1 9 9 1 – 1 9 9 2 (USA)
35 x 30 minute episodes
The idea of a TV baby whose thoughts could be heard was at least as old as the 1960 series Happy.
Here, harried young single mother Maggie (Julia Duffy) and infant Mickey (played by twins and voiced by Tony Danza) lived in a Manhattan loft that was still under construction. Joe (George Clooney), Fogarty (William Hickey) and Howard (Lenny Wolpe) were the incompetent construction workers who were always underfoot.
By the fall, Maggie (now played by Mary Page Keller) had moved to an apartment in nearby, trendy Brooklyn Heights, where the fun-loving young superintendent and aspiring songwriter James (Scott Baio), became her special friend.
Also joining the cast were Doris (Polly Bergen), Maggie’s meddling mother; Susan (Jessica Lundy), a friend and co-worker at the accounting office where she worked; and Anita (Francesca P. Roberts), a neighbour with a talkative infant of her own (voiced by Vernee Watson-Johnson).
Nothing seemed to deter ABC from trying to make this inane sitcom a success: Not the fact that two leading ladies quit in the first six months (Connie Sellecca before it even premiered and Julia Duffy at the end of the Spring 1991 run); not the fact that gimmicky movies (in this case 1989′ s Look Who’s Talking) hardly ever become successful TV series; and certainly not the fact that Baby Talk was voted the dubious honour of “Worst Series on Television” in the 1991 Electronic Media critics’ poll.
Julia Duffy (1)
Mary Page Keller (2)
Mickey Campbell (voice)
Dr Elliot Fleisherf
Tom Alan Robbins
Francesca P. Roberts
Danielle Craig (voice)