First episode date 21 October 1983
Number of episodes 13
Genre Fantasy sitcom
Final episode date 12 May 1984
Number of seasons 1
|Created by Larry Rosen
Written by Nick Arnold Larry Balmagia Tom Chehak Bruce Ferber Terry Hart David Lerner Rick Mittleman Larry Rosen Larry Spencer Larry Tucker Jurgen Wolff
Directed by John Bowab Charles S. Dubin
Starring Ann Jillian John P. Navin Jr. Georgia Engel Brandon Maggart Mya Stark Glenn Scarpelli
Theme music composer Clint Holmes Ann Jillian Joey Murcia Bill Payne
Cast Ann Jillian, Debbie Reynolds, John P Navin Jr, Glenn Scarpelli, Georgia Engel
Similar It's a Living, Ann Jillian, Topper, Double Trouble, It's Your Move
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Jennifer Slept Here is an American fantasy sitcom series that ran for one season on NBC from October 21, 1983 to September 5, 1984.
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In the series, Ann Jillian plays Jennifer Farrell: a once-popular movie actress who in 1963 made the unfortunate mistake of chasing an ice cream truck near her Los Angeles, California home. When the ice cream truck accidentally backed up, it ran her over, killing her. About twenty years later, the Elliot family from New York City moved into Jennifer's home. Father George was a lawyer who had handled Jennifer's posthumous affairs, including the house. George's wife, Susan, was a concerned and understanding figure. Daughter Marilyn was a typical 8-year-old.
The driving story behind the series was that Jennifer haunted the Elliot house—ostensibly to mentor and befriend the family's teenage son, Joey, who was the only person to whom she made herself visible. Naturally, Joey had a hard time convincing his family and friends of Jennifer's ghostly existence. They not only refused to believe Joey's claim, but often concluded Joey needed psychiatric or other help. In one episode, they hired a phony exorcist (played by Zelda Rubinstein in a parody of her Poltergeist character Tangina Barrons) to rid the house of Jennifer's spirit by capturing it in a jar.
Although the show had mixed reviews and a tough Friday night timeslot (its competition was The Dukes of Hazzard on CBS and Webster on ABC), it attracted somewhat decent ratings. Repeats which were shown on Wednesday nights during the summer of 1984 often managed to make the Top 30, but that was not enough to guarantee a second season. Tom Ensign of The Toledo Blade, reviewing Jennifer Slept Here, stated that the show "isn't funny, it isn't witty and it doesn't stand the ghost of a chance". Baird Searles dismissed the series as "a shameless re-echo of Topper".