Grown Ups (1999 TV series)

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Grown Ups
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The Grown Ups cast (from left to right), Dave Ruby as Gordon Hammel, Marissa Ribisi as Shari Hammel and Jaleel White as J. Calvin Frazier
Genre Sitcom
Created by Matthew Miller
Written by Valerie Ahern
Mark Amato
Mark Bluntman
Howard Busgang
Pamela Eells
Arthur Harris
Bob Hilgenberg
John Hunter
Stephen Lloyd
Christian McLaughlin
Matthew Miller
Rick Newberger
Rob Muir
Jeny Quine
Billy Riback
Scott J. Rosenbaum
Dan Signer
Chuck Snyder
Van Whitfield
Directed by Richard Correll
Matthew Diamond
Iris Dugrow
Sheldon Epps
Joyce Gittlin
Lillah McCarthy
Jeffery L. Melman
Jonathan Prince
Brian K. Roberts
Tony Singletary
John Tracy
John Whitesell
Steve Zuckerman
Starring Jaleel White
Dave Ruby
Marissa Ribisi
Theme music composer Quincy Jones III
Opening theme Performed by Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins
Composer(s) Becky Kneubuhl
Jonathan Wolff
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 22
Executive producer(s) Craig Baumgarten
Pamela Eells
Alan Haymon
Rick Newberger
Jonathan Prince
Billy Riback
Producer(s) Arthur Harris
Patricia Fass Palmer
Lyah LeFlore
Jaleel White
Editor(s) Jesse Hoke
Cinematography Donald A. Morgan
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Columbia TriStar Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original channel UPN
Original run August 1, 1999 (1999-08-01) – May 22, 2000 (2000-05-22)

Grown Ups is an American sitcom that aired on the UPN network from 1999 to 2000. Starring Jaleel White, the series was created by Matthew Miller and based on a story written by White.[1]


Grown Ups follows the lives of three post-college friends who are coming to terms with adulthood. Jaleel White stars as J. Calvin Frazier, a 24-year-old man whose roommate just skipped town nearly leaving him homeless. J. also learns that his high school crush Melissa (Tammy Townsend) is engaged to another man. With the help of his best friend Gordon (Dave Ruby) and Gordon's wife Shari (Marissa Ribisi), J. attempts to deal with his problems and adjust to life as a grown up.

In the pilot episode, Soleil Moon Frye appeared as Robin Carlucci, J.'s new roommate who wrongly assumes that J. is gay. The series was retooled after the pilot and Frye's character was dropped.


Main cast[edit]

  • Jaleel White as J. Calvin Frazier
  • Dave Ruby as Gordon Hammel
  • Marissa Ribisi as Shari Hammel

Recurring characters[edit]


Grown Ups premiered on August 1, 1999 at 8:30 EST/7:30 CST. On August 30, 1999, the series moved to Mondays at 9 p.m EST/8 p.m. CST, following the Moesha spin-off The Parkers.[2] The series initially garnered good ratings,[3] but ratings soon dropped and UPN canceled the series (on a cliffhanger that was never resolved)[4] in May 2000.


Episode # Episode title Notes Original airdate
1 Pilot No synopsis available. August 23, 1999
2 "Truth Be Told" No synopsis available. August 30, 1999
3 "The Out of Work-Out" No synopsis available. September 6, 1999
4 "A Comic Tragedy" No synopsis available. September 13, 1999
5 "Bachelor Auction" No synopsis available. September 20, 1999
6 "J Says" No synopsis available. October 4, 1999
7 "Family Circus" No synopsis available. October 18, 1999
8 "Two Divided by J Equals Ex" No synopsis available. November 8, 1999
9 "Vegas, a Place in the Sun" No synopsis available. November 15, 1999
10 "Why Can't We Not Be Friends?" No synopsis available. November 22, 1999
11 "Online Romance" No synopsis available. December 6, 1999
12 "Housesitter" No synopsis available. January 3, 2000
13 "Instant Karma" No synopsis available. January 24, 2000
14 "Action" No synopsis available. February 7, 2000
15 "Valentine's J" No synopsis available. February 14, 2000
16 "New Job" No synopsis available. February 21, 2000
17 "Sons & Lovers" No synopsis available. March 20, 2000
18 "J's Pet Peeve" No synopsis available. April 10, 2000
19 "The Car Makes the Man" No synopsis available. May 1, 2000
20 "Out of Sync" No synopsis available. May 8, 2000
21 "Match Breaker J" No synopsis available. May 15, 2000
22 "Nerds of a Feather Gawk Together" No synopsis available. May 22, 2000

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Jaleel White Biography (1976-)". Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  2. ^ Wallenstein, Andrew. "'Grown Ups': Weak sitcom bodes tough season for UPN". Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  3. ^ Tucker, Ken (1999-09-10). "Mo' and More". Retrieved 2009-03-24. 
  4. ^ Huff, Dominique (2006-02-02). "UPN and WB shut down and create The CW". Retrieved 2009-03-24. 

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