Veronica's Closet

Veronica's Closet

Created by David Crane
Marta Kauffman
Starring Kirstie Alley
Dan Cortese
Daryl Mitchell
Wallace Langham
Kathy Najimy
Ron Silver
Lorri Bagley
Robert Prosky
Opening theme "She's Got Everything"
(season 1)"Bodyrock" by Moby
(season 3)
Composer(s) Giorgio Bertuccelli
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 66
Executive producer(s) Kevin S. Bright
Marta Kauffman
David Crane
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Bright/Kauffman/Crane Productions
Warner Bros. Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network NBC
Original release September 25, 1997 – December 7, 2000

Veronica’s Closet is an American sitcom which aired on NBC for three seasons, from September 25, 1997, to December 7, 2000.

The show stars Kirstie Alley as Veronica “Ronnie” Chase, the head of her own lingerie company in New York City.


Season one

As the country’s leading romance expert and owner of Veronica’s Closet, purveyor of lingerie and books designed to keep romance alive, Veronica Chase seems to have it all. Her only problem has been a rocky marriage to a womanizing husband, Bryce, (Christopher McDonald) whom she finally gathered the strength to leave. Having written The Guide to a Fairy Tale Marriage and built an empire as the foremost authority on relationships, Ronnie must now confront the charade she’s been living in the public eye as the perfect wife and career woman. Helping Ronnie run the company and her personal life is her top executive, Olive, who is always ready with solid business advice or a shoulder to cry on.

Season two

In the second season, Ron Silver joins the cast as Alec, Ronnie’s new business partner and nemesis who buys controlling interest of the company she built. Robert Prosky, who played Ronnie’s father in season one, was written out of the show (no explanation is ever given).

Season three

In the third and final season, Alec was killed off the show as it was shown that audiences did not like Ron Silver’s character. His widow, June, took over his role in the company and later admitted to pushing Alec into a volcano. Although the final few episodes of Veronica’s Closet did not air in the U.S. on NBC, they were later aired on the USA Cable Network during its syndicated run. In the final episodes, Veronica ends up dating Perry, Olive sells her Internet company and buys June’s half of Veronica’s Closet, making her a co-owner with Veronica, and Josh finally accepts the fact that he is gay and starts dating his neighbor and friend, Brian.


The series premiered on Sept 25, 1997, after Seinfeld, to 35 million viewers. Its title was derived from the “real life” lingerie company, Victoria’s Secret. The show was a top 10 hit, although the initial ratings died down later in the first season. The sitcom spent the first two seasons on Thursdays at 9:30 (after Seinfeld in season 1 and after Frasier in season 2). NBC moved the show to Mondays after Suddenly Susan for the 1999–2000 season. Ratings fell more than 50 percent, and NBC put it on hiatus with Suddenly Susan. The show returned on Tuesdays at 9:30 (after Will & Grace) with only a slight boost in ratings. NBC canceled the series in 2000, along with Suddenly Susan, due to low ratings. Reruns were shown on USA Network for a short time in 2000–2001 and on TV Guide Network from 2011–2012.

The show was taped Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank, California, on soundstage 25.

Broadcast history

Ratings history

Season Network Season premiere Season finale Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 NBC September 25, 1997 May 9, 1998 #3[1] 24.4[1]
2 September 24, 1998 May 6, 1999 #5[2] 19.3[2]
3 September 20, 1999 December 7, 2000[a] #86[3] 7.97[3]

^[a] End of the series' original broadcast run. Last four episodes were aired on the USA Network five months later.[4]


Episode list

Season one

Season Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 22 September 25, 1997 May 9, 1998
# Total Title Director Writer Original airdate
11"Pilot"Bob BerlingerDavid Crane & Marta KauffmanSeptember 25, 1997 (1997-09-25)
22"Veronica's Woman Friend"James BurrowsRob Ulin & Sarah DunnOctober 2, 1997 (1997-10-02)
33"Veronica's Husband Won't Leave"Bob BerlingerDavid Crane & Marta KauffmanOctober 9, 1997 (1997-10-09)
44"Veronica's Not Happy About the Book"Alan RafkinSarah DunnOctober 21, 1997 (1997-10-21)
55"Veronica's First Date"Robert BerlingerEric WeinbergOctober 30, 1997 (1997-10-30)
66"Veronica's Best Buddy"Alan RafkinAlexa JungeNovember 5, 1997 (1997-11-05)
77"Veronica's a Doll"Alan RafkinJohn Frink & Don PayneNovember 13, 1997 (1997-11-13)
88"Veronica's First Thanksgiving"Lee Shallat ChemelDoty AbramsNovember 20, 1997 (1997-11-20)
99"Veronica's Brotherly Love"Robert BerlingerJohn Frink & Don PayneDecember 11, 1997 (1997-12-11)
Guest starring Eric McCormack
1010"Veronica's Christmas Song"Lee Shallat ChemelSherry Bilsing & Ellen PlummerDecember 18, 1997 (1997-12-18)
1111"Veronica's Got a Secret"Robert BerlingerEric WeinbergJanuary 8, 1998 (1998-01-08)
1212"Veronica's Fun and Pirates Are Crazy"Lee Shallat ChemelSteve Joe & Greg SchafferJanuary 15, 1998 (1998-01-15)
Guest starring Zooey Deschanel
1313"Veronica's Night Alone"Kevin S. BrightSherry Bilsing & Ellen PlummerJanuary 29, 1998 (1998-01-29)
1414"Veronica's $600,000 Pop"Robert BerlingerSarah DunnFebruary 5, 1998 (1998-02-05)
Guest starring Ted Danson
1515"Veronica's a Drag"Robert BerlingerTeleplay by: Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer
Story by: Eric Weinberg
February 26, 1998 (1998-02-26)
1616"Veronica's Divorce Papers"Robert BerlingerCharlotte BrownMarch 5, 1998 (1998-03-05)
1717"Veronica's Blackout"Robert BerlingerJohn Frink & Don PayneMarch 12, 1998 (1998-03-12)
1818"Veronica's Bridal Shower"Robert BerlingerTeleplay by: Sarah Dunn
Story by: Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer
April 2, 1998 (1998-04-02)
1919"Veronica's Man in a Suitcase"Robert BerlingerTeleplay by: Brian Boyle & Rich Fox
Story by: Steve Joe & Greg Schaffer
April 9, 1998 (1998-04-09)
2020"Veronica's All Nighter"Robert BerlingerTeleplay by: Brian Boyle & Rich Fox
Story by: Lang-Ni Landrum
April 16, 1998 (1998-04-16)
2121"Veronica's Mole"Robert BerlingerTeleplay by: Steve Joe & Greg Schaffer
Story by: Sarah Dunn
April 30, 1998 (1998-04-30)
2222"Veronica's Silent Partner"Robert BerlingerTeleplay by: John Frink & Don Payne
Story by: Steve Joe & Greg Schaffer
May 9, 1998 (1998-05-09)
Robert Prosky's final episode

Season two

Season Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
2 22 September 24, 1998 May 6, 1999
# Total Title Director Writer Original airdate
123"Veronica Gets Her Closet Back"Kevin S. BrightAmy Sherman-PalladinoSeptember 24, 1998 (1998-09-24)
Ron Silver joins the regular cast
224"Veronica's a Partner Now"Robert BerlingerEric WeinbergOctober 1, 1998 (1998-10-01)
325"Veronica's Great Model Search"Robert BerlingerJosh Bycel & Jon FenerOctober 8, 1998 (1998-10-08)
426"Veronica's Dog Day Afternoon"Robert BerlingerSherry Bilsing & Ellen PlummerOctober 15, 1998 (1998-10-15)
527"Veronica's Crushed"Michael LembeckTom Spezialy & Alan CrossOctober 29, 1998 (1998-10-29)
628"Veronica's on the Herb"Shelley JensenRichard GoodmanNovember 5, 1998 (1998-11-05)
729"Veronica's Breast Efforts"Amanda BearseMichael PoryesNovember 12, 1998 (1998-11-12)
830"Veronica's Thanksgiving That Keeps on Giving"Jeff MelmanMark J. KunerthNovember 19, 1998 (1998-11-19)
931"Veronica's Cheating Partners"Alan RafkinTeleplay by: Sherry Bilsing & Ellen Plummer
Story by: Mike Gandolfi
December 10, 1998 (1998-12-10)
1032"Veronica's Secret Santa"Shelley JensenEric WeinbergDecember 17, 1998 (1998-12-17)
1133"Veronica's from Venus/Josh's Parents Are from Mars"Alan RafkinBarry Vigon & Tom WallaJanuary 7, 1999 (1999-01-07)
1234"Veronica's Desk Job"Shelley JensenAlan Cross & Tom SpezialyJanuary 21, 1998 (1998-01-21)
1335"Veronica's Wedding Bell Blues"Alan RafkinMichael PoryesFebruary 4, 1999 (1999-02-04)
Guest starring Anna Nicole Smith
1436"Veronica Plays House"Joe RegalbutoJosh Bycel & Jon FenerFebruary 11, 1999 (1999-02-11)
1537"Veronica's Favorite Year"Shelley JensenAmy Sherman-Palladino & Mike GandolfiFebruary 18, 1999 (1999-02-18)
1638"Veronica's Little Tribute"Dana de Vally PiazzaSherry Bilsing & Ellen PlummerFebruary 25, 1999 (1999-02-25)
1739"Veronica Falls Hard"Shelley JensenSeth FriedmanMarch 11, 1999 (1999-03-11)
1840"Veronica's Big Date"Michael LembeckTeleplay by: Alan Dybner & Helen Pai
Story by: Jason Firestein
March 25, 1999 (1999-03-25)
1941"Veronica's Big Homecoming"Michael LembeckEric WeinbergApril 1, 1999 (1999-04-01)
2042"Veronica's Little Ruse"Joe RegalbutoBarry Vigon & Tom WallaApril 22, 1999 (1999-04-22)
2143"Veronica's Night at the Theater"Joe RegalbutoAmy Sherman-PalladinoApril 29, 1999 (1999-04-29)
2244"Veronica Says Goodbye"Shelley JensenMike GandolfiMay 6, 1999 (1999-05-06)
Ron Silver's Final Episode

Season three

Season Episodes Originally aired
Series premiere Series finale
3 22 September 20, 1999 December 7, 2000
# Total Title Director Writer Original airdate
145"Veronica's New Boss"Alan RafkinJeffrey Astrof & Mike SikowitzSeptember 20, 1999 (1999-09-20)
Lorri Bagley replaces Ron Silver in the regular cast
246"Veronica's June Swoon"Shelley JensenChristopher VaneSeptember 27, 1999 (1999-09-27)
347"Veronica's Construction Worker"Paul MillerEric WeinbergOctober 4, 1999 (1999-10-04)
448"Veronica's Office – Bigger, Longer and Cuter"Shelley JensenAlison AdlerOctober 11, 1999 (1999-10-11)
549"Veronica's New Cat"Shelley JensenTeleplay by: Eric Weinberg
Story by: Jeffrey Astrof & Mike Sikowitz
October 18, 1999 (1999-10-18)
650"Veronica's Long Walk Home"Alan RafkinMonica PiperOctober 25, 1999 (1999-10-25)
751"Veronica's Got All the Right Stuffing"J.D. LobueRichard GoodmanNovember 22, 1999 (1999-11-22)
852"Veronica's Sliding Doors"Shelley JensenJohs Bycel & Jonathan FenerNovember 29, 1999 (1999-11-29)
953"Veronica's New Year"Shelley JensenTeleplay by: Jason Firestein
Story by: Monica Piper
December 13, 1999 (1999-12-13)
1054"Veronica's Perfect Man"Shelley JensenMark J. KunerthJanuary 4, 2000 (2000-01-04)
1155"Veronica's Record"Paul MillerTeleplay by: Alan Dybner
Story by: Mark J. Kunerth
January 11, 2000 (2000-01-11)
1256"Veronica's Tattooed Man"Alan RafkinTiffany ZehnalJanuary 18, 2000 (2000-01-18)
1357"Veronica's Candy Panties"Dana de Vally PiazzaEric WeinbergJanuary 25, 2000 (2000-01-25)
1458"Veronica's New Bookshelves"Shelley JensenMark J. KunerthFebruary 1, 2000 (2000-02-01)
Guest starring Scott Baio
1559"Veronica's Sleepover"Shelley JensenRichard GoodmanJune 6, 2000 (2000-06-06)
Guest starring Scott Baio
1660"Veronica's Girls' Night Out"Joe RegalbutoJosh Bycel & Jonathan FenerJune 13, 2000 (2000-06-13)
1761"Veronica Helps Josh Out"Stuart RossJeffrey Astrof & Mike SikowitzJune 20, 2000 (2000-06-20)
1862"Veronica Sets Josh Up"Joe RegalbutoAlan Dybner & Jason FiresteinJune 27, 2000 (2000-06-27)
1963"Veronica's Clips"Wallace LanghamTiffany ZehnalDecember 4, 2000 (2000-12-04)
2064"Veronica Loses Her Olive Again"Joe RegalbutoChristopher VaneDecember 5, 2000 (2000-12-05)
Ronnie's and Olive's feud continues when Olive returns to clear out her stuff. Olive discovers Neil exaggerated about his business; it's actually located in his parents' restaurant. Ronnie screens replacements for Olive, and subconsciously fills the position with an Olive lookalike, Olivia. Josh tries to get Ronnie to make up with Olive. Ronnie treats Olivia as if she were Olive, and Olivia gets so freaked out by Ronnie's drinking buddy manner with her that she quits too. Disappointed with her new job, Olive soon realizes she wants to return to Veronica's Closet. Josh meets with Olive for lunch and relays this news to Ronnie, who's busy looking for yet another C.F.O. replacement. Just when Ronnie and Olive are ready to work out a deal where Olive would quit working for Neil and return to work for Ronnie in exchange for a part of the company, Neil announces that they've been bought out by a conglomerate - to the tune of 20 million dollars for each of them. So Olive quits Veronica's Closet.
2165"Veronica's Doing the Nasty With Perry"Sheldon EppsAllison AdlerDecember 6, 2000 (2000-12-06)
Veronica invites Perry over to tell her about his sex life in hopes that this will give her inspiration for her third book. After they've had one too many, they fall into bed together. Later, Perry tells all to Leo but refuses to reveal the identity of his new lover. Leo guesses that its June. Ronnie thinks that Perry is sleeping with June from rumors that she's hearing. Perry goes to her to explain, and they end up sleeping together again. Josh tries to impress Brian by learning to play basketball but only succeeds embarrassing Brian front of his friends.
2266"Veronica Checks Out"Dana de Vally PiazzaEric WeinbergDecember 7, 2000 (2000-12-07)
Ronnie and Perry encounter trouble in their new relationship and break up. Later, Perry confesses that he did not really want to break up with Ronnie, and they get back together. Brian and Josh move in together. Olive persuades June to sell her half of the company, and now Olive and Ronnie are partners


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