The BEST Episodes of The Nanny

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 20, 2019

After being fired from her job and dumped by her boyfriend, a cosmetics saleswoman becomes the nanny to the three children of a rich British widower. As time passes, the two fall for each other.

Oy to the World

#1 - Oy to the World

Season 3 - Episode 14

An animated Christmas fantasy 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."

star 9.00
3 votes
Directors: Dorothy Lyman
Writers: Peter Marc Jacobson, Fran Drescher
The Facts of Lice

#2 - The Facts of Lice

Season 4 - Episode 18

After Niles is depressed about his life as a butler, he begins to act strange and while he is cleaning, he drops a piece of paper containing a list of items that convinces Fran that Niles is possibly a murderer due to his recent strange behavior and the contents of his list. A search of his room confirms her suspicions. During a stormy night, Maxwell takes the children out for dinner leaving Fran and Niles alone. Niles approaches Fran and she thinks Niles is about to murder her. He confronts Fran about how she knows what he is up to when in fact he is simply writing a play.

star 9.00
5 votes
Directors: Dorothy Lyman
Writers: Nastaran Dibai, Jeffrey B. Hodes
The Boca Story

#3 - The Boca Story

Season 4 - Episode 25

Sylvia decides to invest in a condo in Boca. This much anticipated fact that should come as a blessing for Fran upsets her deeply, and Dr. Miller says it's because deep down she doesn't want her mother to leave. Mr. Sheffield thinks if he takes Fran to see the condo she'll accept the idea, and just when Fran finally realized how much peace she'd get from that, they discover there isn't any condo, only a swamp. Fran's devastated (specially when Sylvia interrupts her fantasy from coming true), but at least she won't have to separate from her mother yet. Meanwhile, Niles feels bad for being the only one of his friends who's still single.

star 9.00
4 votes
Directors: Dorothy Lyman
Writers: Caryn Lucas
The Cradle Robbers

#4 - The Cradle Robbers

Season 4 - Episode 2

Mr. Sheffield is furious when he finds out Maggie is seeing a 25 year-old boy. He wants Fran to make it stop, but won't listen to her when she tells him to see a doctor for his hearing problem. Fran decides to chaperone Maggie on her (last) date with John, but she completely forgets Mr. Sheffield's orders when she meets John's gorgeous friend Mark, who is interested in Fran. Still, she has to fix Maggie's problem, so she decides to let it flow and wait until she gets tired of John, which doesn't take long to happen. Too bad it means that Fran will have to drop her 25 year-old as well. Meanwhile, C.C. misses an incredible opportunity of dinner with Max when she falls asleep (the result of a caffeine trick Niles pulled on her).

star 8.90
7 votes
Directors: Dorothy Lyman
Writers: Nastaran Dibai, Jeffrey B. Hobes
Schlepped Away

#5 - Schlepped Away

Season 1 - Episode 16

A snowstorm traps the Sheffields, Fran, Niles and C.C. at Fran's parents' house.

star 8.80
5 votes
Directors: Linda Day
Writers: Peter Marc Jacobson, Fran Drescher
The Nose Knows

#6 - The Nose Knows

Season 4 - Episode 15

Fran freaks out on Mr. Sheffield after he brings home a model and makes out with her in the living room. Dr. Miller says Fran is upset because she is thinking of Maxwell as her husband, not as her employer. At the movies, she runs into Dr. Miller, but is shocked to see him picking his nose. She is so disgusted that she thinks of never seeing him again. Mr. Sheffield worries about her and confronts Dr. Miller about his actions, but gets very embarrassed when he finds out the "inappropriate behavior" Sylvia told him about wasn't what he had in mind. Meanwhile, C.C. is dumped by her boyfriend and asks Niles to escort her to an awards show, and the two end up having a very pleasant night out.

star 8.80
5 votes
Writers: Rick Shaw
Fran's Roots

#7 - Fran's Roots

Season 4 - Episode 19

A woman calls Fran saying she might be her mother due to a mix up that happened in the hospital the day she was born. Doubtful, Fran goes to Sylvia to ask her about the day she was born, and finds out the story might be true after Sylvia says she left her for a moment while chasing for food. Terrified that her whole life might have been a lie, Fran invites the strange woman to her house, and for her surprise, she turns out to be black. Still, after Fran pays a visit to Lila Baker's huge mansion, Fran insists that she might be her daughter, since her late husband was Jewish, but the DNA test proofs not. Fran is really Sylvia's daughter, which is something Sylvia only gets after spending some time pleasuring herself with the wonderful food Lila has at her house. Meanwhile, Niles tries to convince Maxwell to sell one of his plays to CBS so C.C. has to move to LA.

star 8.80
4 votes
Directors: Dorothy Lyman
Writers: Caryn Lucas
The Ex-Niles

#8 - The Ex-Niles

Season 5 - Episode 5

Fran and C.C. agree to let Dr. Joyce Brothers decide who's the better woman for Maxwell; Niles quits after he's denied a raise, a demand based on his faulty impression of Fran's salary.

star 8.80
6 votes
Directors: Dorothy Lyman
Writers: Nastaran Dibai, Jeffrey B. Hodes
One False Mole and You're Dead

#9 - One False Mole and You're Dead

Season 5 - Episode 12

Margo Lange, the famous actress, is starring in one of Maxwell's plays, and Ms. Fine disguises as a gardener so she can spy on them. After being busted by Mr. Sheffield, Fran accidently sprays water on Margo, and as she tries to dry her, Margo's famous Marilyn-Monroe-like mole comes out. Fran takes her mom to the doctor, and as they were talking on the waiting room, Cindy Adams, the columnist, overhears the story about Margo's fake mole, and announces it on her show, which makes Margo quit the play. Now Fran has to make things up to Mr. Sheffield, and in order to do so, she comes up with the idea of selling fake moles on the internet with Margo. But the whole plan falls through after Maxwell blabs about it to Mel Brooks, who steals it. Maxwell asks Fran to marry him so he can be forgiven, but she says no to it because she doesn't want to marry a man out of guilt. But he actually meant it this time...

star 8.80
6 votes
Directors: Dorothy Lyman
Writers: Frank Lombardi
Yetta's Letters

#10 - Yetta's Letters

Season 6 - Episode 20

While still shocked about finding out Niles and C.C.'s secret affair, Fran and Maxwell worry about something else: it seems like Max's biggest chance to beat Andrew Lloyd Weber at the Tonys is going to be wasted, since he can't get a decent play script and thus won't open any new shows. Fran shows him Yetta's old love letters she wrote to a waiter she met on the ship that brought her from Romania, but Maxwell doesn't think those will make a good play. The letters get accidentally sent to Andrew Lloyd Weber's office and he tries to buy the play rights for Yetta's letters, but Maxwell steps in – thanks to Sylvia's power of attorney – and opens one of the most exciting plays of the season!

star 8.80
4 votes
Frannie's Choice

#11 - Frannie's Choice

Season 1 - Episode 21

Fran must choose whether to stay with the Sheffields or not when her ex-boyfriend Danny returns, and proposes to Fran.

star 8.70
6 votes
Directors: Paul Miller
Writers: Tracy Newman, Jonathan Stark
Stock Tip

#12 - Stock Tip

Season 2 - Episode 9

Fran meets a man, Glen, at the supermarket. He tells her that he works on Wall Street and later convinces Maxwell into investing 100,000 dollars in stocks, but Fran later finds out that Glen is not a stock broker, but a hot dog vendor.

star 8.70
6 votes
Writers: David M. Mathews
The Whine Cellar

#13 - The Whine Cellar

Season 2 - Episode 10

Fran and C.C. ends up locked inside Maxwell's wine cellar.

star 8.70
7 votes
Writers: Eileen O'Hare
Canasta Masta

#14 - Canasta Masta

Season 2 - Episode 16

Mr. Sheffield wants Brighton to play more sports, so Fran takes him to play baseball in Flushing. At Sylvia's, he shows an incredible talent for playing canasta, so he joins Yetta's canasta team to play in Atlantic city. Fran is soon kicked out of the team, but at the very last minute Brighton realizes that he doesn't belong to a group of Jewish women from Flushing and gives his place to Fran.

star 8.70
7 votes
Writers: Dana Reston, Frank Lombardi
The Unkindest Gift

#15 - The Unkindest Gift

Season 3 - Episode 11

Sylvia hires Brighton to film one of Fran's cousin's bris. But Brighton didn't know what bris was and passes out during the most important moment of the party. Fran sends his video to "America's Wackiest Home Videos", and they are picked to go to the show. The entire family goes to Hollywood and tour around some filming lots. Fran, of course, gets lost while looking for a bathroom and ends up on the Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman set. After being thrown out several times (and trying to get back in just as many times), they return to NY to discover that Mr. Sheffield's book is going to be published. Just another result of Fran's work (and U$2.500 she paid to have it published!)

star 8.70
7 votes
Directors: Dorothy Lyman
Writers: Frank Lombardi
Making Whoopi

#16 - Making Whoopi

Season 6 - Episode 8

Fran's devastated after hearing from Dr. Reynolds she was never pregnant at all, that it was a false positive. Maxwell keeps hiding her pregnancy tests to avoid further sadness, and even invites Fran and her relatives to join him on his special appearance on the Hollywood Squares. Val, Sylvia and Yetta advise Fran to go see a herbalist to help Maxwell's swimmers. At the herbal store, Fran buys a special shake that will help Maxwell's little swimmers swim faster and some special cookies that will make them hot for each other. The shake doesn't help, so Dr. Reynolds prescribes hormones for Fran, who also buys an ovulation kit. Her timing couldn't be worse when she starts ovulating right when Maxwell is up on the squares. But nothing that Whoopi Goldberg's dressing room can't fix. Meanwhile, C.C. and Niles accidentally eat the special cookies and feel hot for each other, and Val quits her brightness pills because it was making her too gassy.

star 8.70
6 votes
Writers: Suzanne Gangursky
The Dummy Twins

#17 - The Dummy Twins

Season 6 - Episode 19

Ms. Babcock finds Niles's proposal pathetic and laughable. Fran tries to contour the situation and teaches Niles a better way for him to start things with Ms. Babcock – call her by her first name, or take her out to a romantic dinner. During the dinner, Niles gets nervous and proposes two more times. C.C. won't let it go and keeps rubbing it into his face, until Niles is fed up and decides to quit, for he can no longer live under such humiliating circumstances. Neither Fran nor Maxwell can do anything to make him stay, and even C.C.'s promise to let it go count for nothing. Finally, Niles tells C.C. she's pathetic and lonely, and will spend the rest of her life waiting for a man that will never come, until one day she looks back and sees she wasted her entire life. Niles storms out and C.C. realizes what he said is true. She decides to move on and quit too. At night, while fighting over some dummy twins the doctor gave Fran, she and Max go to Niles's room and find him and C.C. sleeping

star 8.70
6 votes
Writers: Ivan Menchell
Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off

#18 - Stop the Wedding, I Want to Get Off

Season 1 - Episode 17

Maxwell's sister Jocelyn comes to visit with her fiancè, and the two decide to get married.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Gail Mancuso
Writers: Diane Wilk
Ode to Barbra Joan

#19 - Ode to Barbra Joan

Season 1 - Episode 20

C.C.'s father invites her to a Barbra Streisand concert in an attempt to bond with his daughter, but after C.C. declines, her father invites Fran to the concert, which makes C.C. jealous.

star 8.60
7 votes
Writers: Frank Lombardi, Dana Reston
Curse of the Grandmas

#20 - Curse of the Grandmas

Season 2 - Episode 5

Fran's anniversary as a nanny for the Sheffields is coming up, but Maxwell seems to have forgotten all about it.

star 8.60
7 votes
Writers: Eric Cohen
The Nanny Behind the Man

#21 - The Nanny Behind the Man

Season 2 - Episode 18

Mr. Sheffield is trying to win Andrew Lloyd Webber over a play written by famous award winner playwriter Dakota Williams. In order to do so, Fran convinces Mr. Sheffield that they should attract Dakota with a gorgeous girl - Yetta! The two have a romantic night in their own way, but when Mr. Sheffield finds out that the play was never finished, he tells Yetta to dump him to get out of the bad deal. When she does, they learn that Dakota has finally finished his play after having his heart broken.

star 8.60
5 votes
Writers: Jerry Perzigian
A Fine Friendship

#22 - A Fine Friendship

Season 2 - Episode 19

Grace has a friend over and Fran meets his nanny. It's Kurt Jacobs, a very attractive man, who Fran treats as one of her girlfriends because she thinks he's gay. When he makes a move on her she freaks out (after all, this is a guy who's seen her without makeup on!). They still go out on a few dates, but it doesn't work out. Meanwhile, Gracie thinks she's pregnant after being late to watch The Lion King and overhearing Fran say women who are late are pregnant. And Niles tries to point out to both Fran and Mr. Sheffield how "the last apple is only missed after it's gone".

star 8.60
5 votes
Writers: Eileen O'Hare
Shopaholic

#23 - Shopaholic

Season 3 - Episode 6

The news of Danny's marriage to Heather Biblow makes Fran start buying everything she cans. After being confronted by Mr. Sheffield, Fran enters shoppers anonymous, but has a very tough time giving up shopping, until an unexpected kiss from Mr. Sheffield cures her miraculously.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Dorothy Lyman
Writers: Eric Cohen
Where's Fran?

#24 - Where's Fran?

Season 3 - Episode 16

When Fran gets Maggie smoking with her boyfriend, she pretends to smoke to Mr. Sheffield can teach her a lesson in front of Maggie, so she doesn't have to tell on Maggie and lose her trust. But Mr. Sheffield exceeds himself a little too much which results in Fran leaving the house. After a few hours of wondering where she is (and remembering all the unique situations they all have been since Fran entered the house), Mr. Sheffield finds her at Roger Clinton's, where Fran pretends to have an offer from Hillary just to Mr. Sheffield would beg her to come home.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Dorothy Lyman
Writers: Sally Lapiduss
The Cantor Show

#25 - The Cantor Show

Season 3 - Episode 24

Fran goes out with the new temple cantor, Gary. When Mr. Sheffield listens him singing, he hires him to be on his next play. He quickly promotes the cantor to the lead of the play after the original actor is run over by a bus, and Gary decides to quit the temple to dedicate his time to his Broadway career. Everyone blames Sylvia and Fran for it, and they start to be ignored at temple. Sylvia throws a curse on Fran and everything starts to backfire until Fran donates the $500 she got from the air company to temple.

star 8.60
5 votes
Directors: Dorothy Lyman
Writers: Diane Wilk