Realizing their stalking days are almost behind them, Cybill and Maryann agree that one last act of torment is in order. Zoey and Rachel join the duo in a rented van, equipped with the latest in surveillance technology, staking out Dr. Dick's house. Their mission: to inject Dr. Dick's water supply with a barrel of liposuctioned fat stolen from his office. But mid-execution, Cybill and Maryann overhear "Mrs. Dr. Dick" Andrea tell Dr. Dick that she's leaving him, causing Maryann to rethink her own marriage plans.

Season 4[edit]

#Episode titleDirected byWritten byOriginal airdate
4.01"Regarding Henry"David TrainerTeleplay: Erin A. Bishop & Susan Nirah Jaffe
Story: Alan Ball
15 September 1997 (1997-09-15)
The series begins its fourth season with a trip back in time to the 16th century, as Cybill undergoes past-life regression treatment on the advice of her therapist when she begins having erotic dreams about Maryann's jilted beau Richard. She discovers that Maryann's poor choice in men goes back to the days of Henry VIII, when Maryann was Anne Boleyn, and returns to the present just in time to head off a close encounter between Maryann and the despised Dr. Dick. Joining Cybill in the Court of King Henry VIII are Zoey as Ariel's father, Ira as her brother the poet, and Justin as a serving wench.
4.02"The Love of Her Life"David TrainerTeleplay: John Pardee & Joey Murphy
Story: Maria A. Brown
22 September 1997 (1997-09-22)
Maryann is shocked when Cybill tells her she had an affair with a married man - and now wants to rekindle the romance. Maryann reels from Cybill's hypocrisy, since Cybill is always advising her not to even consider going back to the cheating Dr. Dick. But Cybill, head-over-heels in lust with Roger, refuses to admit to her own double standard. Meanwhile, Ira is hurt when he overhears Cybill wonder about what might have been if she had never become Mrs. Woodbine
4.03"The Big, Flouncy Thing"David TrainerTeleplay: Linda Wallem & William Lucas Walker
Story: Dan Bucatinky
29 September 1997 (1997-09-29)
Zoey rejects Cybill's advice about what to wear for her first piano competition, and Cybill mourns the loss of a mother-daughter moment. After having been brushed off by Zoey, Cybill meets a young girl who welcomes her mothering - and her father isn't bad either. But when he turns out to be a cad, Cybill and Maryann scheme to get revenge. In the meantime, Ira and Justin battle over whose good luck charm Zoey should wear for her competition.
4.04"Some Like It Hot"David TrainerTeleplay: Michael Poryes & Kim Friese
Story: Linda Wallem
6 October 1997 (1997-10-06)
The family take cover when Cybill's hormones rage after she opts to cope with menopause the "natural way" rather than with prescription durgs, while her visiting mother creates her own waves in the house and Ira tries to light a fire with Zoey's teacher Julia.
4.05"Like Family"David TrainerTeleplay: J. David Stem & David N. Weiss
Story: Mark Hudis
13 October 1997 (1997-10-13)
Cybill throws herself into her role when she is cast to play the mother of a sweet teenage girl on a network sitcom. In reality, the girl turns out to be a tough-talking, ultra-hip teen, but Cybill is determined to mentor the difficult youth. The pending birth of Rachel's baby has everyone wondering who will be the godmother, and Maryann is hurt when no one even considers her as a possible choice.
4.06"Earthquake"David TrainerTeleplay: Maria A. Brown & William Lucas Walker
Story: Erin A. Bishop
20 October 1997 (1997-10-20)
Cybill endures her new role as a sitcom mom, even though she thinks it could mean the end of her career, until her life is shaken up when a 4.0 earthquake rattles the city and inspires her to quit and "follow her bliss." Next thing she knows, Maryann convinces her that they should go to a "schmoozing" where Cybill meets a prominent female playwright. Meanwhile, Rachel shares some shocking news of her own with the family.
4.07"Halloween"David TrainerTeleplay: Alan Ball & Mark Hudis
Story: Susan Nirah Jaffe
27 October 1997 (1997-10-27)
Cybill hosts a Halloween eve telethon, and recruits Maryann, Zoey, and Ira to help out. Things go fine at first, until Cybill and Maryann begin to air their differences on the air!
4.08"Where's a Harpoon When You Need One?"David TrainerTeleplay: Alan Ball & Kim Friese
Story: Michael Poryes
3 November 1997 (1997-11-03)
Cybill gets a job as a spokeswoman on a cruise ship, but when she and Maryann take a cruise, it turns out to be one of displeasure: Dr. Dick, relentless in his efforts to win back Maryann, puts Cybill in a difficult situation by giving her a letter for his ex that Cybill knows will make Maryann "melt down."
4.09"How to Get a Head in Show Business"Jonathan WeissTeleplay: J. David Stem & David N. Weiss
Story: Kim Friese
10 November 1997 (1997-11-10)
When obsessed fan Minnie steals Cybill's wax head from Madame Tussaud's, the museum simply replaces it with the head of another blonde actress. Cybill and Maryann are outraged, so they concoct a scheme to travel to London and return the real "Cybill-head." Meanwhile, Zoey decides to give up her career as a pianist for an office job, while Cybill and Ira try to save her from a life of corporate drudgery.
4.10"Grandbaby"Jonathan WeissTeleplay: Michael Poryes & Linda Wallem
Story: Stephanie Arasim Portnoy
17 November 1997 (1997-11-17)
When Rachel goes into labor and Maryann has an appendicitis attack on the same day, Cybill finds herself stretched thin trying to care for each of them. After convincing a panicked Rachel that having a second child is a piece of cake, Cybill must reassure Maryann, who is delusional from pain-killing drugs, that her hallucinated dinner party is a smashing success.
4.11"The Golden Years"Jonathan WeissTeleplay: John Pardee & Joey Murphy
Story: William Lucas Walker
1 December 1997 (1997-12-01)
It's the year 2027, and Cybill and Maryann, now senior citizens, are still sipping martinis and insulting men. When they come across Cybill's diary from 97, Cybill begins to read aloud from the book, and one of the passages hurts Maryann's feelings - creating a rift between the two friends. Cybill and Maryann must travel 30 years into the past to resolve the issue and discover that their friendship has withstood the test of time for good reason.
4.12"Show Me the Minnie"Jonathan WeissTeleplay: Maria A. Brown & Susan Nirah Jaffe
Story: Erin A. Bishop
8 December 1997 (1997-12-08)
When Cybill's garage roof collapses and requires expensive repairs, she tries to get a loan from the bank, only to discover that the loan officer turns out to be her disgruntled former fan, Minnie Arbogast. Adding to Cybill's troubles, Ira accuses Maryann of causing the breakup of his marriage to Cybill. After trying unsuccessfully to reconcile her two friends and resolve her own financial crisis, Cybill gets help from an unlikely source - her former enemy and new-found friend, Minnie.
4.13"Bakersfield"David TrainerTeleplay: Kim Friese & Mark Hudis
Story: Alan Ball
4 March 1998 (1998-03-04)
Following her mother's untimely passing, Cybill finds what appears to be a love letter to an unknown man in Bakersfield. She is shocked that her supposedly conservative mother may have had a longstanding, passionate secret love affair. Curious about this hidden part of her mother's past, Cybill travels to Bakersfield with Maryann and Zoey to deliver the letter to the mystery man herself.
4.14"Once, Twice, Three Times a Lady"David TrainerTeleplay: John Pardee & Joey Murphy
Story: Maria A. Brown
11 March 1998 (1998-03-11)
In a fit of romantic nostalgia, Cybill writes a letter to her first love, Bobby Ray, and is pleasantly surprised when he flies in from Memphis to take her out on a date. After spending a wonderfully romantic evening with Bobby Ray, Cybill's faith in love is restored - until she realizes that his criminal history extends beyond being just a thief of hearts. Meanwhile, when Zoey's first love, Gianni, visits from Italy, she worries that seeing him will destroy the magic of their short-lived but passionate romance.
4.15"Cybill Sheridan's Day Off"David TrainerTeleplay: Linda Wallem & William Lucas Walker
Story: Kim Friese
18 March 1998 (1998-03-18)
Cybill and Maryann masquerade as ladies of the night to foil an evil prank by the dastardly Dr. Dick. The scheme conceived by Dr. Dick goes wrong when his hired thugs mistakenly drug Cybill instead of Maryann and deposit her in a seedy bus station in the middle of nowhere. To make matters worse, when Maryann comes to rescue Cybill, her car gets stolen and both women end up stranded. The two friends finally get a ride home when two unsuspecting high school boys looking for a good time mistake them for ladies of the night. Meanwhile, Ira tries to instill in Zoey a love for basketball when he gets her a job playing the organ at a Lakers' game.
4.16"Fine Is Not a Feeling"David TrainerTeleplay: Erin A. Bishop & Susan Nirah Jaffe
Story: Maria A. Brown
25 March 1998 (1998-03-25)
Maryann's son Justin decides to move to San Francisco for a new job, and Cybill convinces a reluctant Maryann to see a therapist and confront her irrational fear of losing her son. Cybill's suggestion backfires when Justin brings Maryann's ex-boyfriend, Richard, to the group therapy and the session descends into chaos. Meanwhile, Cybill quits an acting job out of disgust with Hollywood's lack of respect for older women.
4.17"Oh Brother!"David TrainerTeleplay: Alan Ball & Mark Hudis
Story: Michael Poryes
1 April 1998 (1998-04-01)
Cybill forgot Ira's birthday and, to ease her guilty conscience, then concocts a crazy scheme to kidnap him and surprise him with the perfect gift - courtside tickets for a Lakers game. Maryann and Zoey act as Cybill's accomplices in the kidnapping scheme and successfully complete their mission - only to discover that they've abducted the wrong man. Meanwhile, Cybill's long-lost niece, Claire, visits from Bakersfield and is starstruck with her aunt's glamorous Hollywood. While Cybill entertains Claire, she finds a photo showing her with her brother, a man she never knew - and can't remember.
4.18"Whose Wife Am I, Anyway?"David TrainerTeleplay: J. David Stem & David N. Weiss
Story: Erin A. Bishop
8 April 1998 (1998-04-08)
Jeff convinces Cybill to pretend they're still married to please his sweet but old-fashioned grandmother. While Jeff and Cybill are celebrating their pretend 25th anniversary with grandma, the waiter, who is nervous about telling his parents that he's gay, introduces Cybill as his fiancee. Meanwhile, Maryann and Richard enjoy a romantic vacation in the country until the trip gets sidetracked by a veterinary emergency and Maryann finds herself delivering a calf.
4.19"Dream Date"David TrainerTeleplay: Susan Nirah Jaffe & Mark Hudis
Story: Alan Ball
8 June 1998 (1998-06-08)
Maryann convinces a reluctant Cybill to go on the blind date with Bruce, who turns out to be an offensive jerk. Although Cybill is repulsed by Bruce's piggish behavior, after a storm straps him at Cybill's for the night along with Maryann, Zoey, Ira and his mother, she is determined to be nice to him after he saves the life of Ira's mother. Meanwhile, Maryann and Dick work on their co-dependency issues, and Ira tries to improve his relationship with his mother.
4.20"Farewell, My Sweet"David TrainerTeleplay: Kim Fiese & Michael Poryes
Story: David Jackson Willis & Stephanie Novik
15 June 1998 (1998-06-15)
Cybill and Maryann each get a shock when Cybill discovers that she's allergic to chocolate and Maryann gets a surprise visit from her parents, who are in town for a bowling tournament.
4.21"Daddy"David TrainerTeleplay: Michael Poryes & Linda Wallem
Story: William Lucas Walker
22 June 1998 (1998-06-22)

Cybill's Daddy, who failed to show up for Christmas, breezes into town with news that he has gotten Cybill a plum spot on a TV show about Southern women who have made it big. But it's just another disappointment for Cybill when she realizes he has done it to promote his failing car dealership.

NOTE: Since this episode ends with the announcement of Cybill's mother's death, it obviously was intended to air before "Bakersfield", although the production codes don't seem to indicate that.
4.22"Don Gianni"Jonathan WeissTeleplay: Maria A. Brown & William Lucas Walker
Story: Cybill Shepherd
29 June 1998 (1998-06-29)
When Zoey's first love, Gianni, visits from Italy and steals her heart with his good looks, charm and romantic gestures, Cybill suspects he will soon propose marriage. Unfortunately, the seemingly perfect Italian turns out be a cad who makes a secret pass at Cybill behind Zoey's back. After rejecting the overly-amorous suitor, Cybill must decide whether or not to break her daughter's heart and tell her the truth. Meanwhile, Maryann is bent on wreaking cruel revenge on the lecherous Gianni.
4.23"Cybill in the Morning"David TrainerLinda Wallem6 July 1998 (1998-07-06)
Cybill is thrilled when she gets a job hosting a popular morning talk show - until she discovers that her co-host is a prissy, jealous domestic goddess-type who enjoys playing live, on-air practical jokes on Cybill. Adding to her troubles, Cybill finds herself both sexually attracted to and morally repulsed by her deceitful new producer. Meanwhile, Ira stands in as Cybill's best friend and advisor while Maryann goes on a shopping spree in Paris.
4.24"Ka-Boom!"David TrainerTeleplay: Maria A. Brown & Mike Langworthy
Story: Howard M. Gould
13 July 1998 (1998-07-13)
When the scheming Dr. Dick tricks Maryann into signing a form that gives him control of her fortune, Cybill must help her friend cope with being poor. The two women plot a horrible revenge against Dr. Dick and find themselves on the wrong side of the law when their vengeful prank goes a little too far. Meanwhile, Cybill and her new morning show producer finally reveal their mutual attraction for each other, only to discover that the show has been cancelled. This episode ends with the words "To Be Continued..." on the screen.

Awards and nominations[edit]

YearAward ShowCategoryResultRecipient(s)
1995Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a SeriesWonCrew
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a SeriesNominatedCrew
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominatedCybill Shepherd
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesWonChristine Baranski
1996American Comedy AwardFunniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV SeriesWonChristine Baranski
Emmy AwardsOutstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a SeriesNominatedCrew
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costuming for a SeriesWonCrew
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a SpecialNominatedCrew
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominatedCybill Shepherd
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominatedChristine Baranski
Golden Globe AwardsBest TV-Series - Comedy/MusicalWonCast and Crew
Best Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/MusicalWonCybill Shepherd
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a SeriesNominatedChristine Baranski
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy SeriesNominatedCast
Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesWonChristine Baranski
Viewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy SeriesWonChristine Baranski
1997Emmy AwardsOutstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominatedCybill Shepherd
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominatedChristine Baranski
GLAAD AwardsOutstanding TV - Individual EpisodeNominatedCast and Crew
Golden Globe AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a TV-Series - Comedy/MusicalNominatedCybill Shepherd
Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in a SeriesNominatedChristine Baranski
Satellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actress in a Television Series - Musical or ComedyNominatedCybill Shepherd
Best Television Series - Musical or ComedyNominatedCast and Crew
Screen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy SeriesNominatedChristine Baranski
1998Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy SeriesNominatedChristine Baranski

DVD releases[edit]

Region 1[edit]

On September 16, 2008, First Look Studios released Cybill: The Collector's Edition, Vol. 1, a 2-disc best of DVD.[8]

Region 2[edit]

Anchor Bay Entertainment has released the entire series on DVD in the UK.

DVD NameEp#Release Date
The Complete First Series1324 April 2006
The Complete Second Series242 July 2007
The Complete Third Series265 May 2008
The Complete Fourth Series244 August 2008
The Complete Box Set8729 September 2008

References[edit]

  1. ^ Cybill Disobedience
  2. ^ a b c d e f "Full Cast & Crew". IMDb. 2004-05-18. Retrieved 2011-06-03. 
  3. ^ a b c "Awards for Cybill (1995)". IMDb. Retrieved 2011-06-06. 
  4. ^ Griffin, Nancy (July–August 2004). "Cybill Liberties". AARP Magazine. 
  5. ^ http://fbibler.chez.com/tvstats/recent_data/1995-96.html 1995-1996 TV Season Ratings
  6. ^ http://fbibler.chez.com/tvstats/recent_data/1996-97.html 1996-1997 TV Season Ratings
  7. ^ http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/1998/05/25/DD61876.DTL&type=chart 1997-1998 TV Season Ratings
  8. ^ Cybill: The Collector's Edition Volume 1

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