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    The Big Bang Theory

    The Big Bang Theory

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    Created by writer/producers Chuck Lorre (of Two and a Half Men) and Bill Prady (of Gilmore Girls) comes The Big Bang Theory, a sitcom that shows what happens when hyperintelligent roommates/physicists Sheldon and Leonard meet Penny, a beautiful woman moving in next door--and realize they know next to nothing about life outside of the lab. Rounding out the crew are the smarmy Wolowitz, who thinks he's as sexy as he is brainy, and Koothrappali, who suffers from an inability to speak in the presence of a woman. The show distinguishes itself by being unafraid to toss scientific references and technobabble into an otherwise standard sitcom, even employing a physicist to keep things accurate. In doing so, it allows Sheldon and Leonard to do for science what Frasier's Crane brothers did for fine dining, art, and opera. Theme Song: "The History of Everything" by Barenaked Ladiesmoreless
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    How I Met Your Mother

    How I Met Your Mother

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    CBS (ended 2014)
    How I Met Your Mother is a comedy about Ted (Josh Radnor) and how he fell in love. It all starts when Ted's best friend, Marshall (Jason Segel), drops the bombshell that he's going to propose to his long-time girlfriend, Lily (Alyson Hannigan), a kindergarten teacher. At that moment, Ted realizes that he had better get a move on if he too hopes to find true love. Helping him in his quest is Barney (Neil Patrick Harris), a friend with endless, sometimes outrageous opinions, a penchant for suits and a foolproof way to meet women. When Ted meets Robin (Cobie Smulders), he's sure it's love at first sight, but destiny may have something else in store. The series is narrated through flashbacks from the future, voiced by Bob Saget. The theme song is "Hey Beautiful" by The Solids.moreless
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    Two and a Half Men

    Two and a Half Men

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    Charlie is a well-to-do jingle-writing bachelor with a house at the beach in Malibu, a luxury car in the garage, and an easy way with women. His casual lifestyle is interrupted when his tightly wound chiropractor brother Alan, who's facing a divorce, and his son Jake, come to live with him. Together, these two and a half men confront the challenges of growing up. Complicating matters are the brothers' self-obsessed, controlling mother, Evelyn, Alan's estranged wife, Judith, and Charlie's crazy neighbor Rose, who wants to be a part of his life and is willing to do anything to be around. After season 8, Charlie was killed off and replaced by a wealthy bachelor named Walden who befriends Alan, buys Charlie's home, and lets Alan continue to live there.
    Known in Germany as Mein cooler Onkel Charlie (My Cool Uncle Charlie).
    Known in France as Mon oncle Charlie (My Uncle Charlie).
    Known in Italy as Due uomini e mezzo, an exact translation.
    Known in Finland as Miehen puolikkaat (Man Halves).
    Known in Sweden as 2 1/2 m�n. Known in Croatia as '' Dva i pol muškarca''moreless
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    2 Broke Girls

    2 Broke Girls

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    2 broke girls living in New York City find themselves trying to raise enough money to open their own cupcake business.
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    Bad Teacher

    Bad Teacher

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    CBS (ended 2014)
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    The Crazy Ones

    The Crazy Ones

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    CBS (ended 2014)
    Robin Williams and Sarah Michelle Gellar star as father and daughter in this sitcom set in their advertising agency, Lewis, Roberts & Roberts. Simon is a creative genius, while Sydney is more professional and ambitious. Their team consists of womanising copywriter, Zach (James Wolk), neurotic art director Andrew (Hamish Linklater) and attractive assistant, Lauren (Amanda Setton).moreless
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    Mike & Molly

    Mike & Molly

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    CBS (Returning December 8, 2014)
    A couple finds love at an Overeaters Anonymous meeting in this multicamera comedy from Chuck Lorre, the force behind Two and a Half Men and The Big Bang Theory. The show stars Billy Gardell and Melissa McCarthy as the title characters.moreless
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    Mom

    Mom

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    In this comedy of a loving but dysfunctional family, Crhisty is newly sober and a single mom raising two children. To make things harder, Christy's mother Bonnie returns to Napa Valley to work on her relationship with her daughter. Also, struggling with her boss and lover, her teenaged daughter, her ex-husband and life in general, Christy works hard to keep a positive attitude and stay in her path. moreless
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    Friends with Better Lives

    Friends with Better Lives

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    CBS (ended 2014)
    Best way to describe Friends With Better Lives is to say it is a "continuation" of the old Friends Sitcom, picking up where the old sitcom left off. Now all the characters are into the second - older adult - phase of their lives. As such, this sitcom is great. All the Friends fans will be thrilled to see the new "Chandler" working through his divorce, and all the other characters fall wonderfully into place as replacements for the older versions, as well. Viewers old enough to have enjoyed the old Friends will LOVE this show with gratitude. Viewers who haven't will enjoy it in it's own right - I've only seen the second episode so far (missed the pilot) and am already hooked.moreless
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    The Millers

    The Millers

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    A recently divorced man’s life gets more complicated when his parents have marital problems of their own.
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    Late Show with David Letterman

    Late Show with David Letterman

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    Since 1993, legendary comedian and talk show host David Letterman has been interviewing guests and hosting musical performances at 11:35/10:35c weeknights on CBS. NOTE: Thanks to noted Letterman expert Don "Donz5" Giller for his help in contributing to this episode guide.moreless
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    Rules of Engagement

    Rules of Engagement

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    CBS (ended 2013)
    This new comedy follows the unique friendship between a married couple, a pair of newly engaged lovebirds, and a contented bachelor as they navigate the jungles of dating.
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    The New Adventures of Old Christine

    The New Adventures of Old Christine

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    CBS (ended 2010)
    The New Adventures of Old Christine is a comedy about a 35-year-old divorced mom (Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Seinfeld), who runs a 30-minute female-only gym with Barbara 'Barb'(Wanda Sykes), and tries to keep peace with everyone around her. That includes the judgmental stay-at-home moms at her son Richie's (Trevor Gagnon) private school, her ex-husband, Richard (Clark Gregg, The West Wing), and his new girlfriend (Emily Rutherfurd, The Ellen Show), whose name is also Christine, Old Christine's brother, Matthew (Hamish Linklater, Fantastic Four) lives with her. From writer-exec producer Kari Lizer, Will & Grace and Warner Bros. TV. Music by Matters.moreless
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    We Are Men

    We Are Men

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    CBS (ended 2013)
    In this new single-camera comedy, after being left at the alter, Carter (Chris Smith) he meets three older, divorced men who give him relationship advice.
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    Mad Love

    Mad Love

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    CBS (ended 2011)
    Four single friends living in New York City are looking for love in this CBS rom-com series.
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    Charlie Brown

    Charlie Brown

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    Charles Schulz's classic comic strip Peanuts started in 1950. Fifteen years later, A Charlie Brown Christmas debuted. When The Little Christmas Special that Could proved to be an unexpected success, the stage was set for successive television specials. To date, over forty have been made. The Charlie Brown specials focus on one round-headed kid, his goofy but intelligent beagle, and their vast array of friends. Each has distinctive qualities: Lucy, the crabby, self-proclaimed psychiatrist; Linus, the blanket-toting theologian; Schroeder, the Beethoven worshiper whose black piano keys are only painted on; Peppermint Patty, the tomboy whose affections toward "Chuck" are only outweighed by her sports abilities; and so on. The wit, the charm, the pleasantness of these specials make them appropriate not just for children, but for the whole family.moreless
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    The Ellen Show

    The Ellen Show

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    CBS (ended 2002)
    "What's a small-town girl turned L.A. businesswoman to do when her high-profile, high-finance start-up Internet company goes belly up? And when her social life out west is not doing so great either? Well, as played by Emmy winner Ellen DeGeneres, she reacts by saying goodbye to her dot-com world and heading back to her hometown to put her life together. It remains to be seen, however, whether the best way to do that is by becoming a counselor at her old high school--they still teach Home Economics, for crying out loud--and by moving in with her eccentric mother and unlucky-in-love sister."

    "Ellen Richmond (DeGeneres)...decides to trade the stresses of her fast-track, big-city lifestyle for the slower pace of her quieter hometown, where she is known and loved. It remains to be seen, however, whether or not returning to her hometown, a fishbowl of a place, and her eccentric mother, Dot (Cloris Leachman), and scatter-brained sister, Catherine (Emily Rutherfurd), is the best course of action. At home, Ellen becomes reacquainted with her senior prom date, Rusty (Jim Gaffigan), who thinks they can pick up where they left off, and her befuddled high school teacher, Mr. Munn (Martin Mull). Though worlds apart from the people who love her, Ellen begins to adjust to a very different way of life." (CBS press release)

    DeGeneres bounced back from the cancellation of her ABC sitcom with this star vehicle, previously titled Ellen, Again. Like her ABC sitcom, her character was, yep, gay. (The series was nominated in 2002 for a GLAAD award for Outstanding Comedy Series.) Unlike her ABC sitcom, it was actually funny. Ellen was in good company, surrounded by a supporting cast full of actors from a wide array of failed CBS TV series. The chemistry was great, the scripts were good. All the cards seemed to be in place. Except for the audience one. A roaring ratings failure from Day 1, The Ellen Show was on just about every pundit's list as one of the sure-thing casualties of the fall -- especially after its lead-out bit the dust after two weeks -- with many of them speculating that CBS was waiting until Ellen's gig hosting the November, 2001 Emmy Awards (that it was their turn to broadcast, and that were postponed a couple times thanks to 9/11) was over and done with before rendering the show over and done with. That way, Ms. DeGeneres -- never one to accept rejection graciously -- couldn't get even by hosting them the Whoopi Goldberg way. But then a funny thing happened. Ellen did a fine job hosting the ceremony, winning lots of critical raves and managing to make people forget about what was going on in the world. And while The Ellen Show probably should have been cancelled anyway, CBS followed up her hosting performance with something even better than a standing ovation or a bouquet of roses. They awarded her show a 22-episode full season. Those same pundits were stunned, and the ailing sitcom seemed like it had a new lease on life when the network followed up the announcement with one stating that it would get a 3-week trial run Mondays at 8:30, a time slot that was nothing if not better than the dead-air equivalent it held on Friday. Unfortunately, after the Monday tryout was over, it returned to Friday -- as if CBS CEO Les Moonves had forgotten when the same exact programming move worked wonders for the languishing ratings of a certain self-entitled Gregory Hines vehicle four years earlier. Ratings even worse than they had been before it moved to Monday, coupled with limp numbers when it was on Monday, prompted Moonves and company to wish they hadn't been so magnanimous, and after the cast and crew managed to shoot 18 of those 22 episodes, the plug was pulled. As was the show itself, so as not to do damage to the Don Bellisario project, First Monday, scheduled to air following it. CBS had 5 episodes of The Ellen Show at their disposal, and chief CBS spokesman/B.S. artist extraordinaire, Chris Ender, swore that they'd air in March and April, 2002 -- going so far as to insult everybody's intelligence by claiming that the series was under consideration for the fall, and production was only stopped because they didn't "have room" for 4 more episodes (crapola nonsense that they'd later rehash for another lame duck, The Stones). Of course, the only thing they didn't have room for anymore were the huge defecits. Advertisers had their fill, and those 5 episodes went straight to the nearest trash can. Curiously, although Ellen's complaints about ABC's supposed mistreatment of a show given four and a half seasons, great time slots and a huge send-off could fill volumes, her complaints about CBS' actual mistreatment of a show given three and a half months, terrible time slots and no send-off couldn't even fill a postcard. Perhaps this was because she had already set her sights on her daytime talk show, which would debut to big hoopla, if not big ratings, two seasons later.

    A little trivia: The Ellen Show was originally proposed as a show-within-a-show that lampooned the TV industry, featuring Ellen as the host of a fictitious variety series (The New Ellen Show). Practically no one at CBS was interested, and so instead, we got this. Ellen said she got the idea of The Ellen Show while watching Ed. The series was originally set to be produced by Michael Ovitz's production company, the Artists Television Group, who did make the pilot. However, the editor bankrupted them, and CBS took over their ownership stake before the first episode aired. The other ATG show picked up for Fall, 2001, WB's Lost in the USA, was not so lucky. When ATG died, so did it.

    Theme song "The Ellen Show (Main Title Theme)" written by Jude Christodal

    The Ellen Show is produced by The Hurwitz Company / CBS Productions, in association with Columbia TriStar Television

    Broadcast History -----------------

    Sep 2001, Mon 9:30-10:00 Sep 2001-Oct 2001, Fri 8:00-8:30 Oct 2001-Nov 2001, Fri 8:30-9:00 Dec 2001, Mon 8:30-9:00 Dec 2001-Jan 2002, Fri 8:30-9:00

    First telecast: September 24, 2001 Last telecast: January 11, 2002 Show type: Multi-Camera Sitcom Number of episodes: 18 Media: 35mm filmmoreless
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    Partners

    Partners

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    Partners is a comedy that revolves around architects Joe (David Krumholtz) and Louis' (Michael Urie) friendship, which has lasted longer than either of their romantic relationships and almost seems like a weird marriage -- until Joe decides to propose to his girlfriend. The pair is joined by Sophia Bush and Brandon Routh.moreless
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    Accidentally on Purpose

    Accidentally on Purpose

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    CBS (ended 2010)
    A San Francisco newspaper film critic becomes pregnant after a hookup with a much younger man and together they raise a non-traditional family. Golden Globe Award winner Jenna Elfman (Dharma & Greg) plays Billie, who after a hard breakup with her boss, James (Melrose Place's Grant Show) then gets knocked up by Zack (Windfall's Jon Foster). They agree on an unconventional arrangement to raise the child and live together platonically. But when Zack's friends turn her place into a frat house, Billie isn't sure that the plan can work out. Completing the cast are Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) as Billie's best friend Olivia, Lennon Parham as her younger married sister Abby, and Nicolas Wright as Davis, one of Zack's freeloading friends. Based on the bestselling novel of the same name by Mary F. Pols, Accidentally on Purpose is executive-produced by Lloyd Braun, Gail Berman, Gene Stein, and Claudia Lonow with CBS Television Studios.moreless
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    The Arsenio Hall Show

    The Arsenio Hall Show

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    Veteran comedian, actor and talk show host Arsenio Hall returns to late night in this new syndicated series.
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