Life as We Know It (TV series)

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Life As We Know It
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Intertitle
Created by Jeff Judah
Gabe Sachs
Starring Sean Faris
Jon Foster
Chris Lowell
Missy Peregrym
Jessica Lucas
Kelly Osbourne
Lisa Darr
D. B. Sweeney
Marguerite Moreau
Opening theme "Sooner or Later" by Michael Tolcher
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Production
Running time 44 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run October 7, 2004 (2004-10-07) – January 20, 2005 (2005-01-20)

Life as We Know It is an American teen drama television series which aired on the ABC network during the 2004-2005 season. It was created by Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah. The series was based on the novel Doing It by British writer Melvin Burgess.

Plot[edit]

Set at Woodrow Wilson High School in Seattle, Washington, Life as We Know It's lead was Dino Whitman (Sean Faris), a star ice hockey player. He had an uneasy relationship with his girlfriend, Jackie Bradford (Missy Peregrym), a soccer player. Jackie's best friend was Sue Miller (Jessica Lucas), a very competitive academic star. His best friends were Ben Connor (Jon Foster), who was carrying on an affair with a teacher, Monica Young (Marguerite Moreau); and Jonathan Fields (Chris Lowell), a nervous soul, especially about his girlfriend, Deborah Tynan (Kelly Osbourne). Jonathan was made even more nervous by Deborah's mother Mia (Sarah Strange), a nurse, sitting him down for a frank and graphic discussion about sex and its consequences.

Dino's parents' marriage fell apart after his mother had an affair with his hockey coach. His father, Michael, was played by D. B. Sweeney and his mother, Annie, was played by Lisa Darr. Coach Dave Scott was played by Martin Cummins.

Characters[edit]

Regular[edit]

  • Sean Faris as Dino Whitman - lead character and star hockey player
  • Jon Foster as Ben Connor - one of Dino's best friends who has a rocky relationship with Sue ever since his affair with Monica Young
  • Chris Lowell as Jonathan Fields - Dino's other best friend who goes out with Jackies' friend Deborah
  • Missy Peregrym as Jackie Bradford - Dino's on and off girlfriend and best friends with Sue and Deborah
  • Jessica Lucas as Sue Miller - Ben's on and off girlfriend who is best friends with Jackie and Deborah
  • Kelly Osbourne as Deborah Tynan - Jonathan's witty British girlfriend and friend of Jackie and Sue
  • Lisa Darr as Annie Whitman - Dino's mother who had an affair with Dino's hockey coach.
  • D. B. Sweeney as Michael Whitman - Dino's father who left his wife for cheating on him with Dino's hockey coach
  • Marguerite Moreau as Monica Young - a teacher who was having an affair with Ben, one of her students. Sue eventually found out and told her father who convinced Monica to transfer, or she would go to jail

Recurring[edit]

  • Evan Smith as Max Whitman - Dino's younger brother.
  • Sarah Strange as Mia Tynan - Deborah's mother
  • Martin Cummins as Coach Dave Scott - Dino's coach who was having an affair with Dino's mother Annie
  • Jessica Harmon as Zoe

Guest stars[edit]

Character asiding[edit]

The show broke the fourth wall by having characters step out of the scene—which proceeded behind them in slow motion—and directly address the camera.

Episodes[edit]

# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod.
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1 "Pilot" Michael Engler Jeff Judah & Gabe Sachs October 7, 2004 1.1
Dino wants to have sex with his girlfriend Jackie, but she isn't ready. Jonathon wants to have a secret relationship with Deborah because he is embarressed of others might say because she is overweight. Ben is hopelessly infatuated with his teacher, Ms. Young.
2 "Pilot Junior" Michael Engler Jeff Judah, Gabe Sachs & Donald Todd October 14, 2004 1.2
Dino sees his mother having an affair with his hockey coach. Dino's secret about his parents' marital problems weakens his relationship with Jackie. Jonathan makes a scary discovery and suspects he may have penis cancer. Ms. Young makes a surprising move on Ben.
3 "The Best Laid Plans" Michael Engler Allison Adler October 21, 2004 1.3
Dino is on a mission to get back together with Jackie. Jackie is now willing to have sex with Dino, but Dino's problem weigh down on him and he leaves. Ben and Ms. Young try to find a way to get some alone time. Deborah admits to Jonathon that she is not a virgin. Jonathon needs to take some time out to deal with the fact that she might be a sexpert while he himself has no experience.
4 "Partly Cloudy, Chance of Sex" Michael Spiller Donald Todd October 28, 2004 1.4
Dino quits the hockey team in protest of his coach's relationship with his mother Annie, which sparks trouble at home. After Ms. Young convinces Ben to be in the school play, he is devastated when he finds out he's been cast as the male lead with Sue. Jonathan is insecure about his relationship with Deb, and Dino meets a new girl, Zoe.
5 "Secrets and Lies" Michael Spiller Melissa Carter November 4, 2004 1.5
Dino wants to move to his father's new apartment as his relationship with his mother hits a new low. When things at home get to be too much for Jackie to handle, she turns to a support group for help. Sue throws all her effort into practicing for the play as Ben and Sue realize they work well together. Ms. Young gets possessive with Ben, and Jonathan witnesses something the two kissing afterhours. Also Jonathan and Deb struggle in their relationship with what they can tell each other while still being loyal to their friends.
6 "Natural Disasters" Rachel Talalay Joel Madison December 2, 2004 1.6
7 "With a Kiss, I Die" John Peters Allison Adler December 9, 2004 1.7
8 "Family Hard-ships" Rick Wallace Adam Horowitz & Edward Kitsis December 16, 2004 1.8
9 "A Little Problem" Michael Engler Leila Gerstein January 6, 2005 1.9
10 "Breaking Away" Rodman Flender Jeff Judah & Gabe Sachs January 13, 2005 1.10
11 "You Must be Trippin'" Paul Holahan Luvh Rakhe January 20, 2005 1.11
12 "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Junk" Dan Lerner Donald Todd Unaired in the U.S. 1.12
13 "Papa Wheelie" Adam Davidson Joel Madison Unaired in the U.S. 1.13

Critical acclaims[edit]

Variety called it "a sly, sweet look at high school . . . so good that you immediately make room on your shelf for the cult-fave DVD because you know this is the kind of show that gets cancelled after five episodes."

Filming locations[edit]

The show was filmed in Vancouver, British Columbia and Seattle, Washington by Sachs-Judah Productions and (ca)bloom!, in association with Touchstone Television, a corporate sibling of ABC, both owned by The Walt Disney Company. The school used for exterior shots, possibly interior as well, is Point Grey Secondary School in Vancouver.

Cancellation[edit]

Life as We Know It originally aired on Thursdays from 9 to 10pm, premiering on October 7, 2004. Pulled during November sweeps, the show was rerun on MTV to good ratings in November and December 2004 but ultimately was cancelled by ABC. The series, including two previously unaired episodes, was released on DVD in the United States in 2005. Life aired abroad after its American cancellation.

In Brazil the show aired on Sony Entertainment Television starting June 13, 2005 at 7:00pm Tuesdays. In New Zealand, the show premiered in December 2005 on TV2, scheduled against America's Next Top Model. It replaced Veronica Mars, another American import, but was rescheduled after four episodes because of poor ratings. The remaining episodes were rescheduled from their prime-time slot (7:30pm Friday) to midnight Saturday, then pushed back after midnight as the season progressed. The final two episodes were played in reverse order. TV2 repeated the series from the beginning during the third quarter of 2006, just after midnight Thursdays, but again played the final two episodes in reverse order.

Life was also shown in the Philippines in the free cable channel Studio 23. While there were reruns after the initial showing, the two DVD episodes weren't released. In Portugal it is shown on SIC Radical cable channel and is popular among teenagers and young adults. In Hong Kong, it is shown on TVB Pearl and in Asia, it is shown on STAR World.

Life was also shown in South Africa on M-Net (DStv Channel 101), a subscription funded channel. The show was broadcast in prime-time and was popular. When the series 'ran out', M-Net received a large number of complaints from subscribers on their internet forums. Subsequently, the show was replayed in an 11:00am morning slot in early 2006. Life was also broadcast in 2005 on the M-Net Series channel (DStv Channel 104), a channel which is part of the DStv offering. This channel is broadcast via satellite to sub-Saharan Africa.

Life showed in Sweden on Kanal 5 during autumn and winter 2006.

In December 2006 (the beginning of the summer non-ratings period), the show began airing in Australia on the Seven Network at 10:30pm Tuesday nights. The show was also sold to FOX8, where it screened at 7:30pm Saturdays. In Ireland RTE2 showed two episodes every Monday (approximately 2:30am) from mid-January 2007. In Norway the show started airing in August 2006, but was cancelled after eight episodes

It was also broadcast in India in the 2007 fall season on the subscription channel Star World, where it ran all the episodes except the two bonus DVD ones. It is being rerun in India in the same channel in the 5:30-6:30 time slot.

Life was broadcast from January to March 2005 on Living TV in the UK. The series has since been rerun on Living's sister channel Trouble.

DVD release[edit]

Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment (formerly Buena Vista Home Entertainment) released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 on August 23, 2005 . It included all 13 episodes, 2 of which were unaired, on 3 discs. Bonus features included audio commentaries, deleted scenes, outtakes, and the producer's photo gallery.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
The Complete Series 13 August 23, 2005

International air dates[edit]

Country TV network(s) Series premiere Weekly schedule Status
Australia Australia Seven Network
FOX8
December 5, 2006
May 26, 2007
Tuesday 12:00am
Weekdays 2:00pm
Finished
Finished
Croatia Croatia Nova TV 2006 Saturday 10:00am Finished
Finland Finland Nelonen Finished
France France Filles TV September 8, 2007 Saturday 13:40 CET
Saturday 22:10 CET
Sunday 18:15 CET
Wednesday 14:30 CET
Currently airing
Hong Kong Hong Kong TVB Pearl June 4, 2005 Saturday After News Roundup Finished
Pakistan Pakistan STAR World 2007 Monday to Thursday 7pm Finished
India India STAR World Monday to Friday 05:30pm Finished
Israel Israel HOT3
STAR World
Finished
Finished
Italy Italy MTV December 29, 2005 Finished
Lithuania Lithuania Tango TV February 4, 2007 Sunday 20:40 CET
Netherlands Netherlands BNN / NED 3 Sunday 19:00 CET Finished
Portugal Portugal SIC Radical Not currently airing
South Africa South Africa M-Net Finished
Spain Spain MTV 2010 Currently airing
Turkey Turkey CNBC-e Finished
United Kingdom United Kingdom Living (channel) January 2005 Not currently airing

References[edit]

  • Josef Adalian. "'Geeks' duo bonds with Touchstone". Daily Variety. June 10, 2004.
  • Josef Adalian. "ABC's new lease on 'Life'". Daily Variety. December 8, 2004.
  • Ann Donahue. Review of Life As We Know It. Daily Variety. October 6, 2004.
  • Virginia Heffernan. "What (Sex) Boys (Sex) Think (Sex) About." The New York Times. October 7, 2004.
  • Matt Roush. "Down, Boys!". TV Guide. October 10, 2004.
  • Spain. "Diario adolescente". Mtv. September 2007

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