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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Dan Aykroyd appeared as a guest star a number of times. Aykroyd often appeared on Saturday Night Live and in a movie as one half of the Blues Brothers, the other half was John Belushi, Jim's brother. 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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Dana: [whilst dancing with Andy] Wow, Andy, it's like someone connected your legs to your brain.
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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.


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