A TV show centered around macho everyman, his loving wife, and their three precocious children.
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 Jim / ... (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
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 Cheryl / ... (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
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 Andy / ... (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
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 Ruby / ... (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
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 Gracie / ... (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
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 Dana (165 episodes, 2001-2009)
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 Kyle / ... (102 episodes, 2004-2009)
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A TV show centered around macho everyman, his loving wife, and their three precocious children.

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Roll over and play dad. See more »

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Jim complains about a DVD-player breaking down while he was trying to watch the movie Red Heat (1988)... which starred James Belushi. See more »

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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 »

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Ruby: Daddy, since Gracie won, can Kyle and I have popsicles?
Jim: How does that work?
Ruby: She's our sister, we're part of her posse.
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Referenced in What I Like About You: The Parrot Trap (2002) See more »

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Pleasant surprise
7 July 2010 | by (Belgium) – See all my reviews

I've done my fair share of slagging American sit-coms on this site, but you know what? I like this one.

I'm not even quite sure why, because it's pretty formulaic - slob husband, naggy wife, loser friend (male), harpy friend (female) - but somehow it manages to keep sight of the fact that the idea is to make people laugh, not preach at them. Oh, and the kids are kept largely offstage; something I wish more shows would remember to do.

I guess it's because I like Jim Belushi. OK, he's playing the same character that made him money in movies like K-9 and Red Heat but hell, he's good at it, so why not? Added to that is the fact that, as far as I'm concerned, Courtney Thorne-Smith will be a babe until she's 90, and she's not a half-bad comedienne either; and the sparks they knock off each other as a modern-day Beatrice and Benedict are done with obvious relish and provide a lot of laughs.

It's not quite up to the standard of MWC at its height, or indeed the best of British; but I'm glad we're getting re-runs here in Belgium, and I usually try to watch it if I'm in.

8/10


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