Life. . .and Stuff

CBS (ended 1997)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 4

    Life. . .and Matchmaking

    Aired

  • S 1 : Ep 3

    Life. . .and Therapy

    Aired 6/20/97

  • S 1 : Ep 2

    Life. . .and Fisticuffs

    Aired 6/13/97

  • S 1 : Ep 1

    The First One

    Aired 6/6/97

  • Cast & Crew
  • Andrea Martin

    Christine

  • David Bowe

    Andy Boswell

  • Fred Applegate

    Bernie Skabinsky

  • Anita Barone

    Jordan Emery

  • Pam Dawber

    Ronnie Boswell

  • show Description
  • "Life... and Stuff" centered on a husband (Rick Reynolds) and wife (Pam Dawber) who tried to keep their love-life fresh and cope with the uneasy truths of modern-day marriage. With his stressful job as an advertising executive and her long hours as a housewife and mother, there wasn't much time for romance or meaningful conversation...so they argued and yelled a lot! Their two sons, Jerry and Shawn, rarely said a word, instead spending their days glued firmly to the TV set. Rick's spaced-out unemployed kid brother, Andy, lived in a motor home in the driveway and spent his days barging in, stealing food and generally mooching from his elder sibling. Jordan, Nancy and Bernie were Rick's co-workers at the advertising agency, and Christine was Ronnie's loopy best friend. Based on stand-up comic Rick Reynold's critically acclaimed autobiographical one-man-show, "Only the Truth Is Funny," the show was compared to "Everybody Loves Raymond," though it was far darker and more cynical. Episodes commonly had a black-and-white fantasy sequence that harked back to "Father Knows Best," "Leave It to Beaver," and other classic shows and films, while Rick would go on to narrate that his life should have turned out like those family's lives. The six-episodes that were produced were slated to premiere in January of '97, but CBS pushed back the airdate to June, in order to completely kill off the series (isn't that usually the case?). Three episodes aired, and although a fourth was scheduled, it was replaced with a rerun of "Dave's World." Initially the show was supposed to return after the following week's 4th of July special, but instead CBS opted to air reruns of "Dave's World" for the remainder of the summer. If you have any additional information on the unaired episodes, please let me know. June 1997----Fridays----8:30----CBSmoreless

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  • Notes (8)

    • Andrea Martin and Anita Barone were not introduced until the next episode.

    • Brandon Allen plays Shawn Boswell in this episode. After this episode, he was replaced by Kevin Keckeisen.

    • The song "Que Sera Sera" (which was popularized by Doris Day) is used in this episode.

    • "Leave It to Beaver" is both spoofed and featured in this episode.

    • Tom Snyder is featured on the set of his late-night CBS talkshow that was running at the time.

    • "The Good, The Bad and the Ugly" is spoofed in this episode.

    • Ironically, TV Guide's "Couch Critic" Jeff Jarvis (who rarely favored any new series) reviewed the series and gave it a glowing review - the same week that the series was pre-empted, never to be seen again.

    • Scheduled to air June 27th, 1997, but replaced with a rerun of "Dave's World."

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