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High Society
Genre Sitcom
Created by Robert Horn
Daniel Margosis
Written by Lisa Albert
Pat Dougherty
Markus Flanagan
Robert Horn
Daniel Margosis
Directed by Stan Daniels
Iris Dugow
Ellen Gittelsohn
Michael Lembeck
Starring Jean Smart
Mary McDonnell
Theme music composer Howard McCrary
Mark Stevens
Opening theme "The Lady Is a Tramp" by Chaka Khan
Composer(s) Frank Fitzpatrick
David Tobocman
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Gary Dontzig
Markus Flanagan
Robert Horn
Daniel Margosis
Steven Peterman
Producer(s) Lisa Albert
Barbara Dorio
Running time 30 mins.
Original channel CBS
Original run October 30, 1995 – February 26, 1996

High Society is the title of a short-lived American television sitcom that borrowed much of its comedic format from the campy British comedy series Absolutely Fabulous. The series aired Monday nights on CBS in 1995 and early 1996; it was entered into the CBS schedule as a replacement for If Not for You, a sitcom starring Elizabeth McGovern which was quickly canceled by the network.[1]



The series revolved around two New York City women who acted in an outrageous, campy, and decadent manner. Ellie Walker (Jean Smart) was a successful author of trashy romantic novels, and her best friend and publisher was Dorothy 'Dott' Emerson (Mary McDonnell). Emerson was a divorced mother with a preppie college-aged son, Brendan Emerson (Dan O'Donahue), a College Republican, who rejected the relentless sexual advances of Ellie, but who otherwise appeared to be heterosexual. In the pilot episode, the women's small-town former college friend, Val Brumberg (Faith Prince), arrived and moved in with Dott. At the publishing house, the women worked with a flamboyant gay male secretary named Stephano (Luigi Amodeo) and a sleazy publisher partner named Peter Thomas (David Rasche).

Aside from the situational comedy that arose from Ellie and Dott's campy antics, the storylines often centered around the notion of family. Val started to become something of a mother figure to Brendan. Stephano was often seeking a boyfriend and was seen more as a family member than a mere secretary, and in the final episode Ellie decided that she wanted to have a baby and she scouted out possible fathers.


Despite garnering good ratings and being a part of CBS's victory in one of the sweeps week in the 1996 television season[2], the series was canceled after 13 episodes.


  • Jean Smart...Ellie Walker
  • Mary McDonnell...Dorothy "Dott" Emerson
  • Dan O'Donahue...Brendan Emerson
  • David Rasche...Peter Thomas
  • Faith Prince...Valerie "Val" Brumberg
  • Luigi Amodeo...Stephano
  • Jayne Meadows...Alice Morgan-DuPont-Sutton-Cushing-Ferruke


Episode # Production Code Episode Title Airdate
1 465051 "Family Val's" October 30, 1995
2 465053 "Who's Son is It Anyway?" November 6, 1995
3 465052 "Sleeping with the Enemy" November 13, 1995
4 465055 "Dolce & G'bye Now" November 20, 1995
5 465056 "Tomb with a View" November 27, 1995
6 465054 "The Naked and the Deadline" December 4, 1995
7 465057 "Finnigan's Rainbow" December 11, 1995
8 465058 "We Ought to be in Pictures" December 18, 1995
9 465059 "Nip and Tuck" January 15, 1996
10 465060 "Alice Doesn't Pump Here Anymore" January 22, 1996
11 465061 "Touching up Your Roots" February 5, 1996
12 465062 "I Found My Thrill on Nancy Garvey Hill" February 12, 1996
13 465063 "The Family Jewels" February 26, 1996

Award nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
1996 Emmy Award Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series Jayne Meadows
1996 Casting Society of America Nominated Best Casting for TV, Comedy Pilot Leslie Litt


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