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The misadventures of a 30-year-old paper-boy (played by Late Night alum Chris Elliot) and his wacky parents. Such show topics included the eating of a space alien, a robotic paper-boy and ... See full summary »
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Complete series cast summary:
Chris Elliott ...  Chris Peterson 36 episodes, 1990-1992
Robin Riker ...  Sharon Potter 36 episodes, 1990-1992
Bob Elliott ...  Fred Peterson 36 episodes, 1990-1992
Elinor Donahue ...  Gladys Peterson 35 episodes, 1990-1992
Sam Robards ...  Larry Potter 24 episodes, 1990-1991
Taylor Fry ...  Amy Potter 17 episodes, 1990-1992
Brian Doyle-Murray ...  Gus Borden / ... 14 episodes, 1990-1992
Brady Bluhm ...  Bobby Potter 13 episodes, 1990-1991
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The misadventures of a 30-year-old paper-boy (played by Late Night alum Chris Elliot) and his wacky parents. Such show topics included the eating of a space alien, a robotic paper-boy and numerous beheadings. Get a Life was also one of the first television shows that featured the killing of the star of the show. Written by Daniel Davis <daniel@daily.ou.edu>

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America's Most Lovable Psycho See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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USA

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English

Release Date:

23 September 1990 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Búscate la vida See more »

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(35 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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In the pilot episode, Chris Peterson was depicted as "a fully functioning, wisecracking adult". Later episodes depict him as "borderline psychotic". According to Mirkin, the main character was made more likable in the pilot to get the network to agree to order the series, and once the series was ordered, the producers took the character in the darker direction that was always intended. See more »

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Chris Peterson: [to a rival in his male modeling class] What's that? You had a *butt* lift?
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In the Rhino DVD releases (two of them were produced), there are mastered episodes which do not contain the laugh track. However, sometimes crew members can be heard laughing in the mastered episodes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in The Daily Show: Chris Elliott (2005) See more »

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This was an original show
5 July 2004 | by wmattifoSee all my reviews

A lot of television humor is recycled from past shows, or just the same theme over and over again. I won't go into examples, but I think you understand what I'm saying. This show, however, was original and showed the world that Chris Elliot is a brilliant comedian. Does anyone remember that Elliot got his start on "David Letterman" on NBC as the "Conspiracy guy", who would stand up in the audience, interrupt the show, and accuse Letterman of some "cover-up" involving missing files and Connie Chung? Then he would run through a door and get run over (usually by a floor buffer). "Get a Life" was very funny and quite original. I guess my favorite episode was the one where the alien Chris found would ooze out some vile, and disgusting stuff out of his body, and Chris ate it. He got Brian Doyle-Murray to eat some, too. They said it tasted like pudding. The alien seemed disgusted that they were eating the stuff, too. I really liked this show and I wish Fox had kept it on longer.


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