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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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mk January 18, 2015 at 8:37 pm

This show was awesome!!!! So bummed it was cancelled.


Joanne Ogden January 14, 2015 at 7:01 pm

Please do not cancel this series, “Surviving Jack”. My husband and I find this series very funny and enjoyable.

Thank You


Anonymous January 16, 2015 at 9:14 pm
D January 12, 2015 at 3:28 pm

I love this show, and so do my kids. They need to make more, but they really need to release the first set on DVD!


Mark January 12, 2015 at 1:00 pm

This is why I hate Fox!!!! They have a great show and they cancel it after giving it a crappy time slot!! This TV show was brilliant !!!! They should definitely revisit the show if they could get Christopher back!!!!!


Connie December 23, 2014 at 2:44 pm

I loved this show! The dad was always one step ahead of his teen son and often times out-smarted by his daughter. One never knew, from episode to episode, what mischief would arise but the show always found a humorous and loving way to deal with it. I raised three teenagers. I laughed at every show, remembering the antics of my children and our own creative discipline.


Ellie December 21, 2014 at 6:56 pm

This was such a good show! It should be given another chance! The reason it probably didn’t do so well was the lack of advertising. My dad happened upon it by mistake and loved it and luckily passed on the love to me. It was so funny, I was super disappointed when I kept coming home and asking if it has come on yet and my family kept saying no. BRING BACK JACK!


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