The sitcom world has had more than its share of decade legends: The 50’s had I Love Lucy, the 60’s had The Andy Griffith Show, the 70’s had Happy Days, the 80’s had The Cosby Show, and the 90’s had Seinfeld. But what about that in-between time? Lodged somewhere between the last two, lost in that forgotten chunk of time known as the “early 90’s,” came a show that changed millions of lives. A show so ahead of its time that reviewers and audiences alike were scared by its genius, reviled by its audacity and nauseated by a humor they couldn’t yet understand. Or maybe they just didn’t like it. Either way, the callous masses deemed the series “stupid and juvenile.” The year was 1990. The network was Fox. The show was Get A Life.
The concept was simple, unfolding the lack-of-life story of Chris Peterson, played by cult fave comic Chris Elliott. Not the most original premise for a sitcom, except that Chris was a thirty-year-old paperboy who lived over his parent’s garage. His best friend was Larry Potter, an executive married to a successful woman named Sharon, who despised Chris and his negative influence on her whipped husband. Chris’ perennially bathrobed parents, Gladys and Fred (the latter played by Chris’ real-life father, Bob Elliott, one half of the veteran comedy team Bob and Ray) were supportive, if not always understanding of their son’s unwillingness to accept adulthood.
After the first season, Chris moved up in the world, out of his parents’ garage and into the garage of a retired cop named Gus. The always bitter Gus, played by Brian Doyle-Murray (Bill Murray’s brother), was like a father figure to Chris, even though he was usually just as dumbfounded by Chris’ simplicity and childishness as Fred was. However, their contrasting personalities worked to the show’s advantage, turning Chris and Gus into a veritable comic tag team.
Although the show’s material was cleverly written, most of the series’ humor came from the absurd plotlines. Some of the more memorable episodes found Chris stuck upside down on the Hell Loop Roller Coaster, starring in a local theater group’s rendition of “Zoo Animals on Wheels,” accepting a whopping $5 bribe to not rat out the corrupt FDA, working as a male escort, and developing a close bond with an extra-terrestrial named S.P.E.W.E.Y (Special Person Entering the World, Egg Yolks). In a rare move on network TV, Chris died at the end of almost one-third of the show’s 35 episodes. Some of the more interesting ways in which Chris met his maker were by getting blown up, having a giant boulder crush him, being ripped apart by Paperboy 2000, and having his head ripped off and used as a soccer ball by Gus and Sharon.
Despite the show’s poor reviews (and even poorer ratings), Get A Life garnered a huge cult following. It’s easy to see why a majority of people were unable to find humor in Chris’ singing “Mr. Bojangles” in a falsetto voice with a cat on his head (this was how he summoned his mailman), or why Chris thought Emma Samms was “the most beautiful woman he’d ever seen, with the possible exception of Charles Durning.” The show was cancelled after only two seasons, but continues to live on in the hearts and minds of Elliott-philes the land over.
USA / Fox – Elliottland Productions – Mirkinvision / x25 minute episodes / Broadcast 23 September 1990 – 14 June 1992
Chris Elliott as Chris Peterson
Brian Doyle-Murray as Gus
Sam Robards as Larry Potter
Robin Riker as Sharon Potter
Zachary Benjamin as Bobby Potter
Taylor Fry as Amy Potter
Elinor Donahue as Gladys Peterson
Bob Elliott as Fred Peterson
Clochmerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochmerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.
CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.
ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.
Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
THIS JUST IN
NCIS: Double Down (CBS Dec 12, 2017 with James Morrison)
Double Down: As Torres and Sloane run protection detail for U.S. Senator John Phillips (James Morrison) in Afghanistan for the...
Bancroft Episode 2 airs Tues 12 Dec on ITV
In the second of four episodes Bancroft helps Katherine and Anya with the Fraser case, but they are struggling to...
Ferne McCann: First Time Mum Premieres Tues 12 Dec on ITVBe
Former Towie star Ferne McCann’s journey towards motherhood is documented in Ferne McCann: First Time Mum premiering on ITVBe on...
Look Back in Anger (Woodfall 1959, Richard Burton, Claire Bloom)
Influential British kitchen-sink” drama Look Back in Anger, directed in gritty black and white by Tony Richardson (Tom Jones) and...
Three Coins in the Fountain (TCF 1954, Clifton Webb, Dorothy McGuire)
In handsomely photographed romance Three Coins in the Fountain, three American women (Jean Peters, Dorothy McGuire, Maggie McNamara) pin their...
The Middle: The Christmas Miracle (ABC Dec 12, 2017 with Jen Ray)
The Christmas Miracle: It’s Christmastime, and Frankie and Sue are devastated after Axl informs them that he’s not going to...
Lethal Weapon: Wreck The Halls (Fall finale Fox Dec 12, 2017 with Kristen Gutoskie)
Wreck The Halls: It’s Christmas time and the Murtaugh family are supposed to be headed to Hawaii. However, Murtaugh’s vacation...
More to View
TV1 week ago
My Christmas Prince (Lifetime 2017, Alexis Knapp, Callum Alexander)
Previews1 week ago
How To Spend It Well At Christmas With Phillip Schofield Episode 2 (ITV 5 Dec 2017)
Previews2 weeks ago
Great Canal Journeys: Portugal Premieres Thurs 30 Nov on Channel 4
TV3 days ago
Runaway Christmas Bride (ION 2017, Cindy Busny, Travis Milne)
Previews3 weeks ago
Ugly House To Lovely House With George Clarke: Heathfield, East Sussex (Channel 4 23 Nov 2017)
Episodes2 weeks ago
American Housewife: Gala Auction (ABC 29 Nov 2017, with Julia Butters)
Previews2 weeks ago
Jamie And Jimmy’s Friday Night Feast: Joanna Lumley (Channel 4 1 Dec 2017)
Previews2 weeks ago
How To Spend It Well at Christmas with Phillip Schofield Premieres Tues 28 Nov on ITV