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24 September 2002 (USA) See more »
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A newly married man moves into his wife's parents' house to save money, only to have his life completely taken over by her father (Dennis Farina). Full summary »
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Faced with a concept I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, Farina & Gold make it work as well as it can See more (15 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 4 of 7)

Dennis Farina ... Victor Pellet (15 episodes, 2002-2003)

Elon Gold ... Matt Landis (15 episodes, 2002-2003)

Bonnie Somerville ... Alex Pellet Landis / ... (15 episodes, 2002-2003)

Jean Smart ... Marlene Pellet (15 episodes, 2002-2003)

Series Directed by
Steve Zuckerman (6 episodes, 2002-2003)
Sheldon Epps (4 episodes, 2002)
Pamela Fryman (2 episodes, 2002)
Michael Zinberg (2 episodes, 2003)
Series Writing credits
Mark Reisman (15 episodes, 2002-2003)
Katy Ballard (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Michael Markowitz (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Michelle Nader (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Danielle Sanchez-Witzel (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Christopher Vane (2 episodes, 2002-2003)
Jeff Astrof (2 episodes, 2002)
Alex Barnow (2 episodes, 2002)
Marc Firek (2 episodes, 2002)
Mike Sikowitz (2 episodes, 2002)

Series Produced by
Elon Gold .... producer (15 episodes, 2002-2003)
Kelsey Grammer .... executive producer (15 episodes, 2002-2003)
Mark Reisman .... executive producer (15 episodes, 2002-2003)
Jeff Astrof .... co-executive producer (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
Michael Markowitz .... supervising producer (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
Michelle Nader .... consulting producer (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
Faye Oshima Belyeu .... producer (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
Mike Sikowitz .... co-executive producer (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
Christopher Vane .... consulting producer (14 episodes, 2002-2003)

Anne Lee .... co-producer (unknown episodes, 2003)
Kelly Lee .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Series Original Music by
Steven M. Gold (unknown episodes)
Bruce Miller (unknown episodes)
Adam Schlesinger (unknown episodes)
Jill Sobule (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Richard Brown (unknown episodes)
Ken Lamkin (unknown episodes)
Series Film Editing by
Susan Federman (1 episode, 2002)

Bill Lowe (unknown episodes)
Ron Volk (unknown episodes)
Series Casting by
Jeff Greenberg (unknown episodes)
Series Production Design by
Roy Christopher (unknown episodes)
Series Art Direction by
Jim O'Donnell (unknown episodes)
Amy Skjonsby-Winslow (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Linda Cooper (unknown episodes)
Peter M. Gurski (unknown episodes)
Ron Olsen (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Audrey M. Bansmer (unknown episodes)
Series Makeup Department
Susan Zietlow-Maust .... department head hair stylist / department head hairstylist (15 episodes, 2002-2003)

Bruce Hutchinson .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Sheree Morgan .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Marilyn Patricia Phillips .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Amy L. Taylor .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Faye Oshima Belyeu .... unit production manager (unknown episodes)
Ralph Paredes .... post-production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Steven Pomeroy .... unit production manager (unknown episodes)
Steve Stark .... executive in charge of production (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Joseph Rich .... first assistant director (14 episodes, 2002-2003)

Katy Garretson .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Cherie Hankal .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Marc Stirdivant .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Michael Semon .... property master (15 episodes, 2002-2003)
William Small .... set dresser (15 episodes, 2002-2003)
Bob Williams .... assistant propmaster (15 episodes, 2002-2003)
Greg Bartkus .... leadman (10 episodes, 2002-2003)

David L. Bell .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Christopher H. Lawrence .... lead man / set dresser (unknown episodes)
Kevin Morrissey .... set designer (unknown episodes)
Sean O'Connell .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Charlotte Raybourn .... art department coordinator (unknown episodes)
Mike Sudrow .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Andre Caporaso .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
John W. Cook II .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Jack Donato .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Robert Douglass .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Thomas J. Huth .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Dana Mark McClure .... sound (unknown episodes)
Jesse Peck .... sound (unknown episodes)
Johanna Turner .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Dan Carrington .... Flame artist (1 episode, 2002)
Scott Milne .... visual effects supervisor (1 episode, 2002)
Series Stunts
Bryan Thomas .... stunt actor (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Tierney .... key grip (1 episode, 2002)

Michael R. Marquette .... first assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Collin Daniel .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Geralyn Flood .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Helen Mossler .... casting executive (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Kresta Lins .... key costumer (14 episodes, 2002-2003)

Marissa Borsetto .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Karla Stevens .... costume supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Editorial Department
Nicole Bottcher .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Scott Maisano .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Jeff Wright .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Chips Swanson .... music editor (unknown episodes)
Series Transportation Department
Steven Salzman .... transportation coordinator (unknown episodes)
Series Other crew
George Montgomery .... title designer (15 episodes, 2002-2003)
Shawn Thomas .... assistant to writer (15 episodes, 2002-2003)
Garfield Whitman .... production assistant (15 episodes, 2002-2003)
Heather L. Olson .... assistant to producer (14 episodes, 2002-2003)
Dailey Pike .... audience warm-up (8 episodes, 2002-2003)

Katy Ballard .... executive story editor (unknown episodes)
Alex Barnow .... story editor (unknown episodes)
Kevin Bonani .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Doug Boney .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Rich Bryant .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Joseph Conway .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Collin Daniel .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Bob Ellison .... creative consultant (unknown episodes)
Marc Firek .... story editor (unknown episodes)
April French .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Elon Gold .... based on the comedy of (unknown episodes)
Gail Haller .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Gabrielle James .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Polly Levy .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Jenn Lloyd .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Chris Maul .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Clint McCray .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Jon Norwood .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Xochitl L. Olivas .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Karla Orloff .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Chris Painter .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Kate Pavri .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Rachel Pollon .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Courtney Potter .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Trudy Ramirez .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Cathy Reinking .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Janssen Riofrir .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Jim Rose .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Cathy Roseberry .... production accountant (unknown episodes)
Jean Sagal .... technical director (unknown episodes)
Jason Schemmel .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Graham Sevigny .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)
Sean Veder .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Graham Whitman .... assistant to producer (unknown episodes)

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30 min (15 episodes)
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Victor:You know what's ironic? That your name is "Matt" and today I walked all over you.See more »
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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Faced with a concept I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy, Farina & Gold make it work as well as it can, 3 February 2005
Author: liquidcelluloid-1 from

Network: NBC; Genre: Sitcom; Content Rating: TV-PG (for some language); Classification: Contemporary (star range: 1 - 4)

Season Reviewed: Complete Series (1 season)

Matt Landis (Elon Gold) has just married his sweetheart Alex (Bonnie Sumerville, "Grosse Pointe"). Due to financial problems they are forced to move in with her parents, The Pellets (Jean Smart and Dennis Farina): hi-jinks ensue!

From its wonderfully contrived premise to its traditional multi-camera, studio audience sitcom format, "The In-Laws" is the type of show that is easily instantly dismissed by most people as typical sitcoms. Truth be told, it is pretty disposable. But throw away any pretension and there is some fun to be had between the lines here. Coming to the network in the same year as "Meet My Folks" it might seem like NBC capitalizing on the success of the 2000 Ben Stiller comedy "Meet the Parents". I suspect that NBC's desire to get in on the universally appreciated man-fearing-his-intimidating-father-in-law comedy is the reason the show was pushed out of the gate, but few assembly line series come from a comic's creation and in this case that stand-up act is of comedian Elon Gold.

Gold shows a capable skill with physical comedy and willingness to use it (not many actors of this generation are so willing to embarrass themselves), as well as the classic bumbling newlywed out-of-step with his wife's family traditions. Without even watching the show you can probably guess that Jean Smart and, a laugh out loud funny Dennis Farina are the show's ace in the hole. They definitely are. Farina is an old pro who plays this part like a fiddle with his eyes closed. Veteran sitcom creator Mark Reisman and NBC did a crucially correct thing with this casting. Without them, "In Laws" wouldn't come close to working as much as it does.

"In Laws" is a show of simple joys. This was a shallow, completely inconsequential series hearkening back to a simpler sitcom time - and it appears to know this - recreating with loving accuracy the goofiness of a 70s or 80s family sitcom. Therein lies the show's modest charms. The farcical slapstick, the silly misunderstandings, the simple, cozy living room/kitchen setting. This, ironically, becomes a star in itself amid a wash of modern sitcoms looking for that next great visual gimmick. The show's writing is better than you would expect and Farina's comic delivery sells us on some slight, but clearly present, laughs. As slight as it may seem, this is typically stale material with a dead-end concept I wouldn't wish on my worst enemy - that it works at all (as I think it does) is enough to write home about.

It won't be rerun on USA in the middle of the day with cult sitcoms like "Doctor, Doctor", it won't be released on DVD (nor would I expect it too) and, in fact, it will probably be confused for the 1979 or 2003 movie on this website. But, given the up-hill battle, "In-Laws" was an amusing time-filler and a cute little effort while it lasted.

* * ½ / 4

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