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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 stars Chris Elliott as a 30-year-old paperboy named Chris Peterson. Peterson lived in an apartment above his parents' garage. The opening credits depict 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, Adam Resnick and writer/director David Mirkin. 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 with Bob and David and Tenacious D.

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. Many of the executives at the Fox Network hated the show and thought it was too disturbing and that Elliott's character was too insane.

  1. Chris Elliott


  2. Adam Resnick


  3. David Mirkin


Series Cast

  1. Chris Elliott as Chris Peterson

    Chris Elliott

    Chris Peterson

    35 Episodes

  2. Brian Doyle-Murray as Gus Borden

    Brian Doyle-Murray

    Gus Borden

    35 Episodes

  3. Elinor Donahue as Gradys Peterson

    Elinor Donahue

    Gradys Peterson

    35 Episodes

  4. Taylor Fry

    Amy Potter

    35 Episodes

  5. Sam Robards as Larry Potter

    Sam Robards

    Larry Potter

    35 Episodes

  6. Robin Riker as Sharon Potter

    Robin Riker

    Sharon Potter

    35 Episodes

  7. Bob Elliott as Fred Peterson

    Bob Elliott

    Fred Peterson

    35 Episodes

  8. Brady Bluhm as

    Brady Bluhm

    35 Episodes

  9. Wesley Jonathan as

    Wesley Jonathan

    35 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 2

1991 • 13 Episodes

Season 2 of Get a Life premiered on November 9, 1991.

Clip Show

(2x13, March 8, 1992) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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