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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Jake Burbage (Henry) moved back east with his family in 2004. Instead of writing him out or recasting the role, and since Claudia became pregnant, the producers decided to continue the season with one fewer kid. However, Claudia and Sean often say that they have three kids, even while Henry is nowhere to be found. See more »
Dad, can I have an Evel Knieval stunt cycle for Christmas?
No. You are not getting Evel Knieval. You're getting pants and a yo-yo. And you better act surprised!
[Back to present day]
I remember that Christmas. I got a dictionary and a vest.
At least you didn't get beamed with a yo-yo for not acting surprised.
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Unlike the previous commenter, I think this is one of the funniest shows on TV right now. What the other guy failed to get is the very clever structure of the show. Every episode, it begins with all members of the family having suffered through some event that is only slowly revealed in flashbacks, usually after they try to present a cover story to hide their embarassment. The main couple are frantic performers but seem like they could be together in real life. The brother is the dry wit of the group, who never seems to work but always has a strange scheme cooking. The daughter is the closest to a sitcom stereotype but is still fun to watch. Grandad is reliably disgusted with the whole lot of them. Don't watch a British sitcom. They invariably rely one double-entendre and obvious one-liners. "Grounded For Life" is on it's way to becoming a classic.
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