A TV show centered around macho everyman, his loving wife, and their three precocious children.
1,205 ( 30)

Watch Now

on Amazon Video





8   7   6   5   4   3   2   1  
2009   2008   2007   2006   2005   2004   … See all »
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 16 nominations. See more awards »



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The King of Queens (1998–2007)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Delivery man Doug Heffernan has a good life: He's got a pretty wife (Carrie), a big TV and friends to watch it with. Then Carrie's goofy and annoying father Arthur moves in with them.

Stars: Kevin James, Leah Remini, Jerry Stiller
My Wife and Kids (2001–2005)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Michael Kyle longs for a traditional life, but his day-trader wife Janet, gangsta rap-worshipping son Michael Jr., and brooding daughters Claire and Kady make his dream just that ... a dream.

Stars: Damon Wayans, Tisha Campbell-Martin, George Gore II
Married with Children (1987–1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Al Bundy is a misanthropic women's shoe salesman with a miserable life. He hates his job, his wife is lazy, his son is dysfunctional (especially with women), and his daughter is dim-witted and promiscuous.

Stars: Ed O'Neill, Christina Applegate, Katey Sagal
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

The Banks family, a respectable Californian family, take in a relative - Will Smith, a street-smart teenager from Philadelphia. The idea is to make him respectable, responsible and mature, but Will has got other plans...

Stars: Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro
8 Simple Rules (2002–2005)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

The Hennessy clan -- mother Cate, daughters Bridget and Kerry, and son Rory -- look to one another for guidance and support after the death of Paul, the family patriarch. Cate's parents lend a hand.

Stars: Katey Sagal, Kaley Cuoco, Amy Davidson
My Name Is Earl (2005–2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A ne'er do well wins $100,000 in the lottery and decides to right all the wrongs from his past with his newfound realization.

Stars: Jason Lee, Ethan Suplee, Jaime Pressly
Dharma & Greg (1997–2002)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

A free spirited yoga instructor finds true love in a conservative lawyer and they got married on the first date. Though they are polar opposites; her need of stability is fulfilled with him, his need of optimism is fulfilled with her.

Stars: Jenna Elfman, Thomas Gibson, Joel Murray
Rules of Engagement (2007–2013)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Two couples and their single friend, all at different stages in their relationships, deal with the complications of dating, commitment and marriage.

Stars: Patrick Warburton, Megyn Price, Oliver Hudson
Malcolm in the Middle (2000–2006)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A gifted young teen tries to survive life with his dimwitted, dysfunctional family.

Stars: Frankie Muniz, Bryan Cranston, Justin Berfield
Two and a Half Men (2003–2015)
Comedy | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

A hedonistic jingle writer's free-wheeling life comes to an abrupt halt when his brother and 10-year-old nephew move into his beach-front house.

Stars: Jon Cryer, Ashton Kutcher, Angus T. Jones
Spin City (1996–2002)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

In this sitcom, Charlie, who takes Mike Flaherty's place in later years, is the Deputy-Mayor of New York City, and his team of half-wits must constantly save the Mayor from embarrassment and the media.

Stars: Michael J. Fox, Charlie Sheen, Heather Locklear
Just Shoot Me! (1997–2003)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Hot-tempered journalist Maya Gallo got herself fired from yet another job when she made an anchorwoman cry on the air with some gag copy on the teleprompter. Unable to find a job anywhere ... See full summary »

Stars: Laura San Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, George Segal


Series cast summary:
 Jim (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
 Cheryl (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
 Andy (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
 Ruby (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
Billi Bruno ...
 Gracie (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
 Dana (165 episodes, 2001-2009)
 Kyle (102 episodes, 2004-2009)


A TV show centered around macho everyman, his loving wife, and their three precocious children.

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Live dangerously. Start a family. See more »


Comedy | Romance


TV-PG | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:



Official Sites:



Release Date:

3 October 2001 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Dad  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
See  »

Did You Know?


Before the show first aired it was titled "The Dad". See more »


The series is set in Chicago, and in the one episode, Jim buys the cemetery plot next to Bronko Nagurski's grave. Bronko Nagurski is buried in International Falls, Minnesota. See more »


Kyle: I want a sponge bath, from a nurse.
Cheryl: What?
Kyle: Uncle Andy says there the best!
Jim: I think sometimes Andy forgets that Kyle's in the back seat.
See more »


Referenced in 500 Days of Summer (2009) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Just another unrealistic "average family"
28 December 2011 | by (Italy) – See all my reviews

Jim isn't funny. Jim is a self-centered, childish, manipulative, petty lying moron. The typical guy you'd hate to have as a coworker, relative or casual acquaintance.

The very basic question is: how did he manage to score such a hot wife? How come she didn't send him packing after a couple of months? Or years? See, that's the big issue I have with the typical "average slob with a hot wife" sit-com premise. Unless Cheryl has an IQ of 60 she should have grown tired of Jim's shenanigans a looong time before the events of the pilot episode.

Instead we get to sit through Jim's stupid antics, while his wife just frowns a bit but ultimately forgives him because apparently love conquers all, even self-respect...

The sidekicks are equally shallow, with the token man-child who's equally annoying as his leader, and the smart-ass girl who's there just to antagonize the main character.

And don't get me started on the kids... As usual, the little girls are the voice of reason and can act in the sassiest way possible because in the end they're right and teach the parents a lesson.

A show where kids are the most mature characters is either a kids' show or a very poorly written one.

Chalk one up for the latter...

Frankly I'm baffled many find the show funny, or even bearable. It's as hackneyed as it can get, without managing to be remotely funny.

18 of 34 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
How did this show last eight seasons..... Jay304
Jim's been canceled mdstudio66
What's Jim + Cherryl's last name? SwatCat
Jims not the father to the kid robbeswe
Brother? Sister? MyMotleyCrew
What are the wife's sister and brother doing in the house? david20097
Discuss According to Jim (2001) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page