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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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

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 Sean Finnerty / ... (91 episodes, 2001-2005)
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 Claudia Finnerty (91 episodes, 2001-2005)
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 Eddie Finnerty (91 episodes, 2001-2005)
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 Lily Finnerty (91 episodes, 2001-2005)
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 Jimmy Finnerty (91 episodes, 2001-2005)
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 Henry Finnerty (78 episodes, 2001-2005)
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 Brad O'Keefe (65 episodes, 2001-2005)
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 Walt Finnerty (45 episodes, 2001-2005)
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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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Raising kids can be tough. It's even harder when they're really raising you! See more »

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TV-14 | See all certifications »

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10 January 2001 (USA)  »

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Parents à tout prix  »

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(91 episodes)

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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 »

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Salesman: How can I put you in a pre-owned vehicle today?
Claudia: We're looking for something used...
Salesman: We have one of the largest selections of pre-owned vehicles in the tri-state area.
Sean: So they're used?
Salesman: Sir, our selection does not just include the pre-owned, we also have a large number of lease returns. I can assure you the pre-owned and the lease returns are complete certified.
Sean: How am I gonna get you to say "used"?
Salesman: That's not a word we like here.
Sean: Then at least admit they're cars.
Salesman: You mean the vehicles?
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Referenced in (500) Days of Summer (2009) See more »

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Walking On Sunshine
Written by Kimberley Rew
Performed by Katrina & The Waves (as Katrina and The Waves)
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bound to be cancelled, as all great shows are ...
23 January 2001 | by (San Mateo, CA) – See all my reviews

When my husband first saw "Grounded for Life" he said "Well this isnt' going to last .. it's way too good." The writing isn't amazing, but the casting is so good that it makes the show worth waiting for each week. You wouldn't think of Kevin Corrigan as the quintessential slacker brother but he practically makes this show. Not to mention Richard Riehle, who we loved in "Office Space". So enjoy this show while you can.


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