Carpoolers

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Carpoolers
Genre Situation comedy
Created by Bruce McCulloch
Developed by Bruce McCulloch
Starring Fred Goss
Faith Ford
Jerry Minor
Tim Peper
Allison Munn
T. J. Miller
Jerry O'Connell
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Justin Falvey
Darryl Frank
David Miner
Bruce McCulloch
Marsh McCall
Joe Russo
Anthony Russo
Producer(s) Dan Kaplow
Camera setup Single-camera setup
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) ABC Studios
DreamWorks Television
3 Arts Entertainment
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02)  – March 4, 2008 (2008-03-04)

Carpoolers was an American single-camera comedy series, that aired on ABC from October 2, 2007 to March 4, 2008. The show was created by Bruce McCulloch, who also executive produced alongside Justin Falvey, Darryl Frank, David Miner, Marsh McCall, Joe Russo and Anthony Russo (formerly of Arrested Development). Joe and Anthony Russo also directed the pilot. The series focused on the everyday lives of four male suburbanites with different occupations, who took their private lives and issues along for the ride during their daily commute to and from work.[1]

Produced by DreamWorks Television, ABC Studios, and 3 Arts Entertainment, the series was given a thirteen-episode order on May 11, 2007.[2] and originally aired Tuesdays at 8:30PM Eastern/7:30PM Central following Cavemen.[3] After a brief hiatus, the show returned to ABC's schedule on January 8, 2008 at 9:30PM Eastern/8:30PM Central, following According to Jim.[4]

After the writers strike ended, ABC declined to order any additional episodes of Carpoolers.[5] It has aired in Australia on the Seven Network in the timeslot of 11:30pm Tuesdays, first after Eli Stone, then after Lipstick Jungle.

Plot[edit]

Carpoolers is the story of four very different men. Gracen, the lead character of the show, is an uptight mediator with a wife and son. He and his carpooling companions, Aubrey, a stressed family man, Laird, an egotistical dentist who has lost everything in a divorce and Dougie, a young member of the carpool whose marriage is often mocked by the others, all work at the same building complex. Apart from Gracen and Laird, who are best friends, they usually have no contact outside the carpool. However, in "The Recital", the four realize they are all friends, and become closer. Each episode begins with a cold open of the four carpoolers in a car, usually singing along with a past hit song with the exception of episode 6, in which Aubrey sings along enthusiastically with a commercial for women's pantyliners much to the disgust of the everyone else. Following the cold open is a short Carpoolers theme song.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Fred Goss - Gracen Brooker: A mediator who is married and whose adult son, Marmaduke usually spends his entire day at home in his briefs. He and Laird Holcomb are friends as well as neighbors.
  • Faith Ford - Leila Brooker: Gracen's sensible wife and successful real estate "flipper".
  • Jerry Minor - Aubrey Williber: An accountant who looks after his rambunctious seven kids in addition to working while his lazy wife, who is never seen, but only depicted as a pair of feet, sits in her recliner. His signature catch phrase is "Gentlemen ... let's carpool", usually uttered immediately prior to beginning their journey to work.
  • Tim Peper - Dougie: As the new carpooler, he tries to gain acceptance into the group of men while frequently committing major carpooling faux pas. He is a newlywed who likes to tell the others about the joy of marriage and love.
  • Allison Munn - Cindy: Dougie's young, dewy wife; they have a saccharine sweet relationship. When she sends Dougie off to work with his lunch she tells him that she "is in every bite".
  • T. J. Miller - Marmaduke Brooker: The emotionally stunted, hyper-articulate, hulking adult son of the Brookers (who towers over his parents by over a foot).
  • Jerry O'Connell - Laird Holcomb: A recently divorced dentist whose ex-wife has taken almost everything he owned (except his absercisor and otherwise empty house); he sleeps with as many women as he can.

Episodes[edit]

Further information: List of Carpoolers episodes
Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Series premiere Series finale Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
1 13 October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02) March 4, 2008 (2008-03-04) N/A N/A N/A
# Title Original airdate Code
1 "Dougie's First Day" October 2, 2007 (2007-10-02) 101
We are introduced to Aubrey, Gracen, Laird, and Dougie, who is joining the carpool for the first day, as they commiserate about life and sing old songs on their way to work. Gracen is discouraged to learn that his wife and son make more money than he does.
2 "Laird of the Rings" October 9, 2007 (2007-10-09) 102
Laird borrows Gracen's wedding ring because he thinks it will make him more desirable to a woman. Marmaduke thinks that Laird may be his real father and Aubrey is seen sneaking into a motel by Dougie, who thinks the worst of it.
3 "Who Would You Do?" October 16, 2007 (2007-10-16) 103
Laird is the topic of the night when Gracen asks Leila who she fantasizes about, in an attempt to spice things up in the bedroom. Gracen doesn't like the answer and it causes problems in the carpool.
4 "Down For the Count" October 23, 2007 (2007-10-23) 107
Laird is frustrated to learn that not only does he have a low sperm count, but that Gracen has a much higher count. Dougie has to perform some manual labor in order to gain Aubrey's help getting a hot spot at a top notch pre-school.
5 "A Divorce to Remember" November 6, 2007 (2007-11-06) 106
Laird hooks up with his hot but crazy ex-wife, Joannifer, who disrupts all of the carpoolers' lives. Meanwhile, Dougie and Cindy decide to renew their wedding vows to wipe out the memory of their catastrophic first wedding ceremony.
6 "The Code" November 13, 2007 (2007-11-13) 105
The men think they accidentally set the car of a rival carpoolers group on fire as a result of a prank, but swear to keep it between themselves. Marmaduke's automatic teller machine (ATM) with an $8 service charge is vandalized.
7 "The Seminar" January 8, 2008 (2008-01-08) 111
Laird is infatuated with the sexual harassment seminar leader, Dorrit. To guarantee time alone with her, he claims he's being sexually harassed by the women in his office. Meanwhile Leila enlists Marmaduke's sign spinning skills to promote her real estate business, but he has to out-spin the competitors on the same street corner.
8 "First Fight" January 22, 2008 (2008-01-22) 109
Dougie wins tickets to see his favorite rock band, the Spin Doctors, but Cindy refuses to go because she doesn't trust anyone to babysit their infant; Leila distributes flyers door-to-door in an effort to boost her real estate career, but a typo identifies her as a hooker; and Laird adopts a neighborhood dog who turns out to be a wild, dog-eating coyote.
9 "The Handsomest Man" January 29, 2008 (2008-01-29) 108
Hot but vacuous Laird fears he may be losing his looks when he meets someone who's been dubbed the handsomest man' in his office building, so to make himself more interesting to women, Laird starts to take clarinet lessons. In the meantime, while guarding one of Leila's properties, Marmaduke falls for the girl who tagged Leila's flip.
10 "Wheel of Fortune" February 12, 2008 (2008-02-12) 110
When there are no parking spots available at the carpool lot, Laird decides to take a handicapped spot and forces Gracen to pretend he can't walk to his office. When a parking attendant discovers the hoax, the guys not only lose their carpool privileges, the bad karma keeps on coming.
11 "The Recital" February 19, 2008 (2008-02-19) 104
Can the carpool group be friends outside of the car? That is the question Aubrey ponders when he invited the group to his daughter's piano recital. Marmaduke helps Gracen train for the annual charity run and for the chance to finally beat Leila.
12 "Lost in America" February 26, 2008 (2008-02-26) 112
When Gracen refuses to support Marmaduke's newest business venture, a lawn-cutting business using a flock of sheep, Marmaduke moves in with Laird, who enjoys being a "dad" to Marmaduke, but this "father/son" bond causes a rift between him and Gracen.
13 "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" March 4, 2008 (2008-03-04) 113
Aubrey brings his daughter, Michelle, to work for "Take Your Daughter to Work Day," but gets fired when he's caught pretending to be his boss, and Cindy is possessed with power making big bucks selling Green Queen products.

Nielsen Ratings[edit]

Weekly Ratings[edit]

Episode # Title Air Date Rating Share 18-49 Viewers Rank
1 "Dougie's First Day" October 2, 2007 5.9 9 3.4/9 9.02 #37
2 "Laird of the Rings" October 9, 2007 4.9 8 2.8/8 7.36 #53
3 "Who Would You Do?" October 16, 2007 4.6 7 2.7/7 6.96 #62
4 "Down for the Count" October 23, 2007 4.8 7 2.4/6 7.13 #65
5 "A Divorce to Remember" November 6, 2007 3.7 6 1.9/5 5.51 #78
6 "The Code" November 13, 2007 3.6 6 1.9/5 5.22 #79
7 "The Seminar" January 8, 2008 2.5 4 1.1/3 3.54 #78
8 "First Fight" January 22, 2008 3.2 5 1.7/4 4.89 TBA
9 "The Handsomest Man" January 29, 2008 2.6 4 1.3/3 3.84 #68
10 "Wheel of Fortune" February 12, 2008 2.6 4 1.3/3 3.85 #76
11 "The Recital" February 19, 2008 2.6 4 1.4/3 3.95 N/A
12 "Lost in America" February 26, 2008 2.3 4 1.2/3 3.46 N/A
13 "Take Your Daughter to Work Day" March 4, 2008 2.7 4 1.5/4 3.99 #79

Seasonal Ratings[edit]

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of Carpoolers on ABC:

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Tuesday 8:30 P.M. (October 2, 2007 - November 13, 2007)
Tuesday 9:30 P.M. (January 8, 2008 - March 4, 2008)
October 2, 2007 March 4, 2008 2007-2008 #134 5.3

+ Information is current as of March 7, 2008.[6]

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