Fran Drescher Credits ‘Timing’ and HBO Max for ‘The Nanny’ Resurgence

The Nanny is one of those shows that feel like the quintessential 1990s. The series, which premiered in 1993, ran for six seasons and amassed a solid following while on the air. Now, it is experiencing a resurgence. Fran Drescher, the actor who portrayed Nanny Fran Fine, has a theory about why the classic series has amassed a whole new following. She says the show’s sudden popularity is thanks to HBO Max and timing.

Fran Drescher says HBO Max and timing have made ‘The Nanny’ popular again 

The Nanny found a brand new fan base when HBO Max launched and added the series to its catalog. Fran Drescher believes the sudden resurgence is partially due to HBO Max making the content accessible. She doesn’t think that’s the only factor, though. Drescher said the show’s recent success is partially due to timing. 

Fran Drescher attends the 28th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards at Barker Hangar
Fran Drescher | Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic

In an interview with USA Today, Drescher said she believes renewed interest in the show has a lot to do with timing. She said, “timing is everything. The millennials were children when the show was first airing on CBS. As they got older and started having kids of their own, not only did they appreciate this classic television show with nostalgia, but also (watched it) through a new lens as an adult.” Drescher said that she thinks Millenials are catching the costumes, the jokes, and the double entendres for the first time, making the content feel new. 

Daniel Davis; Fran Drescher; Charles Shaugnessy; and Lauren Lane in a promotional photo for 'The Nanny'
The cast of ‘The Nanny’ | CBS via Getty Images

Fresh content is on the way, too. Drescher has been working on a Broadway musical of The Nanny for some time. A television reboot isn’t out of the question, either. 

‘The Nanny’ isn’t the only classic show that has benefited from streaming service providers 

Drescher’s theory about the show’s sudden resurgence is sound. The Nanny is not an anomaly. Several older shows have amassed a new legion of fans simply by existing on streaming service providers. Gilmore GirlsSex and the City, and The Wire found new life on streaming service providers. 

Lorelai and Emily Gilmore sit on the couch in Emily's home in the Netflix Revival 'Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life'
Lorelai and Emily Gilmore | Saeed Adyani/Netflix

Gilmore Girls aired on The CW and The WB from 2000 until 2007. While it was beloved initially, it was still a bit of a niche show. That changed when it was added to the Netflix catalog. According to InsiderGilmore Girls accounted for .77 of all Netflix streams in 2018. 

Sex and the City found a new fan base when HBO Max added it to its catalog. Fans new and old logged in to watch the HBO Max reboot, And Just Like That… in December 2021, too. The reboot is considered HBO Max’s most successful original project to date. 

Carrie Bradshaw holds her iconic Manolo Blahnik wedding shoes in episode 1 of 'And Just Like That...'
Sarah Jessica Parker as Carrie Bradshaw | Craig Blankenhorn / HBO Max

The Wire wasn’t as popular as some of its competitors when it originally aired. The series might have just been ahead of its time. According to VarietyThe Wire’s viewership ballooned during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, partially thanks to the show’s inclusion on HBO Max. 

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