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Grounded for Life (2001–2005)

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Thirty-something Irish Catholic couple Sean and Claudia deal with their three children as well as Sean's judgmental father and his carefree brother.

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Series cast summary:
 Sean Finnerty (91 episodes, 2001-2005)
 Claudia Finnerty (91 episodes, 2001-2005)
 Eddie Finnerty (91 episodes, 2001-2005)
 Lily Finnerty (91 episodes, 2001-2005)
 Jimmy Finnerty (91 episodes, 2001-2005)
 Henry Finnerty (78 episodes, 2001-2005)
 Brad O'Keefe (65 episodes, 2001-2005)
 Walt Finnerty (45 episodes, 2001-2005)


Irish Catholic couple Sean and Claudia Finnerty live in Staten Island, New York, with their three children, Lily, Jimmy, and Henry. They get into all sorts of trouble, usually because of Sean's brother, Eddie, who's got connections all over town. Sean and Eddie's father, Walt, often drops by and shares in the disaster. Most adventures are later recalled and they find out exactly what happened, like when the family car was supposedly stolen or when Sean's credit card was mysteriously maxed out, and even when Sean causes a blackout on Super Bowl Sunday. All this and more, and because Sean and Claudia were young and carefree when they got married and had kids, they are now grounded for life, so to speak. Written by Dylan Self <robocoptng986127@aol.com>

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Is it possible to raise kids while remaining one yourself? See more »




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Release Date:

10 January 2001 (USA)  »

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Parents à tout prix  »

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(91 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Stephen Root was originally announced in the role of Walt, but was later replaced by Richard Riehle. However, Root returned as a periodic guest star in the role of Claudia's father. See more »


Sean: Why are you answering questions with questions?
Eddie: Why does that concern you?
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Referenced in I Love the '70s (2003) See more »


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One of the good shows
3 February 2004 | by (Philippines) – See all my reviews

This is one of the few shows that i really look forward to. its really funny and the characters seem so real. Not only because of how they act but also the way they look. They look like people not super model types.

The show is so refreshing and it doesn't try to emulate any other show that it just makes me feel happy watching them and their antics.

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