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The Jackie Thomas Show

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Jackie Thomas is a stand-up comic who rocketed to fame in his own show, and gained enough power to choose his own writers and thus create havoc for the network. Unfortunately, he's a terrible actor and the show isn't much better. But it's a ratings success, so Jackie is a sacred cow.
Show Details:
Start date: Dec 1992
End date: Mar 1993
Status: cancelled/ended
Network(s): ABC (US)
Run time: 30 min
Episodes: 18 eps
Genre(s): Comedy
Episode list & details from:  TVmaze •  TV.com
Episode # Prod Code Original
Air Date
Season 1
1.1- 1455051 1 Dec 92Pilot
2.1- 2455056 8 Dec 92Charity, Schmarity
3.1- 345505915 Dec 92Jack and the Bean Stalker
4.1- 445505722 Dec 92Ottumwa, 52501
5.1- 545505329 Dec 92The Joke
6.1- 6455052 5 Jan 93Jackie & the Model
7.1- 745505512 Jan 93Stand Up for Bastards
8.1- 845505419 Jan 93The All-Nighter
9.1- 945506026 Jan 93Jackie's Family
10.1-10455062 2 Feb 93The Forces of Nature
11.1-11455058 9 Feb 93The Player
12.1-1245506416 Feb 93Guys and Balls
13.1-1345506123 Feb 93Strike
14.1-14455063 2 Mar 93Write This Way
15.1-15455065 9 Mar 93Sophie's Choice
16.1-1645506616 Mar 93One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
17.1-1745506723 Mar 93Poker, Schmoker
18.1-1845506830 Mar 93Aloha, Io-wahu
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One of the best of the show-within-a-show series (along with The Larry Sanders Show and Buffalo Bill) The Jackie Thomas Show is easily the most underrated series of all time. Most critics hated the show, probably because of their hatred for Tom and Roseanne Arnold. It is actually a brilliant parody of network television, the sitcom genre, and Tom and Roseanne's poke at themselves and how they are perceived.

The May 1993 issue of TCI (a.k.a. Theatre Crafts International) has a brief article about the Jackie Thomas Show set and reveals that the exterior of Jackie's dressing room is actually a stage door to the Roseanne set.

The May 22, 1993 issue of TV Guide has an in-depth article on the cancellation of The Jackie Thomas Show.