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Release Date:
3 October 2001 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Live dangerously. Start a family. See more »
Plot:
A TV show centered around macho everyman, his loving wife, and their three precocious children.
Awards:
Nominated for 4 Primetime Emmys. Another 16 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Just another obnoxious slob comedy See more (55 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 83)

James Belushi ... Jim / ... (182 episodes, 2001-2009)

Courtney Thorne-Smith ... Cheryl / ... (182 episodes, 2001-2009)

Larry Joe Campbell ... Andy / ... (182 episodes, 2001-2009)

Taylor Atelian ... Ruby / ... (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
Billi Bruno ... Gracie / ... (181 episodes, 2001-2009)

Kimberly Williams-Paisley ... Dana (165 episodes, 2001-2009)

Conner Rayburn ... Kyle / ... (102 episodes, 2004-2009)
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Series Directed by
Philip Charles MacKenzie (36 episodes, 2002-2009)
James Belushi (30 episodes, 2003-2009)
Mark Cendrowski (24 episodes, 2002-2005)
Gil Junger (13 episodes, 2001-2002)
Leonard R. Garner Jr. (11 episodes, 2003-2008)
Steve Zuckerman (11 episodes, 2005-2009)
Larry Joe Campbell (9 episodes, 2005-2009)
James Widdoes (9 episodes, 2007)
Dennis Capps (8 episodes, 2005-2009)
Andy Cadiff (7 episodes, 2001-2002)
Charles T. Kanganis (7 episodes, 2004-2005)
Kimberly Williams-Paisley (3 episodes, 2006-2008)
Brian K. Roberts (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Shelley Jensen (2 episodes, 2003)
Gerry Cohen (2 episodes, 2005)
Lauren Breiting (2 episodes, 2006-2009)
Bob Koherr (2 episodes, 2006)
Penny Marshall (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Writing credits
Tracy Newman (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
Jonathan Stark (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
David Feeney (23 episodes, 2001-2009)
John D. Beck (22 episodes, 2002-2009)
Ron Hart (22 episodes, 2002-2009)
Christopher J. Nowak (17 episodes, 2003-2009)
Nastaran Dibai (16 episodes, 2001-2005)
Jeffrey B. Hodes (16 episodes, 2001-2005)
Sylvia Green (16 episodes, 2003-2009)
Bob Nickman (14 episodes, 2002-2006)
Howard J. Morris (12 episodes, 2002-2006)
Harry Hannigan (11 episodes, 2002-2007)
Warren Bell (11 episodes, 2003-2009)
John Peaslee (11 episodes, 2005-2009)
Judd Pillot (11 episodes, 2005-2009)
Sung Suh (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tracy Gamble (4 episodes, 2001-2006)
Jana Hunter (4 episodes, 2004-2006)
Mitch Hunter (4 episodes, 2004-2006)
Daniel Egan (4 episodes, 2005-2007)
Tod Himmel (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
David Regal (3 episodes, 2001-2002)
Hayes Jackson (3 episodes, 2007-2008)
Todd J. Greenwald (2 episodes, 2001-2002)
Richard Goodman (2 episodes, 2002)
Mark Driscoll (2 episodes, 2003)
Mike Murphy (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
John Schwab (2 episodes, 2008-2009)

Curtis Chin (unknown episodes)
Brent Piaskoski (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
James Belushi .... executive producer (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
Suzanne Bukinik .... executive producer (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
Marc Gurvitz .... executive producer (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
Robert Heath .... co-executive producer / supervising producer / ... (180 episodes, 2001-2009)
John D. Beck .... executive producer / supervising producer / ... (160 episodes, 2002-2009)
Ron Hart .... executive producer / supervising producer / ... (160 episodes, 2002-2009)
Trevor Kirschner .... co-producer / associate producer (152 episodes, 2001-2009)
Jonathan Stark .... executive producer (137 episodes, 2001-2008)
David Feeney .... consulting producer / producer / ... (137 episodes, 2002-2009)
Warren Bell .... executive producer / consulting producer / ... (132 episodes, 2003-2009)
Bob Nickman .... co-executive producer / executive producer (115 episodes, 2002-2006)
Howard J. Morris .... co-executive producer / executive producer (106 episodes, 2002-2006)
Nastaran Dibai .... co-executive producer / executive producer / ... (105 episodes, 2001-2005)
Jeffrey B. Hodes .... co-executive producer / executive producer / ... (105 episodes, 2001-2005)
Chris Arrington .... associate producer (76 episodes, 2005-2009)
John Peaslee .... executive producer / consulting producer / ... (76 episodes, 2005-2009)
Judd Pillot .... executive producer / consulting producer / ... (76 episodes, 2005-2009)
Jesse J. Donnelly .... associate producer (75 episodes, 2005-2009)
Tracy Newman .... executive producer (64 episodes, 2001-2008)
Jana Hunter .... co-executive producer / consulting producer (52 episodes, 2004-2006)
Mitch Hunter .... co-executive producer / consulting producer (52 episodes, 2004-2006)
Christi Ayo .... co-producer (40 episodes, 2005-2007)
Harry Hannigan .... co-producer / producer (40 episodes, 2005-2007)
Hayes Jackson .... co-executive producer / consulting producer (36 episodes, 2007-2008)
Christopher J. Nowak .... co-producer / producer (36 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mark Driscoll .... consulting producer (26 episodes, 2002-2003)
Robert Cohen .... co-executive producer (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Tracy Gamble .... co-executive producer (21 episodes, 2001-2002)
Sylvia Green .... co-producer (18 episodes, 2006-2007)
David Regal .... co-producer (14 episodes, 2001-2002)
Richard Goodman .... co-producer (9 episodes, 2002)
Bonnie Kallman .... co-producer (6 episodes, 2001-2002)
Myron Lee Nash .... associate producer (3 episodes, 2001)
Terry Mulroy .... consulting producer (3 episodes, 2003)

Jason Fisher .... supervising producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
James Belushi (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
Glen Clark (152 episodes, 2001-2009)
Jonathan Wolff (48 episodes, 2001-2004)
Rich Ragsdale (41 episodes, 2001-2003)
Scott Clausen (28 episodes, 2002-2003)
 
Series Cinematography by
George Mooradian (101 episodes, 2004-2009)
Tony Askins (72 episodes, 2001-2004)
 
Series Film Editing by
Kris Trexler (131 episodes, 2003-2009)
Peter D. Beyt (19 episodes, 2002-2003)
Joe Bergen (17 episodes, 2001-2002)
Paul Anderson (2 episodes, 2003)
Art Kellner (2 episodes, 2003)
 
Series Casting by
Jeff Greenberg (76 episodes, 2001-2005)
Allyson Bosch (54 episodes, 2007-2009)
Gayle Pillsbury (20 episodes, 2005-2006)
Bonnie Zane (20 episodes, 2005-2006)
 
Series Production Design by
Michael Hynes (154 episodes, 2001-2009)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Lynda Burbank (151 episodes, 2001-2009)
 
Series Costume Design by
Bernadene Morgan (150 episodes, 2001-2009)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jackie Dobbie .... makeup artist / makeup artist: Jim Belushi / ... (136 episodes, 2002-2009)
Joseph Regina .... makeup artist / makeup department head / ... (114 episodes, 2003-2009)
Roxanne Baker-Sarver .... department head hair stylist / hair stylist (76 episodes, 2005-2009)
Renee Ferruggia .... hair stylist (52 episodes, 2003-2005)
Lizbeth Williamson .... makeup department head / makeup artist (35 episodes, 2001-2003)
Angie Wells .... key makeup artist (18 episodes, 2008)
Kathryn Fenton .... key makeup artist (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Desmond Miller .... hair stylist (13 episodes, 2001-2002)
Deborah Merle .... key makeup artist (10 episodes, 2007)
Laurie Heaps .... hair stylist (8 episodes, 2002-2003)

Carol Collini .... assistant makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Robert Heath .... unit production manager / production manager (153 episodes, 2001-2009)
Dena Reifschneider .... production supervisor (22 episodes, 2005-2006)
Neil A. Sheridan .... post-production supervisor (18 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Dennis Capps .... first assistant director (137 episodes, 2001-2009)
Pamela Lavaf .... second assistant director / first assistant director (83 episodes, 2002-2006)
Lauren Breiting .... associate director (74 episodes, 2005-2009)
Guy Distad .... second assistant director / first assistant director (36 episodes, 2007-2008)
Rebecca Baughman .... second assistant director (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Catherine Marie McDonald .... second second assistant director / Key Second Assistant Director (17 episodes, 2004-2006)
Sean Mulcahy .... second assistant director / first assistant director (16 episodes, 2008-2009)
William Cosentino .... first assistant director (8 episodes, 2003)
Kimberly Law .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2005)
Ron Moseley .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2007-2008)
Chris Klausen .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 2008-2009)

Dusty Dukatz .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
David Needham .... leadman (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
Warren L. Shaffer .... property master (129 episodes, 2001-2008)
Judeth Lowey .... assistant art director (124 episodes, 2002-2007)
Charles S. Serrano .... construction coordinator (81 episodes, 2005-2008)
Ryan J. Beyer .... on-set dresser / set dresser (36 episodes, 2007-2008)
Drew Pierce .... scenic painter (18 episodes, 2008)
Robert Grbavac .... painter (17 episodes, 2003-2005)
Gilbert Spragg .... property master (15 episodes, 2007-2009)
Jim Falkenstein .... property master (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Charles Faithorn .... property master (2 episodes, 2001-2003)
Loren Nickloff .... construction coordinator (2 episodes, 2001-2003)
Victor M. Shannon .... plasterer foreman (2 episodes, 2001-2003)

Kenneth Heimer .... propmaker (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Kerry Boggio .... production sound mixer (137 episodes, 2001-2009)
Charlie McDaniel .... re-recording mixer / sound re-recording mixer (136 episodes, 2002-2009)
Craig Porter .... re-recording mixer / sound re-recording mixer (122 episodes, 2001-2007)
Matthew Pavolaitis .... extra effects mixer: Technicolor Glendale (94 episodes, 2001-2005)
Jack Donato .... re-recording mixer (36 episodes, 2008-2009)
Todd Grace .... re-recording mixer (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Mark McBryde .... additional foley (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Michael Ballin .... production sound mixer (21 episodes, 2001-2002)
Larry Hopkins .... layback sound mixer (19 episodes, 2007-2009)

Jesse Dodd .... foley mixer (unknown episodes)
Richard Luckey Jr. .... sound (unknown episodes)
 
Series Visual Effects by
Dan Carrington .... Flame artist (4 episodes, 2004-2007)
Scott Milne .... visual effects supervisor (4 episodes, 2004-2007)

Rick Cortes .... visual effects (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Tanner Gill .... stunt double: Jim Belushi (7 episodes, 2003-2009)

Ken Clark .... stunt double (unknown episodes)
Caryn Mower .... stunt double: Courtney Thorne Smith (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Adam C. Eichhorst .... best boy grip (101 episodes, 2004-2009)
Alfie Cunningham .... key grip (79 episodes, 2001-2004)
Tom Tcimpidis .... 24p digital imaging engineer / 24p video controller (51 episodes, 2004-2007)
John O'Brien .... video controller (49 episodes, 2002-2009)
Derek Grover .... digital imaging technician (41 episodes, 2001-2003)
Kevin Celi .... digital imaging technician (29 episodes, 2003-2004)
Mary Gonzales .... first assistant camera (22 episodes, 2001-2002)
Travers Hill Jr. .... camera operator (22 episodes, 2005-2006)
David Tolsky .... camera utility (20 episodes, 2001-2002)
Pete Johnson .... grip (8 episodes, 2004-2006)

Jack Anderson .... director of photography: additional photography (unknown episodes)
Chris Bangma .... Steadicam assistant (unknown episodes)
Jerome Fauci .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
Larry Gaudette .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Joshua Jenkins .... best boy electric (unknown episodes)
Michael A. Johnson .... Steadicam operator (unknown episodes)
Tracy Kilbourne .... jib operator: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Todd Mielke .... dimmer board operator (unknown episodes)
Bob Myers .... rigging grip (unknown episodes)
David Yellin .... lighting technician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Lisa Miller Katz .... original casting / casting / ... (152 episodes, 2001-2009)
Collin Daniel .... casting associate / casting (45 episodes, 2002-2004)
Allen Hooper .... casting assistant (27 episodes, 2004-2005)
Mara Kelly .... casting assistant (7 episodes, 2007)
Jenya Orloff .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 2002)

Geralyn Flood .... casting assistant (unknown episodes, 2002)
Carissa Chapman .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Neely Gurman .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Jason Harrington .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Justine Hempe .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Cathy Reinking .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Stacey Tenenbaum .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Roberto Carneiro .... costume supervisor (88 episodes, 2003-2008)
Robin Michel Bush .... costume supervisor (35 episodes, 2001-2003)
Ricardo Richard Alvarez .... key costumer (21 episodes, 2001-2002)
Alice Daniels .... costume supervisor (18 episodes, 2008-2009)
Judy Bohning .... set costumer (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Michael Chavez .... costume supervisor (6 episodes, 2008)
Marjorie K. Chan .... costume supervisor (3 episodes, 2005)

Tricia Yoo .... costume assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Rose Calabrese .... colorist (170 episodes, 2001-2008)
Chris Poulos .... assistant editor (158 episodes, 2002-2009)
Jay Steinberg .... on-line editor (146 episodes, 2001-2009)

Jonathan Auzenne .... post-production assistant (unknown episodes)
Lenny Duge .... post-production duplication (unknown episodes)
Abraham Park .... post-production: Touchstone Television (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
James Belushi .... composer: theme music / performer: theme music / ... (182 episodes, 2001-2009)
Glen Clark .... composer: theme music / composer: theme / ... (152 episodes, 2001-2009)
Johnny Lee Schell .... music coordinator (115 episodes, 2003-2009)
Jack Diamond .... music editor / performer: vocalist (22 episodes, 2002-2003)
 
Series Transportation Department
Chris Haynes .... driver (3 episodes, 2006-2007)
 
Series Other crew
Hayden Ghaffary .... script supervisor (143 episodes, 2001-2009)
Tracy Newman .... consultant / creative consultant (108 episodes, 2003-2009)
Peter Wentzel .... finance executive (106 episodes, 2002-2006)
Chris Arrington .... production coordinator (102 episodes, 2004-2009)
Fay Moss .... production staff / production accountant (76 episodes, 2003-2009)
Barbara Bass .... studio teacher (75 episodes, 2005-2009)
Christopher J. Nowak .... production staff / story editor / ... (73 episodes, 2002-2007)
Chris Poulos .... production staff / production assistant (70 episodes, 2002-2009)
Jimmy Brooks .... production staff / assistant production office coordinator (64 episodes, 2003-2009)
Laura Pierce .... production staff (58 episodes, 2003-2009)
Lauren Breiting .... technical coordinator / associate director (55 episodes, 2002-2007)
Mike Murphy .... production staff / script coordinator (49 episodes, 2005-2009)
Kerry Carter .... production assistant / production staff (49 episodes, 2007-2009)
Sylvia Green .... story editor / executive story editor (48 episodes, 2004-2006)
Harry Hannigan .... executive story editor / story editor (40 episodes, 2003-2005)
Neil A. Sheridan .... production staff (38 episodes, 2003-2006)
Jonah Kuehner .... production staff (38 episodes, 2005-2009)
Earl Pomerantz .... consultant (37 episodes, 2002-2004)
Patty Tsilidas .... production coordinator (35 episodes, 2001-2003)
Terry Mulroy .... consultant (34 episodes, 2002-2004)
Christi Ayo .... production staff (29 episodes, 2002-2005)
Robyn Adams .... production staff / writers' assistant / ... (28 episodes, 2003-2006)
Michael P. Fox .... production staff (28 episodes, 2003-2006)
Samandhi Alfieri .... production staff (28 episodes, 2007-2009)
Mara Kelly .... production staff (28 episodes, 2007-2009)
Bill Beck .... production staff / assistant to executive producer (27 episodes, 2003-2009)
Benjamin Davidson .... production staff / assistant: producer (27 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jason Dorris .... production staff / production assistant (27 episodes, 2008-2009)
John Schwab .... production staff (26 episodes, 2007-2009)
Lisa Slopey .... production staff (25 episodes, 2005-2008)
Alina Khanjian .... production staff (23 episodes, 2004-2006)
Regina Naranjo .... assistant to executive producer / production staff (22 episodes, 2005-2006)
Sequan Kolibas .... production staff (22 episodes, 2007-2009)
Laura Marriott .... production staff (21 episodes, 2003-2005)
Suniti Warey .... production staff (21 episodes, 2003-2005)
Dena Reifschneider .... production staff / production assistant (20 episodes, 2002-2005)
Cindy Appel .... production staff (20 episodes, 2003-2005)
Kanin Guntzelman .... production staff (18 episodes, 2008-2009)
Helen Macdonald .... production staff (17 episodes, 2003-2005)
Sung Suh .... story editor (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Emily Greenspan .... production staff (16 episodes, 2005-2007)
Peter Filsinger .... technical coordinator (15 episodes, 2001-2002)
Tod Himmel .... story editor (15 episodes, 2001-2002)
Brian Hilton .... production assistant / production staff (15 episodes, 2004-2005)
Jessica Butler .... production staff (15 episodes, 2005-2006)
David Feeney .... executive story editor (14 episodes, 2001-2002)
Todd J. Greenwald .... executive story editor (14 episodes, 2001-2002)
David Querido .... production coordinator (14 episodes, 2003-2004)
Zak Walshon .... assistant to writers / production staff (14 episodes, 2007)
Chad Goldich .... production staff (13 episodes, 2002-2003)
Kitt Hirasaki .... production staff (13 episodes, 2004-2005)
Max Kisbye .... production staff / assistant to executive producer (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
Charlee Halphen .... production staff (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Allen Hooper .... production staff (12 episodes, 2004-2005)
Charles Hornsby .... production staff / production assistant (10 episodes, 2002-2003)
Robinson Green .... production staff (10 episodes, 2007)
Melissa Barbur .... production staff (9 episodes, 2002-2003)
Nat Kozin .... production staff (9 episodes, 2008)
Neely Gurman .... production staff (8 episodes, 2004-2005)
Valerie Lindow .... production staff (8 episodes, 2005-2006)
Frank Wolff .... production staff (8 episodes, 2007)
Addie Dane .... production staff (7 episodes, 2003-2004)
Stacy Gabel .... production staff (7 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jenya Orloff .... production staff / production assistant (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
Robert Spina .... script supervisor (6 episodes, 2002)
Michelle Walker .... production staff (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ted Zizik .... production staff (6 episodes, 2008-2009)
Richard Goodman .... executive story editor (5 episodes, 2001-2002)
Bill Burman .... production staff (5 episodes, 2002-2003)
Stacey Tenenbaum .... production staff (5 episodes, 2003)
Liza LaLomia .... production staff (5 episodes, 2009)
Charlene Halphen .... production staff (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
Leah Wright .... production assistant / production staff (4 episodes, 2002)
Jordan Bachrad .... production staff (4 episodes, 2003)
Pamela I. Brown .... production staff (4 episodes, 2003)
Doa Farrentine .... production staff (4 episodes, 2003)
Geralyn Flood .... production staff (4 episodes, 2003)
Mary Stewart .... production staff (4 episodes, 2005)
Michael Spear .... production staff (4 episodes, 2007)
Gail Russell .... production staff (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jonathan Auzenne .... production staff (3 episodes, 2002-2003)

Charissa Gilmore .... publicist (unknown episodes, 2003)
Mark J. Greenberg .... production executive (unknown episodes, 2003)
Nicole Marostica .... publicist (unknown episodes, 2003)
Phyllis Nelson .... production executive (unknown episodes, 2003)
Mark Adam Amos .... accounting clerk (unknown episodes)
Susan Chastain Hulbert .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Jeannine Dupuy .... script supervisor: "Big Guy" tv spots (unknown episodes)
Daniel Egan .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Chris Lehman .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Danai Maraire .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Omar McClinton .... post-production finance: Touchstone Television (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Reed .... audience switcher (unknown episodes)
Kiyana Williams .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
 

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Argentina:Atp | Australia:G (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes) | Netherlands:6 | USA:TV-PG

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Trivia:
Jim's middle name is Orenthal.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Dana:[whilst dancing with Andy] Wow, Andy, it's like someone connected your legs to your brain.See more »
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34 out of 65 people found the following review useful.
Just another obnoxious slob comedy, 2 June 2004
Author: liquidcelluloid-1 from www.liquidcelluloid.blog.com

Network: ABC; Genre: Sitcom; Content Rating: TV-G; Classification: Contemporary (star range: 1 - 4)

Season Reviewed: Series (3+ season)

The only reason According to Jim' is even still on the air, as of this writing, is because it isn't a reality show. Launched by ABC in the fall of 2002 with '8 Simple Rules', 'Life with Bonnie' and 'Less than Perfect', it was part of the network's pendulum swing away from the reality genera and back toward more audience-pleasing scripted family comedies. It's much better than a reality show, but a hard punch in the back of the head would be too.

So, now we're stuck with this monster. In that reality rebellion I'm afraid the audience may have given Jim Belushi, the cast and his writers the impression that they were actually funny. They aren't and as a sitcom the show is a waste of time and space on every level. How many ways can you say that something is bad? 'Jim' is nothing, like a spec of dust in the air. It has no distinct characters or comic talents. It has no vision or voice. It has no chemistry. It has no desire to do anything creative or original. It doesn't want to tell a story or even strain to hard to tell a joke. It wants to be escapism and get a laugh every now and then and it can't even do that. At the same time it isn't even bad up on an insulting level that I can get worked up and challenge it.

The show is headlined with another classic improbable sitcom odd-couple marriage in Belushi and Courtney Thorne-Smith ('Melrose Place', if that doesn't say it all). The husband/father is, typically, a tubby sports and sex-obsessed idiot always needing to be wrangled in by his more sensible, down to earth, and never wrong wife. As much as this TV husband lives in constant fear of not having sex, he is also so self absorbed that he will forgo opportunities for said sex so he can attend a football game, watch a football game or some other act of self indulgence. They make up cute at the end of each episode so they could go through the same thing again. None of these shows have the guts to end with their wives finally filing for divorce.

For those that haven't heard this a thousand times before: these kind of escapist sitcoms are designed to pander to the married/relationship set - for the husbands to fantasize that they can be as much a pig as they want and still get Courtney Thorne-Smith. Wives are to feel like they are doing an act of charity raising both their kids and childish husbands who are constantly screwing up and getting them into predicaments. We're all supposed to hold hands at the end, look into each others eyes and say "that's just like us" or "it's so realistic". That illusion of familiarity is the only thing that keeps these shows running.

Belushi, swallowing the slob sitcom clichés whole-heartedly, is flat-out obnoxious. Everyone else, including Thorne-Smith, cute Kimberly Williams and Larry Joe Campbell (as Belushi's fat slob sidekick) run around and fall all over the place trying their paltry best to give this any signs of life. It is embarrassing to watch.

Next time I come across another one of these cookie-cutter sitcoms, I'm going to make it easy on myself and just cut and paste this review and change the names. See if anyone notices. Hey, you get out what you put in.

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