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Rita Rocks
Format Sitcom
Created by James Berg
Stan Zimmerman
Starring Nicole Sullivan
Richard Ruccolo
Tisha Campbell-Martin
Natalie Dreyfuss
Kelly Gould
Raviv Ullman
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 40 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) James Berg
Stan Zimmerman
Running time 30 mins. (approx)
Original channel Lifetime
Original run October 20, 2008 – December 7, 2009
Status Cancelled
External links
Official website

Rita Rocks is a Lifetime original sitcom that premiered on October 20, 2008. It is the network's first original comedy in over a decade. The series debuted alongside re-runs of Reba as part of a new comedy hour for Tuesday nights, which later changed to Monday nights. The show stars MADtv's Nicole Sullivan as Rita, My Wife and Kids' Tisha Campbell-Martin as Patty, Two Guys and a Girl's Richard Ruccolo as Jay, Phil of the Future's Raviv Ullman as Kip and Lucky Louie's Kelly Gould as Shannon.

On March 2, 2009, it was announced Rita Rocks was renewed for a 20-episode second season.[1]

Rita Rocks returned for its second season on October 5, 2009 at 7:30pm, following the series premiere of Sherri. The two comedies will air new episodes for the entire week. Rita Rocks then moved to its regular timeslot on Tuesdays at 10:30pm.[2]

On October 26, 2009, Rita Rocks moved to Mondays at 9:00pm and 10:00pm.[3]

On January 11, 2010, Lifetime cancelled Rita Rocks.[4]



A hard-working mom and wife splits her time between a job she doesn’t particularly like, running the kids around and managing the household. She believes that if she can just get a few hours a week to herself, she can figure a few things out. After finding her old guitar in the garage and the prompting of a new friend, they start up a weekly jam session and are joined by a neighbor, the mail-woman and her daughter’s boyfriend for nightly rehearsals. The plot is set in the Metropolitan Detroit area as Rita is said to have gotten a promotion (Season 2, episode 3) and has to work in the tri-county area at the stores in Troy, Dearborn, Brighton, and Farmington Hills.

In a February 2009 interview on Anytime with Bob Kushell, Sullivan agreed the main character is going through a midlife crisis, but she does not like using the term "midlife".[5]


  • Rita Clemens (Nicole Sullivan): Rita Clemens is a working mom unfulfilled by her busy life. She is the leader of her garage band and also the assistant manager of Bed Bath & Max. She was formerly training assistant before her boss learned of her pregnancy.
  • Jay Clemens (Richard Ruccolo): Jay is Rita’s husband who tries his best to support her band. He sometimes takes care of the household, getting himself into funny situations in the process.
  • Patty Mannix (Tisha Campbell-Martin): Patty, postal worker and Rita's best friend who convinces her to take down her guitar and start the band.
  • Hallie Clemens (Natalie Dreyfuss): Rita's absent minded and rebellious teenage daughter. She is a worker along with her mom at Bed Bath & Max and she's almost always texting or "tweeting" from her phone.
  • Shannon Clemens (Kelly Gould): Rita's nine-year-old daughter. She goes to a school for gifted children and is interested in space camp and astronauts.
  • Kip (Raviv Ullman): Full name is Skip; Hallie's boyfriend (ex-boyfriend as of season 2 episode 2, got back together as of season 2, episode 18), is the drummer in Rita's band. His parents are separated and he spends all of his time at the Clemens' household. Very goofy and likable in nature.
  • Max: Rita & Jay's new baby. Rita gave birth to him in the season 2 season finale, "Born In The USA".

Minor Characters/Recurring

  • Owen Delgado Jr. (Ian Gomez): Owen is Rita's unemployed neighbor who joins her garage band. He has two kids with wife Audrey. (left in 2009 to join Cougar Town)
  • Audrey (Lauren Bowles): Owen's wife and mother of his two children. She loves her job more than her own husband.
  • Chuck (Duane Martin): Rita's new neighbor, former baseball player, who was a huge annoyance to Rita and Jay. He and Patty eventually begins dating in late season 2.
  • Marilyn (Swoosie Kurtz): Rita's mother, who visits and stays for 4 episodes before leaving at Rita's request to talk to her father.


International Broadcasting

Arena TV in Australia airs the program.

CityTv in Canada airs the program.

STAR World in Asia airs the program.

Fox Life in Turkey, Greece, Portugal, Bulgaria and Serbia airs the program.

SKY Uno in Italy is going to air in autumn 2009.

RTL 8 in The Netherlands is going to air in winter 2009.

Guest Appearances

Guest Star Season Character
Mindy Sterling 1 Mrs. Portman, Customer at Bed Bath & Max
Tony Danza 1 Jay's Boss
Andrew J. West 1 Craiger
Harry Shum Jr. 1 Zach
Craig Gellis 1 Grungy Counter Guy
Brooklyn McLinn 1 Roger
Bayne Gibby 1 Genna, Customer at Bed Bath & Max
Deborah Gibson 1 Cindy Schatz (Rita's Old Band Friend)
Melissa Peterman 1, 2 Jennifer
Jessie Pavelka 1 Jessie (himself) Patty's trainer and Kip's temporary replacement
Mimi Kennedy 1 Aunt Mavis (Jay's Aunt who has a grudge towards Rita)


  1. ^ Lifetime Renews "Rita" for 2nd Season, TV Week, March 2009
  2. ^ Lifetime Television Sets October 5 Premiere for "Sherri", All-New Comedy Series, The Futon Critic, August 12, 2009
  3. ^ Lifetime Sends "Rita Rocks" to Monday, The Futon Critic, October 22, 2009
  4. ^ Lifetime Cancels "Rita Rocks", Entertainment Weekly, January 11, 2010
  5. ^ "Anytime with Bob Kushell feat. Nicole Sullivan". Anytime with Bob Kushell. 2009-02-27. No. 12, season 1.

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