Each week, we will be taking an in depth look at some of the best sitcoms and comedy shows from both the UK and the USA.

Today we will be looking at a comedy that was heavily inspired by the show Modern Family – welcome to the world of Life In Pieces

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Preview

About the Show

Summary of Plot

A family comedy told through the separate stories of different family members.- IMDb

Number of Seasons / Episodes

3 seasons

Characters:

Colin Hanks – Greg

Betsy Brandt – Heather

Thomas Sadoski – Matt

Zoe Lister-Jones -Jen

Dan Bakkenhal – Tim

Angelique Cabral – Colleen

Niall Cunningham – Tyler

Holly J Barrett – Samantha

Giselle Eisenberg – Sophia

James Brolin – John

Dianne West – Joan

 

Trivia

  • In the third episode of season one, during the scene where Colin Hanks, James Brolin and Thomas Sadoski‘s characters are trying to chop down the palm tree in the front yard, the song playing is Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding out for a Hero” from the movie Footloose (1984). Dianne Wiest, the matriarch on this show, was also Ariel’s mom and the town pastor’s wife in “Footloose”.
  • Clementine’s parents are played by real-life married couple Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. They played another married couple, Ron and Tammy Swanson, on Parks and Recreation (2009).
  • Heavily inspired by the sitcom Modern Family (2009), one of the most successful shows in history. Both feature multi-generational families at varying stages of life
  • Every episode starts with “four short stories” and the family’s last name is Short. It’s a pun.

 

Classic Clips

 

Don’t Make Morning Wood Weird

 

Getting Arrested to Avoid Your Newborn Baby

 

Meeting Your Boyfriends Family For The First Time