Cracking Up

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This article is about the television series. For the song by Jesus and Mary Chain, see Cracking Up (song). For the film, see Cracking Up (film).
Cracking Up
Genre Sitcom
Created by Mike White
Written by Dana Baratta
Mike White
Directed by Jay Chandrasekhar
Jim Ellis
Jake Kasdan
Michael Spiller
Lev L. Spiro
Starring Jason Schwartzman
Jake Sandvig
Molly Shannon
Christopher McDonald
Caitlin Wachs
David Walton
Theme music composer Jason Schwartzman
Composer(s) Rob Cairns
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (6 unaired)
Executive producer(s) Brad Grey
Peter Traugott
Chris Weitz
Paul Weitz
Mike White
Producer(s) James C. Hart
Denis Biggs
Editor(s) David Helfand
Jan Northrop
Mark Scheib
Cinematography Joe Pennella
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Brad Grey Television
Original channel Fox
Original run March 9 – April 5, 2004 (2004-04-05)

Cracking Up is an American television sitcom created by School of Rock writer Mike White, who also served as the series' head writer. It aired on the Fox Network on Monday nights from March to May 2004.


In the pilot episode, a psychiatrist (Henry Gibson) who is sent to examine Tanner Shackleton (Bret Loehr), a child of a Beverly Hills family, only to discover that Tanner doesn't have any problems — his family does. After the pilot episode, the story was about Ben Baxter (Jason Schwartzman), a student who moves into the Shackletons' guest house, interacting with Tanner (Bret Loehr) and his crazy family.


Episode # Episode title Original airdate
1-1 Pilot March 9, 2004
1-2 "Birds Do It" March 10, 2004
1-3 "Scared Straight" March 15, 2004
1-4 "Panic House" March 22, 2004
1-5 "Grudge Match" March 29, 2004
1-6 "Prom Night" April 5, 2004
1-7 "Daddy's Home" Never aired
1-8 "Learning Disability" Never aired
1-9 "The Fixer" Never aired
1-10 "The Pool Man" Never aired
1-11 "The Bully" Never aired
1-12 "Come Home Lassie" Never aired

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