Good Advice (TV series)
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|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||21|
|Executive producer(s)||Danny Jacobson|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||April 2, 1993 –|
September 6, 1994
Good Advice is an American sitcom that aired for two seasons on CBS from April 2, 1993 to September 6, 1994. It was co-created and executive produced by Danny Jacobson and Norma Safford Vela; and starred Shelley Long and Treat Williams.
Dr. Susan DeRuzza (Shelley Long) is a successful marriage therapist and the author of a best-selling book on the subject, Giving And Forgiving. Upon returning from a six-week promotional tour she discovers her husband of 11 years, Joey (Christopher McDonald), in bed with another man. Furthermore, when she returns to her therapy office, she learns she is now sharing it with high-profile divorce attorney Jack Harold (Treat Williams). While Susan and Jack don't agree on the basics of relationships, love or marriage, the one thing they do share is an undeniable sexual chemistry. Susan's confidant Artie (George Wyner) tries to lend support at the office and her sister Paige (Teri Garr) and son Michael (Ross Malinger) try to help at home.
- Shelley Long as Susan DeRuzza
- Treat Williams as Jack Harold
- George Wyner as Artie Cohen
- Teri Garr as Paige
- Christopher McDonald as Joey DeRuzza
- Ross Malinger as Michael DeRuzza
- Estelle Harris as Ronnie Cohen
- Henriette Mantel as Henriette
- Lightfield Lewis as Sean Trombitas
- Wendie Malick as Janet
- Anne Meara as Verna
- Peter Onorati as Chazz Bigelow
- Xander Berkeley as Bernard
- Lisa Edelstein as Robin
- Liz Torres as Juanita
- Mindy Sterling as Jill
- Jean Speegle Howard as Mrs. Coulson
Season 1: 1993
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||1||"Pilot"||Barnet Kellman||Danny Jacobson & Norma Safford Vela||April 2, 1993|
|2||2||"Jack of Hearts"||Barnet Kellman||Danny Jacobson||April 9, 1993|
|3||3||"Special Session"||Barnet Kellman||Danny Jacobson & Daniel Palladino||April 16, 1993|
|4||4||"The Kiss"||TBA||TBA||April 26, 1993|
|5||5||"Sunshine on My Shoulder"||Barnet Kellman||Mark Blutman & Howard Busgang||April 30, 1993|
|6||6||"Turning Thirteen"||TBA||TBA||May 7, 1993|
Season 2: 1994
- The Big One (May 23, 1994)
- Two Times Twenty (May 30, 1994)
- Divorce, Egyptian Style (June 6, 1994)
- Roll Out the Barrel (June 15, 1994)
- Brother, Can You Spare a Date? (June 29, 1994)
- The Gay Divorcee (July 6, 1994)
- Making Out Is Hard to Do (July 13, 1994)
- I'm Not Ready for My Closeup, Dr. DeRuzza (July 20, 1994)
- Bill's as Is (July 27, 1994)
- A Chance of Showers (August 3, 1994)
- I Am Woman, Hear Me Snore (August 10, 1994)
- Lights, Camera, Friction! (August 17, 1994)
- Desperately Using Susan (September 6, 1994)
Good Advice was intended to debut at the very beginning of the 1992–1993 season, but became a mid-season replacement on CBS in the Spring of 1993, due to the fact that the network's Fall schedule was overcrowded. The initial order garnered solid ratings and generally positive critical reviews. This was Shelley Long's first return to series television after leaving her role as Diane Chambers on Cheers and also the first sitcom for Treat Williams. Ross Malinger, who played Susan's son, gained notoriety from his big-screen portrayal of Tom Hanks's matchmaking son in Sleepless in Seattle, which was released that Summer.
CBS renewed the series for a second season, but production was halted after Long became sick with the flu. Long's illness prompted the network to put the show on indefinite hiatus; the season premiere aired in the Summer of 1994, but was ultimately cancelled after the season ended.
For the second season, Estelle Harris, who played Artie's (George Wyner) mother, and Christopher McDonald as ex-husband Joey, were cut as regulars in lieu of bringing in Teri Garr as Susan's sister. Henriette Mantel also joined the cast in season 2.
- "Delayed `Good Advice` Puts Shelley Long On Hold". tribunedigital-chicagotribune. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
- "Shelly [sic] Long: Can this career be saved?". EW.com. 1993-10-22. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
- Scott, Tony (1994-05-24). "Review: 'Good Advice the Big One'". Variety. Retrieved 2017-02-20.
- "Teri Garr's Bumpy Ride". Retrieved 24 January 2017.