Overview

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

    Creator

  2. Adam Resnick

    Creator

  3. David Mirkin

    Creator

Series Cast

  1. Chris Elliott

    Chris Elliott

    36 Episodes

  2. Brian Doyle-Murray

    Brian Doyle-Murray

    36 Episodes

  3. Elinor Donahue

    Elinor Donahue

    36 Episodes

  4. Taylor Fry

    36 Episodes

  5. Sam Robards

    Sam Robards

    36 Episodes

  6. Robin Riker

    Robin Riker

    36 Episodes

  7. Bob Elliott

    Bob Elliott

    36 Episodes

  8. Brady Bluhm

    36 Episodes

  9. Wesley Jonathan

    Wesley Jonathan

    36 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 2

1991 | 13 Episodes

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

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Get a Life

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Status Ended

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

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