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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)
Jake Burbage ...
 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 <>

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A new comedy about the art of raising parents. 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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Most of the episodes are named after Rock n Roll song titles. See more »


Claudia: You torpedoed Lily on her driving test!
Sean: I torpedoed her out of love!
Lily: [Coming up behind him] You torpedoed me?
Sean: No, I didn't, your mother misspoke.
Lily: [Screams and storms inside]
Sean: [to Claudia] Is that what you want behind the wheel of a car?
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Referenced in I Love the '70s (2003) See more »


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Thus far, Grounded has shown itself to be sharp and nimble.
2 February 2001 | by (chicago) – See all my reviews

Granted, there have only been four episodes aired as of today, but it has shown remarkable promise. The writing is sharp, the timing tight and the storylines not so outrageous that they become ridiculous. True, some may say this format has been done before, but if it's done well, so what?

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