|The Drew Carey Show: Season 1|
|Caption:||"The Drew Carey Show" Season 1 DVD cover. To date, this is the only single season that has been relesed, although an entire series box set has also been released together.|
|No. of episodes||22|
|Original airdates:||September 13, 1995 – May 8, 1996|
|DVD Release:||April 24, 2007|
|Previous:||N/A - None|
The Drew Carey Show: Season 1Edit
This page lists all of the episodes aired in Season 1 of The Drew Carey Show. The "Pilot" episode premiered on ABC-TV on September 13, 1995; a total of 22 episodes aired during the season, which ended on May 8, 1996, with the airing of the episode "Buzz Beer".
This season introduces Drew Carey as Assistant Director of Personnel at Winfred-Louder. His unseen but often heard boss is Mr. Bell (played by Kevin Pollak) who has an obnoxious assistant Mimi Bobeck (Kathy Kinney) who often clashes with Drew. Drew spends much of his free time with friends Lewis (Ryan Stiles), Oswald (Diedrich Bader) and Kate (Christa Miller). Throughout the season Drew has an on again- off again girlfriend, Lisa Robbins (Katy Selverstone) while Jay Clemens (Robert Torti) is Kate's boyfriend for the later half of Season 1.
The theme music for the first season's opening credits consists of series star Drew Carey singing "Moon Over Parma".
Season 1 (1995-1996)Edit
|Season 1 episodes|
|Image||Episode||# in Series||Title||Written by||Directed by||Original air date||Prod.#|
|1||1||"Pilot"||Bruce Helford & Drew Carey||Michael Lessac||September 13, 1995||(457095) 1x1|
|Drew interviews a hostile Mimi for the cosmetics salesperson job at Winfred-Louder and she accuses him of being sexist for rejecting her application. Meanwhile, Drew's best friend Kate who has just lost her job, coerces him into hiring her, though he is reluctant to hire a friend.|
|2||2||"Miss Right"||Clay Graham||Sam Simon||September 20, 1995||457501 (1x2)|
|Mr. Bell hires Mimi as his assistant to keep her from filing a complaint about Drew's 'harassment' and she vows to make Drew's life intolerable. Drew meets attractive job applicant Lisa and the two become friendly fast. However, once Lisa is hired, he is worried about dating her because Winfred-Louder's rules prohibit management from dating an employee. Meanwhile, Drew's neighbors cause trouble next door. This episode introduces Lisa Robbins (Katy Selverstone).|
|3||3||"The Joining of Two Unlike Elements is a Mixture"||Lona Williams||Sam Simon||September 27, 1995||457501 (1x3)|
|Kate is depressed that most women she knew are married and she isn't and the guys throw a fake marriage ceremony to cheer her up. While on the way back in the limo, Drew reveals to Kate that he had a crush on her during high school.|
|4||4||"Nature Abhors a Vacuum"||Jeff Lowell||Michael Lesser||October, 4, 1995||457502 (1x4)|
|Drew fires Suzie, an inept employee, only to find out she was Mr. Bell's mistress. Kate proposes her idea for a day spa to an impressed Mr. Bell, who wants to meet with her and Drew at the Warsaw to discuss it. But Drew discovers he is only interested in making Kate his latest conquest.|
|5||5||"No Two Things in Nature Are Exactly Alike"||Bruce Helford & Drew Carey||Steve Zuckerman||October 18, 1995||457501 (1x5)|
|The guys confront Kate's intimidating ex-boyfriend Barry, who refuses to pick up his stuff and makes incessant phone calls to Kate at work. Drew attaches a cartoon to the bottom of a memo in the hopes of boosting company morale and is later obsessed to find out who was the lone offended employee that complained to Mr. Bell. It turns out to be Nora who also ends up filing a lawsuit against Drew.|
|6||6||"Drew Meets Lawyers"||Les Firestein||Steve Zuckerman||October 25, 1995||4575505 (1x6)|
|Drew turns down Winfred-Louder's attorneys (Guest stars Penn and Teller) when they try to get him to settle the lawsuit by signing a waiver that absolves the store of any responsibility. Drew then hires a lawyer, who happens to be an insufferable ex-boyfriend of Kate's, but is left high and dry when he has to fire him for making passes at Kate.|
|7||7||"Drew in Court"||Robert Borden||Steve Zuckerman||November 8, 1995||457506 (1x7)|
|Drew defends himself against Nora's lawsuit but isn't very successful. Nora cries on the stand to gain sympathy and the outlook is pretty bleak for Drew. A stressed Drew loses it during an argument at the Warsaw, gets arrested for assault, and has to doubly defend himself. Much to his relief, the judge rules in his favor in Nora's case and the gang celebrates.|
|8||8||"Lewis' Sister"||Robert Borden||Steve Zuckerman||November 15, 1995||457508 (1x8)|
|When Lewis' sister, Janet drops by for a visit, Drew who had a brief fling with her in high school shows a renewed interest and proceeds to date her despite Lewis' reservations. But when things don't go well, he needs to breakup with Janet without incurring Lewis' wrath.|
|9||9||"Drew and Mrs. Louder"||Clay Graham||Sam Simon||November 29, 1995||457507 (1x9)|
|Mrs. Louder, the elderly widow of the store's founder offers Drew a job as her personal assistant and Drew reluctantly accepts. Drew enjoys making connections within the corporate world, and is now allowed to date Lisa because he is no longer part of management. Drew and Lisa have a tryst in the restroom during the office Christmas party. Drew is demoted to his old job after Mrs. Louder catches them in the act. Special Guest Star - Nan Martin as Mrs. Louder.|
|10||10||"Science Names Suck"||Lona Williams and Les Firestein||Sam Simon||December 6, 1995||457511 (1x10)|
|After Kate has a new boyfriend and has less time to spend with them, the guys try to cope without her. They run into an old buddy Jay at the Warsaw and start hanging out with him. When Kate returns after her breakup, she is furious at Jay for taking her place in the gang but surprisingly the pair begins dating. This episode introduces Jay Clemens (Robert Torti)|
|11||11||The Electron Doesn't Fall Far from the Tree||Jeff Lowell, Lona Williams & Les Firestein (story)||Sam Simon||December 13, 1995||457512 (1x11)|
|Drew's dad introduces Drew, Lewis and Oswald to his club "The Wildebeests", hoping it will help Drew make contacts and land a better job. But they all leave when they discover that many of the club members are bigots.|
|12||12||"Isomers Have Distinct Characteristics"||Jeff Lowell & Clay Graham||Gary Halvorson||December 20, 1995||457510 (1x12)|
|Winfred-Louder employees decide to go on strike a few weeks before Christmas. Drew sympathizes with their plight, but must hire temporary replacements to keep the store going, including Oswald as a replacement for Kate.|
|13||13||"Drew and the Unstable Element"||Jane Harnick & Aaron Harnick||Brian K. Roberts||January 3, 1996||457513 (1x13)|
|Drew feels he is being stalked by Earl, whom he has just fired from the store after discovering his past history of volatile behavior, and it results in the rest of the gang playing pranks on a jumpy Drew. Later, when Earl does show up at Drew's house, he is nabbed by Chuck, the store security guard.
Guest stars: Kelly Perine (Chuck), Robert Torti (Jay Clemens), & David Cross (Earl)
|14||14||"Drew and Mr.Bell's Nephew"||Christy Snell||Dennis Erdman||January 10, 1996||457509 (1x14)|
|Mr. Bell promises Drew a promotion in exchange for training his nephew Blaine, who turns out to be a lazy, nepotistic pest. Kate mistakenly sells an expensive perfume for much less than it's worth and turns to Drew for help. Meanwhile, Blaine becomes such a nuisance that Mimi and Drew form an unholy alliance to force him out of the store.|
|15||15||"There Is No Scientific Name for a Show About God"||Robert Borden, Jeff Lowell, & Lona Williams||Sam Simon||January 17, 1996||457514 (1x15)|
| Drew believes that it was divine intervention that kept him out of a car accident and goes on a spiritual quest and also attempts to become a minister at his church.
Guest stars: Angela Dohrmann (Suzie), Jane Morris (Nora O'Dougherty), Robert Torti (Jay Clemens), Charlotte Booker (Sally), Keene Curtis (Pastor Lindemann), Joan Fagan (Faith), & Lorenzo Music (Store Announcer)
|16||16||"Drew's New Assistant"||Robert Borden & Clay Graham||Gerry Cohen||January 31, 1996||457515 (1x16)|
|Mr. Bell appoints Mimi as Drew's assistant so he can hire Suzie as his own assistant. The gang consoles Drew after Mimi bruises his leg in the office. But the situation takes a disturbing turn when a horrified Drew discovers pictures that suggest Mimi is secretly in love with him.|
|17||17||"The Front"||Bruce Rasmussen||Steve Zuckerman||February 7, 1996||457517 (1x17)|
| A furious Mrs. Louder forces Mr. Bell to fire Suzie after discovering their affair and a revengeful Mr. Bell threatens to fire any member of management who is caught dating an employee. Drew and Lisa have to jump through hoops to keep seeing each other and avoid being caught, especially by an on-the-prowl Mimi. Special Guest Star - Tim Allen as himself.
Guest stars: Angela Dohrmann (Suzie), Katy Selverstone (Lisa Robbins), Robert Torti (Jay Clemens) & Tim Allen (in cameo appearance as Himself)
|18||18||"Playing the Unified Field"||Les Firestein||Brian K. Roberts||February 14, 1996||457516 (1x18)|
|Drew wants to maintain his relationship with Lisa undercover, but an exasperated Lisa decides they both should start dating other people. Drew starts dating his hairdresser Sue, but her over-exuberance and pilfering habits force him to make a quick exit. Special guest star - Jamie Lee Curtis.|
|19||19||"Atomic Cat Fight"||Lona Williams||Sam Simon||February 21, 1996||457518 (1x19)|
| Winfred-Louder wants Drew to hire someone to head the new Personal Shopper department and Drew hits a big dilemma when both Kate and Lisa want the job and Mimi is in the race, too, backed by Mr. Bell.
Guest stars: Kelly Perine (Chuck), Katy Selverstone (Lisa Robbins), Michael Bryan French (Mr. Newcomb), Caroline Lagerfelt (Mrs. Hoyt), Nancy Fish (Rita), Lance Roberts (Security Guard #1), & George Petrie (Max Wagner).
|20||20||"Drew and Kate and Kate's Mom"||Jeff Lowell||Brian K. Roberts||February 28, 1996||457519 (1x20)|
|Kate tries to conceal from her mom that she is dating Jay, since she is always disapproving of her boyfriends. But when the truth comes out, she has to make up by inviting Jay over for dinner at her mom's house. Just as Kate suspected, her mom worries Jay is on the rebound and tries to convince Kate that Drew is the right man for her.|
|21||21||"Drew Gets Motivated"||Matt Miller & Barrie Nedler||Gary Halvorson||May 1, 1996||457520 (1x21)|
|Inspired by a motivational speaker, Drew launches a commercial video as part of Winfred-Louder's new promotional campaign featuring a camel and a bull. The video is successful and earns him a promotion. However, when the animals are brought to the store for a personal appearance, they get loose and invade the boardroom. Special Guest Star - Nan Martin as Mrs. Louder.
Guest stars: Kelly Perine (Chuck), Jane Morris (Nora O'Dougherty), Nan Martin (Dottie Louder), Katy Selverstone (Lisa Robbins), Robert Torti (Jay Clemens), William Newman (Hammond), & Peter Krause (Tom).
|22||22||"Buzz Beer"||Clay Graham, Robert Borden, Les Firestein||Gerry Cohen||May 8, 1996||457521 (1x22)|
| Rumors fly around that a Dutch company is about to take over Winfred-Louder. This episode also sees the creation of "Buzz Beer", a coffee-flavored beer, by Drew and the gang and Mr. Bell is fired.
Guest stars: Vic Helford (Vic), Katy Selverstone (Lisa Robbins), Robert Torti (Jay Clemens), Victor Raider-Wexler (Paul Van Houten), Michael G. Hagerty (The Beer Guy), Justine Johnson (The Woman), & Terry Mulroy (Terry)