Get a Life

FOX (ended 1992)
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  • S 2 : Ep 13

    Clip Show

    Aired 3/8/92

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    1977 2000

    Aired 3/1/92

  • S 2 : Ep 11

    SPEWEY and Me

    Aired 2/9/92

  • S 2 : Ep 10

    Bad Fish

    Aired 2/2/92

  • S 2 : Ep 9

    Chris' Brain Starts Working

    Aired 1/19/92

  • Cast & Crew
  • Brian Doyle-Murray

    Gus Borden (1991-1992)

  • Chris Elliott

    Chris Peterson

  • Elinor Donahue

    Gladys Peterson

  • Robin Riker

    Sharon Potter

  • Wesley Jonathan

    Eddie (1990-1991)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (9)

    • Larry: Listen, the last time we went on one of your little adventures, we ran over a pig. Chris: No, no, Larry, that was an accident, and it was not a pig. It was a bag of garbage.

    • Chris: sings to the tune of Billy Joel's horrid hit "We Didn't Start the Fire" Watergate was really bad, the movie Brian's Song was kind of sad, playing Pac-Man at the Mall, China under Marshal Law. Gobachev comes to town, Chris and Larry upside down. We didn't start the fire.

    • Chris: Hey listen, Sharon. I brought you something. ah... little gift. This is the new Victoria Secret catalog. Ah... I'm done with it but I went ahead and circled some items in here that, ah... Well, maybe you should take a look at, unless of course you are more comfortable with the burlap bag look. And don't get me wrong, I really think it looks terrific on you but maybe your should. Sharon: Chris, let me just say this as precisely as I possibly can. You're thirty years old, you still live with your parents, you're losing your hair and you're stupid! Yeah, ya know, I think that just about covers it.

    • (While hanging upside down on the Hell Loop 2000.) Larry: I just want to go home, home to my kids and my dear sweet wife. Chris: Dear sweet wife! Hey pal, I don't know what you're smoking over there, but I think it's distorting you sense of reality.

    • Chris:Don't worry Larry, I know just how to sweet talk Sharon. You leave this to me. Sharon, hi. How are ya? Hey listen ah... um... just a little constructive criticism, maybe before you leave the house in the morning you should try dabbing on a little make-up. Maybe that would help. Sharon: Chris? Chris: Yeah? Sharon: Do you realize that I am in position to thrust my knee upward with great passion and velocity? Chris: Let me get this straight Sharon. You're coming on to me with your husband standing right over there?

    • Fred: Hey Chris, what are you walking like that for, did you dislocate your hip? Chris: Dad, I'm pacing and that's my model walk and for the last time my name is not Chris, I'm Sparkles. Chris is dead and he's never coming back. It's been a week since I graduated "Handsome Boy." How come nobody's called with any work for me? Fred: I don't know. About an hour ago I accidentally knocked the phone off the hook for three seconds, maybe everyone tried to call you then?

    • Sapphire: Stay out of my way, understand? Because this rockets headed for the stars and there isn't enough oxygen up there for the two of us. Chris: I'm sorry, what did you say? You got a butt-lift? How embarassing.

    • Gus: Hey, I'm sorry I shot you so many times. (Brief pause) Chris: Yeah. Hey, I forgot about that. (Chris falls over)

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    Notes (7)

    • Additional cast announced but not credited: Tim Eyster, Troy Davidson, Paul Tennen.

    • The concept for Handsome Boy Modeling School inspired Hip Hop producer Prince Paul (originator of the "skit" on hip hop/rap albums) and fellow producer Dan the Automator to collaborate on a concept album titled after the fictional modeling school.

    • Additional cast announced but not credited: Darnell Rose, John Walter Davis, J.J. Miller.

    • The Dean Jeffries-designed vehicle used as the Paperboy 2000 is the same one as used in the movie Damnation Alley. Alternate title: Chris Peterson is a Steel Drivin' Man.

    • Ritch Brinkley would costar with Chris Elliott in Cabin Boy.

    • Additional cast announced but not credited: B.J. Jefferson.

    • Alternate titles: Chris the Escort, Chris Becomes an Escort.

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    Trivia (16)

    • The newspaper which Chris delivers on his bike during the opening credits is the Pioneer Press, the St. Paul, Minnesota-based newspaper which primarily serves the Twin Cities.

    • Brian Doyle-Murray would go on to have a starring role in the show's second season as Gus Borden. He would later be seen with Chris Elliott in Cabin Boy, playing Skunk.

    • Chris Dies: This is the first of many episodes in which Chris appears to get killed. At the end of the episode, one of the detectives points a gun at Chris' head and (off-camera) shoots him.

    • Chris dies: A giant boulder falls on him.

    • Chris Dies: Chris turns into a skeleton waiting outside the doors to the city.

    • Chris Dies: #1 -- He chokes on his cereal. #2 -- Sharon strangles him.

    • Chris Dies: He gets a gaping hole blown in his chest by Rob, the food inspector.

    • Chris Dies: He falls over dead from tonsillitis, one of the .001%.

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    Allusions (12)

    • The episode is a brilliant spoof of Andrew Lloyd Weber musicals -- especially Cats and Starlight Express (which was performed on roller skates).

    • The scene where Chris is forced by Larry to watch video of Sharon while listening to Beethoven's 9th Symphony mimics the scene from the 1971 film, "A Clockwork Orange", where the main character, Alex, is subjected to a type of conditioning/aversion therapy to sex and violence while listening to the same Beethoven piece.

    • Chris ponders giving away his tool belt "because of the industry's treatment of Native Americans". This is a reference to Marlon Brando's refusal to except his Oscar for Best Actor in The Godfather because of how Hollywood depicts Native Americans onscreen.

    • The Irish cop runs after a thief, saying, "he's got my lucky charms!" This is a reference to Lucky Charms cereal and the catchphrase of its mascot, Lucky the Leprechaun.

    • Mr. Peterson says to Chris/Larry, "We all know you don't drink. You sure it isn't some kind of reefer madness-type deal?" This is a reference to the cautionary film, Tell Your Children, aka Reefer Madness.

    • The scene in which Chris wets the rug in Sharon's living room is a reference to a similar scene in The Exorcist.

    • Chris' ability to view the future, which was acquired in a near-death experience, is reminiscent of Johnny Smith in The Dead Zone.

    • When they were locked in meat locker and Chris found a paperclip Chris: I hold in my hand the solution to our little dilemma. Sharon: What? A paperclip? Chris: Well, to the untrained eye perhaps, but to the dutiful watcher of TVs McGiver it's a veritable super-deluxe toolkit from Sears. And with it I shall loose us from this ... our watery graves. This is making reference to the fact that MacGyver managed to use just about anything to make a complicated machine.

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  • Fan Reviews (8)
  • Love It!

    By MaxineDu, Nov 12, 2014

  • This is entertainment...

    By Deffz, Apr 14, 2014

  • Genius through simplicity.

    By BillyDontBAHero, Mar 19, 2010

  • Possibly the best comedy ever...

    By SteevNZ, Jun 02, 2008

  • a classic that got lost in the pile.........sadly. chris elliot and brian doyle-murray make this worth watching.

    By chokenpuke, Mar 06, 2007