Jenny (TV series)

Jenny is an American sitcom that aired on NBC from 1997 to 1998. The series was intended to be a star vehicle for Jenny McCarthy.[1]

Created byHoward Gewirtz
Mark Reisman
Directed byAndy Ackerman
Leonard R. Garner Jr.
Jeffrey Melman
StarringJenny McCarthy
Heather Paige Kent
Theme music composerBrian Tyler
Composer(s)Bruce Miller
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes17 (7 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Howard Gewirtz
Mark Reisman
Producer(s)Stevie Ray Fromstein
Lori A. Moneymaker
Editor(s)Timothy Mozer
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Mark & Howard Productions
MTV Productions
Paramount Television
DistributorCBS Television Distribution (current)
Original networkNBC
Original releaseSeptember 28, 1997 (1997-09-28) 
January 12, 1998 (1998-01-12)


The series starred McCarthy as Jenny McMillan, a Utica convenience store clerk who suddenly inherits a vast fortune from the B movie star father (George Hamilton) she never knew. After her father's funeral, Jenny and her lifelong friend Maggie (Heather Paige Kent) decide to pursue fame in Hollywood.



The series, originally scheduled on Sundays opposite the second half of CBS's Top 5 hit Touched by an Angel, Fox's Top 15 hit King of the Hill, and the last half-hour of ABC's Top 40 hit The Wonderful World of Disney,[2] was moved to Monday nights in December 1997 in an attempt to gain more viewers.[3] The move failed to attract more viewers and Jenny was canceled after 10 of the 17 episodes produced were aired. After the first 10 shows aired Paramount Television continued production in anticipation of the series being picked up by UPN, but the show was not picked up by the network. In an episode seen only outside the United States, Guy turned out not to be dead only missing.[4]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"Andy AckermanMark Reisman & Howard GewirtzSeptember 28, 1997 (1997-09-28)
2"A Girl's Gotta Pierce"Jeff MelmanJoshua Sternin & Jeffrey VentimiliaOctober 5, 1997 (1997-10-05)
3"A Girl's Gotta Work"Andy AckermanEllen Byron & Lissa KapstromOctober 12, 1997 (1997-10-12)
4"A Girl's Gotta Spike"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Lori KirklandNovember 2, 1997 (1997-11-02)
5"A Girl's Gotta Live in the Real World"Jeff MelmanJennifer GlickmanNovember 16, 1997 (1997-11-16)
6"A Girl's Gotta Lie"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Ellen Byron & Lissa KapstromDecember 1, 1997 (1997-12-01)
7"A Girl's Gotta Deck the Halls"Jeff MelmanLori Kirkland & Jennifer GlickmanDecember 15, 1997 (1997-12-15)
8"A Girl's Gotta Love a Wedding"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Teleplay by: Joshua Sternin & Jeffrey Ventimilia
Story by: Howard Gewirtz
December 22, 1997 (1997-12-22)
9"A Girl's Gotta Merger"Jeff MelmanJoshua Sternin & Jeffrey VentimiliaJanuary 5, 1998 (1998-01-05)
10"A Girl's Gotta Get It"Ted WassLori KirklandJanuary 12, 1998 (1998-01-12)
11"A Girl's Gotta Hang with a Celebrity"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Stevie Ray FromsteinUNAIRED
12"A Girl's Gotta Protect Her Assets"Jeff MelmanStevie Ray Fromstein & Martin WeissUNAIRED
13"A Girl's Gotta Make Room for Daddy: Part 1"Jeff MelmanEllen Byron & Lissa KapstromUNAIRED
14"A Girl's Gotta Make Room for Daddy: Part 2"Jeff MelmanJoshua Sternin & Jeffrey VentimiliaUNAIRED
15"A Girl's Gotta Go Vogue"Matthew DiamondLori KirklandUNAIRED
16"A Girl's Gotta Get Ready for Her Close-up"Leonard R. Garner Jr.Jennifer GlickmanUNAIRED
17"A Girl's Gotta Come Through in a Clutch"Jeff MelmanJon RossUNAIRED


  1. "COVER STORY; Must-See? We'll See.; Can NBC make a sitcom star out of a former centerfold and MTV fantasy figure? She's not exactly your girl next door, but Jenny McCarthy says 'Jenny' is the real her. Really". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-05.
  2. Richmond, Ray (1997-09-27). "Jenny". Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  3. Hontz, Jenny (1997-12-04). "Jenny holds in Mon. slot". Retrieved 2008-08-06.
  4. The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946–Present. Ballantine Books. 2003. p. 604. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
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