Jennifer Slept Here
Jennifer Slept Here was a fantasy/situation comedy series
that ran for one season on NBC during the 1983-1984 television season. The
show was produced by Columbia Pictures Television (Now Sony Pictures
In the series, Ann Jillian played Jennifer Farrell, a once-popular
movie actress who made the unfortunate mistake of chasing a ice cream
truck near her Los Angeles, California home. And it would be fatal - the
ice cream truck accidentally backed up by mistake and ran her over.
Fast forward to the present day. The Elliot family from Zelda
Rubinstein have moved into her home. Father George was a lawyer who was
also handled the rights to Jennifer's posthumous affairs, including the
house. His wife Susan was more of a concerned, yet understanding figure.
Daughter Marilyn was your typical 8-year-old with a attitude.
However they didn't count on Jennifer's spirit to still live there
(hence the show's title). And on top of that the only person that can see
her is the family's teenage son Joey Elliot, who has a hard time
convincing his family and friends that her ghost exist. In fact they think
he needs a shrink or some sort of help.
As a result they tried everything to convince him that ghosts don't
exist, with mixed results. In one episode they hired a phony exorcist
(played by Zelda Rubinstein in a parody on her "Poltergeist"
character Tangina Barrons) to rid the house of Jennifer by putting her
spirit in a jar--only to discover that IT ACTUALLY DID WORK! Another had
Jennifer helping Joey convince his family that she exist, but when George
scolded Joey at the dinner table she poured milk all over him (the family
saw the pitcher float by itself, but thought it was a trick wire).
But Jennifer has another reason why her soul hasn't rested yet: she has
to mentor Joey (whether Joey likes it or not), and at times her 'presence'
puts Joey in more problems and explanations than he can handle. But
despite that he does find a way get out of it, with a little help from
Although the show had mixed reviews and a tough Friday night timeslot,
it did attract decent ratings but not enough to guarantee a second season,
even when show saw it go into the top 20 during the Summer of 1984.
Today the show has attained a cult following among fans, especially
those who remember the Bob Mackie outfits that Jillian wore in the series.
Ann Jillian (Jennifer Farrell)
John P. Navin, Jr. (Joseph "Joey" Elliot)
Georgia Engel (Susan Elliot)
Brandon Maggart (George Elliot)
Mya Akerling (Marilyn Elliot)
Glenn Scarpelli (Marc)