NBC (ended 2004)
Rate Show
811 votes
  • show Description
  • 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.moreless

  • Latest News
  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 17

    Happily Ever After

    Aired 2/6/04

  • S 4 : Ep 16

    Best Wishes

    Aired 1/30/04

  • S 4 : Ep 15

    Pressure Points

    Aired 1/23/04

  • S 4 : Ep 14

    Hidden Agendas

    Aired 1/16/04

  • S 4 : Ep 13

    Back in the Saddle

    Aired 1/9/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mike Starr

    Kenny Sandusky (Episodes 1-45)

  • Justin Long

    Warren P. Cheswick

  • Michael Ian Black

    Phil Stubbs

  • Thomas Cavanagh

    Ed Stevens

  • Julie Bowen

    Carol Vessey

  • Photos (1)
  • Top Contributor
  • jchamberlin

    User Score: 716


  • CTU81

    User Score: 576


  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (681)

    • Ed (to Carol): I bought a bowling alley because it just so happens that I love the game... when played correctly, it's actually quite beautiful.

    • Ed (to Molly about Carol): If you're not born with broad shoulders and a strong jaw, there's only one way to get the girl... you make an complete ass of yourself.

    • Kenny: If there were two bowling alleys, exactly alike, but one of them had wall-to-wall whores, I'd definitely patronize the one with the whores.

    • Ed: I'm a lawyer, and I own a bowling alley. Two separate things.

    • Molly: Well, because you kissed the guy and he bought a bowling alley. Carol: Oh Molly please... It did not happen that way at all and you know it. Molly: Well... You're lucky you didn't sleep with him. He would've bought a strip mall.

    • Ed Stevens: Sometimes two people can fall so completely in love and yet be so completely wrong for one another. It's faith's nasty side, I guess.

    • Stuckeyville Stan (to Carol): You didn't have a crush on me, young lady - you had a crush on the wonderful world of possibility!

    • Nancy: I think that Sarah likes the nanny more than she likes me. Mike: Well hell, honey, I like the nanny more than I like you. She's kinda hot.

    Show More Quotes

    Notes (100)

    • Featured Music: "Tropicalia" by Beck "Your Life Is Now" by John Mellencamp "Do That to Me One More Time" by The Captain & Tennille "Between the Sheets" by The Isley Brothers "Knock Three Times" by Tony Orlando & Dawn

    • Theme Song: "Next Year" by The Foo Fighters

    • Featured Music: "Someday, Someway" by Marshall Crenshaw "Bohemian Like You" by The Dandy Warhols "Baby, Now That I`ve Found You" by Alison Krauss

    • Featured Music: "You're My Inspiration" by Peter Cetera "America" by Neil Diamond "So Nice" by M. Valle, P. Valle & Gimbel

    • Featured Music: "Two Tickets to Paradise" by Eddie Money "There's No Business Like Show Business" by ? "Big Shot" by ? "Magnet & Steel" by Walter Egan "Hello, Old Friend" by Kim Richey

    • Featured Music: "Better Days" by The Jayhawks "Rescue Me" by Fontella Bass

    • Featured Music: "Mississippi Queen" by Mountain "I'm Always in Love" by Wilco "Signs" by Five Man Electrical Band

    • Featured Music: "Til Somebody Breaks your Heart" by Tony Bennett "Baby Come Back" by Player "One on One" by Hall & Oates "Dream Girl" by Robert and Johnny

    Show More Notes

    Trivia (161)

    • 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".

    Show More Trivia

    Allusions (8)

    • In her diary Carol wrote C.V. + B.V. While testifying in court, Ed made her reveal that B.V. stood for Ben Vereen, a famous Broadway performer.

    • Nick Stanton: Sometimes I look in the mirror and see Holden Caulfield staring back at me.
      Holden Caulfield is the protagonist in the J.D. Salinger novel Catcher in the Rye.

    • Ed says that his law firm in NYC was "Farmer and Sheehan"; this is a reference to Pat Farmer and Kenny Sheehan, two staff members on Letterman's Late Show.

    • Phil: NYPD Blue, baby... Check it out. Give me some Sipowicz... Sipowicz!
      NYPD Blue is an ABC police drama and Sipowicz is the detective character played by Dennis Franz.

    • "Better Days" (episode title) is a song by The Jayhawks. It was played in this episode.

    • Carol (when Ed admits that he thinks Corwin is right): I am in the Twilight Zone! I have entered a completely different dimension in which Ed Stevens is being a complete dope!
      Twilight Zone was a popular Sci-Fi/Drama TV series in the 80's.

    • Ed: Jennifer, when you're going to break up a wedding you've got to do something big. You've got to do...you've got to do the pounding on the window and the screaming 'Elaine.....!'
      This is an allusion to the end of The Graduate when Benjamin pounds on the church window, breaks into the ceremony, and whisks Elaine away from her wedding.

    • Ed mentions Urinetown, which is the Broadway musical in which Tom Cavanagh starred from May to July of 2003.

    Show More Allusions
  • Fan Reviews (21)
  • Hillary

    By rlpallard, Mar 10, 2015

  • why does c and the sentake so many day off.

    By donaldpotts75, Aug 18, 2013

  • I loved this show and am sincerely disappointed that it's still not available on DVD.

    By MichaelHallor, Aug 02, 2010

  • After being fired from his job and finding out his wife has been cheating on him, Ed Stevens moves back to his home of Stuckeyville, buys a bowling alley, which he starts a lawyer's office in, and goes after his first love, Carol Vessey.

    By SsorHorse, Oct 12, 2006

  • Lawyer, bowling alley owner, combine them and you get hilarity.

    By anorthview, Apr 29, 2008