The Loop (U.S. TV series)

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The Loop
The Loop logo.png
Format Improvisational comedy
Created by Pam Brady
Will Gluck
Written by Pam Brady
Will Gluck
Theresa Mulligan
Starring Bret Harrison
Eric Christian Olsen
Philip Baker Hall
Mimi Rogers
Joy Osmanski
Amanda Loncar (season 1)
Sarah Mason (season 1)
Opening theme "Hockey Monkey" by James Kochalka Superstar and the Zambonis
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 17 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Pam Brady
Will Gluck
Producer(s) Kim Sherwood
Randy Cordray
Karen Kirchner
Victor Hsu
Location(s) Chicago, Illinois
Cinematography Jonathan West
Michael A. Price
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) 20th Century Fox Television
Olive Bridge Entertainment
Wounded Poodle
Distributor 20th Television
Original channel FOX
Picture format 480i, (SDTV)
720p, (HDTV)
Original run March 15, 2006 (2006-03-15) – July 1, 2007 (2007-07-01)

The Loop is an American sitcom that ran from March 15, 2006 to July 1, 2007 on Fox. The show starred Bret Harrison as Sam Sullivan, a young professional trying to balance the needs of his social life with the pressures of working at the corporate headquarters of TransAlliance Airways, a major U.S. airline. Set in the city of Chicago, whose downtown loop area acted as the setting for most of the show. The show's theme song is "Hockey Monkey" by James Kochalka Superstar and the Zambonis.


The Loop focuses on the life of its main character, Sam Sullivan (Bret Harrison). The show is shot with a single-camera setup instead of a multiple-camera setup more typical for situation comedies. The series follows Sam, his friends and his co-workers, as they try to survive both their personal and professional lives. In every episode most of the characters say many "situation comedy" style lines, which are often a result of improvisation. A complete script is written for each episode of The Loop; however, actors are given opportunities to improvise their lines during the shooting process.

The series was filmed in 480i (SDTV), 720p (HDTV). The Loop lasted only two seasons, season 1 lasted only 7 episodes. The show was renewed for a second season consisting of 13 episodes on May 12 by FOX.[1] It was one of only two live-action sitcoms renewed for the 2006-2007 season on FOX, along with The War at Home. The Loop's second season took place mainly in the workplace, and less of it with Sam's friends. The producers stated they "found most of the comedy to be with Sam and his co-workers and they wanted to expand on that."[1] On November 28, 2006, it was announced that the show's second and final season episode order had been reduced from thirteen to ten, with FOX's crowded spring schedule believed to be the main reason for the reduction.[2] The show was cancelled on May 17, 2007, before the second and final season was even broadcast. FOX eventually burned off the remaining episodes on Sundays beginning June 10, 2007.[3]

Cast and characters[edit]

Name Portrayed by Description Character status
Sam Sullivan Bret Harrison A young professional trying to balance the needs of his social life with the pressures of working at the corporate headquarters of TransAlliance Airways. Regular (2006–2007)
Russ McDonald Philip Baker Hall Head executive of TransAlliance Airways (Sam's male boss). Regular (2006–2007)
Episodes: 17
Sully Sullivan Eric Christian Olsen Sam's goofy, carefree and jobless older brother, he is also his roommate. Regular (2006–2007)
Episodes: 17
Meryl Mimi Rogers Sexual predator, and co-head executive of TransAlliance Airways (Sam's female boss). Regular (2006–2007)
Episodes: 17
Darcy Joy Osmanski Sam's personal assistant and former student at MIT, she frequently reminds the audience that most of her classmates are in space. Regular (2006–2007)
Episodes: 17
Derek Rene Tricolli Ian Reed Kesler Derek is a jocky businessman for Goldman Sachs, who constantly gets under Sam's skin. In Season 2, it is indicated that Derek is a closet homosexual. Recurring (2006-2007)
DeKeyser Howard Miller Executive of TransAlliance Airways Recurring (2006–2007)
Hibbert Michael D. Roberts Executive of TransAlliance Airways Recurring (2006–2007)
Piper Amanda Loncar Piper is one of Sam's friends, whom he has had a crush on since they met freshmen year of college, she is also his roommate. In the first season she was studying to become a doctor. Former regular (2006)
Episodes: 7
Lizzy Sarah Mason Lizzy is one of Sam's friends, and roommate. Her job in the first season was a bartender. Former regular (2006)
Episodes: 7

U.S. television ratings[edit]

Below is a table of the seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of The Loop on FOX.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.
Season Episodes Timeslot (EST) Season Premiere Season Finale Viewers
(in millions)
1 7 Wednesday 9:30 PM (premiere)
Tuesday 9:00 PM
March 15, 2006 April 13, 2006 3.86
2 10 Sunday 8:30 PM and 9:30 PM June 10, 2007 July 1, 2007 2.36

Broadcast and distribution[edit]

Episode list[edit]

The first season of The Loop premiered on FOX in the United States on March 15, 2006 at 8:30pm ET. The series finale of The Loop aired on July 1, 2007. All 17 episodes of The Loop can be watched, for free, at The Loop's site

Season Ep # First Airdate Last Airdate
1 7 March 15, 2006 April 13, 2006
2 10 June 10, 2007 July 1, 2007

Online distribution[edit]

In the U.S., both the first and second seasons of the show are available for purchase on the iTunes Store, as well as the PlayStation Network and Xbox Live Marketplace or for free on Hulu. In an aggressive marketing campaign by FOX, the pilot episode was released across a broad range of mediums from satellite broadcasting to popular social networking websites such as Facebook, shown on United Airlines flights, freely distributed on video on demand on about 30 cable and satellite systems including Comcast, Time Warner Cable, Cox Communications and Dish Network, on Yahoo, and from Amazon Unbox. Also, prior to the airing of The Loop in the United Kingdom the pilot episode was released as a free temporary download on iTunes.

DVD release[edit]

DVD Name Ep # Release Date Additional Information
Season One 7 March 6, 2007 Bonus features include a featurette which has interviews from the cast and crew.
Season Two 10 TBA

International airdates[edit]

Country TV network(s) Series premiere Weekly schedule
Argentina Argentina FX Network March 2007 Mondays 8:00 p.m.
Australia Australia Seven Network December 7, 2006 Fridays 12:00 a.m.
The Comedy Channel July 14, 2009 Tuesdays 9:00 p.m.
Brazil Brazil FX Network September 2007 Mondays 9:00 p.m.
Canada Canada CH March 2006 Sundays 9:00 p.m. (2)
Croatia Croatia RTL Televizija March 2009 Sundays 9:00 a.m.
Finland Finland MTV3 January 13, 2010 Wednesdays at 2:15 p.m.
France France NRJ 12 August 25, 2008 Daily at 5:30 p.m.
Iceland Iceland Stöð 2 2007
Republic of Ireland Ireland RTÉ Two June 8, 2007 Fridays 9:00 p.m. Finished Now
Israel Israel yes Stars February 7, 2007 Tuesdays & Wednesdays 9:05 p.m.
United Kingdom United Kingdom Trouble 2006 Mondays 12:00 a.m.
E4 July 30, 2009 Thursdays 10:30 p.m.
New Zealand New Zealand C4 May 19, 2008 (Season 1)
September 6, 2009 (Season 2)
Mondays 9:30 p.m (first run)
Sundays 8:00 p.m (second run)
Philippines Philippines Jack TV September 5, 2007 Wednesdays 9:00 p.m.
Russia Russia MTV Russia December 2009 Weekdays
Ukraine Ukraine Novyi Kanal June 2009 Weekdays
Thailand Thailand True Series December 19, 2006 Wednesdays 9:00 p.m.
Turkey Turkey ComedyMax January 27, 2008 Weekdays 7:00 p.m.
Slovenia Slovenia Kanal A Mondays to Thursdays 10:35 p.m.
Bahrain Egypt Iraq
Jordan Kuwait Lebanon
Oman Saudi Arabia Somalia
Syria Tunisia United Arab Emirates Middle East
Showtime Arabia (ShowComedy) 2007 Mondays 6:30 p.m.
Mexico Mexico FX Mondays 9:30 p.m.


  1. ^ a b "'The Loop' Gets a Reprieve". 2006-05-18. Retrieved 2008-02-12. 
  2. ^ "FOX Tightens 'The Loop' Order". 2006-11-28. Retrieved 2008-02-12. "FOX has trimmed the order for the mid-season comedy by three episodes, from 13 to 10." 
  3. ^ Fox Confirms Cancellation

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