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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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April December 10, 2014 at 9:54 am

I loved this show and everyone I told about it also loved it… they should try another day or time and advertise it more because I think once people watch it, they would continue to watch it. It’s hilarious!! Plus, people love Meloni. It should’ve been given a second chance for sure.


Geralda December 2, 2014 at 8:49 am

It was a very good show, disappointed it got cancelled. It would be nice if it was brought back.


vikki quarless November 28, 2014 at 5:55 pm

My brother and I thought it was a creative and intelligent comedy. Please bring it back


Linda Burroughs November 26, 2014 at 8:07 pm

LOVED this show!! It is hilarious! So disappointed that it won’t be back…….


Jim November 23, 2014 at 7:46 pm

Love the show! Found this site because we’re looking to purchase season one on DVD. Very well written and the acting was stellar!!


Nancy November 21, 2014 at 11:02 pm

My husband & I would watch the show together which in itself is a big deal. We laughed. It was so refreshing to laugh at a good show. Tired of reality shows.


April November 19, 2014 at 11:20 pm

PLEASE!! Please!!! Please!!!! Bring it back!!! It was the funniest show I’ve watched in a long time!! The plot was awesome! The music was awesome! PLEASE!!!!


Jean S. November 19, 2014 at 10:50 am

What’s wrong with you Fox? I don’t watch “sit coms” for the most part. Surviving Jack is one I looked forward to. I just found out you cancelled it. You’ll keep shows like, The Mindy Project, The New Girl, and The Simpsons? Then you cancel a “from the gut” funny show like Surviving Jack? You’re repeating show’s on Friday, I guess, because of a lack of good shows like, Utopia. If it wasn’t for Chef Ramsey and Judge Judy, I wouldn’t be watching you’re network at all. Let’s face it, you’re News, is just constant loop that repeats every 30 minutes.(Saint Louis, MO.) I don’t know, Do you really think people like this mind numbing looping, or do you have a computer doing you’re programing? You’re losing it. I can start up a conversation anywhere about how bad Fox has gotten, It’s sad! Maybe you’re (Suits), need CT’s of there brains or maybe you need new “Suits”!


jake November 13, 2014 at 10:00 pm

Love this show, hope it continues, please renew.


Elizabeth November 13, 2014 at 10:40 pm

I really wishat keast another network would puck up Surviving Jack since FOX makes BAD CHOICES! It was such a great FUNNY show that wasn’t given a chance! It was televised at an odd time and no commercials for it!!! IT’S FUNNIER THAN ANY OTHER SHOW ON TV!!


Elizabeth November 13, 2014 at 10:42 pm

I really wish at least another network would pick it up!


Matthew Smith November 7, 2014 at 9:41 am

Bring this show back! It was my favorite show and it was just getting started. I hadn’t seen it so I just checked and it is canceled? Why would you cancel such a great show? Hardly anything on tv is good anymore, I finally find a show and its canceled? Bring it back!


Sean and Deanna Miller November 3, 2014 at 9:56 pm

We really like watching this show, we watch it with our pre teen and teenager. It is funny and has has a lesson. Respect. We would be upset not to have it on the air anymore.


Debbie October 31, 2014 at 1:08 pm

This was a great show. I can’t believe it was cancelled. A nice change from all the lousy reality TV we have. The networks finally throw something worthwhile our way and then take it away.


Ali Trevino October 30, 2014 at 6:07 pm

SERIOUSLY?! PLEEAASSSEEE BRING THIS SHOW BACK!!! This was SERIOUSLY one of my all time favorite shows! And it was only out for a season! What do we have to do to bring it back?!?!?


Gigi Burrell October 28, 2014 at 9:33 pm

Realizing I hadn’t seen return of the show…checked internet. I am sooooo disappointed Surviving Hack was canceled. As mother of teenage boy I found it very relatable and a joy to watch.


donna monaco October 28, 2014 at 1:23 pm

Please, please bring back SURVIVING JACK. It was a great show and I do not think it was given a chance. We loved the show. Please reconsider.


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