According to Jim

According to JimNetwork: ABC
Episodes: 182 (half-hour)
Seasons: Eight

TV show dates: October 3, 2001 — June 2, 2009
Series status: Cancelled/ended

Performers include: James Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, Larry Joe Campbell, Taylor Atelian, Kimberly Williams-Paisley, Billi Bruno, Conner Rayburn, Tony Braunagel, John Rubano, Mitch Rouse, and Charlie Hartsock.

TV show description:      
Jim (Jim Belushi) is a contractor who co-owns Ground Up Design with his chubby and good-natured brother-in-law, Andy (Larry Joe Campbell). Jim likes to strut around like a tough, macho guy but, underneath it all, he’s a pushover — especially when it comes to his gorgeous and intelligent wife, Cheryl (Courtney Thorne-Smith).

Jim and Cheryl have very different ideas about how to run their home and on how to raise their five children; Ruby (Taylor Atelian), Gracie (Billi Bruno), Kyle (Conner Rayburn), and infant twins, Jonathan and Gordon.

Cheryl’s sister, Dana (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), is attractive, the vice president of an ad agency, and frequently puts Jim in his place. Dana has trouble holding onto partners but eventually marries Dr. Ryan Gibson (Mitch Rouse) and the two have a child together.

Series Finale:     

Episode 182 — Heaven Opposed to Hell
Dana (Kimberly Williams-Paisley) and Ryan (Mitch Rouse) return from California for a visit and announce that they’re expecting. Andy (Campbell) and Mandy (Jackie Debatin) also announce that they’re engaged. Jim couldn’t care less and then, while everyone else is congratulating the happy couples, he chokes on a shrimp puff. Everything goes white.

Jim then finds himself walking along in the clouds. He runs into Danny Michalski (Dan Aykroyd) on a motorcycle who tells Jim that they’re both dead. Jim almost gets into heaven but is stopped at the last minutes. He must first go on trial to prove that he’s worthy. God (guest Lee Majors) is the judge while Satan (guest Erik Estrada) fights to get Jim’s soul.

With Andy as his defense attorney and Dana as the prosecuting lawyer, Jim goes on trial. Through clips, we’re reminded about Jim’s character. His children (Taylor Atelian, Billi Bruno, and Conner Rayburn) testify for him, as does his wife Dana (Courtney Thorne-Smith). Unfortunately, it’s not enough. Just when it looks like all is lost, his family and friend tell God that, if he’s sent to Hell, they love Jim enough to go with him. The almighty has no choice but send him back to Earth.

Jim returns, just as Andy has successfully performed the Heimlich maneuver on him and has dislodged the shrimp puff. After he tells his family and friends about his experience, they expect him to say that he’s going to change his ways.

But Jim reasons that it’s his personality that saved him so he should never change a thing. After all, “God don’t want me. The Devil don’t want me. The way I figure it, if I never change, I’ll live forever.” He tosses another shrimp puff in the air and, just as he’s about to catch it in his mouth, the screen goes black.
First aired: June 2, 2009.


What happened next?   

There’s been no news of any planned reunions, revivals, or remakes.

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23 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. Anonymous says

    I cannot believe my eyes that you cancel According to Jim I just love that show
    they all are so funny, I will miss all of them.

  2. Jen says

    My husband and I are very sad about the end of this very funny sitcom. It was one of the very few prime time shows we could watch with our children in the room. Our networks are overflowing with shows about crime, hospitals, and reality freaks! Enough! Please consider providing shows that are actually funny. In this economy… we all could use more clean humor and a lot less drama.

  3. Amber says

    I miss According To Jim it was my one show that I looked forward to every week and it always made me laught so hard. Please bring it back. There is no other show that makes me laugh like that

  4. Jeanie says

    According To Jim is GREAT! We are not surprised that the tv executives, who are out of touch with the viewers, would choose to cancel a show that not only makes us laugh, but also encouraged making a marriage work. PLEASE bring According To Jim back. We need to LAUGH!

  5. says

    Its time for Accoding to Jim to go.Its been on the air since October 3rd 2001.Its time for a new sitcom with good Role models.I like to see Christina Applegate comeback in a new sitcom in 2010.also I like to see Katie Volding in a sitcom no more Reality tv shows with Plus-size women in it.Thats a bad thing.Bad Role models for young women.I like to see a sitcom about young women that wants to be a model in New york city,Ages thru 18 to 40.

  6. says

    I believe more folks want According to Jim back then the studio knows about. Why was this show cancelled, everyone I know watched faithfull and loved it. Who are these TV folks that rate these shows. Enough with the reality TV, it sucks.

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  8. Linda says

    I would like to know why According to Jim was cancelled? I thought the show was funny. ABC would rather keep these crummy “Reality Shows” like Wipeout. Can’t According to Jim get put on the CW?

  9. says

    I love this show please with all your soal and mind please don’t get rid of this show do the smart thing save this show can you spare this show for all the fans in the whole wide world.

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