You may not know it from my long blonde hair, or my bright green eyes but this all-American-looking chick is a born New Yorker. When people find out this fun fact about me they generally assume upstate New York since I don’t have an accent. However, I spent the first 15-ish months of my little life in Valley Cottage, a mere 30 miles north of Manhattan. Accent or no accent, I can claim New York to be my own thanks to that one line on my birth certificate. To be fair though, I do say a handful of words (Terrible, horrible and orange to name a few ) that have a distinct New York edge to them.
Anyway, the reason that I bring up my birthplace is because my whole family is one, big, New York-accented clan. My mom’s side of the family is from Long Island and my Dad and his crew are originally from The Bronx. Our family conversations can leave even me with an accent and I am pretty sure the only word I could say when we moved was “No.” With my family I’m never “Erika” as in America, but “Air-ri-ka”. Eh, you really have to hear the second version to truly get the difference, but it’s there.
I love everything that comes with my background. The fact that my great-grandfather once owned a speakeasy in New York City during prohibition, that my grandfather proudly served the NYPD for many years and most importantly that one time my mom stood behind JFK Jr at the bank. Oh, and that we are from the most amazing city in the world with some of the best food in the world. Hello? A New York bagel is to die for.
In the mid-90s, while all of our relatives were in New York, we were living in Pittsburgh and let me tell you, that Pittsburghese accent is a tough one to listen to. When someone asks if ‘Yinz wants to go dahtahn and see dem Stillers an ‘at?’ you can often leave a conversation confused. So when CBS debuted “The Nanny” my little family of four immediately fell in love with the show that delightfully played up all the fun New York stereotypes and served up all the catch phrases we could only dream of!
So it leaves me miffed; it leaves me saying WTF Wednesday if you will. WHY for the love of all things Barry Manilow is “The Nanny” not available on any streaming services?
We have the luxury of watching all six Friends drink coffee to their hearts content at Central Perk. And we most certainly can celebrate ‘Festivus with the Rest of Us’ whenever we want. So you can see my confusion on why I cannot find that lady in red when everyone else is wearing tan to be on a free-ish service such as Netflix or Hulu. I would gladly even pay Amazon to own this delightful show digitally so I can carry the sexual tension between Fran Fine and Mr. Sheffield on my Kindle Fire and watch those two sizzle whenever the mood strikes!
I know part of you is thinking “are you serious with that accent and laugh though?” I honestly could not be more serious. When I was in college “The Nanny” used to be on Nick at Nite (oof I feel old) and I would put it on as I would get ready for bed. My poor boyfriend hated spending the night as he would lie wide awake until the TV timer went off. I, on the other hand, drifted off to a sweet slumber as the sound of Fran Fine’s laugh was sweeter than any lullaby my parents played for me as a child. Now that I think about it, the lullaby I probably heard was just a bunch of New Yorker’s ‘tawking’ and therefore this is why I could fall asleep so easily.
I have often thought about starting a GoFundMe campaign, or attempting to take on Twitter with the hashtag #NannyonNetflix. I cannot understand how we are being deprived of this show, just the way that Fran was deprived of working in a bridal shop in Flushing Queens, when her boyfriend kicked her out, in one of those crushing scenes! Guys, what was she to do? What are WE to do? While we cannot go selling makeup to a millionaire in a brownstone on the upper east side, we can band together to bring this show the masses who miss this 22-minute comedy.
So I urge you to join me in my relentless pursuit, hike up your skirt, get out that aqua net and tease your hair as high as it can go and never stop campaigning for #NannyonNetflix!
Do you have any shows that you miss desperately that you can’t find? Are you a fan of “The Nanny” as much as I am? Or am I totally alone in this charge? Leave me a comment, tweet me or shoot me a note about #NannyonNetflix!