Cybill
GenreSitcom
Created byChuck Lorre
Starring
Theme music composer
Opening theme"Nice Work if You Can Get It" by Cybill Shepherd
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes87 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producers
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
  • Jay Daniel Productions
    • (1995–1996; seasons 1–2)
  • Chuck Lorre Productions
    • (1995; seasons 1–2)
  • River Siren Productions
  • Carsey-Werner Productions
DistributorCarsey-Werner Distribution
Release
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJanuary 2, 1995 (1995-01-02) –
July 13, 1998 (1998-07-13)[1]

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.[2]

The sitcom was produced by Carsey-Werner Productions and YBYL Productions, with Shepherd, Lorre, Howard M. Gould, Jay Daniel, Caryn Mandabach, Marcy Carsey, and Tom Werner serving as the show's original executive producers. Broadcast to critical praise, Cybill was nominated for 12 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 Screen Actors Guild Award, and an American Comedy Award. Cybill has been in syndication on the comedy-centric digital subchannel LAFF since April 2016, along with other Carsey-Werner Productions series shown on the network.[3]

Plot

Cybill takes place in Los Angeles 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.[4] Also featured are her daughters: headstrong Zoey (Witt) and uptight Rachel (Pfeiffer), two ex-husbands: Ira (Rosenberg) and Jeff (Wopat), and her hard-drinking best friend Maryann (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.[5]

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.[6]

Cast

Episodes

Main article: List of Cybill episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
113January 2, 1995 (1995-01-02)May 15, 1995 (1995-05-15)
224September 17, 1995 (1995-09-17)May 20, 1996 (1996-05-20)
326September 16, 1996 (1996-09-16)May 19, 1997 (1997-05-19)
424September 15, 1997 (1997-09-15)July 13, 1998 (1998-07-13)

Reception

Awards and nominations

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.[9] 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.[9] 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.[9]

Ratings

The series got respectable (though never spectacular) ratings throughout most of its run, but was abruptly canceled by CBS at the end of the 1997–98 season after a noticeable ratings decline. The show was actually pulled from the CBS schedule after the April 8, 1998 episode had aired; the remaining new episodes that had already been produced were aired over the summer. Shepherd much later alleged that the cancellation occurred because the network was uncomfortable with Cybill's feminist leanings and frank depiction of female sexuality.[10] The cancellation was not expected by the show's staff, as the series ends with a cliffhanger and the words "To Be Continued..." on the screen. At the time of its cancellation, the show's ratings were higher than Nash Bridges (1996-2001) and Chicago Hope (1994-2000); those shows continued to air on CBS.[11]

In 2018, Shepherd claimed that Les Moonves hit on her during a dinner date, but she refused him. As a result, he soon interfered with the series's concepts and later canceled it.[12]

Average seasonal ratings

Season Time slot (ET) Premiere Finale Season
rank
Viewers
(millions)
1 1994-1995 Monday at 9:30 pm January 2, 1995 May 15, 1995 #22 12.8
2 1995-1996 Sunday at 8:00 pm (Episodes 1-11, 13–16, 18-20)
Monday at 9:30 pm (Episode 12)
Sunday at 8:30 pm (Episode 17, 21-24)
September 17, 1995 May 20, 1996 #50[citation needed] 10.0
3 1996-1997 Monday at 9:30 pm (Episodes 1-18)
Monday at 9:00 pm (Episodes 19-26)
September 16, 1996 May 19, 1997 #30[citation needed] 10.5
4 1997-1998 Monday at 9:00 pm (Episodes 1-12, 18-21)
Wednesday at 8:30 pm (Episodes 13-17)
Monday at 9:30 pm (Episodes 22-24)
September 15, 1997 July 13, 1998 #50[13] 8.3

Awards and nominations

Award Year Category Recipients Result Ref.
American Comedy Awards 1996 Funniest Supporting Female Performer in a TV Series Christine Baranski Won [14]
GLAAD Media Awards 1997 Outstanding TV - Individual Episode Nominated [15]
Golden Globe Awards 1996 Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Won [16]
Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Cybill Shepherd Won
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Christine Baranski Nominated
1997 Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Cybill Shepherd Nominated [16]
Best Supporting Actress – Series, Miniseries or Television Film Christine Baranski Nominated
Online Film & Television Association Awards 1997 Best Supporting Actress in a Series Christine Baranski Nominated [17]
Best Actress in a Comedy Series Cybill Shepherd Nominated
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Christine Baranski Nominated
1998 Best Actress in a Comedy Series Cybill Shepherd Nominated [18]
Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Christine Baranski Nominated
Primetime Emmy Awards 1995 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Cybill Shepherd Nominated [19]
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Christine Baranski Won [20]
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a Series Garvin Eddy and Rochelle Moser Won [21]
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Costume Design for a Series Robert Turturice Nominated [22]
1996 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Cybill Shepherd Nominated [23]
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Christine Baranski Nominated [24]
Outstanding Individual Achievement in Art Direction for a Series Garvin Eddy and Rochelle Moser Nominated [25]
Outstanding Costume Design for a Series Marion Kirk, Daniel Grant North and Leslie Simmons Potts Won [26]
Outstanding Sound Mixing For A Comedy Series Or A Special Jerry Clemans, Edward L. Moskowitz and Craig Porter Nominated [27]
1997 Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series Cybill Shepherd Nominated [28]
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Christine Baranski Nominated [29]
1998 Nominated [30]
Satellite Awards 1997 Best Television Series – Musical or Comedy Nominated [31]
Best Actress – Television Series Musical or Comedy Cybill Shepherd Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 1996 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series Christine Baranski Won [32]
Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Christine Baranski, Dedee Pfeiffer, Alan Rosenberg, Cybill Shepherd, Alicia Witt and Tom Wopat Nominated
1997 Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Serie Christine Baranski Nominated [33]
Viewers for Quality Television Awards 1996 Best Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Cybill Shepherd Nominated [34]
Best Supporting Actress in a Quality Comedy Series Christine Baranski Won
1997 Nominated [35]

Home media

Region 1

On September 16, 2008, First Look Studios released Cybill: The Collector's Edition, Vol. 1, a 2-disc best of DVD.[36]

Region 2

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

DVD Name Ep# Release Date
The Complete First Series[37] 13 24 April 2006
The Complete Second Series[38] 24 2 July 2007
The Complete Third Series[39] 26 5 May 2008
The Complete Fourth Series[40] 24 4 August 2008
The Complete Box Set 87 29 September 2008

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