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
Production
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
Broadcast
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]

Plot[edit]

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.

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

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

Recurring characters[edit]

Reception[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.

Episodes[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 "Pilot" John Whitesell Matthew Miller August 23, 1999 (1999-08-23)
J has recently discovered that his roommate has moved out and now he has to find a new one. He gets a roommate in the form of Robin, who thinks he's gay. One of Gordon's coworkers, Marcus, is dating one of J's old girlfriends. J now has to deal with his new roommate and the feelings he has for his old flame.
2 "Truth Be Told" Rich Correll Jeny Quine August 30, 1999 (1999-08-30)
While playing the game of "Truth Be Told," J discovers that his girlfriend is still a virgin, while Gordon discovers that he wasn't Sherri's first experience. J and Melissa decide to have sex, and J experiences some bedroom problems.
3 "The Out of Work-Out" Rich Correll Matthew Miller September 6, 1999 (1999-09-06)
J quits his job and tries to get another one. He hangs out at a spa to mingle with important business professionals. He eventually gets a new job when he runs into a female member of the club that has her own company.
4 "A Comic Tragedy" Jeff Melman Mark Amato September 13, 1999 (1999-09-13)
J and Gordon fight over ownership of a comic book that Shari put on Ebay. The comic puts their friendship in jeopardy. The book turns out to be worthless since Gordon cut an ad out of it; the only winner was Marcus, who cashed in on the legal fees.
5 "Bachelor Auction" John Tracy Mark Boutman,
Howard Busgang
September 20, 1999 (1999-09-20)
J enters a bachelor auction to make his new girlfriend jealous. He gets bought by Gordon's boss' daughter who has a fatal attraction to him.
6 "J Says" Brian K. Roberts Jeny Quine October 4, 1999 (1999-10-04)
J takes an encounter with a newspaper columnist who annoyed him, and turns it into a chance at getting his own nationally syndicated column.
7 "Family Circus" Brian K. Roberts Arthur Harris October 18, 1999 (1999-10-18)
Against Melissa's wishes, J arranges to meet her parents while they're in town visiting, but quickly discovers why she was so reluctant to introduce him to her germaphobic mother and crazy father. Meanwhile, Gordon and Shari try their hand at writing a children's book, hoping to win a contest that awards the winning author $50,000.
8 "Two Divided by J Equals Ex" Steve Zuckerman Rick Newberger November 8, 1999 (1999-11-08)
J's brother comes to town with news of his impending marriage to Donna, who just happens to have had a fling with J years ago.
9 "Vegas, a Place in the Sun" Steve Zuckerman Mark Amato,
Arthur Harris
November 15, 1999 (1999-11-15)
J goes to Las Vegas to try to stop his brother's wedding to Donna.
10 "Why Can't We Not Be Friends?" Matthew Diamond Billy Riback November 22, 1999 (1999-11-22)
J's girlfriend Melissa returns from abroad in time for Thanksgiving, but their relationship isn't the same after months of separation.
11 "Online Romance" Matthew Diamond Valerie Ahern,
Christian McLaughlin
December 6, 1999 (1999-12-06)
J and Gordon go crazy with their fantasies, as Gordon loves Shari in her new Scully wig. J dates a former Chicago Bulls cheerleader.
12 "Housesitter" Joyce Gittlin Valerie Ahern,
Jonathan Prince
January 3, 2000 (2000-01-03)
J tries to score points with his boss by watching his log cabin during a blizzard; J brings his friends along and everything goes bad.
13 "Instant Karma" * Matthew Miller January 24, 2000 (2000-01-24)
J tells a blind date that he'll call her and doesn't, so his karma suddenly go bad; he gets locked out of his apartment, gets an infection on his butt and loses to Gordon in basketball. Meanwhile, Gordon investigates his maid and finds out what she really does.
14 "Action" John Tracy * February 7, 2000 (2000-02-07)
J, Gordon and Shari get cast as extras in Cameron Russell's new movie. J discovers the other side of his favorite action hero.
15 "Valentine's J" John Tracy * February 14, 2000 (2000-02-14)
J and Marcus battle to see who can get the most attractive date. J gets multiple dates and everything backfires in his face.
16 "New Job" John Tracy Pamela Eells February 21, 2000 (2000-02-21)
J thinks he hit the jackpot when he goes to work for a computer genius. Sheri gets to edit her first book.
17 "Sons & Lovers" Tony Singletary Stephen Lloyd March 20, 2000 (2000-03-20)
J meets an older woman and begins dating her. Unknown to him, she's Logan's mother, and Logan discovers them in bed together. Logan claims that it doesn't bother him, but he has J doing more work. It's not until Logan's mother finds out that J's suffering comes to an end, as does their relationship.
18 "J's Pet Peeve" Rich Correll Van Whitfield April 10, 2000 (2000-04-10)
J agrees to watch Melissa's dog, who doesn't like him.
19 "The Car Makes the Man" Iris Dugow Scott Rosenbaum May 1, 2000 (2000-05-01)
J buys a Mercedes to pretend to be successful, and ends up going into poverty to pay off the expensive bill.
20 "Out of Sync" Rich Correll Billy Riback May 8, 2000 (2000-05-08)
J creates his own boy band, the Macho Five. It backfires in his face when the group dumps him and makes Gordon a member.
21 "Match Breaker J" Lillah McCarthy John Hunter,
Chuck Snyder
May 15, 2000 (2000-05-15)
J tries to match Logan up with the new intern.
22 "Nerds of a Feather Gawk Together" John Tracy Dan Signer May 22, 2000 (2000-05-22)
J tries to help some of his coworkers with dating by offering them tips. He also discovers that Melissa is getting married after he sees her with a wedding ring; he realizes that he loves her and proposes to her. Melissa agrees, and reveals that the ring was her girlfriend's ring for her marriage.

* Unknown

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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

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