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According to Jim
ATJcast.jpg
The cast of According to Jim
Format Sitcom
Created by Tracy Newman
Jonathan Stark
Starring Jim Belushi
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Larry Joe Campbell
Taylor Atelian
Billi Bruno
Conner Rayburn
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 182 (List of episodes)
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera setup
Running time 30 minutes w commercials
22 minutes w/o commercials
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original run October 3, 2001 – June 2, 2009

According to Jim is an American sitcom television series, starring Jim Belushi in the title role as a suburban father of five children. It originally ran on ABC from October 3, 2001 to June 2, 2009.

Contents

Synopsis

Jim is an abrasive but lovable suburban father. Much like his real life counterpart, Jim's character is noted as a fan of blues music, as well as the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, and the Chicago Blackhawks. Together with his wife Cheryl they have five children – Ruby, Gracie, Kyle, and later Jonathan and Gordon. Throughout its run, the family's surname has never been revealed.

Jim often finds himself in messy situations because his laziness inclines him to search for alternative ways of doing things with less effort. While Cheryl's brother Andy might be Jim's best friend, her sister Dana frequently teams up with Cheryl against Jim.

History

The show first aired following the surprise hit comedy My Wife and Kids and quickly developed an audience of its own. For its second season ABC placed it on its revitalized Tuesday line-up, which also included John Ritter's 8 Simple Rules, Bonnie Hunt's Life with Bonnie and Less Than Perfect. Week by week, the show attracted more and more viewers, becoming ABC's second most watched sitcom. The show performed so well that the network made a risky move: putting Jim opposite the NBC juggernaut Frasier. Although Jim did not beat the competition, it performed well enough to secure itself that spot on the 2003 fall schedule.

On May 15, 2007, it was announced that According to Jim would not be renewed for another season. ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson said, "We are talking to the studio to see if there's something financially, a deal that would make sense for us".[1] But on June 27, 2007, ABC renewed the show for a seventh season with 18 episodes.[2][3]

According to Jim returned to ABC's schedule on Tuesday January 1, 2008 with two episodes at 9 pm and 9:30 pm. After that, the series moved to its regular time slot at 8 pm. Despite the writer's strike, ABC announced that the show would produce all 18 episodes ordered for this season.[4]

On February 27, 2008, it was reported that ABC was close to renewing According to Jim for an eighth season.[5] On May 13, 2008, ABC officially renewed the series and season eight began airing on December 2, 2008.[6] Kimberly Williams-Paisley left the show's regular cast at the beginning of season eight,[7] making only a guest appearance in the season finale.

In December 2008, co-star Larry Joe Campbell said that the sets had been destroyed, indicating that the series was cancelled, but that a series finale had been recorded.[8] After the first six episodes of Season 8 all aired in December, According to Jim returned to ABC's schedule on April 14, 2009 for the final 12 episodes.[9] The series finale of According to Jim aired on June 2, 2009 on ABC, and was titled "Heaven Opposed to Hell".

Cast

Co-starring
  • Mitch Rouse – Ryan (Seasons 4–6, 8)
  • Mo Collins – Emily (Seasons 7–8)
  • Jackie Debatin – Mandy (Season 8)

Episodes

DVD releases

Lionsgate Home Entertainment (under license from ABC Studios) has released the first season on DVD in Region 1. Season 2 will be released on May 4, 2010.[10]

# DVD Name Episodes Release Date
1 The Complete First Season 22 October 21, 2008 (2008-10-21)
2 The Complete Second Season 28 May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04)
3 The Complete Third Season 29 TBA
4 The Complete Fourth Season 27 TBA
5 The Complete Fifth Season 22 TBA
6 The Complete Sixth Season 18 TBA
7 The Complete Seventh Season TBA
8 The Complete Eighth Season TBA

U.S. television ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of According to Jim on ABC.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

Season Season premiere Season finale TV season Ranking Viewers (in millions)
1st October 3, 2001 May 15, 2002 2001–2002 #55[11] 10.0[11]
2nd October 1, 2002 May 20, 2003 2002–2003 #51[12] 10.3[12]
3rd September 23, 2003 May 25, 2004 2003–2004 #51[13] 9.9[13]
4th September 21, 2004 May 17, 2005 2004–2005 #44[14] 10.0[14]
5th September 20, 2005 May 2, 2006 2005–2006 #90[15] 6.7[15]
6th January 3, 2007 May 16, 2007 2006–2007 #90[16] 6.3[16]
7th January 1, 2008 May 27, 2008 2007–2008 #146[17] 5.9[17]
8th December 2, 2008 June 2, 2009 2008–2009 #104[18] 5.6[18]

Weekly rankings of According to Jim, Season 8 on ABC.

Episode # Title Air Date Timeslot Viewers (m)
1 "The Blankie" December 2, 2008 Tuesday 9:00 6.15[19]
2 "The New Best Friend" December 2, 2008 Tuesday 9:30 5.51[20]
3 "Jamie McFame" December 9, 2008 Tuesday 9:00 5.05[21]
4 "Andy's Proposal" December 9, 2008 Tuesday 9:30 5.34[21]
5 "Two for the Money" December 16, 2008 Tuesday 9:00 5.13[22]
6 "Cabin Boys" December 30, 2008 Tuesday 9:30 3.77[23]
7 "The Ego Boost" April 14, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 4.70[24]
8 "The Yoga Bear" April 14, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 4.25[24]
9 "Kyle's Crush" April 21, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 3.73[25]
10 "The Meaningful Gift" April 21, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 3.71[25]
11 "The Daddy Way" April 28, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 3.43[26]
12 "Physical Therapy" April 28, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 3.71[26]
13 "The Cooler One" May 12, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 3.94[27]
14 "Happy Jim" May 12, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 3.90[28]
15 "King of the Nerds" May 26, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 3.87[29]
16 "I Hate the High Road" May 26, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 3.87[30]
17 "Diamonds are a Ghoul's Best Friend" June 2, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 4.10[31]
18 "Heaven Opposed to Hell" June 2, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 4.10[32]

Syndication

Notes

  1. ^ 2007 Cancelled Shows: ABC Cuts Some Beloved Series, TV Series Finale, May 15, 2007
  2. ^ ABC Renews "According to Jim", TV Week, June 27, 2007
  3. ^ ABC renews "According to Jim", Yahoo!, June 28, 2007
  4. ^ Breaking News - 'Jim' to Finish Out Season for ABC | TheFutonCritic.com
  5. ^ Ausiello on Heroes, "Bubble Show" Mystery, Lost and More! - Ask Ausiello | TVGuide.com
  6. ^ Breaking News - ABC UNVEILS 2008-09 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE | TheFutonCritic.com
  7. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=7822
  8. ^ http://tvseriesfinale.com/articles/according-to-jim-abc-sitcom-ending-after-eight-years-no-season-nine/
  9. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=7982
  10. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/According-Jim-Season-2/13351
  11. ^ a b "How did your favorite show rate?". USA Today. May 28, 2002. http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/2002/2002-05-28-year-end-chart.htm. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Rank And File". Entertainment Weekly Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,455439,00.html. 
  13. ^ a b "I. T. R. S. Ranking Report: 01 Thru 210". ABC Medianet. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070930171419/http://www.abcmedianet.com/Web/progcal/dispDNR.aspx?id=060204_11. Retrieved May 25, 2007. 
  14. ^ a b "Primetime series". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 27, 2005. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000937471. Retrieved September 12, 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 26, 2006. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002576393. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  16. ^ a b "2006-07 primetime wrap". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 25, 2007. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/features/e3ifbfdd1bcb53266ad8d9a71cad261604f?pn=2. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  17. ^ a b "Season Program Rankings from 09/24/07 through 05/25/08". ABC Medianet. May 28, 2008. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=052808_06. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  18. ^ a b "Season Program Rankings from 09/22/08 through 05/17/09". ABC Medianet. May 19, 2009. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=051909_05. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
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  34. ^ (Croatian) Svijet prema Jimu

External links

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According to Jim
Format Sitcom
Created by Tracy Newman
Jonathan Stark
Starring James Belushi
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Kimberly Williams-Paisley
Larry Joe Campbell
Taylor Atelian
Billi Bruno
Conner Rayburn
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 182 (List of episodes)
Production
Camera setup Multi-camera setup
Running time 30 minutes w commercials
22 minutes w/o commercials
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original run October 3, 2001 –
June 2, 2009
Status Ended

According to Jim is an American sitcom television series starring Jim Belushi in the title role as a suburban father of five children. It originally ran on ABC from October 3, 2001 to June 2, 2009.

Contents

Synopsis

James "Jim" Orenthal (last name unknown; Orenthal is the character's middle name) is an abrasive but lovable suburban father. Much like his real life counterpart, Jim's character is noted as a fan of blues music, as well as the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, and the Chicago Blackhawks. Together with his wife Cheryl, whose second name is Mabel, they have three children: Ruby, Gracie and Kyle. In the last season they become parents of twins Jonathan and Gordon.

Jim often finds himself in messy situations because his laziness inclines him to search for alternative ways of doing things with less effort. While Cheryl's brother Andy may be Jim's best friend, her sister Dana frequently teams up with Cheryl against Jim.

History

The show first aired following the surprise hit comedy My Wife and Kids and quickly developed an audience of its own. For its second season ABC placed it on its revitalized Tuesday line-up, which also included John Ritter's 8 Simple Rules, Bonnie Hunt's Life with Bonnie and Less Than Perfect. Week by week, the show attracted more and more viewers, becoming ABC's second most watched sitcom. The show performed so well that the network made a risky move: putting Jim opposite the NBC juggernaut Frasier. Although Jim did not beat the competition, it performed well enough to secure itself that spot on the 2003 fall schedule.

On May 15, 2007, it was announced that According to Jim would not be renewed for another season. ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson said, "We are talking to the studio to see if there's something financially, a deal that would make sense for us".[1] But on June 27, 2007, ABC renewed the show for a seventh season with 18 episodes.[2][3]

According to Jim returned to ABC's schedule on Tuesday January 1, 2008 with two episodes at 9 pm and 9:30 pm. After that, the series moved to its regular time slot at 8 pm. Despite the writer's strike, ABC announced that the show would produce all 18 episodes ordered for this season.[4]

On February 27, 2008, it was reported that ABC was close to renewing According to Jim for an eighth season.[5] On May 13, 2008, ABC officially renewed the series and season eight began airing on December 2, 2008.[6] Kimberly Williams-Paisley left the show's regular cast at the beginning of season eight,[7] making only a guest appearance in the season finale.

In December 2008, co-star Larry Joe Campbell said that the sets had been destroyed, indicating that the series was cancelled, but that a series finale had been recorded.[8] After the first six episodes of Season 8 all aired in December, According to Jim returned to ABC's schedule on April 14, 2009 for the final 12 episodes.[9] The series finale of According to Jim aired on June 2, 2009 on ABC, and was titled "Heaven Opposed to Hell".

Cast

Co-starring
  • Mitch Rouse – Ryan Gibson (Seasons 4–6, guest season 8)
  • Mo Collins – Emily (Seasons 7–8)
  • Jackie Debatin – Mandy (Season 8)

Episodes

DVD releases

Lionsgate Home Entertainment (under license from ABC Studios) has released the first season on DVD in Region 1. Season 2 was released on May 4, 2010.[10]

# DVD Name Episodes Release Date
1 The Complete First Season 22 October 21, 2008 (2008-10-21)
2 The Complete Second Season 28 May 4, 2010 (2010-05-04)
3 The Complete Third Season 29 TBA
4 The Complete Fourth Season 27 TBA
5 The Complete Fifth Season 22 TBA
6 The Complete Sixth Season 18 TBA
7 The Complete Seventh Season TBA
8 The Complete Eighth Season TBA

U.S. television ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of According to Jim on ABC.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

Season Season premiere Season finale TV season Ranking Viewers (in millions)
1st October 3, 2001 May 15, 2002 2001–2002 #55[11] 10.0[11]
2nd October 1, 2002 May 20, 2003 2002–2003 #51[12] 10.3[12]
3rd September 23, 2003 May 25, 2004 2003–2004 #51[13] 9.9[13]
4th September 21, 2004 May 17, 2005 2004–2005 #44[14] 10.0[14]
5th September 20, 2005 May 2, 2006 2005–2006 #90[15] 6.7[15]
6th January 3, 2007 May 16, 2007 2006–2007 #90[16] 6.3[16]
7th January 1, 2008 May 27, 2008 2007–2008 #146[17] 5.9[17]
8th December 2, 2008 June 2, 2009 2008–2009 #104[18] 5.6[18]

Weekly rankings of According to Jim, Season 8 on ABC.

Episode # Title Air Date Timeslot Viewers (m)
1 "The Blankie" December 2, 2008 Tuesday 9:00 6.15[19]
2 "The New Best Friend" December 2, 2008 Tuesday 9:30 5.51[20]
3 "Jamie McFame" December 9, 2008 Tuesday 9:00 5.05[21]
4 "Andy's Proposal" December 9, 2008 Tuesday 9:30 5.34[21]
5 "Two for the Money" December 16, 2008 Tuesday 9:00 5.13[22]
6 "Cabin Boys" December 30, 2008 Tuesday 9:30 3.77[23]
7 "The Ego Boost" April 14, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 4.70[24]
8 "The Yoga Bear" April 14, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 4.25[24]
9 "Kyle's Crush" April 21, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 3.73[25]
10 "The Meaningful Gift" April 21, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 3.71[25]
11 "The Daddy Way" April 28, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 3.43[26]
12 "Physical Therapy" April 28, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 3.71[26]
13 "The Cooler One" May 12, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 3.94[27]
14 "Happy Jim" May 12, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 3.90[28]
15 "King of the Nerds" May 26, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 3.87[29]
16 "I Hate the High Road" May 26, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 3.87[30]
17 "Diamonds are a Ghoul's Best Friend" June 2, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 4.10[31]
18 "Heaven Opposed to Hell" June 2, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 4.10[32]

Syndication

Notes

  1. ^ 2007 Cancelled Shows: ABC Cuts Some Beloved Series, TV Series Finale, May 15, 2007
  2. ^ ABC Renews "According to Jim", TV Week, June 27, 2007
  3. ^ ABC renews "According to Jim", Yahoo!, June 28, 2007
  4. ^ Breaking News - 'Jim' to Finish Out Season for ABC | TheFutonCritic.com
  5. ^ Ausiello on Heroes, "Bubble Show" Mystery, Lost and More! - Ask Ausiello | TVGuide.com
  6. ^ Breaking News - ABC UNVEILS 2008-09 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE | TheFutonCritic.com
  7. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=7822
  8. ^ http://tvseriesfinale.com/articles/according-to-jim-abc-sitcom-ending-after-eight-years-no-season-nine/
  9. ^ http://www.thefutoncritic.com/news.aspx?id=7982
  10. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/According-Jim-Season-2/13351
  11. ^ a b "How did your favorite show rate?". USA Today. May 28, 2002. http://www.usatoday.com/life/television/2002/2002-05-28-year-end-chart.htm. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  12. ^ a b "Rank And File". Entertainment Weekly Published in issue #713 Jun 06, 2003. http://www.ew.com/ew/article/0,,455439,00.html. 
  13. ^ a b "I. T. R. S. Ranking Report: 01 Thru 210". ABC Medianet. Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. http://web.archive.org/web/20070930171419/http://www.abcmedianet.com/Web/progcal/dispDNR.aspx?id=060204_11. Retrieved May 25, 2007. 
  14. ^ a b "Primetime series". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 27, 2005. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1000937471. Retrieved September 12, 2009. 
  15. ^ a b "Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 26, 2006. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/search/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1002576393. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  16. ^ a b "2006-07 primetime wrap". The Hollywood Reporter. Nielsen Business Media. May 25, 2007. http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/hr/content_display/television/features/e3ifbfdd1bcb53266ad8d9a71cad261604f?pn=2. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  17. ^ a b "Season Program Rankings from 09/24/07 through 05/25/08". ABC Medianet. May 28, 2008. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=052808_06. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
  18. ^ a b "Season Program Rankings from 09/22/08 through 05/17/09". ABC Medianet. May 19, 2009. http://abcmedianet.com/web/dnr/dispDNR.aspx?id=051909_05. Retrieved 2009-07-03. 
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  33. ^ (Croatian) Svijet prema Jimu

External links


Quotes

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According to Jim (2001–), TV sitcom

Contents

Episode 26

Jim: I married her for her looks.
Cheryl: I married him for his money.
Jim: Hah! I win!

Episode 28

Jim: Dana, would you tell your sister her ass is not big?
Dana: But you are big, Jim.
Cheryl: Remember when dad took us to see 'The Exorcist'? I still have trouble going to bed sometimes!
Dana: Of course you do, you sleep with Jim!

Episode 30

Jim: "Where's the rulebook?"
Cheryl: "What rulebook?"
Jim: "You know. The religious one . . . the Bible."

Episode 47

Jim: "I am in great shape."
Cheryl: "What shape is that, a circle?"

Episode 51

Cheryl: "He's brilliant. He's pretending to be a moron to cover up being a jackass." [about Jim]

Episode 67

Mindy: [speaking Japanese] "Shinjuku eki-wa doko des-ka. [meaning "Where is the train station?"] Who can guess what that means?"
Dana: "I'd like to kill myself."
Mindy: "Silly – no."
Dana: "No, I'd like to kill myself."

Episode 69

Dana: "Jim, I'm gonna kill you. Then I'm gonna get off this boat, go to Haiti, learn Voodoo, raise you from the dead, and kill you again!"
Andy: "I've been drinking my own spit. I drank my own spit!"

Episode 71

Andy: "Dana, I'm going to be a daddy! What's new with you, nothing, right?"
Roxanne: "Oh, geez, Jimmy. Can't a girl show up on her brother's doorstep, alone, broke, and knocked up, and not be after something?"

Episode 73

Jim: (to Cheryl) "When I got home from work and you weren't in the kitchen, I feared the worst."
Dana: "What, that you'd have to make your own dinner?"

Episode 83

Andy: "Urine... You're in danger, you're in trouble..."
Jim: "You're insane!"

Unsorted

Jim: "Are you nervous?"
Ruby: "No"
Jim: "Then why are your hands so cold?"
Ruby: "You made me hold your Slurpee!"

Jim "Heroes aren't born...they're cornered." [About looking after Dana while she's pregnant]

Jim (To his pregnant wife, who's upset she missed her daughter's "perfect" party) It wasn't perfect, alright? The doll place kicked us out, and we'll probably get sued! Isn't that great!?

Jim: "Circumcise your watches."

Jim: "Unless I hit a home run, score a touchdown, or I ask you to, that is not okay!"

Jim: "Write this down. We win. They Lose. USA #1." [about World War II]

Jim: "The toilet comes with a lifetime guarantee! So we'll never have to worry about buying another toilet. And when I die, Kyle will inherit the throne. It'll be like Shakespeare!"

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