Kirstie revolves around Tony-winning diva Madison Banks (Alley) who’s enjoyed years of unbridled hedonism, drinking, and sleeping her way up and down Broadway. Her life takes a surprising turn when she meets up with Arlo Barth (Eric Petersen), the son she gave up for adoption 26 years earlier. With the help and encouragement of her long-suffering assistant and best friend Thelma Katz (Rhea Pearlman) and her eccentric chauffeur Frank Baxter (Michael Richards), Maddie realizes that Arlo is a diamond in the rough and invites him to move into her swanky New York City apartment.
Despite touting a trio of veterans from legendary sitcoms — two from Cheers and one from Seinfeld — the series was neither a critical nor a ratings success. Possibly also playing into the decision to cancel was the fact that showrunner Marco Pennette had to leave at the end of the season for personal reasons and another would have had to be found to renew the series.
What do you think? Did you like the Kirstie sitcom? Should it have been cancelled or renewed for a second season instead?