The Drew Carey Show

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The Drew Carey Show
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Premiere September 13, 1995
Finale September 8, 2004
Creator Drew Carey & Bruce Helford
Network ABC
Style 30-minute sitcom
Company Mohawk Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Seasons 9
Episodes 233
Origin USA

The Drew Carey Show is a sitcom that aired on ABC.

Drew Carey is a fictionalized version of himself, a self-proclaimed "everyman". Drew Carey (the actor) has been quoted as saying his character would be what the actor would be if he never became an actor. He has a "gang" of friends who embark with him on his everyday trials and tribulations. Drew's friends include erudite but unambitious Lewis (Ryan Stiles), excitable idiot Oswald (Diedrich Bader) and his friend (later on-off girlfriend) Kate (Christa Miller). In the final two seasons, Kate gets married and moves to Guam, in the same two-part episode that introduces and develops Drew's relationship with Kellie (Cynthia Watros), which carries on over the final two seasons.

For its first seven seasons, Drew's workplace is the office of fictional Cleveland department store Winfred-Lauder, where he has worked for years and still works as Assistant Director of Personnel. One of his coworkers is Mimi Bobeck (Kathy Kinney), a large woman with a clownish wardrobe, a lot of make-up (including her trademark bright blue eye shadow), and a foul mutual dislike for Drew. The two eventually become closer (although still maintaining a less heated rivalry), primarily because Mimi fell in love with and married Drew's cross-dressing heterosexual brother Steve, a frequently recurring character.

In the first season they work for the unseen Mr. Bell (Kevin Pollak), only seen in the season one finale, to which he is greeted with applause; in later seasons, their boss and sometimes-co-worker is Nigel Wick (Craig Ferguson), an eccentric and unlucky Englishman. In the final two seasons, they work for peaceful, hippie-like Evan (Kyle Howard) and the much more professional Scott (Jonathan Mangum), tech-smart but naïve twenty-somethings who own the Neverending Store, an online retailer with offices in the same location.

In addition to his day job, Drew, along with Oswald, Lewis, and Kate (and from around Season 5 onwards, Mimi), runs a small business out of his garage, selling Buzz Beer, a concoction of beer and coffee. It becomes extremely popular in the region and is sold at the group's hangout, The Warsaw Tavern.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Drew Carey Drew Carey 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Diedrich Bader Oswald Lee Harvey 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Christa Miller Kate O'Brien 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Kathy Kinney Mimi Bobeck Carey 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
John Carroll Lynch Steve Carey 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Craig Ferguson Nigel Wick 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Cynthia Watros Kellie Newmark 8 9
Ryan Stiles Lewis Kiniski 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Kevin Pollak Mr. Bell 1
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Nan Martin Dotty Louder 1 2 3 4 5
Stanley Anderson George Carey 1 2 3 4 6 7 9
Ian Gomez Larry Almada 1 2 3 4 8 9
Jane Morris Nora O'Dougherty 1 2 4 5 7 9
Kelly Perine Chuck 1 2 4 5
Robert Torti Jay Clemens 1 2 5
Katy Selverstone Lisa Robbins 1 2
Marion Ross Beulah Carey 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Tim O'Rourke Tim 2 6 7 8
Jenica Bergere Sharon Bridges 3 4 5
Kate Walsh Nicki Fifer Carey 3 4 7 8
Jonathan Mangum Scott 8 9
Kaitlin Olson Traylor 8 9
Kyle Howard Evan 8

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
ABC
Season One September 13, 1995 May 8, 1996 22
Season Two September 18, 1996 May 14, 1997 24
Season Three September 23, 1997 May 20, 1998 28
Season Four September 23, 1998 May 26, 1999 27
Season Five September 22, 1999 May 17, 2000 26
Season Six October 4, 2000 May 23, 2001 27
Season Seven September 26, 2001 May 22, 2002 27
Season Eight September 9, 2002 August 27, 2003 26
Season Nine June 2, 2004 September 8, 2004 26

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season April 24, 2007 4


'Best Of' Collections
Television Favorites February 28, 2006 1


External Links