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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
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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 August 1, 2014 at 8:42 pm

I am SOOOOO MAD at FOX for canceling this show!! IT IS HILARIOUS!! STOP canceling the GREAT shows to make room for absolute CRAP!!
I really hope another network picks Surviving Jack up SOON!!


Sue July 28, 2014 at 4:59 pm

Please bring it back. This was a great show!! Not only did my husband and I enjoy it, my son’s family did and my daughter. This show should be brought back and give it a chance!!


KAITLYN July 28, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Bring it back!!


Trishie July 27, 2014 at 10:08 am

Unbelievable! I am so sick of these networks cancelling shows without giving them a chance. This was a really good show! It would be nice if Netflix picks it up like it picked up Arrested Development.


Will July 21, 2014 at 10:33 pm

This show should not have been cancelled. The show was extremely funny and the situations were cleverly derived.


Julie July 20, 2014 at 5:45 pm

Just watching this show on Hulu and it’s hilarious. Networks don’t give shows enough time to catch on with viewers!


Anonymous July 14, 2014 at 1:22 pm

Should not be cancelled. Was such a refreshing show & intelligently written! Bring it back!


Nancy Dugger July 13, 2014 at 10:11 am

Bring it back. Refreshing show. A father that believes in discipline. Teaching his children values with hard lessons. Much better than than the free for all crap.


Nancy Alexander July 9, 2014 at 10:34 am

I am disappointed the series has been cancelled and hope they bring it back.


Anonymous July 6, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Bring it back it’s pretty awesome…


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KTee July 3, 2014 at 4:47 pm

BRING IT BACK. One funny sitcom that is so true to life. I think Chris Meloni is great. Never knew he could do comedy so well after years on Law and Order.


Dawn June 30, 2014 at 11:38 am

We loved Surviving Jack! I was so sorry to hear it was cancelled. I hope Fox realizes it’s mistake and brings it back!


Allyn July 4, 2014 at 12:03 am

Surviving Jack was one of my family’s favorite shows. It really makes me not want to watch tv because I know that if I find a show I really like it will just get cancelled. All the good ones alwsys do.


Dawn June 29, 2014 at 10:02 am

I’m so sad Surviving Jack was cancelled. Christopher Meloni was fabulous & the storyline was great!


Wendy June 28, 2014 at 5:39 pm

Please oh please bring back Surviving Jack back. I loved it. The story line was so good.


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