Get a Life


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About

Get a Life is a television sitcom that was broadcast in the United States on the Fox Network from September 23, 1990, to March 8, 1992. The show starred Chris Elliott as a 30-year-old paperboy named Chris Peterson. Peterson lived in an apartment above his parents' garage (Elliot's parents were played by Elinor Donahue and his real life father, comedian Bob Elliott). The opening credits depicted Chris Peterson delivering newspapers on his bike to the show's theme song, "Stand" by R.E.M.

The show was a creation of Elliott; his friend Adam Resnick, who, like Elliott, had been a writer for David Letterman's Late Night with David Letterman TV show; and writer/director David Mirkin, former executive producer/showrunner for Newhart and later executive producer/showrunner for The Simpsons. Mirkin was executive producer/showrunner of the series and also directed most of the episodes. Notable writers of the series included Charlie Kaufman, screenwriter of Being John Malkovich; and Bob Odenkirk, co-creator of Mr. Show.

The show was unconventional for a prime time sitcom, and many times the storylines of the episodes were surreal. For example, Elliott's character actually dies in twelve episodes. The causes of death included being crushed by a giant boulder, old age, tonsillitis, stab wounds, gunshot wounds, falling from an airplane, strangulation, getting run over by cars, choking on cereal, and simply exploding. For this reason, it was a struggle for Elliott and Mirkin to get the show on the air.

Original run: September 23, 1990 – March 8, 1992 (35 episodes)

 

Starring

Chris Elliott

Sam Robards (1990-1991)

Brian Doyle-Murray (1991-1992)

Robin Riker

Brady Bluhm

Taylor Fry

Elinor Donahue

Bob Elliott

 

 

Who talked about this show

Elinor Donahue

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Elinor Donahue on her role on Get a Life (and how she didn't know her son was a 30-year-old paperboy)
09:35
Elinor Donahue on a picture of her with Get a Life's Bob Elliot
00:18

Bob Elliott

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Bob Elliott on co-starring in Get a Life with his son Chris Elliott
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