The Single Guy

The Single Guy
Created by Brad Hall
Starring Jonathan Silverman
Joey Slotnick
Ernest Borgnine
Ming-Na Wen
Mark Moses (Season 1)
Jessica Hecht (Season 1)
Shawn Michael Howard (Season 2)
Olivia d'Abo (Season 2)
Dan Cortese (Season 2)
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 44
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Hall of Production
NBC Productions (season 1)
NBC Studios (season 2)
Castle Rock Entertainment
Original network NBC
Original release September 21, 1995 – April 14, 1997

The Single Guy is an American television sitcom that ran for two seasons on NBC, from September 1995 to April 1997. It stars Jonathan Silverman as struggling New York City writer Jonathan Eliot, and followed several of his close friends (some of whom came and left as the show was re-tooled between seasons.) The series also starred Joey Slotnick as Eliot's best friend Sam Sloan, Ming-Na Wen as Sam's wife Trudy and Ernest Borgnine as doorman Manny, throughout its entire run. The Single Guy was created by Brad Hall.

Beginning and reception

While the series was favored enough by NBC to earn a timeslot in its coveted "Must-See-TV" Thursday night line-up, it ultimately failed to generate enthusiasm with critics and viewers. It was largely written-off as one in a long line of "singles in the city" sitcoms that emerged in the mid-1990s, following the success of Seinfeld. Many of that hit show's calling cards were emulated in The Single Guy, from the neurotic best friend who occasionally does reprehensible things, to its main character's rotating cast of flawed girlfriends. Jonathan and friends would also regularly hang out at a local coffee shop, The Bagel Cafe.


Perhaps aware of its impending cancellation, the series ended its second and final season with Jonathan Eliot married in Las Vegas, thus ending his single status.

Ultimately, it was one of the highest rated shows to ever get canceled, consistently attaining 4th or 5th place in the Nielsen ratings.[1] Most attribute this to the fact that it was in the coveted 8:30pm EST slot, between Friends and Seinfeld.[2] According to Entertainment Weekly, when the show was moved to a different time slot, its position in the ratings went into the low 60s.

Ross Geller (played by David Schwimmer), a character from the sitcom Friends, appeared on the show.


  1. TrivialTV's Nielsen Ratings archive (see, for example, the ratings for the week of November 11–17, 1996)
    1. "ER" 2. "Seinfeld" 3. "Suddenly Susan" 4. "Friends" 5. "The Single Guy" 6. Pandora's Clock (Part 2) 7. "Home Improvement" 8. "Frasier" 8. "Mad About You" 10. "Touched by an Angel" (Data: weekly ratings, Nielsen Media Research)
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