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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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Life can be such fun ... So why not get one? See more »

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Comedy | Fantasy

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 September 1990 (USA) See more »

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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 second season, Chris moves out of his parents' garage. Bob Elliott had grown tired of the long hours of shooting and wanted to leave the series. By having Chris move out, Bob Elliott did not have to appear in as many episodes and it was arranged so that he could film all of his scenes in one week. 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 »

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Referenced in The Larry Sanders Show: Larry's Sitcom (1995) See more »

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Written by Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills and Michael Stipe
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Nutso, schizo, and totally hilarious, the ultimate Chris Elliot vehicle
26 February 2002 | by cfisanickSee all my reviews

It's been over a decade, and many of us still double-over with laughter just thinking about episodes of this insane sitcom, a Hellzapopin revue for the goofy, mannered talents of Chris Elliot. However, an equal number of folks see this show as nothing but stupid. Elliot, Resnick, and company probably see it that way too. There aren't many absolutes in life, but this is one of them: You'll either love or hate this show (and your feelings will be inextricably tied to how much you like Chris Elliot). There is NO middle ground. No one ever says that "Get a Life" is "just OK," "fair," or "I could take it or leave it." It inspires fervent reactions both pro and con. And in a plain vanilla world of network television, that's a good thing!

For me, my life is always a whole lot better when I think about "Spewey the Alien," "Zoo Animals on Wheels," and the "Toolbelt Wars." Those episodes are as fresh today as they were in the day. The trouble with Chris Elliot, I think, is that he has such a bizarre, almost off-putting sense of humor that a little of him goes a long way. (If you don't believe me, see "Cabin Boy.") Here's the perfect vehicle to enjoy his talents--in 22 minute chunks! Eat up!


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