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So Little Time
The main cast of So Little Time: The Carlsons and housekeeper Manuelo (far behind).
Format Teen/family sitcom
Created by Eric Cohen
Tonya Hurley
Starring Mary-Kate Olsen
Ashley Olsen
Eric Lutes
Taylor Negron
Natashia Williams
Jesse Head
Clare Carey
Theme music composer Ollie Jacobs, James Barnett and Lalo Creme
Opening theme "So Little Time", performed by Arkarna
Country of origin  United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 26
Executive producer(s) Eric Cohen
Robert Thorne
Mary-Kate Olsen
Ashley Olsen
Mark Blutman
Camera setup Videotape; Single/Multi-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Dualstar Productions
Original channel Fox Family (2001)
ABC Family (2001-2002)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original run June 2, 2001 – May 4, 2002
Status Cancelled/ended

So Little Time is an American sitcom starring Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen that aired on ABC Family Channel. The first half of the series aired from June 2, 2001 to August 15, 2001. The series then went on a four-month hiatus, due to network management changes. By December 2001, Fox Family had become ABC Family, and the remaining episodes aired until May 4, 2002.



Life is anything but boring for the Carlson twins, Riley (Mary-Kate Olsen) and Chloe (Ashley Olsen), whose parents have amicably separated, but still live "within a stone’s throw" from each other in Malibu.

Their mother and father ran a highly successful fashion label together for years until Jake underwent a mid-life crisis. In the spirit of finding himself, he moved to a trailer, overlooking his former Malibu beachfront home.

Being teenagers, Riley and Chloe are subject to the trials and tribulations of school, family, friends, and boys. Another complex factor in the girls' lives is their parents keeping everyone wondering whether they’ll get back together. For the most part, it seems they'll merely be friends who live to drive each other just a little crazy.


The Canadian Family Channel aired reruns of the series weekdays at 6:00pm until June 28, 2007, when they were replaced by Zoey 101. In the U.K., the show aired on BBC One, and on the Children's Channel CBBC. Some episodes had a shorter running time than others because of the removal of the "behind the scenes" featurettes.

Later in the series, the show starts with the crew wandering around the set, with the camera following them. They talk about current events, such as the birthday of an actor on the set. Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen usually appear in this segment.

A short "behind the scenes" featurette was sometimes included at the end of an episode as well. Although retained on the Warner Brothers DVD releases, these were always edited out of the U.K. terrestrial transmissions.

Episodes Overview

Season Episodes First Air Date Last Air Date
1 26 June 2, 2001 May 4, 2002

Episode list: 2001-2002

Episode # Episode Title Director Writer(s) Original Airdate Production Code
1 "A Dog Day Afternoon" Rich Correll Eric Cohen
Tonya Hurley
June 2, 2001 101
Chloe comes up with a unique theory that boys are no different than dogs. She then tests this theory in real-life. 
2 "Siblings and the City" Rich Correll Becky Southwell June 2, 2001 103
Chloe decides to write a dating column for the newspaper, using her family as a source of inspiration. Bad choice. 
3 "The Color of Money" Rich Correll Erik Shapiro
Patrick McCarthy
June 9, 2001 106
While the girls raise money for school by selling clothes, Larry purchases tickets for a concert the girls really want to attend by taking the money from the school charity fund without telling them. 
4 "There's Something About Riley" Mark Cendrowski Eric Cohen June 16, 2001 107
Riley finds herself unknowingly in a romantic tug-of-war between Larry and Tony. 
5 "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" Mark Cendrowski Michael S. Baser
Frank Dungan
June 23, 2001 108
Riley reluctantly agrees to give history notes to the "baddest" girl in school - in exchange for her and Chloe being invited to a wild late-night party, which they luckily sleep through. 
6 "You've Got Mail" Mark Cendrowski Michael S. Baser
Frank Dungan
June 30, 2001 109
Chloe attempts to make friends with a grumpy senior citizen, while Riley kisses Larry, and then spends the rest of the day denying it. Macy and her high school crush plan to meet. Once Jake learns of this, he attempts to interrupt them during their "get-together". 
7 "Manuelo in the Middle (Part 1)" Rich Correll Michael S. Baser
Frank Dungan
July 7, 2001 104
When the girls' male nanny, Manuelo, is upset about not being included in the family photo, he quits. Riley and Chloe try to come up with a plan to lure him back. 
8 "Manuelo in the Middle (Part 2)" Rich Correll Michael S. Baser
Frank Dungan
July 14, 2001 105
Riley and Chloe continue their plan to try to get "The Missing Manuelo" back. 
9 "True Lies" Mark Cendrowski Marcy Vosburgh July 21, 2001 110
Rather than admit they're having a tough time, the twins try to cheat their way through classes, only to have it backfire. 
10 "Tedi's Burnout" Rich Correll Eric Cohen July 28, 2001 111
Rather than being honest, Riley tries to avoid getting into a fight with Chloe. Meanwhile, Tedi decides to "take a break" from modeling. 
11 "Teacher's Pet" Rich Correll Matt Martin
Jody Milks
August 5, 2001 112
The girls are shocked when their father starts dating their teacher. 
12 "Rules of Engagement" Rich Correll Michael S. Baser
Frank Dungan
August 5, 2001 114
The girls try to live their own separate lives, but they start driving everyone around them crazy. 
13 "Outbreak" Rich Correll Joshua Keene December 1, 2001 115
A lie becomes reality when Chloe covers for Riley's fake sickness, then gets sick herself, and infects the whole family. 
14 "The Breakfast Club" Rich Correll Michael S. Baser
Frank Dungan
December 15, 2001 102
Chloe tries desperately to get detention for herself, so she can spend time with a student named Travis. This causes all of her schoolmates to get detention when her teachers do not believe that "sweet, innocent Chloe" would be so bad. 
15 "The New Guy" Jean Sagal Mark Blutman January 5, 2002 122
Chloe meets a new guy named Lennon, who tends to make her everyday routine something of a mess. Meanwhile, Riley hurts Larry's feelings by forgetting his birthday. 
16 "The Massage" Jean Sagal Becky Southwell January 12, 2002 117
Riley becomes addicted to massage therapy, while Chloe tries to work up the nerve to ask Lennon out on a date. 
17 "Riley's New Guy" Jean Sagal Michael S. Baser
Frank Dungan
January 19, 2002 120
While Riley has to fight off rumors about a recent date, Chloe finally lets Lennon know that she likes him. 
18 "The Wheelchair" Jean Sagal Randi Barnes January 26, 2002 121
When Riley goofs around in a wheelchair, a student named Rob (Billy Aaron Brown), who uses a wheelchair full-time, gets the wrong idea. Riley continues her charade, not thinking of the truth's eventual impact on Rob. 
19 "The Job" Jean Sagal Randi Barnes
Jeny Quine
February 2, 2002 126
To save money for a car, the girls get jobs as waitresses, but they quickly discover that it is not their ideal job. 
20 "The Flat Tire" Jean Sagal Barry Safchik February 9, 2002 124
During a driving lesson with a family friend, Riley and Chloe end up stranded on the side of the road when the car gets a flat tire. A passing motorist very kindly offers to help, but the twins' gratitude is short-lived when the guy turns out to be a car thief, who steals the car. 
21 "The Volunteer" Jean Sagal Jeny Quine March 2, 2002 123
Riley and Chloe must cope with the death of an elderly woman named Dolores, whom Riley "adopts". 
22 "Trading Places" Jeff Meyer Erik Shapiro March 9, 2002 116
Things go terribly wrong when Riley, Chloe, and Larry collaborate on a science project. 
23 "Larrypalooza" Rich Correll Michael S. Baser
Frank Dungan
March 16, 2002 118
Chloe, Riley, and Larry decide to create a band to participate in the school's "War of the Bands". Meanwhile, Larry catches the eye of a popular girl named Tanya, which surprisingly makes Riley jealous. 
24 "Look Who's Talking" Rich Correll Eric Cohen March 23, 2002 119
When the Carlsons' cable is turned off, they all have to find a way to get along without television. 
25 "Waiting for Gibson" Rich Correll Marcy Vosburgh March 30, 2002 113

A case of mistaken identity leads to Chloe losing the affection of her secret admirer. Meanwhile, a security guard frantically chases Manuelo around a television studio.

Guest Star: Drake Bell as Himself with his band. 
26 "Sweet 16" Jean Sagal Eric Cohen May 4, 2002 125
Misunderstanding what they overheard, Riley and Chloe show up for their surprise 16th birthday party on the wrong night. 


There are 5 DVDs of So Little Time available. Every DVD includes 6 episodes except the complete series which includes all 26 episodes (including 2 episodes for the 1st time on DVD).

  • So Little Time: School's Cool (August 13, 2002)
  • So Little Time: Boy Crazy (August 13, 2002)
  • So Little Time: About A Family (June 3, 2003)
  • So Little Time: Hangin Out (June 3, 2003)
  • So Little Time: The Complete Series (September 6, 2005)


Several episodes of So Little Time were novelized and published in book form by HarperCollins Entertainment. The series also featured new original stories based on the show, which were written by the same authors. As of the spring of 2008, 17 So Little Time books have been released.

  1. How to Train a Boy
  2. Instant Boyfriend
  3. Too Good To Be True
  4. Just Between Us
  5. Tell Me About It
  6. Secret Crush
  7. Girl Talk
  8. The Love Factor
  9. Dating Game
  10. A Girl's Guide to Guys
  11. Boy Crazy
  12. Best Friends Forever
  13. Love is in the Air
  14. Spring Breakup
  15. Get Real
  16. Surf Holiday
  17. The Makeover Experiment

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