Life. . .and Stuff

CBS (ended 1997)


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"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 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