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Surviving Jack

survivingjack09Network: FOX
Episodes: Eight (half-hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: March 27, 2014 — May 15, 2014
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Christopher Meloni, Rachael Harris, Connor Buckley, Claudia Lee, Kevin Hernandez, and Tyler Foden.

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TV show description:
Set in the 1990s, this single-camera comedy is based on the autobiographical book I Suck at Girls by Justin Halpern (Sh*t My Dad Says).

Jack Dunlevy (Christopher Meloni) is an ex-military oncologist who’s also a no-bull kind of guy. He sees little, if any, need to sugar-coat the truth. Jack’s been a typical working dad who left most of the parenting to his stay-at-home wife. But now, his wife Joanne (Rachael Harris) is starting law school and this leaves Jack as a full-time parent for the very first time.

Their teenage son Frankie (Connor Buckley) is just starting his freshman year in high school. He’s quick-witted but unsure of himself and just wants to fly under the radar. But over the summer, he grew 10 inches, threw a no-hitter against a rival team, and started to attract girls. These events started getting him noticed which put him in some awkward situations that he wasn’t ready for.

No matter how embarrassing Frankie’s situations are, Jack is there to pick up the pieces and lead his son to manhood — with the least gentle hand possible. Although Jack may be unorthodox and unfiltered, his intentions are always good however and he’s Frankie’s only resource right now.

Even more confusing to Jack is his daughter, Rachel (Claudia Lee), a gorgeous and super-smart 17-year-old high school junior. Up until now, she’s done everything right. But no longer under the watchful eye of her mother, she has become a handful.

In addition to disciplining his own children, Jack looks out for Frankie’s best friends. George (Kevin Hernandez) is an overly confident Mexican-American with a big vocabulary while Mikey (Tyler Foden) is a tough kid from a broken home.

Only time will tell if Jack’s blunt and unpredictable parenting style will keep his kids out of trouble — or if Joanne will have to put down the law books and step in to keep the family order.

Series Finale

Episode #TBD
This TV series has not ended yet.
First aired: TBD

What do you think? Do you like the Surviving Jack TV series? Do you think it should have been cancelled or renewed for a second season?


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Georgia September 30, 2014 at 10:23 pm

This show was one of the best in years! A rare gem, that my husband and I got to enjoy together. Constantly kept us laughing out loud…Another network would be making a great move by picking it up!!!


Ruth September 29, 2014 at 10:22 pm

I agree with everyone. PLEASE BRING IT BACK!!
Some network needs to pick it up and bring it back!
Attn: ABC, NBC, CBS, FX, please listen to the viewers!


Stephanie Ellis September 29, 2014 at 9:54 pm

I cannot believe all of the crappy shows that were renewed and surviving jack was cancelled! That show is hilarious. All of the actors has great chemistry. I’m incredibly disappointed it won’t be airing this season. PLEEEEEEASE bring it back. Christopher Meloni has a huge following that just never had a chance to tune in.


Elizabeth September 29, 2014 at 10:18 pm

Totally agree!


Karen burgess September 28, 2014 at 6:57 pm

We thought Surviving Jack was a great great show. Kept thinking we’d see an advertisement for its return. I coikdnt believe that it had been cancelled considering the lame shows that manage to stay on for years. Please bring it back!!!


Cindy September 28, 2014 at 1:21 am

PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE bring back Surviving Jack. This show is hilarious and everyone I told to watch the show loved it. There are many of us that are very disappointed and shocked that Surviving Jack was cancelled. I’m hoping for a miracle and the show is brought back.


Ruth September 25, 2014 at 2:54 pm

Totally agree. NBC, ABC, CBS, FX pick up Surviving Jack! So entertaining and funny! We laughed so hard at this show!!


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Tracy September 25, 2014 at 1:08 pm

Great show, sometimes networks confuse me or perhaps it wasn’t mean enough for the present day viewers. The show was well thought out and the actors were professional and it made me laugh. Hope some network will pick it up. Deserves a 2nd chance.


Mickey September 23, 2014 at 7:03 am

Man so many good shows get taken away from us before they even have a chance to build an audience. How can a network know if a show is going to catch on after only airing five episodes? So unfair to the writers, producers, cast & crew etc. Chris Meloni is so awesome! Love him in his comedic roles. Anyone realize that he was the puss neck, Jesus praising, singing tow truck driver that wanted to have a foursome with Harold, Kumar, and his smoking Hot wife in Harold and Kumar go to White Castle? What a shame. I was so enjoying Surviving Jack!


clweaver September 19, 2014 at 1:26 pm

I love big bang but surviving jack was even better


Trish September 17, 2014 at 11:47 am

This show should not have been cancelled. It was a great show. Christopher Meloni was awesome in this. I laughed constantly and wondered what he would think up next to harass his son and his friends. This was a great family show and I hope they bring it back or it gets picked up by another network.


Lora September 15, 2014 at 3:19 pm

Christopher Meloni was great as Det. Stabler, but I think I like him even better as badass dad Jack. I seldom laugh out loud, but can do nothing else while watching this wonderful (and clean) program. I certainly hope they bring it back.


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