Supernanny is a British reality television programme about helping parents with misbehaving children.

The show features professional nanny Jo Frost who, in each episode, helps a family with children whose parents are unsuccessful at controlling their behaviour or who are "naughty". Using a limited variety of methods, she shows parents ways of disciplining their children and maintaining order in their households. She is noted for her punitive behavioural approach when dealing with children.


Supernanny was originally broadcast in the UK at the beginning of the Autumn/Winter season on Channel 4 in 2004, starring Jo Frost. Supernanny is one of Channel 4's most popular shows, reaching nearly 5 million viewers in the first series, with consistently high ratings throughout the series. Supernanny US is also shown on Channel 4 (and its sister channel E4) with respectable viewing figures. The premiere episode for the third series attracted 3.1 million viewers with a 14% audience share. These values are half of those from the previous two series. It is narrated by Nick Frost. The theme song is "Be Good Johnny" by Men at Work (though the show's version is a cover). The fourth series of Supernanny began on August 29 2007 at 8pm with Beyond The Naughty Step following straight afterwards on E4. The fifth run, broadcast over a year later on Channel 4, began on September 24, 2008.

International versions

Supernanny has been broadcast or slightly adapted in other countries.

United States

Supernanny began in the US in January 2005 on ABC, competing with Nanny 911. It had exactly the same title and exactly the same premise as the UK version, but was narrated by Jeff Bartsch. Jo Frost remains the Supernanny. On February 28, 2008, it was announced that Supernanny has been renewed through the 2008-2009 season by ABC.

U.S. television ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Supernanny on ABC.

Season Season premiere Season finale TV season Ranking Viewers (in millions)
1st January 172005 May 112005 2004-2005 #56 9.0
2nd September 232005 September 182006 2005-2006 #78 7.5
3rd December 42006 August 122007 2006-2007 #72 8.9
4th January 22008 May 2008 2007-2008

Subsequently, the US version was shown in Australia to initially successful ratings, but floundered and was eventually put on hiatus.

Episode list

Series 1 (January 2005 to May 2005)
# Family
1 Jeans Family: David, Barbara, Andra (4, who hits her twin sisters Jessie and Leah), and twins Jessie (3, who copies Andra's bad behavior) and Leah (3, who cries a lot)
2 Bullard Family: Bryce, Jen, Brycie (6), and Rylan (2)
3 Orm Family: Sean, Tammy, Chandler (8), Caden (6) and Declan (age 3)
4 Wischmeyer Family: John, Melora, Jared (9), Alaia (4, who throws tantrums and hits mum Melora), and Ashlyn (4, who throws tantrums at night)
5 Weston Family: Fred, Andrea, Andrew (4, who calls mum Andrea "poo-poo" or "poo-poo head" and abuses baby brother Sean and little girl Anaya), and Sean (11 months old)
6 Bailey Family: Bill, Stacie, Jadyn (6, who has a wrongfully bad attitude and gives mum Stacie the dirty looks), and Billy (2)
7 Gorbea Family: Robert, Evelina, Demetrius (9), Meya (8 and pronounced Mee-uh) and Adam (2)
8 Ririe Family: Scott, Jen, Selia (9), Hallden (7), Blake (3), and Broden (1)
9 Collins Family (U.K. Family) Jason, Karen, Ben (10), Lauren (age 9), Joshua (age 6), Joseph (age 4)
10 Burnett Family: Michael Sr, Joanne, Zachary (8), John (3), Joseph (3), Michael Jr (16 months), and Molly (16 months)
11 Christiansen Family: Chris, Colleen, Corey (7), and Chase (2)
12 Family Updates: Jo Frost returns to the Gorbea house and watches family updates from the Jeans family, the Ririe family, the Wischmeyer family, the Orm family and the Bullard family.

Series 2 (September 2005 to May 2006)
# Family
13 Minyon Family: Frank Sr, Danielle, Frank Jr (8), Skyler (4), and Gigi (Danielle's grandmother)
14 Webb Family: Arthur, Cathy, Josef (6, who hits Paige and yells across the house), Paige (5 and has down syndrome), and Madison (2)
15 McMillion Family: Cheryl (without husband Jonathan, who serving in Afghanistan), Ryan (9), Hunter (7), and Garrett (3)
16 Larmer Family: Ed, Judy, John (4), Jessica (2), Justin (2), and Joey (11 months)
17 Keilen Family: Shaun, Tami, Haeley (6), twins Maile and Malia (4), and Leighton (age 1)
18 Cooke Family: Paul, Denise, Meghann (9, who hits her mum Denise and sisters Erin and Gabriella as well as hits, physically and verbally attacks and cusses at Jo), Gabriella (6), and Erin (4)
19 Facente Family: Trae, twins Kayla and Marlana (4), and Tristin (age 3 and has autism)
20 Amaral Family: Michael, Lorraine, Ryan (9), Logan (4), and Kade (2)
21 Bradbury-Lambert Family: Stuart, Laura, Matthew (5 and Laura's son, who batters and bruises mum Laura and calls her a "bitch"), Teagan-Olivia (2 and Stuart's daughter), and Diesel (5 months old and both Stuart and Laura's son)
22 Tsironis Family: Bob, Elizabeth, Kate (4), Nicholas (3, who has a broken leg), and Teddy (3)
23 Carsley Family: Cheryl (single mum after the divorce), Chantal (7, who hits her mum Cheryl and twin brothers Caleb, Nicholas, Bobby, and Elijah), twins Caleb and Nicolas (5), and twins Bobby and Elijah (4)
24 Schwartz Family: Steve, Cathy, Samantha (6), Amanda (4), Katelyn (3), Emily (1), and aunt Donna
25 Silva Family: Tom, Danielle, Meghan (17), Cheryl (8), Mackensie (6) Riley (2), and Caden (6 months)
26 Young Family: Sherman, Joelle, Dylan (13), Shermie (5), Shelby (age 4)
27 Harmony Family: Jacob, Erin, Jake (11), Ian (5), and Grant (3)
28 Wujcik Family: Tim, Toni, Alec (6), Bryce (4), and Carly (1)
29 Jackson Family: Terry, Lisa, Ethan (5), Isabella (5), and Will (5)
30 Newton Family: Aaron Sr. (divorced ex-husband), Vicki (divorced ex-wife), Aaron Jr. (12), and Kobe (5, who hits and kicks his mum Vicki and cusses)
31 Uva Family: Jeff, Rosemary, Trevor (7), and Travis (3)

Series 3 (December 2006-March 2007)
# Family
32 Bowersock Family: Thad, Jenniffer, Madeline ("Maddie") (7), Hayden (6), and Lily (4)
33 Weinstein Family: David, Chia, McKenna ("Kenny") (7), Christina (6), Julia (5), and Robert (2)
34 Fager Family: Joe, Stacie, Sarah (8 and Joe's daughter), Joseph (7 and Joe's son), Chelsea (6 and Stacie's daughter), Benjamin (4 and Joe and Stacie's son), Zachary (4 and Joe and Stacie's son), and Jacob (2 and Joe and Stacie's son)
35 Swanson Family: Ken, Vania, Alex (9 and Vania's son), Dawson (8 and Vania's son), Myca (5 and Vania's son), Brendon (4 and Ken and Vania's son), and Christian (3 and Ken and Vania's son)
36 Mihalik Family: Donna (without late husband Steve) Blake (12), Cole (8), Aiden (3), and Stephanie (age 1)
37 Smith Family: Will, Michelle, Nate (3), and Ari (1)
38 Haines Family: Shane, Suzanne, Seth (10), and Sean (4)
39 Nitti Family: Lisa and her boyfriend John, Darren (age 10 and Lisa's son), Matthew (8 and Lisa's son, Devin (6 and Lisa's son), and Jared (5 and Lisa's son)
40 Bruno Family: John, Denise, Mariah (15 and has cerebal palsy), Taylor (13), Isabella ("Bella") (6, who hits and kicks mum Denise), and Samantha ("Sam") (4, who whines)
41 McAfee Family: Brian, Ellie (9), Silas (7), Kaia (5), and Anna (3)
42 Goins Family: Jay, Karolee, Khalin (6 and has ADHD, and also hits and kicks his mum Karolee), Kolben (5), and Kadance (2)
43 Williams Family: Jency, Bradley (12), Kelsee (10), Hagan (5), Jency's grandmother, and Jency's grandfather Hal
44 Walker Family: Anthony Sr, Alice, Marcus (17 and Anthony Sr and Alice's nephew) Anthony Jr (12), Naleila (6), and Alyssa (1)
45 Cantoni Family: Paul, Nina, Nicholas (6), Gabrielle (3), and Giana (10 months)
46 Amouri Family: Michael, Tamara, Hailey (4), Jianni (2), Julian (2), and Ashton (10 months)

Series 4 (January 2, 2008-?)
# Family
47 Drake Family: Billie Jo, Josie (4), Jared (3), Justin (3), and a grandmother
48 Chapman Family: Glenn, Sara, Brittany (16), Moriah (14), Cole (4), Ethan (4), and Quinn (3) ***Only episode to date where the teenagers call for help rather than the parents.***
49 Schumacher Family: Brian, Teri, Jessica (14), Alexi (11), and Dylan (7)
50 An-Duan Family: Forrest, Angela, Christopher (9), Isabella (8), Benjamin (6), Lawrence (6), and Charlotte (5)
51 Terrill Family: Scott, Lane (11), and Tate (5)
52 Dostal Family: Bill, Brenda, Zachary (5), and Erin (3)
53 Daniels Family: Steve, Lisa, Josh (13), Halley (12), Alexus (8), Alisen (7), Irelyn (4), and Bryn (2)
54 Wilson-Knutson Family: Dan, Wendy (from The Wilson Sisters), Leo (4, who hits Beau), Beau (3), Jesse (6 weeks old), and Willem (6 weeks old)
55 Tafoya Family: Jimmy, Holly, James (7, who lies to his parents and plays violent video games) , Tyler (5, who also lies to his parents and plays violent video games) , and Ryan (2, who copies his older brothers' behavior)
56 Banjany Family: Rich, Lisa, Cameron (5), Zoe (5), and Blake (3, who runs wild and hurts his parents)
57 McKeever Family: Corey, Lucy, Hunter (7, who joins in with brother River), and River (6,who is aggressive and has a high temper)
58 Addis Family: Tony, Leslie, Jonah (6), Jonathan (6), Eden (4), Elijah (2), and grandmother Charity
59 Citarella Family: Joe, Debbie, Rebecca (7), Sarah (6), Hannah (3, who shoplifts and ruins Sarah's creation), and Joshua (1)
60 Schrage Family: Kyle, Christy, Ellie (10), Emma (6), Cara (4), and a grandmother
61 Clause Family: Ken, Lorie, Brandon (11), and Caila (8, who hits mum Lorie and wants to bruise her)
62 Martinez Family: Sindo Sr. (who serves his tour of duty in Afghanistan), Michelle, Sindo Jr (9), Ashley (7, who throws tantrums), and Mikey (6)
63 Eddy Family: Adrian, ?, Alexander (8), Thomas (5), and Isabelle (2)

  • News: On July 8, 2008 it was reported that Scott Terrill, who featured in Series 4 with his two sons, died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound after a standoff with police. He was standing at his father's grave at Georgetown Cemetery, Georgetown, Kentucky when the shooting occurred on July 4.

Series 5
# Family
(coming soon)

Series 6
# Family
(coming soon)

Other countries

  • Katharina Saalfrank is the Supernanny in the German version, aired on RTL.
  • Cris Poli is the Supernanny in the Brazilian version, broadcast by SBT.
  • Dorota Zawadzka is the Supernanny in the Polish version, aired on TVN, and a co-host of the talk-show I Ty możesz mieć superdziecko (You too can have a superchild), in which Supernanny analyses episodes from her series, talks to celebrity parents and gives her advice. It is broadcast by TVN Style.
  • Cathy Kalthoum Sarrai is the Supernanny in the French version, aired by M6.
  • Rocio Ramos is the Supernanny in the Spanish version, broadcast on Cuatro. Another version with teenagers called S.O.S. Adolescentes is also aired on Cuatro. In the Spanish regions of Catalonia and Basque Country, the original version is broadcast by TV3 with Catalan dubbing and by ETB 1 with Basque dubbing respectively.
  • The Dutch version is called Eerste Hulp Bij Opvoeden. The name is a play on Eerste Hulp Bij Ongevallen, the Dutch term for first aid. Other similar programmes exist, such as Schatjes, which use a slightly different concept.
  • The Italian version is called S.O.S. Tata. Aired on La 7.
  • The first Romanian nanny was Irina Petrea. The second and the actual is Raluca Iuga. The show is aired on Prima TV.
  • The Israeli Supernanny is Michal Daliot. Aired on Channel 2, the show is also called Supernanny.
  • Greek version is aired by ΣΚΑΪ, with the name Νταντά Πρώτων Βοηθειών (First-aid nanny).
  • The Chinese version of Supernanny features supernanny Wo Yao Yige, and is soon to be broadcast on CCTV.

In other media

  • The US animated series Drawn Together spoofed the show in a 2005 episode. In the parody, Supernanny tries to use her powers of discipline to take over the world. She first takes care of Captain Hero (the superhero) by sending him to the Naughty Stool so he will not intervene, and then uses an army of mind-controlled children to invade the White House until Captain Hero re-appears. He stops her by stomping on her foot, which makes her curse out loud. For using profanity, he sends her to the Naughty Stool, at which moment the mind-controlled children break free and tear Supernanny to shreds.
  • The US animated series South Park spoofed the show in a 2006 episode "Tsst", though unlike the Drawn Together episode, the Supernanny parody was not the focus of the show. In the episode, which also features parodies of Nanny 911 and The Dog Whisperer, Supernanny is one of the nannies called upon to discipline Eric Cartman but his behavior ends up driving her to a mental institution and eating her own excrement yelling "From hell, it's from hell!".
  • The online comic strip series The Little Wolf and the Bad Little Girl spoofed the show in a 2005 comic episode "Jane Hates Nannies". In this episode, after Nanny 911 (which is also parodied) got failed (by Jane Roberts), Supernanny is one of the nannies called upon to discipline Jane, but she ends up pushing the Little Naughty Wolf into Supernanny, who falls to the floor.
  • The character "Miss Foster" portrayed by Sarah Lancashire in the episode Partners in Crime from the television sci-fi show Doctor Who was based on Jo Frost's signature outfit, hairstyle, glasses, voice and body language.


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