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Series cast summary:
 Oswald Lee Harvey / ... (219 episodes, 1995-2004)
 Drew Carey / ... (217 episodes, 1995-2004)
 Lewis Kiniski / ... (216 episodes, 1995-2004)
 Mimi Bobeck / ... (214 episodes, 1995-2004)
 Kate O'Brien / ... (183 episodes, 1995-2004)
 Nigel Wick / ... (181 episodes, 1996-2004)


Drew is an assistant director of personnel in a Cleveland department store and he has been stuck there for ten years. Other than fighting with co-worker Mimi, his hobbies include drinking beer and not being able to get dates. To make a few extra bucks he has a micro-brewery going in his garage with his buddies. Written by Steve Richer <sricher@sympatico.ca>

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It's like real life. Just a whole lot funnier. See more »


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Release Date:

13 September 1995 (USA)  »

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Die Drew Carey Show  »

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During the "Live" episodes, the cast members performed twice, once for the East coast, and once for the West coast. See more »


Drew Carey: Why are you guys wearing suits?
Lewis Kiniski: Well, Wendy's coming back. Looks like ripe picking for the love buzzards!
Oswald Lee Harvey: Picking at the bones of her self respect!
Drew Carey: I don't know how to break this to you guys, but, I don't think she was ever crazy about you two.
Lewis Kiniski: Ahh, but you don't know how forgettable we are. I went out on a date with this one woman. She told me about her worst date ever. Little did she know- that date was me.
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Crazy Credits

In the eighth season the theme song was performed with a different musical style before each episode. See more »


Spoofed in Whose Line Is It Anyway?: Show No. 106 (1998) See more »


Cleveland Rocks
(Theme 1997-2001)
Performed by The Presidents of the United States of America
Written by Ian Hunter
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Very good.
6 February 2001 | by (Jonquiere, Canada) – See all my reviews

The Drew Carey Show might not be original in its premise, but it's more original than other shows out there (cough, cough, can you say Bette? or The King Of Queens?). This show is about Drew, an overweight man with thick glasses who works in a department store. He is constantly followed by his best friends: Kate (Christa Miller), Oswald (Driedrich Bader) and Lewis (the hilarious Ryan Stiles). Drew is also surrounded by co-workers Mimi Bobeck (Kathy Kinney) and Mr. Wick (Craig Ferguson) all of whom try to make his life miserable. The actors are good. Drew Carey is pretty good as well as Miller. Ryan Stiles is a hoot as the bizarre Lewis and Bader, even with his considerably cliche character, makes the best out of it. Kathy Kinney is funny when what she says isn't "Bite me, Doughboy" and "Shut up, Pig!". The writing is also very good. Carey isn't afraid of taking potshots at himself, and the show considerably pushes the envelope. Take this, for example: Drew enters the house."Where's Oswald?" he asks Lewis. Out of a closed door: "I'm waxing my bike!" says Oswald. (In that episode, Oswald's father had given him a bike.) Drew, with a smirk:"Is that what you guys are calling now?" Then he sees the bike. "Wait a minute. His bike is here." Says Lewis, "Well then, I guess he's masturbating." Won't be seeing that on Suddenly Susan! (Well, I won't be, anyway.) I have a suspicion that if the F-word (which I would gladly say, mind you, if I didn't have the risk of being censored) is ever allowed on network TV, this show will be the breakthrough. Also, ever once in a while, instead of pumping us with moralistic sap, they have an original show, like one full of bloopers or one supposedly "Live". A good show, especially in its time slot.

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