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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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Raising kids can be tough. It's even harder when they're really raising you! See more »




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10 January 2001 (USA)  »

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(91 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The show was originally pitched with the title "Don't Get Me Started". However, when no one was happy with that name, network and production company executives began to pitch new titles. Suggestions included "The Young Parent Show" and "Egg, Sperm - Now This" before settling on "Grounded For Life". See more »


Young Sean: Dad, can I have an Evel Knieval stunt cycle for Christmas?
Walt: No. You are not getting Evel Knieval. You're getting pants and a yo-yo. And you better act surprised!
Eddie: [Back to present day] I remember that Christmas. I got a dictionary and a vest.
Sean: At least you didn't get beamed with a yo-yo for not acting surprised.
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100% Hilarious
26 May 2001 | by (NC) – See all my reviews

Every time I turn on the TV at 8:30 on Wednesday nights, I laugh hysterically at this very funny show, Grounded for Life. The uncle and Lily are my favorite! They are so funny! The parents are awesome!! I never miss a show! I totally recomend this show to EVERYONE!!!!!

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