The Ellen Burstyn Show

The Ellen Burstyn Show Information

The Ellen Burstyn Show is an American sitcom starring Ellen Burstyn. The series was produced by Touchstone Television and debuted on ABC on September 20, 1986 The series was canceled after 13 episodes.


Burstyn played Baltimore college professor Ellen Brewer, who sometimes had to deal not only with the students she has to tutor, but also with her meddling mother (played by fellow veteran Broadway/film actress Elaine Stritch), her divorced daughter (Megan Mullally) and her 5 year old grandson (played by Jesse Tendler).


Actor Role
Ellen Burstyn Ellen Brewer
Megan Mullally Molly Brewer Ross
Elaine Stritch Sydney Brewer
Barry Sobel Tom Hines
Jesse Tendler Nick Ross
Timothy Biggins Mike Brewer


The series debuted on September 20, 1986 and ran until November 15, 1986. It was cancelled after one season but returned in August of 1987 for burn-off episodes. The final episode aired on September 5, 1987, ranking as the third lowest rated series on network television ranking 77th out of 79 shows and averaging only a 7.6/13 rating/share.


Ep # Title Airdate
1 Pilot September 20, 1986
2 "Monkey Business" September 27, 1986
3 "Where There's a Will" October 4, 1986
4 "The Guest Lecturer" October 18, 1986
5 "Crime and Punishment" October 25, 1986
6 "Sydney's Night Out " November 1, 1986
7 "Reading Between the Lines" November 8, 1986
8 "Family Affair" November 15, 1986
9 "Molly Sings the Blues" August 8, 1987
10 "Writer, Wronger" August 15, 1987
11 "The Box" August 22, 1987
12 "Writes of Passage" September 5, 1987
13 "I'm Dancing Faster Than I Can" September 5, 1987

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