Don’t get me wrong, I LOVED The Nanny! I loved every minute of watching it in the last month (or so). That show is wonderful, and I love it! (You can see what I love about it here). That said, not everything is or can be perfect, and so The Nanny, like everything else, has a few things that I would change about it. Just four things that kind of bothered me about it.
4 Things about The Nanny that I would Improve Upon
1. Lying about her age
In the entirety of the series, we never do know Fran’s real age. The numbers that get tossed around are 29 (for six years) and mid-30’s. I think it sucks that society puts so much value on youth, and it is very apparent in a show like this. The fact that (for most of the series) she’s an unmarried woman who is *gasp* IN HER THIRTIES(!!) is seen as one of the worst things in the world. Her mother lies about Fran’s life, she lies about it. Who knows how old she really is.
As someone who is turning 29 in September, I think it sucks when people feel they have to lie about their age. I’m not innocent of this, however. I had three (or was it 4?) 21st birthdays. I thought it was hilarious to stay 21. When I went back to school three years ago, a friend of mine (who is my age) was also going back to school then, too. Before school started, we decided together that we were going to tell everyone that we were 21 years old (again with 21). But then neither of us ended up doing it. Who cares if I’m 29 and in University? I finally know exactly what I want to do, and I’m working toward it.
Which is why I think it sucks when people lie about something like this. What is the point? You know how old you are. Telling other people you’re not the actual age you are isn’t going to make you younger. I just think that people should be the age they are, and be proud of who they are in that moment. I’m turning 29! Yeah it scares me, yeah I don’t feel like a “real adult”, but I’m 29. Be your age! Own it! And I’m confident that you’ll find that the people who care about stupid things like age are the ones you don’t want to be around anyway.
2. Competing with C.C. Babcock
I’m just going to say it: I did not like how everything was a competition between Fran and C.C. Yes, they were different from each other, but why did they have to put down the character of C.C. as much as they did? The fact that she was different from Fran could have easily been celebrated, but instead it was constantly put down by both Fran and Niles. It was a running joke that C.C. was a man. It was a running joke that C.C. was overweight (and I’ll get to that later). It was a running joke that C.C. was in love with Maxwell and would do anything to get with him. Even after he was married to Fran, she still would say things like she thought that he would marry her instead if Fran were suddenly out of the picture.
As a married woman, I don’t find that funny. As a woman, I don’t think it’s funny to have two of the main adult females on the show always at odds with each other. The tricks that get played on her by Niles, and the things that Fran would sometimes say kind of irked me. C.C. was not the nicest person, but most of the jabs they had against her were about her appearance. Not cool!! They really should have had Fran and C.C. work together to get Maxwell to smarten up!!
3. Jokes about weight & eating
One thing you could say about this show is how much everyone loves to eat! However, I think they take it a little bit too far. Fran eating her feelings. Niles trying to fatten up C.C. as a ~joke. Sylvia (enough said). In the last season, Fran even straight up says that she used to have an eating disorder, and that’s something that gets a laugh?! I just don’t think that disordered eating (of any kind) is funny.
I love food as much as the next person. I have absolutely nothing against loving food. It was just that when I was watching The Nanny, the way they approached the subject of food and dieting and weight often made me feel really uncomfortable. It was obvious that these were things that were supposed to be the butt of the joke, and I didn’t like that.
4. The way Mr. Sheffield treated her
For the majority of the series, Maxwell leads Fran on. You are so rooting for them to get together, but Maxwell takes his sweet time getting there (they finally get married at the end of season 5). It would be one thing if they had been dating the entire time, but they’re not. Maxwell just takes his time with figuring out his feelings for her. Then, when he finally tells her he loves her, HE TAKES IT BACK!! That was enough for two (I think?) seasons of jokes. He told her he loved her and then took it back! WHO DOES THAT! Pro tip: Don’t tell a girl you love her and then immediately take it back. It makes you a dick (also, don’t take a girl ring shopping and then dump her. You, sir, are also a dick).
I know that they did most of that to keep people hanging, and keep them on the edge of their seats and/or on their toes. I know it was to keep the show interesting. I do love that they finally get together and are in love because they are so cute together. I just wish he didn’t keep dicking around with her feelings/her heart. If I were friends with her, it would be hard for me to watch that happen again and again without saying anything to her. Honestly, I would advise her to break up with him (oh wait! they weren’t even really dating!!). Ugh!!
Anyway! That’s all I would change about it. When I was originally sitting down to write that first post, I was going to write five things I liked and five things I would change. I ended up thinking of 10 things I loved about the Nanny, and I couldn’t even think of a fifth thing I would change. So there you go! I LOVE The Nanny and I’m so glad I was able to watch all of it on Netflix!
Hope you enjoyed reading my ramblings on it!