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Cracking Up 

Ben, a student, moves into a Beverly Hills family's guest house. Every family member seems to act crazier than the next, even though they look like a picture-perfect family.

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Mike White
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Series cast summary:
Jake Sandvig ...  Preston Shackleton 13 episodes, 2004-2006
Molly Shannon ...  Lesley Shackleton 8 episodes, 2004-2006
Christopher McDonald ...  Ted Shackleton 8 episodes, 2004-2006
Caitlin Wachs ...  Chloe Shackleton 8 episodes, 2004-2006
David Walton ...  Liam Connor / ... 8 episodes, 2004-2006
Jason Schwartzman ...  Ben Baxter 7 episodes, 2004-2006
Bret Loehr ...  Tanner Shackleton 7 episodes, 2004-2006
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Ben, a student, moves into a Beverly Hills family's guest house. Every family member seems to act crazier than the next, even though they look like a picture-perfect family.

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USA

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English

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2004 (USA) See more »

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Sketi trela See more »

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12 Episodes were produced for this show but only 9 episodes got to air because the show later got canceled with 4 unaired episodes. See more »

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Referenced in FOX 25th Anniversary Special (2012) See more »

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Honestly - I want the DVD
2 July 2006 | by joekvnewsSee all my reviews

Unfortunately, I only saw about 4 episodes before the show was moved around, canceled or lost. But this show had a lot of things that made "Arrested Development" so popular - though perhaps a degree of anarchy that killed it. Mike White ("School of Rock", "Orange County", "The Good Girl") writes/directs with the usual blend of wit, irony and character-based storytelling. Jason Schwartzman does his best "I Heart Huckabees"-meets-"Charles In Charge" as Ben, a grad student studying the Shackleton family. The Shackletons - with "Mom" played by a neurotic Molly Shannon - are a mess. Ben attempts to bring in sanity and heart. Whether he had any chance, remains to be seen. This show didn't get off the ground, but it deserved a chance. It had enough talent to grow a heart - it just needed another half-season.

Plus, if you haven't seen the episode with Jack Black as a drug counselor, you're missing a great piece of work. Hilarious.

Please bring this to DVD - at least the treatment given to other short-lived series like the nice package of "God, The Devil and Bob" or (the dream), something like "Freaks and Geeks" or "Firefly".


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