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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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    September 25, 2007 DVD Releases

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    August 8, 2006 DVD Releases

  • Griffin Frazen

    Griffin Frazen

    Jimmy Finnerty

    Bret Harrison

    Bret Harrison

    Brad O'Keefe

    Kevin Corrigan

    Kevin Corrigan

    Eddie Finnerty

    Lynsey Bartilson

    Lynsey Bartilson

    Lily Finnerty

    Richard Riehle

    Richard Riehle

    Walt Finnerty (Season 1-2, recurring otherwise)

    Donal Logue

    Donal Logue

    Sean Finnerty

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    Comedy

    Themes

    Coming of Age, bad parenting, parents and children, sarcastic characters, siblings