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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.

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3 October 2001 (USA)  »

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Dan Aykroyd appears as a guest star. Aykroyd often appeared on Saturday Night Live and in a movie as one half of the Blues Brothers, the other half of whom was John Belushi, Jim's brother. See more »


The front porch swing at the house. When there is a picture of the front of the house, the swing is parallel with the front of the house. When there is a scene on the front porch/front door area, the porch swing is perpendicular to the house. See more »


Jim: [under his breath] That's the great thing about you, honey... you remember every freakin' thing I say.
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Featured in ABC 50th Anniversary Blooper Celebration (2003) 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.


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