The Nanny (1993–1999)

The Cantor Show 

Fran suggests that her cantor boyfriend should audition for Maxwell's next show.


Dorothy Lyman


Robert Sternin (developed by), Prudence Fraser (developed by) | 3 more credits »




Episode complete credited cast:
Fran Drescher ... Fran Fine
Charles Shaughnessy ... Maxwell Sheffield
Daniel Davis ... Niles
Lauren Lane ... C.C. Babcock
Nicholle Tom ... Margaret 'Maggie' Sheffield
Benjamin Salisbury ... Brighton Sheffield
Madeline Zima ... Grace Sheffield
Renée Taylor ... Sylvia Fine
Philip Casnoff ... Cantor Gary Isaacs
Rachel Chagall Rachel Chagall ... Val Toriello
Burt Bacharach ... Burt Bacharach
Manny Kleinmuntz Manny Kleinmuntz ... Rabbi
Magda Harout Magda Harout ... Sarah
Helen Verbit Helen Verbit ... Woman in synagogue
Maria Elena Maglaris Maria Elena Maglaris ... Debbie Berkowitz


Fran starts dating Gary Isaacs, the handsome new cantor at Sylvia's temple. On a chance meeting with Burt Bacharach at the Sheffield household at which Gary wows Bacharach with his singing, Maxwell and C.C. hire Gary as a performer for their new Bacharach penned musical. Gary credits Fran for changing his life, this change which includes leaving his position as cantor at the temple for good. This announcement puts Sylvia and Fran in the temple's bad books, but more importantly in what they believe God's bad books. Fran tries to talk Maxwell into reneging on his contract with Gary, however Maxwell goes in the other direction by promoting Gary to star of the show when an accident sidelines the original lead actor. But the temple, Fran and Maxwell are all eventually left out in the cold when Gary gets a more lucrative job offer in a Hollywood movie. But Fran still has to make restitution to God before life between the Fines and the Jewish religion get back to normal. Written by Huggo

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Comedy | Family | Romance






English | Hebrew

Release Date:

29 April 1996 (USA) See more »

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Religious center episode in a funny way. See more »


Fran takes the money that she swindled from the airline and donates it to the temple in order to get back in God's good graces. However, gifting ill-gotten gains to the temple is an offense in itself under Jewish law, and an act "abhorrent to the Lord" would be unlikely to assuage His wrath. See more »


[first lines]
Fran Fine: [comes down stairs] Oh, Ni-les.
Niles: Hmm?
[Fran daintily turns]
Niles: Oooh, Friday night; dressed to kill...
[leans toward her slightly and lowers his voice]
Niles: going to temple to pray for a date?
Fran Fine: [demurely excited] Ma said they got a new cantor. And he's single and gorgeous. I'm hoping for a religious experience.
Niles: [lightly chuckles] Does anyone in your faith ever take a vow of celibacy?
Fran Fine: Just me.
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References Evita (1996) See more »


The Nanny Named Fran
Composed & Performed by Ann Hampton Callaway
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