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1 October 2002 (USA) See more »
Behind Every Successful Woman is a Bunch of Creeps Who Want Her Job. See more »
Huge egos. Backbiting assistants. Screaming deadlines. Claudia "Claude" Casey has moved up in the secretarial world of television news... See more »
2 wins & 2 nominations See more »
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Well written and good ensemble, but has increasingly cheated on it's premise See more (38 total) »


 (Series Cast Summary - 8 of 33)

Sara Rue ... Claude Casey (81 episodes, 2002-2006)

Zachary Levi ... Kipp Steadman (81 episodes, 2002-2006)

Andrea Parker ... Lydia Weston (81 episodes, 2002-2006)

Andy Dick ... Owen Kronsky (81 episodes, 2002-2006)

Sherri Shepherd ... Ramona Platt (80 episodes, 2002-2006)

Eric Roberts ... Will Butler (65 episodes, 2002-2005)

Will Sasso ... Carl Monari (60 episodes, 2003-2006)

Patrick Warburton ... Jeb Denton (49 episodes, 2003-2006)

Series Directed by
Ted Wass (64 episodes, 2002-2006)
Skip Collector (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Jonathan Weiss (3 episodes, 2004-2005)
Terry Hughes (2 episodes, 2003)
Series Writing credits
Terri Minsky (67 episodes, 2002-2006)
J.J. Wall (8 episodes, 2002-2006)
Justin Adler (8 episodes, 2002-2005)
Mike Dieffenbach (8 episodes, 2002-2005)
Cynthia Greenburg (8 episodes, 2002-2005)
Dan Cohen (7 episodes, 2002-2006)
F.J. Pratt (7 episodes, 2002-2006)
Christine Zander (6 episodes, 2002-2006)
Rob LaZebnik (5 episodes, 2003-2006)
Tom Hertz (4 episodes, 2002-2003)
Claudia Lonow (4 episodes, 2003-2006)
Chuck Tatham (4 episodes, 2003-2004)
Earl Davis (4 episodes, 2005)
David Metrick (2 episodes, 2005)
Steve Holland (2 episodes, 2006)

Mitchell Hurwitz (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Gene Stein .... executive producer (81 episodes, 2002-2006)
Dan Cohen .... consulting producer (65 episodes, 2002-2006)
F.J. Pratt .... consulting producer (65 episodes, 2002-2006)
Nina Wass .... executive producer (65 episodes, 2002-2006)
Christine Zander .... executive producer / co-executive producer (65 episodes, 2002-2006)
Dionne Kirschner .... producer (64 episodes, 2002-2006)
J.J. Wall .... consulting producer (64 episodes, 2002-2006)
Trevor Kirschner .... co-producer (63 episodes, 2002-2006)
Cynthia Greenburg .... producer / co-producer / ... (57 episodes, 2002-2005)
Justin Adler .... producer / co-producer / ... (56 episodes, 2002-2005)
Claudia Lonow .... consulting producer (49 episodes, 2003-2006)
Rob LaZebnik .... co-executive producer (43 episodes, 2003-2006)
Chuck Tatham .... co-executive producer (42 episodes, 2003-2006)
Terri Minsky .... executive producer (22 episodes, 2002-2003)
Tom Hertz .... co-executive producer (21 episodes, 2002-2003)
Mitchell Hurwitz .... consulting producer (21 episodes, 2002-2003)
Lew Schneider .... consulting producer (6 episodes, 2006)
Jeff Melnick .... associate producer (5 episodes, 2006)
Series Original Music by
Jonathan Wolff (59 episodes, 2002-2005)
Rich Ragsdale (44 episodes, 2002-2004)
Scott Clausen (21 episodes, 2004-2005)
Christopher A. Lee (9 episodes, 2004)
Series Cinematography by
James W. Roberson (64 episodes, 2002-2006)
Series Film Editing by
Skip Collector (62 episodes, 2002-2006)
Series Casting by
Jill Anthony (63 episodes, 2002-2006)
Julie Mossberg (59 episodes, 2002-2006)
Series Production Design by
Michael Hynes (65 episodes, 2002-2006)
Series Art Direction by
Michael Hynes (unknown episodes)
Series Set Decoration by
Lynda Burbank (59 episodes, 2002-2006)
Series Costume Design by
Susan Michalek (59 episodes, 2002-2006)
Series Makeup Department
Bernadette Beauvais .... key makeup artist (68 episodes, 2002-2005)
Bruce Grayson .... makeup artist (60 episodes, 2002-2006)
Robert Hallowell II .... hair stylist (24 episodes, 2003-2004)
Maria Valdivia .... key hair stylist / hair stylist (13 episodes, 2002-2003)
Ralph M. Abalos .... hair stylist (13 episodes, 2004-2005)
Robin McWilliams .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 2003)
Lisa Hans-Wolf .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 2002)

Kristina Frisch .... makeup artist (unknown episodes, 2004)
Michael Burnett .... prosthetic effects: Andy Dick / special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
Gail Gulino .... additional makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Adruitha Lee .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
Melanie Mills .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
Series Production Management
Dionne Kirschner .... unit production manager (62 episodes, 2002-2006)
Jeff Melnick .... production supervisor (37 episodes, 2003-2005)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Richard Learman .... second assistant director / first assistant director (60 episodes, 2002-2006)
Jonathan Weiss .... first assistant director (58 episodes, 2002-2006)
Michael Risner .... second second assistant director / second assistant director (53 episodes, 2003-2006)
Tom Doak .... associate director (34 episodes, 2003-2006)
Series Art Department
Greg Gneier .... set designer (81 episodes, 2002-2006)
David Needham .... leadman (81 episodes, 2002-2006)
Frank Bellina .... property master (80 episodes, 2002-2006)
Steve Orefice .... painter foreman (74 episodes, 2002-2006)
Ryan J. Beyer .... set dresser (71 episodes, 2002-2006)
Judy Cosgrove .... assistant art director (59 episodes, 2003-2006)
Robert Grbavac .... painter (17 episodes, 2003-2005)

Richard N. McGuire .... propmaker (unknown episodes)
Series Sound Department
Charlie McDaniel .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (59 episodes, 2002-2006)
Craig Porter .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (59 episodes, 2002-2006)
Larry Stephens .... production sound mixer (53 episodes, 2002-2006)
Ken Dufva .... foley artist (22 episodes, 2002-2003)

Todd Grace .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Special Effects by
Kevin Pike .... special effects supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Visual Effects by
Dan Carrington .... Flame artist / flame artist / ... (3 episodes, 2003-2004)
Scott Milne .... visual effects supervisor (3 episodes, 2003-2004)
Series Stunts
Eddie Braun .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 2006)

Conrad E. Palmisano .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Justin Sundquist .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Kevin Celi .... digital imaging technician (80 episodes, 2002-2006)
David McMillan .... dimmer board operator (80 episodes, 2002-2006)
Lee Johnson .... best boy electric (67 episodes, 2002-2005)
Gary J. Dodd .... key grip (35 episodes, 2004-2006)
Ryne Niner .... assistant camera (21 episodes, 2002-2003)
Adrian Licciardi .... first assistant camera (2 episodes, 2002)
Allen E. Voss .... first assistant camera (2 episodes, 2006)

Keeth Lawrence .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Bob Myers .... grip (unknown episodes)
Series Casting Department
Beth Liebetrau .... casting associate / casting assistant (35 episodes, 2004-2006)
Kim Ju .... extras casting (23 episodes, 2003)

Nickole Doro .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Kevin Goldson .... extras casting (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Annette Dunford-Lewis .... costume supervisor (60 episodes, 2002-2006)
Brandy Lusvardi .... costumer / costume designer: Sara Rue (20 episodes, 2004-2006)
Jill Korengold .... costume shopper (13 episodes, 2006)
Series Editorial Department
Todd Copps .... post-production coordinator / post-production assistant (81 episodes, 2002-2006)
Bill Missett .... on-line editor (81 episodes, 2002-2006)

Michael Broome .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Lenny Duge .... post-production duplication (unknown episodes)
Abraham Park .... post-production: Touchstone Television (unknown episodes)
Series Music Department
Jack Diamond .... music coordinator / music editor (81 episodes, 2002-2006)
Cary Beare .... composer: theme song / composer: theme music / ... (24 episodes, 2003-2006)
Jason Thomas Gordon .... composer: theme song / composer: theme music / ... (24 episodes, 2003-2006)
Sky Nicholas .... composer: theme song / composer: theme music / ... (24 episodes, 2003-2006)
Dan Rothchild .... composer: theme song / composer: theme music / ... (24 episodes, 2003-2006)
Series Other crew
Peter Wentzel .... finance executive (80 episodes, 2002-2006)
Chris Lehman .... writer assistant / production staff (59 episodes, 2003-2006)
Susan Harris .... script supervisor (57 episodes, 2002-2005)
Davin Palmer .... audience switcher (56 episodes, 2002-2006)
Mike Dieffenbach .... story editor / executive story editor (36 episodes, 2004-2006)
Casey Bloys .... production associate (27 episodes, 2003-2004)
Kevin Lappin .... production staff (22 episodes, 2003-2006)
Dailey Pike .... audience warm-up (22 episodes, 2004-2005)
Jeanine Cummins .... production staff / production accountant (21 episodes, 2003-2006)
Todd Copps .... production staff (20 episodes, 2003-2006)
David Metrick .... production staff (20 episodes, 2003-2005)
Jena Plourde .... production staff (20 episodes, 2003-2005)
Mahdy Safieddine .... production staff (20 episodes, 2003-2005)
Lori Schaffhauser .... production staff (20 episodes, 2003-2005)
Frank Ramey .... first assistant accountant / production staff (20 episodes, 2004-2005)
Jeff Melnick .... production coordinator (19 episodes, 2002-2006)
Catherine Dunn .... production staff (19 episodes, 2003-2006)
Jessica Weissbuch .... production staff / set production assistant (19 episodes, 2003-2005)
Tom Doak .... technical coordinator (17 episodes, 2002-2005)
Howard Ritter .... technical coordinator (17 episodes, 2002-2003)
Mark Amos .... accounting clerk (13 episodes, 2006)
Michael Roberts .... production staff (13 episodes, 2006)
Claudia Lonow .... consultant (12 episodes, 2002-2003)
Richard Biederman .... production staff (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Anna Hartshorn .... production staff (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Tom Howes .... production staff (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Dan Tobin .... production staff (12 episodes, 2003-2004)
Karman Graham .... first assistant accountant / production staff (11 episodes, 2002-2004)
Robbie Gillies .... production staff (8 episodes, 2004-2006)
Alex Espinoza .... production staff (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Beth Liebetrau .... production staff (6 episodes, 2004-2005)
Earl Davis .... story editor (5 episodes, 2006)
Steve Holland .... story editor (5 episodes, 2006)
Susan Straughn Harris .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2004-2006)

Nina Howie .... production executive (unknown episodes, 2003)
Sharon Liggins .... publicist (unknown episodes, 2003)
La Rosa .... publicist (unknown episodes, 2003)
Richard Ballering .... production executive (unknown episodes, 2005)
Mitchell Hurwitz .... consultant (unknown episodes)
Roger Lundblade .... audience warm-up (unknown episodes)
Nicole Marostica .... publicist (unknown episodes)
Omar McClinton .... post-production finance: Touchstone Television (unknown episodes)
Series Thanks
Judy Toll .... for the one and only (1 episode, 2002)

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Sara Rue and Patrick Warburton starred together here years before Rue joined the cast of Rules of Engagement, another well-received sitcom.See more »
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9 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Well written and good ensemble, but has increasingly cheated on it's premise, 3 June 2004
Author: liquidcelluloid-1 from

Network: ABC; Genre: sitcom/office comedy; Content Rating: TV-PG (adult content); Classification: contemporary (star range: 1 – 4);

Season Reviewed: series (2+ seasons)

From it's great ensemble to it's sparkling witty dialogue to a lush look and office comedy set that actually looks like it plans to be around for awhile, 'Less Than Perfect' was the best and most promising new sitcom of the limp 2002 TV season. A season that could go down as one of the worst on record without exaggeration. As it moves into it's 2nd and now 3rd seasons it starts to cheat it's original concept and the laughs come fewer and far between, but even so this is still one show that knows how to be a good sitcom.

From the outset 'Perfect' had something different. Not quite a cookie-cutter series, it has some effort and a real vision put into it. In the beginning we follow Claude Casey (introducing Sara Rue, practically perfect in the role) an average girl who is given the opportunity to advance from her friends on the 4th floor (Andy Dick, in usual vogue mode, and Sherri Shepard) and take a fulltime secretarial position for anchorman Will Butler (perennial lifetime movie villain Eric Roberts) on the prestigious 22nd floor. Claude must contend with the 22nd floor snobs and it's there where we find the best part of this ensemble. Introducing Zachary Levi (who sounds like he graduated from the Ryan Reynolds school of acting) in what should be the show's breakout character, Kipp and Andrea Parker as Lydia. Both are hysterically funny with Levi giving Kipp a complex and intriguing undercurrent and Parker (aside from being about as hot as the surface of the sun) getting to show off an amazing comic talent you'd never know she had from 'The Pretender'. It's in the moments where Kipp and Lydia are dispensing some great 1-liners (the show can really write them) and riffing on each other and everyone around them, that 'Less than Perfect' succeeds at being the kind of bombastic ensemble comedy that hasn't been prevalent since 'Newsradio'.

But the show doesn't have the focus or confidence to keep it up and later starts overcompensating by throwing new characters on top of the already sizeable ensemble. Carl (Will Sasso, 'Mad TV') sticks out like an obnoxious hangnail you just wish would go away. Patrick Warburton, the hardest working guy on TV (Dave's World, Seinfeld, Newsradio, Family Guy, The Tick), is always funny, but his presence only reminds me of how many times he was brought on board to liven up a show in it's dying years. With the additions, 'Perfect' strains to juggle all the characters and real talents like Levi, Parker and Dick get jutted to the side of the stage. Now they either only show up to make a wise-crack or the episode will give everybody a little story made up of a scene or two and none of it comes to any sort of head at the end.

In the shuffle, the edges of the best characters have all been ground down. Zipp and Lydia in particular are now reduced to miserable, pathetic beggars, while Claude and her friends are elevated to enviable status, often needed to help them out their snobby brethren. The show has concocted a phony backward world in this regard trumpeting the lives of it's leads and make fun of Lydia's materialism as if it wasn't already trampled ground. Its previous sharp class warfare comedy has gone out the door for more familiar sitcom fair.

But worst has been what the show has done to Claude. I just don't believe the character anymore. When the show began creator Terri Minsky was quoted saying that 'Less than Perfect' would be like the anti-'Friends'. That it would be (paraphrasing here) about regular, working class people, where Claude is like a female 'Drew Carey' (my description) because, as she asked: Does anyone actually believe the situations that Jennifer Aniston gets into each week. Well, it's high time somebody said it. Problem is, a Rachael Green character is exactly what Claude has become. Now, everybody loves Claude (and not in the ironic vein of 'Everybody Loves Raymond') and her character has lost all touch with the ground. Then again, what can you expect from the creator of 'Lizzie McGuire', another show so star-enamored it tries desperately to make it's attractive lead seem "average" to the viewers, all the while putting her in one unbelievable situation after another.

Sara Rue is probably too cute for the role, but the show could just as easily ignore that or play up Claude's funny-loser qualities. But instead Claude now wears high-class designer outfits and ends up juggling men mid-way through the first season – one of them being that year's 'Bachelor' who gives Claude a rose to win her over in a bit of shameless ABC cross-promotion. I am Jack's raging bile duct. 'Perfect' is as close to proof as it comes that we are never going to have a "funny female loser" character on TV. No matter how average or put-upon the show sets her up, everyone will fall in love with her in the end. It must be tough.

But even with these reservations, the acting and writing on this show is better than good. And it's funny. That along with my hope that it can even itself out, makes it worth a recommendation. If only the show had the guts to stick with its original concept it could have really been something to write home about.

* * ½

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