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Release Date:
23 September 1990 (USA) See more »
Life can be such fun ... So why not get one? See more »
The misadventures of a 30-year-old paper-boy (played by Late Night alum Chris Elliot) and his wacky parents... See more »
Taylor Momsen Thinks You Should Get a Life
 (From E! Online. 17 September 2009, 8:07 AM, PDT)

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Nutso, schizo, and totally hilarious, the ultimate Chris Elliot vehicle See more (38 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 21)

Chris Elliott ... Chris Peterson (35 episodes, 1990-1992)

Robin Riker ... Sharon Potter (34 episodes, 1990-1992)

Elinor Donahue ... Gladys Peterson (34 episodes, 1990-1992)
Bob Elliott ... Fred Peterson (34 episodes, 1990-1992)

Sam Robards ... Larry Potter (23 episodes, 1990-1991)

Taylor Fry ... Amy Potter (16 episodes, 1990-1992)

Brian Doyle-Murray ... Gus Borden / ... (13 episodes, 1990-1992)

Brady Bluhm ... Bobby Potter (13 episodes, 1990-1991)

Series Directed by
David Mirkin (20 episodes, 1990-1992)
Peter Baldwin (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Dwayne Hickman (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Dean Parisot (3 episodes, 1991)
John Fortenberry (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Series Writing credits
Chris Elliott (35 episodes, 1990-1992)
David Mirkin (35 episodes, 1990-1992)
Adam Resnick (35 episodes, 1990-1992)
Marjorie Gross (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Steve Pepoon (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bob Odenkirk (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bill Freiberger (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Adam Markowitz (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Charlie Kaufman (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jace Richdale (2 episodes, 1991-1992)

Series Produced by
Chris Elliott .... producer (35 episodes, 1990-1992)
David Mirkin .... executive producer (35 episodes, 1990-1992)
Adam Resnick .... co-producer / producer (35 episodes, 1990-1992)
David J. Latt .... producer (34 episodes, 1990-1992)
Marjorie Gross .... producer (20 episodes, 1990-1991)
Steve Pepoon .... producer / co-producer (14 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jace Richdale .... producer (13 episodes, 1991-1992)
Jessie Ward Dugan .... associate producer (2 episodes, 1990)

Bernice Howes .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Stewart Levin (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Cinematography by
Richard Hissong (2 episodes, 1990)

Vincent Contarino (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Pamela Malouf (33 episodes, 1990-1992)
Mike Wilcox (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Casting by
Lisa London (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Art Direction by
Tommy Goetz (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Set Decoration by
Fred S. Winston (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Makeup Department
Patricia Bunch .... make-up (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Production Management
Neil Rapp .... production manager (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Susan Walter .... dga trainee (12 episodes, 1991-1992)
Joanne Keene Hall .... dga trainee (10 episodes, 1990-1991)
Caryn Shick .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jo Anne Singer .... first assistant director (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Art Department
Chris Sylos .... set designer (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Arthur Shippee .... property (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Sound Department
Bill Remhild .... sound mixer (3 episodes, 1990-1991)

Gregg Barbanell .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Ross Deane .... sound utility (unknown episodes)
Marti D. Humphrey .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Greg Aronowitz .... alien designer (1 episode, 1992)

Ian Hubbard .... creature effects crew (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Brian Longbotham .... visual effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Terry Jackson .... stunt coordinator: stunt double: Chris Elliott (28 episodes, 1990-1992)

Jeffrey G. Barnett .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Steven Leavitt .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin McGill .... assistant camera (30 episodes, 1990-1992)
Ryne Niner .... assistant camera (17 episodes, 1990-1991)
Vernon Kifer .... camera operator (11 episodes, 1991-1992)
Chuck Fowler .... gaffer (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Buzz Jochheim .... key grip (2 episodes, 1990-1991)

John Graham .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Lisa Guerriero .... assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Lisa London .... casting (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kathleen Gore-Misko .... costume supervisor (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Audrey Tannenbaum .... costume supervisor (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Editorial Department
Jim Page .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Series Other crew
Caryn Shick .... second assistant director (35 episodes, 1990-1992)
Daniel Brickman .... accountant / production accountant (22 episodes, 1990-1991)
Wendy Baker .... associate (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Ray DeVally Jr. .... technical coordinator (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Charleen Easton .... assistant to executive producer / assistant: executive producer / ... (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Steve Mercier .... associate (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Jane Yamashita .... writers assistant / associate (3 episodes, 1990-1991)
Laurie Lennard .... production consultant / production coordinator (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Dan Mcdonald .... associate (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Joshua Strauss .... assistant: producer / associate (2 episodes, 1990)
Andy House .... production executive (2 episodes, 1991)

Lance Clarke .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Marc Kunis .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Bob Odenkirk .... executive story editor (unknown episodes)
D. Gunther Tarampi .... production assistant (unknown episodes)

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30 min (35 episodes)
Aspect Ratio:
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Did You Know?

The series was briefly rerun on USA Network in 2000. But all of the songs including the theme song "Stand" by R.E.M. were replaced with generic music due to licensing issues. When David Mirkin saw the episodes, he demanded that they be removed. Music licensing issues are what prevented the complete series from being released on DVD until 2012.See more »
Chris Peterson:[to a rival in his male modeling class] What's that? You had a *butt* lift?See more »
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13 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
Nutso, schizo, and totally hilarious, the ultimate Chris Elliot vehicle, 26 February 2002
Author: cfisanick from Western Pennsylvania

It's been over a decade, and many of us still double-over with laughter just thinking about episodes of this insane sitcom, a Hellzapopin revue for the goofy, mannered talents of Chris Elliot. However, an equal number of folks see this show as nothing but stupid. Elliot, Resnick, and company probably see it that way too. There aren't many absolutes in life, but this is one of them: You'll either love or hate this show (and your feelings will be inextricably tied to how much you like Chris Elliot). There is NO middle ground. No one ever says that "Get a Life" is "just OK," "fair," or "I could take it or leave it." It inspires fervent reactions both pro and con. And in a plain vanilla world of network television, that's a good thing!

For me, my life is always a whole lot better when I think about "Spewey the Alien," "Zoo Animals on Wheels," and the "Toolbelt Wars." Those episodes are as fresh today as they were in the day. The trouble with Chris Elliot, I think, is that he has such a bizarre, almost off-putting sense of humor that a little of him goes a long way. (If you don't believe me, see "Cabin Boy.") Here's the perfect vehicle to enjoy his talents--in 22 minute chunks! Eat up!

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