Grounded for Life

FOX (ended 2005)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 13

    Hello, Goodbye

    Aired 1/28/05

  • S 5 : Ep 12


    Aired 1/21/05

  • S 5 : Ep 11

    The Letters

    Aired 1/14/05

  • S 5 : Ep 10

    Tom Sawyer

    Aired 1/7/05

  • S 5 : Ep 9

    Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?

    Aired 11/19/04

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Riehle

    Walt Finnerty (Season 1-2, recurring otherwise)

  • Donal Logue

    Sean Finnerty

  • Kevin Corrigan

    Eddie Finnerty

  • Lynsey Bartilson

    Lily Finnerty

  • Bret Harrison

    Brad O'Keefe

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  • show Description
  • Sean Finnerty and his lovely wife, Claudia, became parents right out of high school. Now 32, they struggle to keep their lives (and three children) under control. Claudia is a hostess at a swank restaurant, and Sean works in the subway tunnels. Working 9 to 5 and having three kids to maintain isn't an easy task, but they're doing the best that they can. Oldest daughter Lily, 14, is more than a handful. At that age where she thinks the world revolves around her, Lily devours the majority of the Finnerty's free time. Her little brother, Jimmy, is bookish to say the least, and stays out of trouble -- for the most part. And then there's the baby of the family, Henry, who's just a little off. Hyperactive and mischievous, Henry is usually secondary when it comes to problematic children. Helping Sean and Claudia deal with the brood is Sean's father, Walt, a crotchety man whose idea of a learning experience is teaching the boys how to dig a hole. If he hadn't been a father, he would have been a drill sergeant. Also helping to lighten the load is Sean's younger brother, Eddie, an unemployed stoner who spends his time hanging out with friends and "unknowingly" selling beepers to drug dealers. Over its first season the show evolved a unique take on standard sitcom structure. Each episode begins with a family crisis "explained" in flashbacks from various character's points of view, often overlapping, sometimes contradicting each other as we learn to distinguish what the narrators THINK happened from what we eventually learn REALLY happened. Since the Finnertys are at least nominally practicing Catholics, this usually involves issues of blame, responsibility, and guilt, guilt, guilt. In the third season, Grandpa Walt was phased out of the show (though he may appear in upcoming episodes). Sean and Eddie pooled their money and bought a bar (which Eddie initially intended to torch for the insurance money), which becomes the home away from home for the family. Music plays a big role in this series. Original music was written/performed by Ben Vaughn and Ween. The majority of the titles of the episodes are derived from pop songs. Emmy Nominations: 2001: Outstanding Choreography, Kenny Ortega for the episode "Mrs. Finnerty, You Have A Lovely Daughter" (lost). Broadcast History January 2001- June 2002: Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. on FOX June 2002- December 2002: Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m. on FOX February 2003- August 2003: Fridays at 9:30 p.m. on WB August 2003- July 2004: Fridays at 9:00 p.m. on WB July 2004- January 2005: Fridays at 8:30 p.m. on WB First Telecast: January 10, 2001 Last Telecast: January 28, 2005 Episodes: 91 Episodesmoreless

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  • Quotes (319)

    • Lily: How would you know?
      Sean: Well I wouldn't, because I was a boy and my mom was kinda horsey, got rest her soul. But Lil, think of it like this; you are much prettier than your mom was at your age.
      Lily: Really?
      Sean: Oh yeah. She had these big braces and the Cyndi Lauper hairstyle-
      Claudia: And this chunky Irish boyfriend in parachute pants and a Sergio Valente shirt.

    • Walt: Yeah, Brad's whole family is screwed up. You know, his grandfather side-stepped Korea by acting like a fruit.

    • Lily: You have violated my civil rights. Sean: I-I think you might mean your right to privacy. Lily: Ohh! Get away from me!

    • Sean: (Whispering) Brad. Bradley. Claudia: What are you trying to do? Sean: Bra- I want him to come over here. Brad. Psst-psst-psst. Claudia: Why? Sean: Because. He's Lily's first boyfriend and I screwed the whole thing up. Brad! Brad. Brad. Eddie: (yells) YO BRADLEY! Sean: What'd you do that for? Eddie: You wanna talk to him or not? Claudia: Shut your pie hole! Dan: Hey. What are you Finnertys doing out there? Eddie: Sean wants to talk to Bradley. Claudia: Nice. Hi. Sean: Hey. Dan: Okay. Hold on a minute. Claudia: Do you think his dad knows what happened out on the street? Sean: I don't know. (Dan comes back, and throws chicken at Claudia, Sean, And Eddie) Claudia: I think he knows!

    • Claudia: Being 14, pretty much sucks for everybody.

    • Sean: Brad, dude, man we gotta talk Brad: Yeah. Sean: Uh, It ain't gonna happen. Brad: But I think she really likes me. Sean: Oh yeah she likes you, but she doesn't like you in that way, you know? Brad: But when I see her I get all these feelings.. Sean: Yeah I know, but you just gotta face facts that you and Lily just weren't meant to be. Brad: Lily? I was talking about Mrs. Finnerty. Sean: You know that's my wife, right? Brad: Yeah Sean: You're not that smart are you, Brad?

    • Henry: Dad said we couldn't get a cable box. They're too expensive. Eddie: Your dad and I live in two different worlds. Jimmy: Uncle Eddie, it's stolen, isn't it? Eddie: Stolen would be a word from your dad's world.

    • Claudia: Brad O'Keefe goes crying to his daddy just because he gets a little chicken thrown at him? (scoffs) Big fat wussy.

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    Notes (148)

    • This episode was nominated for the Casting Society Of America's 2001 Artios Award for Best Casting For TV-Comedy Pilot.

    • During the run of the series, it is never stated just what city the Finnertys live. The series set in a Irish-Catholic community on Staten Island near New York City, but the exact town is never named.

    • Richard Riehle will be receiving the "And" credit.

    • Tag scene: Jimmy, and Henry tie a flashlight to a cat to make Walt think they're down in a hole.

    • This episode marks the only appearance of Floyd Van Buskirk as Mr. O'Keefe before his role was recast.

    • The show was originally pitched with the title Don't Get Me Started. However, when no one was happy with that name, network and production company executives began to pitch new titles. Suggestions included The Young Parent Show and Egg, Sperm - Now This before settling on Grounded For Life.

    • This marks the most-watched episode in the series run.

    • Tag scene: Sean and Eddie try to make peace with the owner of the dry- cleaner by giving back his pictures they stole. But he notices that one's missing.

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    Trivia (75)

    • The Finnerty's dog Merv appears only in this and another episode.

    • It was never revealed what the thing Lily was hiding was.

    • Goof: When Sean came in Lily's room for the stamps, Lily's computer was red. But when they were looking in Lily's e-mail, the computer was blue. How can she get a new computer in a day?

    • This is the last time we see Eddie with a moustache, until the season 4's premiere.

    • In a half second shot, we see that the Finnertys have a dog. We never see him again.

    • When Sean has an argument with Lily in her room, you notice that the door to her room opens inward. So, it would be impossible for Sean to barricade her inside her room unless he was to switch the direction in which the door opens.

    • The room service guy's name was Chester, as evident from his nametag.

    • Music: "I Can't Get Enough Of You Baby" "I Can't Get Enough of You, Baby" preformed by Smash Mouth was originally featured in this episode as the girls gawk at the handyman changing the light bulb. When the series resurfaced on the Family Channel, the song was removed and replaced with an instrumental score.

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    Allusions (162)

    • Sean: ..this goofy Cyndi Lauper hairdo.. Cyndi Lauper was a popular artist in the 1980s. She is best known for her songs "Girls Just Want To Have Fun," "Time After Time" and for her outrageous outfits and hairstyle.

    • Eddie: You watch Oz? "Oz" was a TV show on HBO. It was a gritty drama about prison.

    • Sean: oh I'm Teddy.. Pender..grass. Teddy Pendergrass is a Soul Singer. He had a career as the lead singer of Harold Melvin & the Blue Notes, as well as a solo career.

    • Lily B. Goode: Title The title of this episode is derived from the song "Johnny B. Goode" by Chuck Berry.

    • In My Room: Title The title of this episode is derived from the Beach Boys song of the same name.

    • Eddie: (in response to Sean's comment about theater) So where do we go now, Cappie? "Cappie" is a reference to the Critics and Awards Program for High School Students. It's meant to encourage high school students to get involved in theater. In this case, it is most likely referring to a Cappie Critic, a student who attends and reviews high school theatrical performances.

    • Eddie: During the French and Indian War they pretended it was a gift, and when we accepted it, French soldiers jumped out of it and kicked our ass. This is of course a reference to the Trojan Horse during the Trojan War from Virgil's The Aeneid

    • Title: I Wanna Be Suspended The title of this episode is derived from The Ramones' song "I Wanna Be Sedated".

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  • Fan Reviews (100)
  • If i had reviewed this programme after the first episode i would of rated it a 1/10 but the programme started to grow on me and i started to find some of it funny which would of probaly got it up to a 7/10 but..........

    By jameswilson245, Feb 22, 2006

  • Decent show.

    By dmarex, Aug 28, 2010

  • a hilrious family show

    By cube2k8, May 06, 2010

  • An Irish Catholic family goes through funny stories in New York.

    By Baycityrookie, Aug 09, 2008

  • The Finnerty's yell and argue there way to family joy

    By addict666, May 31, 2008

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