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.

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?

Canceled and renewed TV show

290 Comments · Read them below or add one

  1. says

    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.

  2. says

    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.

  3. Josh says

    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

  4. Carol says

    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!!!

  5. Ruth says

    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!!!

  6. Angie says

    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!

  7. Sanders says

    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.

  8. Ana McCarthy says

    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!

Leave a Comment

Your comment may need approval from a moderator before it appears. We review comments to weed out spam, duplicate postings and personal attacks. We welcome constructive discussion.