Chicken Soup (TV series)

Chicken Soup
Genre Sitcom
Written by Paul Perlove
Directed by Terry Hughes
Alan Rafkin
Starring Jackie Mason
Lynn Redgrave
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (4 unaired) (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Bernie Orenstein
Saul Turteltaub
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Carsey-Werner Company
Original channel ABC
Original run September 12, 1989 (1989-09-12) – November 7, 1989 (1989-11-07)

Chicken Soup is an American sitcom that aired on ABC, starring Jackie Mason and Lynn Redgrave.



The series focuses on the interfaith relationship of a middle-aged Jewish man, Jackie (Mason), and an Irish Catholic woman, Maddie (Redgrave). Episodes centered around humorous situations and obstacles caused by the couple's different religions.

Controversy and cancellation

Chicken Soup was scheduled after the number one primetime series Roseanne,[1] but was canceled because it could not hold a large enough percentage of the audience from its lead-in and controversy over inflammatory remarks by Mason during the New York City Mayoral elections.[2]


Actor Role
Jackie Mason Jackie Fisher
Lynn Redgrave Maddie Peerce
Johnny Pinto Donnie Peerce
Kathryn Erbe Patricia Reece
Brandon Maggart Mike Donovan
Cathy Lind Hayes Barbara Donovan


Ep. # Title Airdate
1 Pilot September 12, 1989
2 "The Dinner" September 19, 1989
3 "The Bartender" September 26, 1989
4 "The Reservation" October 3, 1989
5 "Double Date" October 10, 1989
6 "Take My Kids, Please" October 24, 1989
7 "Bea Moves Out" October 31, 1989
8 "Almost Father Jackie" November 7, 1989
9 "The Ralph Hearns Story" Never aired
10 "Operation Jackie" Never aired
11 "Bea's Night Out" Never aired
12 "Community Service" Never aired


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