Guys Like Us

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Guys Like Us
Genre Sitcom
Created by Dan Schneider
Written by Temi Akinyemi
George Doty IV
Jeffrey Duteil
Andrew Hill Newman
Rich Kaplan
Rina Mimoun
Barry O'Brien
Dan Schneider
Directed by Scott Baio
Rich Correll
Lillah McCarty
Jonathan Prince
Joel Zwick
Starring Bumper Robinson
Maestro Harrell
Chris Hardwick
Karen Maruyama
Composer(s) Howard Pearl
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (1 unaired)
Production
Executive producer(s) David W. Duclon
Barry O'Brien
Dan Schneider
Producer(s) Patricia Fass Palmer
Roxie Wenk Evans
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Columbia TriStar Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channel UPN
Original run October 5, 1998 – January 18, 1999

Guys Like Us is a short-lived American sitcom that aired on UPN from October 5, 1998 to January 18, 1999. The series starred Bumper Robinson, Maestro Harrell, and Chris Hardwick.

Synopsis[edit]

The series is centered around bachelors Sean Barker (Hardwick) and Jared Harris (Robinson), and Jared's six-year-old brother Maestro (Maestro Harrell), who comes to live with them after Jared's father accepts a freelance position overseas. Now the two bachelors must give up some of their perks to develop their crude parenting skills.

The show's premise, in which a younger sibling moves in with their older sibling after a parent gets a job overseas, would later be applied to the premise of two other sitcoms created by Dan Schneider, the WB sitcom What I Like About You and the Nickelodeon series iCarly.

Cancellation[edit]

Due to low ratings and poor reviews, UPN cancelled the show after its first season and was not renewed for a second season.

Cast[edit]

Recurring


Episodes[edit]

Series # Season # Title Notes Original air date
1 1 Pilot Maestro's suave, career-minded older brother Jared must break the news of the "arrangement" to his carefree, aspiring musician roommate Sean. Needless to say, Sean is less than thrilled with the news that a six-year-old child is his new roommate and questions the impact Maestro's presence might have on his sex life. But it's not long before Sean realizes Maestro's "babe magnet" potential, and he quickly learns to use his adorable pint-sized roomie's charm and wit to his advantage. October 5, 1998
2 2 "In & Out" When a gorgeous young woman moves into the guys' apartment building, Sean is instantly smitten and offers a neighborly hand in getting her settled. The two begin spending time together, leading Sean to believe that he's "so in there." But Kara doesn't like Sean because he's "in," but rather because he's "out"-- of the closet, that is. She's mistaken Sean and Jared for a gay couple raising a child. October 12, 1998
3 3 "Maestro's First Crush'" Maestro develops a big crush on his babysitter Katie, a precocious 13-year-old who's more impressed with older musicians, especially Sean. Meanwhile, Jared tries to learn golf to impress his boss Mr Levin, who happens to be Katie's father. October 19, 1998
4 4 "It's the Great Pumpkin, Maestro Harris" When Maestro lands the lead role of Peter Pumpkin in his school's annual "parents please participate" Halloween pageant, he assumes that his big brother Jared will play Papa Pumpkin to his Peter. But Jared's on the verge of a promotion at work and must choose between climbing the corporate ladder or upholding a commitment to family. October 26, 1998
5 5 "Sean's Moving Out" Sean announces he's moving out after his band loses a gig because having to baby-sit Maestro prevented them from recording an important demo tape. Meanwhile, Jared's having his own problems at the office, developing an acceptable marketing pitch. November 2, 1998
6 6 "Maestro's Big Break" When Jared agrees to let Maestro star in a new "Daka" national sportswear commercial, Sean volunteers to supervise Maestro on the job so that he can convince the director to use his band's music for the commercial. But Jared, trying to make quality time for his out-of-town girlfriend, sees Maestro and Sean having to much fun together and feels left out. November 9, 1998
7 7 "The Lying Down Game" When Maestro asks questions about "the birds and the bees," Jared and Sean pour through books on how to communicate with children then each take a stab at answering some of the seven-year-old's question's - but only succeed in confusing him more. November 16, 1998
8 8 "A Turkey Too Far" Jared and Maestro plan to observe Thanksgiving eating pizza and watching football---until the kid learns that his teacher is spending the holiday alone, and invites her to join them. While Jared and Sean clumsily scramble to cook a traditional turkey dinner for their guest, Maestro searches for the true meaning of the holiday. November 23, 1998
9 9 "Truth or Consequences" To prove to Jared that women love foreign men, Sean does his best Scottish impression for Audrey, a woman he notices at the bar. To everyone's surprise, including Sean's, Audrey falls for the Scotsman bit and their relationship blossoms. That is, until Sean's co-worker Jude introduces them to Gavin - her real Scottish friend. December 21, 1998
10 10 "Maestro's Gold Card" Maestro and Nikki get into all kinds of trouble when they go on an on-line shopping spree with a gold credit card that came in the mail. The two have good intentions when they purchase gifts to cheer up Jarod and Sean (including hundreds of Sean's non-selling "Rock the Hat!" CD), but they end up learning a lesson in responsibility. January 4, 1999
11 11 "Jared's Ex" Sean and Jared both lose trust in each other when Jared's ex-girlfriend, Jennifer, shows up and begins dating Sean. Later she makes a move on Jared, but luckily, Maestro captures Jennifer's deviousness on videotape and it becomes clear that she is only using Sean to get back with Jared. January 11, 1999
12 12 "Good Old Days" Jared and Sean are psyched to see their old college buddy, Steve "The Fig" Figgison, but are quickly stunned when their favorite party guy rolls into town with some big news—he's settling down and getting married. However, it only takes one night out on the town for Steve to call off his wedding and question whether or not he'd make a good parent. Sean and Jarod know Steve's making a big mistake so they set out to set him straight. January 18, 1999
13 13 "Friends & Lovers" No synopsis available. Unaired

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2006 Young Artist Awards Nominated Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Supporting Young Actor Maestro Harrell
Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series - Supporting Young Actress Courtney Mun

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