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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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Lauren September 14, 2014 at 8:19 pm

Surviving Jack was a hilarious show. Christopher Meloni is a great actor & the show should keep going on for many more seasons to go. Plus as a kid growing up in the 90’s is fun to see the flashbacks of style & what life was life.


Dennis September 12, 2014 at 12:25 am

This was an entertaining show. I think it should be brought back.


Roberto September 9, 2014 at 11:29 am

Cant believe fox cancelled this show…this was better than modern family


Marie September 9, 2014 at 1:51 pm

I agree – my husband and I loved this show, so funny and no bad language, sex, or extreme violence and no bad mouthing and back stabbing like some reality shows !!!


Brian September 9, 2014 at 2:04 pm

Totally agree


Tracy Rohner September 8, 2014 at 4:03 pm

Very disappointed, should not have been cancelled.


Elizabeth September 9, 2014 at 2:02 pm



mike September 7, 2014 at 9:24 am

it is a great show renew it


Bob and nancy September 7, 2014 at 7:40 am

My husband and I both enjoyed this show so much it was nice to sit down and watch a program that we both laughed so hard sometimes no violence just down to earth not about sex and bad language . It was a good fun show.


Josh August 31, 2014 at 2:26 am

FOX finally makes a show I like and cancelled it now I remember why I don’t watch FOX they need to renew SURVIVING JACK and finally put an end to all the reality TV it gets old


Carol August 25, 2014 at 3:56 pm

For once there was a clean wholesome show that had REAL acting and a funny script. What was fox thinking? After only two episodes it got cut? There are so many other crap shows that you could cut and left this one on! PLEASE bring back Jack!!!


Krista August 24, 2014 at 11:07 pm

I loved this show it should not have been canceled


Ruth August 23, 2014 at 12:06 am

It’s ridiculous that FOX canceled this show!
SURVIVING JACK was one of the best, funniest sitcoms we’ve seen in a long time. I can’t believe the stupid shows they keep on air and renew. FOX needs to RENEW/BRING BACK SURVIVING JACK!!!


Angie August 22, 2014 at 10:15 pm

My family and I love this show! I am so disappointed that fox has cancelled this great show. Especially considering the shows that have been renewed!


Sanders August 21, 2014 at 7:39 am

Incredibly disappointed that they cancelled . I was hoping that the show would keep going because one, it legitimately felt like a 90s tv show (very aware that was the point ) . Two, the casting was spot on and the whole show just flowed well together. Every time a new episode came on I was even more excited for the next. It’s a bummer they didn’t keep it.


Rich August 20, 2014 at 11:42 am

This was a great show, they defiantly should have renewed it, I don’t think they gave it a chance.


Ana McCarthy August 3, 2014 at 11:00 am

I thought this was a great show it reminded me of my childhood when I used to watch wonder years and boy meets world the 90s shows were the best I think surviving jack deserves another try i was so looking forward to more and am really disappointed there isn’t more so please if you can make it happen mmmm Christopher Meloni!


Elizabeth August 1, 2014 at 8:54 pm



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