A neurotic book editor is paired with an eccentric writer.

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Steven Levitan
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Series cast summary:
Tony Shalhoub ...  Ian Stark 22 episodes, 1999-2000
Neil Patrick Harris ...  Henry McNeeley 22 episodes, 1999-2000
Eddie McClintock ...  Jake Donovan 22 episodes, 1999-2000
Heather Dubrow ...  Maddie / ... 22 episodes, 1999-2000
Dorie Barton ...  Tess Farraday 20 episodes, 1999-2000
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Henry (Harris) is a book editor assigned the task of un-blocking horror author Ian Stark (Shalhoub). Henry is nebbish and a "germophobe"; he always has his antibacterial lotion on hand. Ian is always pulling morbid practical jokes to obstensibly learn how people would react to horrific situations. Written by Tony B

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23 September 1999 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Kreisi kynäniekka See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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1.33 : 1
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Jessica Cauffiel appears in several early cast photos that are in circulation. She was replaced by Heather Dubrow prior to the show's premiere. See more »

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Margaret 'Maddie' Keller: Of all the times I've slinked out of a man's apartment in my underwear, this is the one I'm most ashamed of.
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odd mix of traditional sitcom, great TV actors and darker stuff
31 May 2015 | by SnoopyStyleSee all my reviews

Henry McNeeley (Neil Patrick Harris) is a germophobic neurotic. He's a romance novel editor and is put to work with blocked horror writer Ian Stark (Tony Shalhoub). Jake Donovan (Eddie McClintock) is Ian's idiot assistant as he puts on realistic death scenes to test out his writing. Maddie (Heather Dubrow) is the bartender at Ian's favorite club. Tess Farraday (Dorie Barton) is Henry's girlfriend.

This is an odd mix of traditional sitcom with a little bit of weird darkness. The opening song is strange for a sitcom. The laugh track is loud. These are great comic actors but it doesn't get that many big laughs. There are some good stuff here. I would like to love this more but I don't really love the characters.


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