Living with Fran

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  • 2005
  • 2 Seasons
  • 5.9  (1,425)

Living with Fran was a television sitcom that aired on The WB from 2005 to 2007. The show starred Fran Drescher as Fran Reeves, a single mother and divorcee who is trying to balance her personal life with her new younger boyfriend, Riley Martin (Ryan McPartlin). Fran's two children, Josh (Ben Feldman) and Allison (Misti Traya), live with her and are not always thrilled about their mother’s new relationship. Josh is particularly upset about the situation and often tries to sabotage it in any way possible. Fran also has a close relationship with her ex-husband, Ted (Charles Shaughnessy), who often finds himself in the middle of the drama between Fran and Riley.

Living with Fran also features a strong supporting cast, including Debi Mazar as Fran's best friend, Lainie Kazan as Riley's mother, and Ryan Devlin as one of Josh's friends.

The show explores the family dynamics and relationship struggles of a blended family, particularly the difficulties of dating someone significantly younger than you. Fran is often self-conscious about the fact that she is older than her new boyfriend and must navigate her own insecurities while trying to balance her role as a parent and a love interest.

The humor in the show is often derived from the generational differences between Fran and Riley, as well as the clashes between Fran's traditional family values and Riley's more modern outlook on life. Josh’s constant objections to his mother's new relationship also provide many comedic moments, as he tries to convince his mother to break up with Riley.

Living with Fran is notable for being Fran Drescher's return to television, following the end of her popular show The Nanny, which aired from 1993 to 1999. The show is also notable for featuring a diverse cast, with Fran's family and friends spanning different ages, ethnicities, and socio-economic statuses.

While Living with Fran received mixed reviews from critics, it was popular with audiences and was considered a moderate success. The show was cancelled by The WB after two seasons due to the network's merger with UPN to form The CW.

Overall, Living with Fran is a lighthearted sitcom that explores the challenges of modern love and family dynamics. It features a diverse cast and relatable storylines that audiences can easily connect with.

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Reuniting with Fran
13. Reuniting with Fran
March 24, 2006
When Fran realizes she'll be seeing Riley at Meryl and Danny's engagement party, she forces Ted to pretend to be her date; but the plan backfires in a big way when Riley asks Fran a question she never expected to hear.
Dreaming with Fran
12. Dreaming with Fran
March 17, 2006
After Fran undergoes a hysterectomy, she tells Riley that he makes her feel very old… and decides to break up with him.
Going to Bed With Fran
11. Going to Bed With Fran
February 24, 2006
Fran interviews for a job with Riley’s firm, but complications ensue when Riley’s boss starts flirting with her; and Josh reluctantly agrees to tutor Becca in English.
Masquerading With Fran
10. Masquerading With Fran
February 17, 2006
Fran crashes a Halloween party, only to discover that Riley ditched an ex-girlfriend at the altar; and Josh torments Allison after she’s pulled over by a police officer.
The Whole Clan with Fran
9. The Whole Clan with Fran
February 3, 2006
Friction develops between Fran and her mother after Cookie voices support for Allisonâs decision to go on birth control.
Healing With Fran
8. Healing With Fran
January 27, 2006
Fran arranges for a magazine to do a story on her and Riley, but when the reporter shows up at the house things go horribly awry; and Ted suffers a heart attack.
Coupling With Fran
7. Coupling With Fran
January 20, 2006
Fran thinks that Riley isn’t accepting expensive gifts from her because he doesn’t want to feel obligated if the relationship sours; and Josh attempts to fix up Becca with a friend.
Going Crazy With Fran
6. Going Crazy With Fran
January 13, 2006
Complications ensue when Riley’s sister, who’s engaged, accidentally marries Josh.
Ahead of the Plan with Fran
5. Ahead of the Plan with Fran
October 14, 2005
When Josh spends a night in the house with a girl, Fran worries it will set a bad example for Allison, prompting Josh to conclude that she’s a hypocrite.
Learning with Fran
4. Learning with Fran
October 7, 2005
Complications ensue after Fran and Josh enroll in the same college business course; and Fran and Riley dislike Allison’s new boyfriend.
Sweet Sixteen Again with Fran
3. Sweet Sixteen Again with Fran
September 30, 2005
With some help from a member of the Queer Eye for the Straight Guy cast, Fran throws Allison a surprise Sweet Sixteen birthday party; but the celebration threatens to have a bleak end when Ted isnât able to score tickets to an Andy Vargas concert.
Going to the Bar Mitzvah with Fran
2. Going to the Bar Mitzvah with Fran
September 23, 2005
Fran finds herself upstaged when Ted shows up at a bar mitzvah with Rachel Hunter.
A Year of Living with Fran
1. A Year of Living with Fran
September 16, 2005
Riley catches Fran by surprise when he announces that it’s their first anniversary; Riley grows frustrated when Fran’s kids ignore him; and Fran accidentally downs some dog tranquilizers.
  • Premiere Date
    April 8, 2005
  • IMDB Rating
    5.9  (1,425)