The Drew Carey Show

The Drew Carey Show is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 13, 1995 to September 8, 2004, and was set in Cleveland, Ohio, and revolved around the retail office and home life of "everyman" Drew Carey, a fictionalized version of the actor.[1]

The show was created by Carey, who had both stand-up comedy and writing experience, and Bruce Helford, who was once a writer for Roseanne. It was the first television show to have an episode simulcast on the Internet.[2]

Produced by Mohawk Productions in association with Warner Bros. Television, it debuted on September 13, 1995, and ranked among the Top 30 programs for four seasons before sliding in popularity. Ratings declined sharply during the final two seasons, and the last two episodes aired on September 8, 2004.

The Drew Carey Show
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GenreSitcom
Created byDrew Carey
Bruce Helford
StarringDrew Carey
Diedrich Bader
Ryan Stiles
Christa Miller
Kathy Kinney
Craig Ferguson
John Carroll Lynch
Cynthia Watros
Opening theme"Moon Over Parma"
(1995–1996, 2002–2004)
"Five O'Clock World" performed by The Vogues
(1996–1997, 2002–2004)
"Cleveland Rocks" performed by The Presidents of the United States of America
(1997–2004)
Composer(s)W. G. Snuffy Walden
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes233 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Bruce Helford (entire run)
Drew Carey
Deborah Oppenheimer (both; seasons 4–9)
Clay Graham
(seasons 4–5 and 7–9)
Richard Day (season 4)
Bruce Rasmussen
(seasons 6–9)
Robert Borden (early season 6)
Holly Hester (mid-late season 6)
Les Firestein (seasons 6–9)
Mike Teverbaugh
(seasons 7–8)
Dave Caplan
Dan O'Keefe (both; seasons 8–9)
Camera setupFilm;
Multi-camera (Seasons 1–8),
Single-camera (Season 9)
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Mohawk Productions
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution
Release
Original networkABC
Picture format480i (4:3 SDTV; entire run)
720p (16:9 HDTV; seasons 7–9)
Original releaseSeptember 13, 1995 –
September 8, 2004

Premise

Drew Carey is a fictionalized version of himself, a self-proclaimed "everyman".[3] Drew Carey (the actor) has been quoted as saying his character is what the actor would have been if he had not become an actor. He has a "gang" of friends who embark with him on his everyday trials and tribulations. Drew's friends include erudite but unambitious Lewis (Ryan Stiles), excitable dimwitted Oswald (Diedrich Bader) and his friend (later on-off girlfriend) Kate (Christa Miller). In the final two seasons, Kate gets married and moves to Guam, in the same two-part episode that introduces and develops Drew's relationship with Kellie (Cynthia Watros), which carries on over the final two seasons.

For its first seven seasons, Drew's workplace is the office of fictional Cleveland department store Winfred-Louder, where he has worked for years and still works as Assistant Director of Personnel. One of his coworkers is Mimi Bobeck (Kathy Kinney), a large woman with a clownish wardrobe, a lot of make-up (including her trademark bright blue eye shadow), and a foul mutual dislike for Drew. The two eventually become closer (although still maintaining a less heated rivalry), primarily because Mimi fell in love with and married Drew's cross-dressing heterosexual brother Steve (John Carroll Lynch), a frequently recurring character.

In the first season they work for the unseen Mr. Bell (Kevin Pollak), only seen in the season one finale, to which he is greeted with applause; in later seasons, their boss and sometimes-co-worker is Nigel Wick (Craig Ferguson), an eccentric, sadistic and unlucky Englishman. In the final two seasons, they work for peaceful, hippie-like Evan (Kyle Howard) and the much more professional Scott (Jonathan Mangum), tech-smart but naïve twenty-somethings who own the Neverending Store, an online retailer with offices in the same location.

In addition to his day job, Drew, along with Oswald, Lewis, and Kate (replaced from around Season 5 onwards by Mimi), runs a small business out of his garage, selling Buzz Beer, a caffeinated alcoholic drink. It becomes popular in the region and is served at the group's hangout, The Warsaw Tavern.

Synopsis

Season 1 (1995–1996)

The first season's opening credits consisted of a caricature of Carey—consisting of his face and a yellow tie—singing the Robert McGuire-penned "Moon Over Parma". The song was trimmed for the opening sequence, and the reference to Eastlake in the line "Guide her to Eastlake underneath your silvery light" was changed to a reference to Cleveland to stay in theme with the show.

In the first season, Drew and Mimi worked under Mr. Bell, who existed only as a voice on Drew's speakerphone, excluding the season finale (his final episode) wherein he is fired by Winfred-Louder's new owners. Other characters that appeared exclusively in this period were Drew's hillbilly neighbor Jules and his family. Drew's first girlfriend Lisa was introduced in this season, as was Jay, Kate's love interest who used to attend the same high school as Drew and his friends. Both characters lasted until Season 2, where they were quickly written out of the show in the early episodes.

Nine of the episode titles were related to chemistry in some way, with names such as "The Joining of Two Unlike Elements Is a Mixture" and "Isomers Have Distinct Characteristics". However, this theme was abandoned by the end of the season.

Seasons 2–7 (1996–2002)

"Moon Over Parma" was phased out during the second season by "Five O'Clock World" sung by The Vogues. This season introduced openings that paid homage to music videos which included the cast dancing and singing around the various sets of the show.

In the forth season, the opening theme was changed to "Cleveland Rocks", a cover of an Ian Hunter song performed by The Presidents of the United States of America. The video consisted of shots of Cleveland ending with their ballpark. This change lasted until the second "wave" of the show ended, with the finale of Season 7.

The man who took over Mr. Bell's job after his firing was Nigel Wick, who served as a foil for both Drew and Mimi in the workplace. During this period, Drew and Mr. Wick also periodically took the top management job away from each other. This would usually result in Drew ending up back at his old job as Assistant Director of Personnel and Mr. Wick would miraculously retain his job as manager. By the end of Season 7, they were both Co-Managers before Winfred-Louder was closed down (albeit after undergoing drastic changes to stay in business).

Kate and Oswald became closer and eventually became romantically involved and almost married during the third season, but Kate stood Oswald up at the altar. Kate and Drew also became romantically involved and were on the verge of getting married, but they called it off when they realized they didn't feel the same about the prospect of children. Drew's cross-dressing brother Steve was introduced during this period. He eventually fell in love with Mimi and they had a child together, Gus (whose name was decided by means of a contest).

Drew also got married a number of times during this portion of the show. His first marriage was to Diane, a cocktail waitress in Las Vegas. This was only temporary however, as she needed Drew to retain custody of her children. His second marriage was to Mr. Wick, who forced Drew to marry him in a sham same-sex civil union in Vermont (the only place it was legal at the time) in hopes that the marriage would placate the Immigration and Naturalization Service. At the beginning of Season 7, Drew married both Nikki and Kate (the former had been a recurring character for some time since Season 3, and suffered from weight problems). They found out about this and all three of these marriages ended in divorce, and Drew became known as the "Impotent Bisexual Bigamist". Nikki eventually returned, and the actress, Kate Walsh, donned a fat suit again and moved in with Drew.

During this period the show also had frequent "event" episodes. Recurring themes were "What's Wrong With This Episode?", in which the show contained numerous deliberate continuity errors and other mistakes and invited viewers at home to find the most errors and win a prize, and live episodes, with loose plots and improvised scenes featuring cast members from Carey's improvisational comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway? (Brad Sherwood, Wayne Brady, Colin Mochrie, Greg Proops, Chip Esten, Kathy Greenwood, Jeff Davis, Laura Hall, and Linda Taylor) contributed to these episodes, with Brad Sherwood hosting.

Seasons 8–9 (2002–2004)

Beginning in season 8, the show rotated through 9 different opening sequences, each of which contained a new version of one of the show's three theme songs. Each theme ("Moon Over Parma", "Five O'Clock World" and "Cleveland Rocks") was seen in three different segments, in new, wildly different arrangements. The show eventually went back to having just five main characters, akin to the first season, as Kate, Mr. Wick, and Steve were eventually written out of the show. Kate's character was married off, Mr. Wick disappeared after three appearances until the Season 8 finale, wherein it is revealed he became a weatherman (although he continued to appear in the opening credits, unlike Kate, who was eliminated completely, and never mentioned again.) Steve left at the beginning of the ninth season to "find himself".

With Winfred-Louder closed, the location became the office of online retailer Neverending Store. Drew, Mimi, and Mr. Wick were hired as employees of the new company. Mimi was hired first in a similar role to her old job, and Drew was eventually hired as "Internal Expediting Analyst", and a recurring gag began wherein Drew had no clue as to what his job entailed. Before being written out, Mr. Wick was at first a janitor, and another recurring joke came in the form of Mr. Wick attempting to climb the ladder back to being the boss. Before being written out, he went from janitor to the carrier of the dessert trolley.

Kate left after the first two episodes of season 8, the same two episodes that introduced Kellie, an old high school friend of Drew's who had been working as a stripper. She eventually became a waitress at The Warsaw Tavern, Drew's girlfriend, and the carrier of his child. The plot of the final episode was Drew and Kellie attempting to get married before their child is born. Mr. Wick also returned and stayed on for the series finale.

The show began featuring cameos from reality-TV participants in the final two seasons, such as former Road Rules star Timmy Beggy, The Real World alumna Cara Khan, and The Amazing Race winner Reichen Lehmkuhl. Tony the Bus Driver (Bill Cobbs) became a regular, serving as smart-alecky "bartender" type to whom Drew could tell his problems. The eighth season was put in a timeslot that frequently clashed with Monday Night Football. It was pulled mid-season and the remaining episodes were shown during the summer of 2003. The ninth season did not air until the summer of 2004, with most of the episodes out of order.

The last season's tone changed radically from the previous seasons. The directors began experimenting with one-camera set-ups, showing the sets completely built, with four walls in most rooms, and with rooms actually linked together. The writers also began experimenting, including story lines in which Gus burns down Mimi's house, forcing her to move in with Drew after Steve leaves her.

ABC originally aired the season 9 episodes out of order. Based on the production numbers for each episode, the correct viewing order of the episodes is 16, 6, 19, 20, 3, 17, 21, 22, 18, 4, 2, 1, 5, 7, 9, 8, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 24, 15, 23, 25, and 26.

Post-series

On March 24, 2009, Kathy Kinney appeared in character as Mimi at the beginning of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. Kinney appeared twice on The Price Is Right as Mimi Bobeck on April Fools' Day. Drew Carey has been the host of the show since 2007.[4] Carey would later revive the "What's Wrong with This Episode?" format for later April Fool's Day episodes of The Price Is Right.

At the end of the final episode of The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on December 19, 2014, Ferguson woke up, revealing that the entire show was a dream of Mr. Wick's.[5] Drew Carey reprised his role (the two were in bed together, as in the final episode of Newhart) and was surprised that, in Wick's dream, he had somehow lost weight and become a game show host.[5]

Cast and characters

Main characters

Actor Character Role Years Seasons Episodes
Drew Carey Drew Allison Carey Assistant Director of Personnel 1995–2004 1–9 233
Diedrich Bader Oswald Lee Harvey Delivery Man/Trainee Nurse 1995–2004 1–9 233
Kathy Kinney Mimi Bobeck P.A./Floor Manager 1995–2004 1–9 232
Ryan Stiles Lewis Kiniski Janitor at DrugCo. 1995–2004 1–9 224
Christa Miller Kate O'Brien Cosmetic Saleswoman/Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 1995–2002 1–7 (Starring), 8 (Starring, 2 Episodes) 184
Craig Ferguson Nigel Algernon Wick Drew's boss 1996–2003, 2004 2–8 (Starring), 9 (2 Episodes) 170
John Carroll Lynch Steve Carey Cosmetics Salesman/Stay-At-Home Husband 1998–2004 3–5 (Recurring), 6–8 (Starring), 9 (Guest) 73
Cynthia Watros Kellie Newmark Waitress 2002–2004 8–9 52

Recurring characters

Actor Character Role Years Seasons Episodes
Ian Gomez Larry Almada Worked at Winfred-Louder/Matchmaker 1995–1999, 2002–2004 1–4, 8–9 38
Jane Morris Nora Co-worker at Winfred-Louder 1995–2002, 2004 1–2, 4–5, 7, 9 14
Nan Martin Mrs. Louder Owner of Winfred-Louder 1995–2000 1–5 25
Kelly Perine Chuck Security Guard 1995–2000 1–2, 4-5 17
Robert Torti Jay Clemens Kate' boyfriend/High-School friend 1995–1997, 1999–2001 1–2, 5–6 15
Kate Walsh Nicki Fifer Drew's girlfriend 1997–1999, 2001–2003 3–4, 7–8 21
Jenica Bergere Sharon Bridges Handywoman/Drew's girlfriend 1997–2000 3–5 11
Katy Selverstone Lisa Robbins Drew's girlfriend 1995–1997 1–2 16
Bill Cobbs Tony Bus driver 2002–2004 8–9 9
Jonathan Mangum Scott Drew's boss 2002–2004 8–9 18
Kyle Howard Evan Drew's boss 2002–2004 8–9 14
Kaitlin Olson Traylor Works at Neverendingstore.com 2002–2004 8–9 14
Speedy Speedy The Dog Lisa/Drew's Dog 1996–2003 2–8 41
Tim O'Rourke Tim Bartender at The Warsaw Tavern 1995–2004 1–9 11

Regular guest stars

  • Beulah Carey (Marion Ross) – Drew's mother
  • George Carey (Stanley Anderson) – Drew's father
  • Kim Harvey (Adrienne Barbeau) – Oswald's mother
  • Mother Bobeck (Tammy Faye Bakker) – Mimi's mother
  • Gigi Bobeck (Lynn Wanlass) – Mimi's sister
  • King Augustus Antonio Carey (Dakota and Ryan Williams) – Drew's nephew, Steve and Mimi's son
  • Misty Kiniski (June Lockhart) – Lewis's mother

Guest stars

  • Nikki Cox as Drew's cousin Kirsten Carey, who briefly dates Mr. Wick in "Drew's Cousin".
  • Shirley Jones as Drew's lady friend Celia (Season 4, 3 episodes)
  • Caroline Rhea as Drew's date, Bonnie, (Season 2, 2 episodes)
  • Pauley Perrette as Drew's girlfriend, Darcy (Season 4, 4 episodes)
  • Dan Castellaneta as Sal, the King of Poland in "Two Drews and the Queen of Poland Walk into A Bar" (all of his scenes were cut from reruns after complaints from the Polish community)
  • Hal Linden as Mr. Van Zandt in the episode "Brotherhood of Man" (Season 5)
  • Mark Curry as Robert Soulard
  • John Ratzenberger as himself in Drew Live III
  • Eddie Money as himself, the former husband of Mimi Bobeck
  • Penn & Teller as Fenn and Geller in "Drew Meets Lawyers" (season 1, episode 6) and "See Drew Run" (season 2, episode 17)
  • David Cross as Earl in "Drew and the Unstable Element" (season 1, ep.13) and "Two Drews & the Queen of Poland Walk into a Bar" (season 2, ep. 20).
  • Tim Allen as himself in "The Front" (season 1, episode 17)
  • Norm Macdonald as Simon Tate in "The Bully You Know" (season 2, episode 4)
  • Henry Rollins as E-Bay Ass Kicking Guy and Amy Farrington as Bonnie in "Hickory Dickory... Double Date" (season 8, episode 5)
  • Richard Chamberlain as Mr. Wick's mother, Maggie in "Curse of the Mummy" (season 7, episode 14) and "Look Mom, One Hand!" (season 7, episode 25)
  • Gregory Jbara as Ron in "Drew and the Conspiracy" (season 4, episode 1) and "Golden Boy" (season 4, episode 3).
  • Charles Nelson Reilly as Mr. Hathaway, Lewis's boss, in "The Salon" (season 3) and "DrugCo" (season 4)
  • Joe Walsh as Ed, a guitarist (in several episodes)
  • French Stewart as Buddy in "Drew's Best Friend" (season 9, episode 10)
  • Colin Mochrie as Eugene in "She's Gotta Have It", "Drew Live", and "Drew Live II"
  • Brad Sherwood as himself/host of "Drew Live" and "Drew Live II"
  • Wayne Brady as himself in "Drew Live" and "Drew Live II"
  • Greg Proops, Chip Esten and Kathy Greenwood as themselves in "Drew Live II"
  • Chris Palmer, head coach for the Cleveland Browns
  • Susan Saint James (Christa Miller's real life aunt) as Kate's mother in "Drew and Kate and Kate's mother".
  • Jamie Lee Curtis as Sioux in "Playing a Unified Field".
  • Steve Buscemi as Mimi's lawyer in "Mr. Louder's Birthday Party".
  • Micky Dolenz as Mr. Metcalf in "Drew and the King" (season 7, episode 13)
  • Tom Poston as Oswald's father (season 6, episode 13)
  • Beata Pozniak as Raisa in "What Women Don't Want".
  • Julia Duffy as Lindsey Mercer, Lord Mercer's ex-wife who temporarily takes control of Winfred-Louder in "Rich Woman, Poor Man" (season 7, ep. 23)
  • Nicholas Turturro as the New York detective in "New York and Queens" (season 2, episode 24).
  • Mike McShane as Ray in "Drew's Inheritance" (Season 6, Episode 3)
  • Phyllis Diller as Mimi's grandmother (Season 7, Episode 25)
  • Megyn Price as Waitress at Warsaw Tavern in "Drew and Mr. Bell's Nephew" (Season 1, Episode 14) and "Miss Right" (Season 1, Episode 2)
  • Dave Winfield as himself in "Science Names Suck" (Season 1, Episode 10)
  • Jenny McCarthy as various roles in "Drew Carey's Back-to-School Rock 'n' Roll Comedy Hour" (Season 7, Episodes 1 and 2) and as a Police officer Drew dates in "A Shot In The Dark" (Season 7, Episode 17)
  • Amanda Bynes as various roles in "Drew Carey's Back-to-School Rock 'n' Roll Comedy Hour" (Season 7, Episodes 1 and 2)
  • Tim Conway as a senior-home resident who temporarily costs Drew his job (Season 3, Episode 11).

Special appearances

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 13, 1995May 8, 1996
224September 18, 1996May 14, 1997
328September 17, 1997May 20, 1998
427September 23, 1998May 26, 1999
526September 22, 1999May 17, 2000
627October 4, 2000May 23, 2001
727September 26, 2001May 22, 2002
826September 9, 2002August 27, 2003
926June 2, 2004September 8, 2004

Viva Las Vegas

The episode "Drew Gets Married" is part of a crossover with Grace Under Fire, Coach and Ellen set in Las Vegas. It features Brett Butler as Grace Kelly, Jerry Van Dyke as Luther Van Damme, Joely Fisher as Paige Clark and Jeremy Piven as Spence Kovak.

Ratings

The show finished its first season (1995–1996) barely in the Top 50, placing 48th in the Nielsen ratings, with an average rating of 10.1. The second season did considerably better, making it into the Top 20 finishing its second season (1996–1997) 18th in the Nielsen ratings with an average rating of 11.5. Viewership increased 13.9% from season one.

The show finished its third season (1997–1998) at a higher place in the ratings, placing 16th with an average rating of 11.1 during the season; however, the ratings share was a drop of 3.5% from the second season. During its fourth season (1998–1999), the series finished the season in the Nielsen ratings higher in the Top 20 making it to 14th place but with an average rating of 9.9, a decrease of 10.8% from the third season.

The show finished its fifth season (1999–2000) 24th in the Nielsen ratings, the first time since season one that the show was not in the Top 20, with an average rating of 9.5, a decrease of 4% from the fourth season. This was a smaller drop than many other series experienced, given the erosion of network audiences. This was also a smaller drop than the previous season. The show's sixth season (2000–2001) finished 41st with an average rating of 8.23, a decrease of 13.4 percent from the fifth season.

In early 2001, ABC signed a new contract to keep the show on through 2003-2004 for a ninth season, even though the show had yet to enter its seventh season (2001–2002) at that time. The season saw one of the show's biggest drops in ratings, finishing 57th with an average rating of 5.9, a significant drop of 28.3% from the sixth season. The show finished its eighth season (2002–2003) season 119th with an average rating of 3.29, a drop of 44.23 percent from the seventh season. This caused ABC to put the series on hiatus, airing the rest of the season in the summer of 2003. Unable to get out of the contract, ABC was forced to allow the show to film a ninth season, paying three million dollars per episode. Not doing well enough to receive a time slot on ABC's fall schedule in 2003, the show had its ninth and final season burned off during the summer of 2004. The series finale was viewed by a little over 5 million viewers.

Season Years Rank Rating
Season 1 1995–1996 #48 10.1[6]
Season 2 1996–1997 #18 11.5[7]
Season 3 1997–1998 #13 16.7[8]
Season 4 1998–1999 #13 14.9[8]
Season 5 1999–2000 #24 9.5[9]
Season 6 2000–2001 #33 12.7[10]
Season 7 2001–2002 #67 9.1[11]
Season 8 2002–2003 #121 5.2[12]
Season 9 2004 #150 3.1

Syndication

The Drew Carey Show entered off-network syndication in September 1999 and continued until September 5, 2008, for example, Philadelphia's The WB station WPHL-TV reran the show weeknights 7:30pm EST and 11:30pm EST, Chicago's WB station WGN-TV at 6:30pm & 10:30pm CST, Cleveland's local FOX station (Drew's hometown) weeknights 7pm EST & 11pm EST both after local news on WJW-TV and New York City & Washington, D.C.'s UPN stations WWOR-TV and WDCA-TV reran the show weeknights 11:30pm EST.

The Drew Carey Show aired on the cable network TBS from 2002 to 2007. ION Television aired reruns of the show from 2007 to 2009, premiering on New Year's Eve 2007, with the station promoting it as "The Drew Year." ION Television did not air all of the episodes as it only aired the episodes that aired from seasons 1–5; the channel also removed references to the male genitalia from certain episodes, the season 5 episode "Do Drew and Kate Have Sex?" being one in particular.

The CW Television Network also aired episodes during the 2008–09 television season. Two back-to-back episodes were aired on Sundays at 6:00pm to replace the cancelled Sunday Night Block by Media Rights Capital.

The show ran in syndication on Canada's "TVtropolis" until June 2013, when the channel was rebranded as "DTour".

LAFF began carrying the show as part of its inaugural lineup when it launched in April 2015.[13]

Merchandise

During the height of the show's popularity, Barbie-esque dolls of Drew and Mimi were released, with accessories and are currently in rare supply and considered collector's items. Matchbox also released Drew's car, a Volkswagen Beetle with flames on the sides which Drew owned from the third season until the eighth. The soundtrack album Cleveland Rocks! Music from The Drew Carey Show was released in May 1998.[14]

Home media

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DVD release cover

On February 28, 2006, a six-episode release of the sitcom was released on DVD titled "The Drew Carey Show: TV Favorites".[15] Initially, the DVD was exclusively sold at Best Buy, but later sold at other national retailers as well. The DVD features the episodes "Pilot", "Playing the Unified Field", "We'll Remember Always, Evaluation Day", "Drew Blows His Promotion", "My Best Friend's Wedding" and "DrugCo." However, this DVD has since gone out of print.

On April 24, 2007, Warner Home Video released the complete first season of The Drew Carey Show on DVD in Region 1. The WB has released a statement in which it said that the reason as to why the second season, and any of the later seasons have yet to be released to this day is because of copyright issues regarding music used on the show. For the same reason, it is unlikely ever to stream on online services.[16]

The first season was released in Australia (Region 4) on September 10, 2008.

DVD Name Ep# Region 1 Region 2 Region 4 Special Features
The Complete First Season 22 April 24, 2007 N/A September 10, 2008
  • 1-900-MIMI (a phone sex spoof featuring Mimi)
  • Life Inside a Cubicle Featurette
The Drew Carey Show: TV Favorites 6 February 28, 2006 N/A N/A
  • "Pilot" (Season 1, Episode 1)
  • "Playing the Unified Field" (Season 1, Episode 18)
  • "We'll Remember Always, Evaluation Day" (Season 2, Episode 1)
  • "Drew Blows His Promotion" (Season 2, Episode 15)
  • "My Best Friend's Wedding" (Season 3, Episode 28)
  • "DrugCo" (Season 4, Episode 20)

References

  1. ^ Siano, Joseph (October 25, 1998). "SIGNOFF; Now Roasting (and Toasting) Drew Carey". NYTimes.com.
  2. ^ "The Capital Times". Sonic Foundry's finest hour. Retrieved March 1, 2007.
  3. ^ "The Drew Carey Show - The Complete First Season". DVD Talk. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  4. ^ The Price is Right - Kathy Kinney Guest Appearance. YouTube. March 29, 2010. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Swift, Andy. "Late Late Show: Craig Ferguson Says Goodbye With Incredible Twist Ending". Yahoo! News. Retrieved December 20, 2014.
  6. ^ "Complete TV Ratings 1995-1996". chez.com. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  7. ^ "Complete TV Ratings 1996-1997". chez.com. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  8. ^ a b "Final ratings for the 1998-1999 TV season". geocities.com. Archived from the original on October 29, 2009. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  9. ^ "NIELSEN RATINGS FOR 1999-2000". SFGate. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  10. ^ "The Bitter End". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  11. ^ "USATODAY.com - How did your favorite show rate?". usatoday.com. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  12. ^ "Rank And File". Entertainment Weekly's EW.com. Retrieved July 5, 2015.
  13. ^ https://www.broadcastingcable.com/news/exclusive-laff-network-acquires-sitcom-lineup-137994
  14. ^ "Ian Hunter Track On Drew Carey Soundtrack". MTV.com. April 27, 1998. Retrieved November 2, 2014.
  15. ^ "'Welcome Back Kotter,' 'The Drew Carey Show' and 'Night Court' available on DVD from Warner Home Video". Warner Bros. December 14, 2005. Retrieved February 7, 2018.
  16. ^ Carey, Drew. "I am Drew Carey, AMAA: Reddit". Retrieved September 20, 2014.

External links

Christa Miller

Christa Beatrice Miller (born May 28, 1964) is an American actress who has achieved success in television comedy. Her foremost roles include Kate O'Brien on The Drew Carey Show and Jordan Sullivan on Scrubs (which was created by her husband Bill Lawrence). She has also appeared in Seinfeld, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and CSI: Miami. From 2009 to 2015, she starred in the TBS (formerly ABC) sitcom Cougar Town, also created by Lawrence.

Cleveland Rocks! Music from The Drew Carey Show

Cleveland Rocks! Music from The Drew Carey Show is a soundtrack for the ABC television series The Drew Carey Show, released on May 19, 1998, by Rhino Records. The album has 24 tracks of songs that have appeared in the show and performances by the cast. An original composition titled "Bite Me, Doughboy!" was created for the album by the show's music composer W. G. Snuffy Walden. Cleveland Rocks! Music from The Drew Carey Show received mostly positive reviews from music critics, who thought the album was perfect for fans of the show. The album won Best New Material Record Release at the 12th TV Theme Music Awards.

Cynthia Watros

Cynthia Michele Watros (born September 2, 1968) is an American actress. Watros is known for her roles as Libby Smith on the ABC TV series Lost, Kellie in The Drew Carey Show, Erin in Titus, and Annie Dutton in Guiding Light.

Drew's in a Coma

"Drew's in a Coma" is the fifteenth episode of the sixth season of the American sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and the 142nd overall. The plot of the episode sees Drew (Drew Carey) left in a coma after he is hit by a car. Drew entertains himself through a fantasy world he creates, while his friends try various things to get him to wake up. At the end of the episode, Drew chooses whether to go to heaven or not and his sister-in-law, Mimi (Kathy Kinney), goes into labor. The episode was written by Les Firestein and directed by Gerry Cohen. It first aired on February 7, 2001 on the ABC network in the United States.

The episode was the first of "a two-part event" that aired during the February sweeps. Drew's fantasy world featured special effects and appearances from historical figures, Ben Stein and Joe Walsh. The show's theme tune was temporarily replaced with "Girlfriend in a Coma" by The Smiths. "Drew's in a Coma" finishing in 26th place in the ratings for the week it aired. Critical response was mostly positive, with reporters calling the plot funny, strange and surreal. Editor John Fuller was recognised for his work on the episode with a Creative Arts Emmy Award nomination.

Drew Cam

"Drew Cam" is the ninth episode of the fifth season of the American sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and the 110th overall. The episode sees Drew (Drew Carey) becoming a 24-hour salesman for the Winfred-Louder department store. Webcams are installed in his house and he has to promote the store's range of appliances. While Drew is out, the webcams continue to stream events that occur in his house. When the viewers become bored of Drew's life, Kate O'Brien (Christa Miller) is hired to play his girlfriend for the show. She is soon replaced by Isabel (Rosa Blasi), who Kate becomes jealous of. She eventually tells Drew that she loves him during the webcast.

The episode was written by Holly Hester, based on an idea by Michael Becker, and directed by Sam Simon. It first aired on November 17, 1999 on ABC in the United States. Parts of the episode were broadcast simultaneously on television and the Internet, a first for a primetime show. As ABC did not own the online rights to The Drew Carey Show, the company had to work with Warner Bros. Television to produce the webcast. Negotiations between the two companies began in June 1999. ABC and Warner Bros. hoped to target around 500,000 viewers of the estimated 4 million US households with Internet access that regularly watched the show.

"Drew Cam" was seen by an estimated 11.2 million viewers, finishing inside the top 20 in the ratings the week it aired. It was the second highest rated episode of the fifth season. The webcast attracted one of the largest online audiences watching a streaming media event, with the website receiving almost two million visits and 650,000 streams. "Drew Cam" received mixed reviews from critics, with some calling it ambitious, while others thought it was nothing more than a marketing gimmick.

Drew Carey

Drew Allison Carey (born May 23, 1958) is an American actor, comedian, sports executive, and game show host. After serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and making a name for himself in stand-up comedy, Carey eventually gained popularity starring in his own sitcom, The Drew Carey Show, and serving as host of the U.S. version of the improv comedy show Whose Line Is It Anyway?, both of which aired on ABC.

Drew Carey has appeared in several films, television series, music videos, a made-for-television film, and a computer game. He has hosted the game show The Price Is Right since 2007 on CBS. He is interested in a variety of sports and has worked as a photographer at U.S. National Team soccer games. He is a minority owner of the Major League Soccer team Seattle Sounders FC. Carey has written an autobiography, Dirty Jokes and Beer: Stories of the Unrefined, detailing his early life and television career.

Drew Live

"Drew Live" is the eighth episode of the fifth season of the American sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and the 109th overall. The episode's plot focuses on Drew (Drew Carey) trying to stop his friend, Kate (Christa Miller), from pursuing a relationship with a mystery man, as Drew is in love with her. However, Drew is unaware that he is stopping Kate from pursuing him. Meanwhile, Drew's brother Steve Carey (John Carroll Lynch) and his fiancée Mimi Bobeck (Kathy Kinney) hold a joint bachelor and bachelorette party.

The episode was written by Clay Graham and directed by Gerry Cohen. It first aired on November 10, 1999 on the ABC network in the United States. Executive producer and series co-creator, Bruce Helford came up with the idea for "Drew Live" after seeing medical drama ER's live episode in 1997. To make "Drew Live" stand out, two-minute improvisational segments, in which the cast had to invent their own lines, were added in during filming. The cast and crew performed the episode live three times for the Eastern, Mountain and Pacific time zones. It was shot on tape and broadcast with a small delay. Performers from Whose Line Is It Anyway? also made guest appearances.

"Drew Live" was seen by an estimated 12 million viewers, finishing inside the Top 20 in the ratings for the week of November 8–14, 1999. It was the third highest-rated show on ABC that week and the most watched episode of The Drew Carey Show in 44 weeks. It received mixed reviews from critics, with The Boston Globe's Matthew Gilbert calling it "gimmicky" and "a smug mess". But David Bianculli from the Daily News branded it "a hoot", and Bill Brioux of Canoe.ca praised the cast for being "fearless".

Drew Live II

"Drew Live II" is the fifth episode of the sixth season of the American sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and the 132nd overall. It first aired on November 8, 2000 on the ABC network in the United States. The episode's plot sees Drew (Drew Carey) open an employment agency, but he has trouble finding jobs for his friends Lewis Kiniski (Ryan Stiles) and Oswald Lee Harvey (Diedrich Bader).

The episode was written by Brian Scully and directed by Gerry Cohen. It was conceived after the success of the first live Drew Carey Show episode, which aired the previous year. Improvisational segments were added to a basic plot, and producers chose to keep many elements of the episode a secret from the cast. The episode was performed live three times for the Eastern/Central, Mountain and Pacific time zones. It featured guest appearances by several Whose Line Is It Anyway? cast members and talk show host Jay Leno.

"Drew Live II" was seen by an estimated 10.4 million viewers, finishing just outside the Top 20 in the ratings for the week of November 6–12, 2000. It was the sixth highest-rated show on ABC that week. Production mixer Klaus Landsberg was recognised for his work on the episode with a Primetime Emmy Award nomination.

Gerry Cohen

Gerry Cohen is an American television director.

He began his career as a stage manager and associate director on the television series Fridays, The Golden Girls, Who's the Boss? and Married... with Children, making his network directorial debut on the latter series. He eventually directed 156 of the show's 262 episodes. His other television credits include The Drew Carey Show, Unhappily Ever After, Nikki, The Norm Show, George Lopez, Still Standing, Freddie, Anger Management, The Carmichael Show, and a number of other series.

John Carroll Lynch

John Carroll Lynch (born August 1, 1963) is an American character actor and film director. He first gained notice for his role as Norm Gunderson in Fargo. He is also known for his television work on the ABC sitcom The Drew Carey Show as the title character's cross-dressing brother, Steve Carey, as well as on American Horror Story: Freak Show and American Horror Story: Cult as Twisty the Clown.

His films include Face/Off, Gran Torino, Shutter Island, Ted 2, The Invitation, and Zodiac. Most recently, he portrayed McDonald's co-founder Maurice McDonald in The Founder. He made his directorial debut with the 2017 film Lucky.

Kate O'Brien

Kate O'Brien may refer to:

Kate O'Brien (novelist) (1897–1974), Irish novelist and playwright

Kate O'Brien (cyclist) (born 1988), Canadian track cyclist and bobsledder

Kate Cruise O'Brien (1948–1998), Irish writer

Kate O'Brien (The Drew Carey Show), a character from The Drew Carey Show

Kathy Kinney

Kathy Kinney (born November 3, 1954, Stevens Point, Wisconsin) is an American actress and comedian. She gained considerable popularity in the late 1990s for playing Mimi Bobeck, the outrageously made-up, flamboyantly vulgar, and vindictive nemesis of Drew Carey on the sitcom The Drew Carey Show. She had been involved with television, feature films, and stage work for years.

List of The Drew Carey Show characters

This is a list of characters who have appeared on The Drew Carey Show.

Mark Curry (actor)

Marcus G. Curry (born June 1, 1961), known professionally as Mark Curry, is an American actor, comedian, and host. Curry is best known for his role as Mark Cooper, ex–basketball player turned teacher on the ABC sitcom Hangin' with Mr. Cooper which originally aired from 1992 to 1997. Curry also served as one of the various hosts of the syndicated series It's Showtime at the Apollo during the early–1990s. Curry starred in Nick At Nite's first-ever original live-action family comedy series, See Dad Run, as Scott Baio's best friend Marcus from 2012–2015.

New York and Queens

"New York and Queens" is the twenty-fourth episode and season finale of the second season of the American sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and the 46th overall. The episode centers on Drew (Drew Carey) and his friends taking a disastrous road trip to New York City. Upon returning to Cleveland, the group decide to attend a midnight screening of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, only to be confronted by rival fans of its replacement The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. A dance-off between the two sets of fans then ensues.

The episode was co-written by Christy Snell and Terry Mulroy, while Brian K. Roberts directed. It first aired on May 14, 1997 on ABC in the United States. "New York and Queens" features guest appearances from businessman Donald Trump and actors Carol Channing and Nicholas Turturro. The cast rehearsed the dance scenes and shot the episode at the Warner Brothers Studios in Burbank, California. They lip-synced to the tracks, both of which were later included on the show's official album.

"New York and Queens" was seen by an estimated 11.4 million viewers, finishing in 18th place in the ratings the week it aired. The episode received mixed to positive reviews from television critics. Some praised the guest appearances and believed the episode was funny, while others thought it was juvenile and the dance numbers were "overdone self-indulgence". "New York and Queens" earned three nominations at the 49th Primetime Creative Arts Emmy Awards for Outstanding Art Direction, Choreography and Costumes.

Pilot (The Drew Carey Show)

"Pilot" is the first episode and the series premiere of the American sitcom The Drew Carey Show. It first aired on September 13, 1995 on the ABC network in the United States. The premise of the show revolves around the life Drew Carey would have lived if he had not become a stand-up comedian. The pilot introduces the main characters of Drew (Carey), Kate (Christa Miller), Lewis (Ryan Stiles) and Oswald (Diedrich Bader), as well as Drew's workplace, the fictional Winfred-Lauder department store, and enemy Mimi Bobeck (Kathy Kinney).

The pilot was written by series co-creators Carey and Bruce Helford, while Michael Lessac directed. It was shot in April 1995 at the Warner Bros. Television studios in Burbank, California. The episode ranked joint 29th in television programs with the most viewers for the week of September 11–17, 1995. Critical response was mixed, with many comparing the show to the NBC sitcom Friends. Ray Richmond from the Los Angeles Daily News praised Carey's performance, but thought the episode did not click, while Variety's Tony Scott liked the opening sequence and Lessac's "inventive" direction.

Ryan Stiles

Ryan Lee Stiles (born April 22, 1959) is a Canadian-American actor, comedian, and producer whose work is often associated with improvisational comedy. He is best known for his work on the American and British versions of Whose Line Is It Anyway?, and the role of Lewis Kiniski on The Drew Carey Show. He also played Herb Melnick on the CBS comedy Two and a Half Men and was a performer on the show Drew Carey's Improv-A-Ganza.

Shelley Jensen

Shelley Jensen is an American television director and producer.

He has directed episodes for a number of notable television series including The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Friends, Amen, What I Like About You, The Drew Carey Show, Webster, The Suite Life on Deck, Sonny with a Chance, I'm in the Band, Good Luck Charlie, Austin & Ally and other series.Jensen won a Daytime Emmy Award in 1996 for his directing work in Disney Channel's Adventures in Wonderland winning alongside David Grossman and Gary Halvorson.

The High Road to China

"The High Road to China" is the ninth episode of the fourth season of the American sitcom The Drew Carey Show, and the 83rd overall. The episode's plot sees Drew (Drew Carey) stranded in China without money or his passport by his enemy Mimi Bobeck (Kathy Kinney), after he plays an elaborate practical joke on her. Drew finds help from Ming (Lin Liu), a local woman who speaks English, who offers him shelter and a job. Meanwhile, Drew's friends struggle to come up with a plan to get him back home to Cleveland.

The episode was written by Katherine Green and directed by Gerry Cohen. It first aired on November 18, 1998, on the ABC network in the United States. The episode explored the cultural differences between the United States and China, with the humor coming from a character stuck in a culture that he does not understand. "The High Road to China" was filmed in October 1998 and Carey was the only cast member to travel to the country. The episode also marked the first time an American sitcom had ever been made in China. Filming took place at several ancient landmarks, including the Great Wall of China, the Forbidden City and the Temple of Heaven.

"The High Road to China" was seen by an estimated 11.2 million viewers, finishing inside the top 20 in the ratings for the week of November 16–22, 1998. It was the fourth-highest-rated show on ABC that week. The episode received a mixed to positive response from critics, with several naming it a highlight of the week. A Newsweek reporter thought the episode had "a bizarre plot twist", while Paul Brownfield from the Los Angeles Times called it "outlandish". Rachel Browne from The Sun-Herald thought the episode was "worth watching".

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