30 October 1995
The Lady Is a Tramp
| 7.7/10 |
26 February 1996
| Robert Horn
Jean Smart, Mary McDonnell, Jayne Meadows, Faith Prince, David Rasche
Style & Substance, Designing Women, The Single Guy, Suddenly Susan, Partners
High Society is an American sitcom that aired Monday nights on CBS from October 30, 1995 to February 26, 1996; it was entered into the CBS schedule as a replacement for If Not for You, a sitcom starring Elizabeth McGovern, which was quickly canceled by the network. The theme song was "The Lady Is a Tramp" sung by Chaka Khan.
Its premise was similar to the campy British comedy series Absolutely Fabulous.
High Society (1995 TV series) Wikipedia
The series revolves around two New York City women who acted in an outrageous, campy, and decadent manner. Ellie Walker (Jean Smart) was a successful author of trashy romantic novels, and her best friend and publisher was Dorothy 'Dott' Emerson (Mary McDonnell). Emerson was a divorced mother with a preppie college-aged son, Brendan Emerson (Dan O'Donahue), a College Republican, who rejected the relentless sexual advances of Ellie, but who otherwise appeared to be heterosexual. In the pilot episode, the women's small-town former college friend, Val Brumberg (Faith Prince), arrived and moved in with Dott. At the publishing house, the women worked with a flamboyant gay male secretary named Stephano (Luigi Amodeo) and a sleazy publisher partner named Peter Thomas (David Rasche).
Aside from the situational comedy that arose from Ellie and Dott's campy antics, the storylines often centered on the notion of family. Val started to become something of a mother figure to Brendan. Stephano was often seeking a boyfriend and was seen more as a family member than a mere secretary, and in the final episode Ellie decided that she wanted to have a baby and she scouted out possible fathers.
Despite garnering decent ratings, the series was canceled after 13 episodes and replaced with "Good Company."Jean Smart...Ellie Walker
Mary McDonnell...Dorothy "Dott" Emerson
Dan O'Donahue...Brendan Emerson
David Rasche...Peter Thomas
Faith Prince...Valerie "Val" Brumberg (episodes 1–6)
Jayne Meadows...Alice Morgan-DuPont-Sutton-Cushing-Ferruke (recurring)