Ed Stevens is a contracts lawyer at a high-profile New York City firm. Around the same time he splits with his wife (who slept with a mailman), he makes a single error in punctuation when going over a contract. Because of the resulting financial loss to the firm, he's fired. Despondent, he heads back to his (small) hometown of Stuckeyville -- 'Anytown', USA. There he realizes he's been missed by a lot of friends whom he's missed and he sees Carol, the girl he'd adored in high school. Swept up in roiling emotions, Ed buys the local bowling alley on a whim, moves to Stuckeyville, and determines to win Carol's heart. His horizons broaden as he settles once more in Stuckeyville, and the series itself settles into a charming, funny, often serious slice-of-life series focused not solely on Ed but on the lovable ensemble cast of people who live and work with him in Stuckeyville.
THEME SONG The first season's theme song was Foo Fighters' "Next Year" from their There Is Nothing Left To Lose CD. The second season's theme song was Clem Snide's "Moment In The Sun" from their The Ghost of Fashion CD. "Next Year" was welcomed back as the theme song at the beginning of the third season.
SYNDICATION As of 2007, the show is not in syndication, but CMT Canada has announced they started airing the show September 8, 2006 at 8pm. It's not believed to be aired in the USA.
DVDs As of 2008, there are no official DVDs available for the show. Judging from what we've heard, the reason for the delay in getting DVDs to the market is the music rights are expensive. The show used a lot of tracks from a large number of artists, and it would be very expensive for NBC to acquire the rights to use the music on the DVDs.
Phil has been selling Kobe steaks out of the refrigerator of Stuckeybowl. He offers some to Ed.
Ed says that he once worked in Stuckeybowl behind the counter at the snack bar. While in college, he also worked in a fresh-roasted nut store.
The names on the blackboard in Carol's classroom - Eunice, Sydney, and Lucy - refer to Rob Burnett's children.
Phil nicknames himself "Jean Tremont" when ordering the restaurant supplies.
Phil buys 500 sets of salt and pepper shakers. He also buys a whole truckload of napkins holders. He believes that people will steal them as souvenirs of Stuckeybowl.
Stuckeyville Stan has been doing his act for 53 years: the same age as David Letterman when the episode first aired.
$10 Bet: Mike challenges Ed to meow loud enough to make a guy sitting on a bench turn around.
Phil nicknames Kenny "Gigantor". Kenny calls Ed "Chief".