|Ned & Stacey|
Main cast of Ned and Stacey
|Created by||Michael J. Weithorn|
|Starring||Thomas Haden Church|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||46 (11 unaired)|
|Executive||Michael J. Weithorn|
Del Shores (season 1)
Rob Schiller (season 2)
Charlie Kaufman (season 2)
|Cinematography||Kenneth Peach Jr.|
|Editor(s)||John Neal (season 1)|
John Doutt (season 2)
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||September 11, 1995 -|
January 27, 1997
Ned & Stacey (or Ned and Stacey) is an American sitcom created by Michael J. Weithorn, and starring Thomas Haden Church and Debra Messing as the titular couple. The series aired on Fox from September 11, 1995, to January 27, 1997, and lasted for two seasons before being cancelled.
Stacey Colbert (Messing) is desperate to move out of her parents house and find a place to live in New York City. However, as a freelance journalist, she can hardly make enough money to save for an apartment. One night, Stacey's sister Amanda (Nadia Dajani) and brother-in-law Eric (Greg Germann) set Stacey up with Eric's friend and co-worker Ned Dorsey (Church). Though Stacey is initially repulsed by the idea of dating Ned, she decides to agree to a scheme he's cooked up. In order for him to get a promotion at the ad agency he's employed at, he needs a wife. Stacey reluctantly agrees as she is desperate to move out of her parents' house, and Ned has a very good apartment.
The first season revolved around Ned and Stacey's adjustment to their new situation, while they attempt to make their marriage appear real and date other people. In the second season, Stacey moves out, and the two begin dating other people. Their constant bickering seems to evolve into something resembling a romance, but the series was cancelled before this could be fully developed.
(Spoken during the opening theme)
Ned: Why Stacey?
Stacey: Why Ned?
Ned: It was business.
Stacey: Strictly business.
Ned: Here's the deal - to get a promotion, I needed a wife.
Stacey: To get a life, I needed his apartment.
Ned: So what the hell, we up and got married.
Stacey: The only thing we have in common? We irritate each other.
Ned: Right! Enjoy the show.
This intro did not appear for the first episodes.
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||24||September 11, 1995||April 1, 1996|
|2||22[note 1]||November 17, 1996||January 27, 1997|
Note: relevant episode given in parentheses.
|Season||Timeslot (EDT)||Season Premiere||Season Finale||Season||Rank||Neilsen rating||Ref|
|1||Monday 9:30 pm (1-12)
Monday 9:00 pm (13-24)
|September 11, 1995||April 1, 1996||1995-96||121||6.0|
|2||Sunday 8:30 pm (1-7)
Monday 9:00 pm (8-11)
|November 17, 1996||January 27, 1997||1996-97||108||6.1|
The series has been aired in the United Kingdom on channel Sony TV, which began airing the show on April 7, 2011, the day of the channel's launch. After its cancellation the show reran on the USA Network from 1999 to 2001. The show later reran on WE: Women's Entertainment from 2003 to 2005. TV Guide Network began airing reruns of the show on September 12, 2011. Oxygen also occasionally airs the show, usually on Thursday at 6am EST. In Australia, digital channel 7mate has been showing reruns of the series in 2011. In the United States, Rural TV began airing reruns on occasion. The show was last seen in 2015 on FamilyNet.
In September 2005, Sony Pictures Home Entertainment released the first season of Ned and Stacey on DVD in Region 1. Due to low sales, season two's DVD release was canceled. In 2014, Mill Creek Entertainment acquired the rights to the series, and released two compilation discs of the show.
On June 7, 2017, it was announced that Shout! Factory had acquired the rights to the series. They subsequently released Ned and Stacey - The Complete Series on DVD in Region 1 on September 26, 2017.
|DVD Name||Ep #||Release Date|
|The Complete First Season||24||September 20, 2005|
|The Complete Series||46||September 26, 2017|