Stacked

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This article is about the US TV sitcom first broadcast 2005-06. For the 2008 UK TV film, see Stacked (film). For the poker video game, see Stacked (video game).
Stacked
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Format Sitcom
Created by Steven Levitan
Starring Pamela Anderson
Elon Gold
Brian Scolaro
Marissa Jaret Winokur
Christopher Lloyd
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 19 (5 unaired) (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Steven Levitan
Running time 22–24 minutes
Production company(s) Steven Levitan Prods.
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Broadcast
Original channel Fox
Original run April 13, 2005 (2005-04-13) – January 11, 2006 (2006-01-11)

Stacked is an American television sitcom that premiered on Fox on April 13, 2005. On May 18, 2006, Stacked was canceled, leaving five episodes unaired in the United States. The last episode aired on January 11, 2006. The five unaired episodes have since been aired in reruns in the United Kingdom, Israel, and Switzerland.

Premise[edit]

Stacked was hailed as the opposite of Cheers, instead of a smart person in a "dumb" place, it is based on the concept of a dumb person in a "smart" place. A workplace ensemble comedy, Stacked revolves around Skyler Dayton (Pamela Anderson) who is tired of her non-stop partying lifestyle and bad choices in boyfriends. Wanting a major life change, she wanders into Stacked Books, a small, family-run bookstore owned by Gavin Miller (Elon Gold) and his brother, Stuart (Brian Scolaro).[1][2]

Divorced and unlucky in love himself, Gavin's inclined to regard Skyler as an embodiment of the vacuous, image-obsessed culture he has come to abhor. Stuart, however, is dazzled by Skyler's beauty and, much to Gavin's horror, offers her a job at their store, which she happily accepts as the first step in her quest for a steadier lifestyle. Unhappy that she's going to be minding the till next to such an intimidating bombshell is the store's sole other employee, Katrina (Marissa Jaret Winokur), who doles out doses of realism and cynicism. Rounding out the characters is the store's one steady customer, Harold March (Christopher Lloyd), a preeminent, but retired, rocket scientist.

The series has been sold to other television channels around the world including Paramount Comedy 1 in the United Kingdom, Channel 7 in Australia, vtm in Belgium, True Series in Thailand, Italia 1 in Italy, TV3 in Norway, CNBC-e in Turkey, Star World in Asia, Comedy Central in Germany, Comedy Central in Poland and F/X Brasil and Global Television Network in Canada.

Cast and characters[edit]

  • Pamela Anderson - Skyler Dayton, tired of her non-stop partying lifestyle, enters "Stacked," a small family-run bookstore, and takes a job.
  • Elon Gold - Gavin P. Miller is divorced and unlucky in love. He sees Skyler as representative of the vacuous, image-obsessed culture he has come to abhor.
  • Brian Scolaro - Stuart Miller is the brother of Gavin, and holds a master's degree in psychology. He is smitten with Skyler and offers her a job at the store.
  • Marissa Jaret Winokur - Katrina works at the store's coffee counter. She feels threatened by Skyler's presence. She is also chronically unlucky, having grown two sets of wisdom teeth, found herself knocked out while behind stage at an Aerosmith concert, and is always late for work.
  • Christopher Lloyd - Professor Harold March is a regular customer to whom Katrina always reveals her nefarious plans. Skyler loves to play with his hair. He is always reading the newspaper. His presence commands gravitas, however whenever he speaks, he sounds like a crazy man.

The bookstore[edit]

All of the books seen in the show are provided by HarperCollins, which, like Fox, is owned by NewsCorp. Books that are prominently displayed are based on New York Times Best Seller list. Some titles seen include State of Fear, Don Quixote, The Known World, and Anansi Boys.

The entire bookstore is one main set, though there are three central areas: the coffee shop, the cash register, and the back office, which has a door. There are stairs on the set next to the coffee shop, but it is unknown where they lead. There is also an elevator near the magazine racks, behind the coffee shop.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 2005[edit]

Series
#
Season
#
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 1 "Pilot" Steven Levitan Steven Levitan April 13, 2005 1AKM01
Skyler enlists the bookstore gang's help in ending her relationship with her philandering rock-star boyfriend while, begrudgingly, Gavin asks Skyler to return the favor to make his ex-wife jealous.
2 2 "Beat the Candidate" Lee Shallat Chemel Heide Perlman April 20, 2005 1AKM02
After falling asleep on the job, Skyler is replaced by Brent, a true know-it-all, but she returns after deciding that he made a mistake in firing her. Convinced by Stuart to give her another chance, Gavin allows both Skyler and Brent to work for a day, and afterwards, one must go.
3 3 "A Fan For All Seasons" Lee Shallat Chemel Stephen Lloyd April 27, 2005 1AKM03
Comments about Skyler being a "groupie" come back to haunt Gavin when he proves to be one himself. Meanwhile, Skyler tries to get Katrina in to see her favorite band and Harold tries to make amends for telling Stuart he has no chance of ever being with Skyler.
4 4 "Gavin's Pipe Dream" Scott Ellis Murray Miller & Judah Miller May 11, 2005 1AKM04
When Gavin reveals that he had a sex dream about Skyler, it upsets the delicate balance of the entire bookstore and throws it into a sexually charged tailspin.
5 5 "The Ex-Appeal" Gail Mancuso Chris Harris May 18, 2005 1AKM05
When Gavin volunteers to retrieve Skyler's grandfather's watch from her ex-boyfriend, Eddie, he ends up getting sucked in by Eddie's charms himself. Skyler attempts to get her mind off Eddie by attending a knitting group, headed by Katrina, and finds that the company of women is quite different from her expectations.

Season 2: 2005–2006[edit]

Series
#
Season
#
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
6 1 "Nobody Says I Love You" Lee Shallat Chemel Steven Levitan & Cory C. Myler November 16, 2005 2AKM04
Skyler tells everyone in the bookstore that she loves them, but not Gavin. Harold thinks it's because she's infected with a life-threatening illness, while Katrina thinks she just wants money. Kid Rock guest stars.
7 2 "Two Faces of Eve" Lee Shallat Chemel Jeffrey Richman November 23, 2005 2AKM07
Skyler reunites with an old friend, Eve (Jenny McCarthy), who she hasn't seen in a very long time. To her surprise, Eve looks completely different from how she did at their previous meeting, and is planning a wedding. Eve then asks Skyler to be her maid of honor.
8 3 "Darling Nikki" Lee Shallat Chemel Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh November 30, 2005 2AKM05
Skyler's old rival Nikki Foos attempts to use Stuart to get even with her. Carmen Electra guest stars as Nikki.
9 4 "Crazy Ray" Scott Ellis Judah Miller & Murray Miller December 7, 2005 2AKM03
A member of Gavin’s former writing club publishes a critically acclaimed novel, inspiring Gavin to write one of his own. Skyler and the others don’t think it's good.
10 5 "iPod" Lee Shallat Chemel Dan Signer & Stephen Lloyd December 14, 2005 2AKM06
Skyler finds a woman's iPod at the bookstore; Gavin dates the 23-year-old who lies about more than just her age.
11 6 "Heavy Meddle" Bob Koherr Sam Johnson & Chris Marcil December 21, 2005 1AKM06
Skyler thinks that Harold is lonely, so she attempts to fix him up on a date. Meanwhile, Katrina has a run-in with an Asian health inspector who thinks she's a racist.
12 7 "Goodwizzle Hunting" Lee Shallat Chemel Steven Levitan December 28, 2005 2AKM01
It is Katrina's birthday, and she keeps trying to attract the attention of a handsome customer. To keep her happy, Skyler throws a western "Hoedown" and invites the customer. When he doesn't show up, Katrina becomes upset, and Stuart "cheers her up". Meanwhile, Skyler cleans out Gavin's closet.
13 8 "After Party" Scott Ellis Jeffrey Richman January 4, 2006 2AKM02
Gavin finds out that Stuart and Kat have been sleeping together.
14 9 "Romancing the Stones" Lee Shallat Chemel Stephen Lloyd & Dan Signer January 11, 2006 2AKM08
When Gavin experiences all the symptoms for gallstones, he decides to get surgery. When the nurse gives numbing drugs, Gavin tells Skyler he loves her—and it wasn't just the drugs talking!
15 10 "You're Getting Sleepy" Lee Shallat Chemel Judah Miller & Murray Miller Unaired[3] 2AKM09
Harold’s daughter Zoey visits the bookstore with her hypnotist boyfriend. Skyler urges Harold to give the guy a chance, but then she becomes conflicted about her own advice.
16 11 "The Third Date" Lee Shallat Chemel Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh Unaired[3] 2AKM10
Gavin and Harold's daughter Zoey are on their third date, and the pressure to have sex with each other is put on him by Skyler and Katrina. So Harold talks to Gavin encouraging him to do so.
17 12 "The Day the Music Died" Lee Shallat Chemel Dan Signer Unaired[3] 2AKM11
A musician opens a music store next to Stacked Books. He plays the music so loud, customers are starting to take their business else where. Gavin, Stuart, and Skyler all go over and try to stop him.
18 13 "Poker" Sheldon Epps Judah Miller & Murray Miller Unaired[3] 2AKM12
Gavin's son Owen needs a new suit and a haircut for an interview at a conservative private school. Gavin can't take Owen because he is a finalist in an online poker tournament, so Skyler volunteers. When Gavin's ex-wife Charlotte returns to pick her son up, she is shocked by his new appearance.
19 14 "Headmaster" Lee Shallat Chemel Paul Corrigan & Brad Walsh Unaired[3] 2AKM13
Skyler tries to make things right with Gavin and Charlotte by going on a date with a boring headmaster (John Benjamin Hickey). Harold realizes he has been missing out on six years of free coffee by not participating in the bookstore's card stamping system.

Ratings[edit]

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Stacked on the Fox Network.

Season Episodes Timeslot Season premiere Season finale Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 5 Wednesday 9/8c April 13, 2005 May 18, 2005 #42 10.1[4]
2 14 Wednesday 9/8c November 9, 2005 January 11, 2006 #118 4.6

DVD releases[edit]

On December 12, 2006, Fox Home Entertainment released Stacked: The Complete Series on DVD.[5] The set contains all 19 episodes, including the five not originally aired. The episodes as presented on the DVD set feature a truncated version of the opening theme. Bonus features include: Nipplegate: Getting Dressed With Pam, Show Us Your Bloopers, and Skyler Dayton's Guide To Dating.

Streaming availability[edit]

As of January 2012, all 19 episodes are available to view on Hulu.com including the five unaired episodes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://tv.blinkx.com/show/stacked/krftSzg6X-yPxrIN
  2. ^ http://www.sidereel.com/Stacked#
  3. ^ a b c d e Aired in December 2008 in Switzerland
  4. ^ "Hollywood Reporter: 2004-05 primetime wrap". Hollywood Reporter. May 27, 2005. [dead link]
  5. ^ Lacey, Gord. "Pam Is Stacked: Complete Series Info". Retrieved 2007-10-18. 

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