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 Get a Life - Vol. 1

 Get A Life Vol. 2


Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: September 23, 1990

Last Telecast: June 14, 1992

Theme Music: "Stand," written and performed by R.E.M.

Broadcast History:

September 1990 - August 1991, Sunday 8:30-9:00 on FOX

November 1991 - December 1991, Saturday 9:30-10:00 on FOX

December 1991 - March 1992, Sunday 10:00-10:30 on FOX

April 1992 - June 1992, Sunday 10:30-11:00 on FOX


Chris Peterson..... Chris Elliott

Fred Peterson..... Bob Elliott

Gladys Peterson..... Elinor Donahue

Larry Potter (1990-1991)..... Sam Robards

Sharon Potter..... Robin Riker

Amy Potter..... Taylor Fry

Bobby Potter..... Zachary Benjamin

Gus Borden (1991-1992)..... Brian Doyle-Murray


This offbeat comedy centered on the life of a 30-year-old paperboy who never quite grew up. Chris Peterson lived in an apartment over his folks garage in the suburban community of Greenville. Making a living, such as it was, as a paperboy for the Pioneer Press was somehow appropriate for Chris, who acted more like a child than an adult. His best friend Larry, an uptight junior executive with a wife and two young children, lived next door, Larry's wife, Sharon, who disliked Chris intensely (especially when he crawled in their bedroom window), said it all when she told him "You're thirty. You still live with your parents. You're losing your hair, and you're stupid." None of this seemed to bother Chris, who floated through life with eternal optimism, incredible naiveté, and a remarkable facility for avoiding any responsibility. At the start of the 1991-1992 season, Chris moved into an "apartment" in the garage of retired Gus Borden, while Larry, unable to cope with the constant verbal abuse he received from his sharp-tongued wife, ran away from home.

The character Chris Elliott played in this series was a fleshed-out version of a character he had played on Late Night with David Letterman. Chris's real-life father, Bob Elliott of the comedy team Bob and Ray, played his cynical, bath-robe-clad father on Get a Life.