Two Guys and a Girl
|Two Guys and a Girl|
|Also known as||Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (seasons 1 & 2)|
|Created by||Danny Jacobson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||81 (List of episodes)|
|Running time||20–22 minutes|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original run||March 10, 1998– May 16, 2001|
Two Guys and a Girl (originally titled Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place) is an American sitcom created by Kenny Schwartz and Danny Jacobson. It ran on ABC from March 10, 1998, to May 16, 2001. Eighty-one episodes were aired over four seasons.
The series stars Ryan Reynolds, Traylor Howard and Richard Ruccolo as the primary characters. The second season saw the arrival of two recurring characters, Johnny Donnelly (Nathan Fillion) and Ashley Walker (Suzanne Cryer).
ABC bounced the sitcom from midweek to Friday night, leading to a steep drop in ratings. After the show moved back to Wednesday to try to revive the show's flagging support for a two-week trial, the plug was pulled, and the series was cancelled in May 2001. The series finale was titled "The Internet Show", an hour-long episode in which the fans of the show voted on the outcome online. In the end, they chose to have Ashley become pregnant with Pete's child, as opposed to either of the other two female characters, or nobody, becoming pregnant.
- 1 Overview
- 2 Cast and characters
- 3 Progression
- 4 Series finale
- 5 Ratings
- 6 Production notes
- 7 Episodes
- 8 DVD release
- 9 Reception
- 10 Syndication
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Based on the lives of teenagers Pete Dunville, Michael Bergen and Sharon Carter, the show was originally based on the life of its creator. The fictional "Beacon Street Pizza" is based on a real pizza restaurant named Theo's Pizza in Teele Square, Somerville, Massachusetts. It was where show creator Kenny Schwartz worked delivering pizzas while attending nearby Tufts University. The show was set in Boston and filmed at CBS Studio Center, in Studio City, Los Angeles, California.
The series stars Ryan Reynolds as Michael Leslie "Berg" Bergen, and Richard Ruccolo as Peter "Pete" Dunville. The titular Two Guys were joined by Traylor Howard, who played campus beauty Sharon Carter (later Carter-Donnelly). For the first two seasons, the series centered around the lives of Berg, an aimless graduate student, who was working at a Boston pizza parlor, Beacon Street Pizza, with Pete. They both attended Tufts University, with Sharon, who after graduation, worked as the spokesperson (or apologist) for Immaculate Chemicals.
The format of the initial season varied considerably from that of subsequent seasons. The first season featured Jennifer Westfeldt, appearing as Melissa, Pete's girlfriend, and David Ogden Stiers as Mr. Bauer, a delusional old man who frequented the pizza place, pretending that experiences from films were his own. The second season abandoned these two characters, and focused more on the interplay between Pete and Berg, and their relationship with Sharon, who lived in the apartment above them. Berg eventually decided to attend medical school and become a doctor, while Pete dropped out of architecture classes to become a career counselor. The second season also introduced Johnny (Nathan Fillion), a jukebox repairman who started dating Sharon, and Ashley (Suzanne Cryer), a medical school classmate of Berg's who competed with him to be at the top of the class.
At the start of season three, the pizza place was abandoned entirely (hence the change in the show's title at this time), and Berg began his medical residency. Pete became a vice president of a cosmetics company, and then a firefighter. Johnny and Sharon married and became the superintendents of the apartment building they lived in. Berg would go on to date Irene (Jillian Bach), the eccentric roommate across the hall, and Pete began dating a fellow firefighter named Marti (Tiffani Thiessen).
Cast and characters
- Ryan Reynolds as Michael Eugene Leslie "Berg" Bergen (1998–2001) – the ditzy pretty boy who always managed to create chaos in the lives of his best friends, particularly Pete. While in college, he has difficulty settling on what he wants to do in life. Eventually he decides on becoming a doctor, where he meets Ashley, a worthy competitor at medical school. They begin a relationship, but he eventually breaks it off with her, due to her inability to reciprocate his feelings. Near the end of the show, he and Irene, Pete's former stalker, form a relationship.
- Richard Ruccolo as Peter "Pete" Dunville (1998–2001) – often frantic and worried over what may occur with his professional and romantic life. Early in the show, he is conflicted with what he wants to do in life. He switches from his dreams of becoming an architect to becoming a fire fighter. He holds a very brief romance with Sharon. Later, near the end of the show he begins a lust-based relationship with Berg's ex-girlfriend, Ashley.
- Traylor Howard as Sharon Carter-Donnelly (1998–2001) – a complex woman who, strangely, manages to fit in with her best friends Pete and Berg. She is known for her confidence, yet inability to commit to relationships. Eventually, she manages to move past her fears and marries her boyfriend Johnny Donnelly.
- Nathan Fillion as Johnny Donnelly (1999–2001) – arrived in the second season as a jukebox repair man with eyes for Sharon. He and Sharon began dating with the occasional break-up due to Johnny's long-time friend Shaun, an attractive female who often got in the way of their relationship. The couple marry during the third season finale. Johnny's role as the super is embellished when he decides to become a fireman, against Sharon's wishes. Eventually, Sharon and Johnny decide that they are ready for children, as seen in the series finale.
- Suzanne Cryer as Ashley Walker (1999–2001) – did not arrive until the second season where she constantly rejected Berg, hoping to keep her long distance relationship with Justin (Jon Cryer) fresh. Ashley has hopes of becoming a doctor, which is where she and Berg meet. They become worthy competitors at the hospital and eventually start dating until Berg calls it off. At the end of the fourth season, she starts a sexual relationship with Pete and becomes pregnant in the series finale. This shocked viewers as they were unable to know what Ashley would do with the baby due to the show's cancellation.
- Jillian Bach as Irene (1999–2001) – arrives mid-season during season 2 where she is Pete's stalker. She continues stalking Pete until she forms a sexual relationship with Berg, while maintaining her love for Pete. Toward the end of season 3, she and Berg start dating but nevertheless break up due to Berg's other love interest, Katie Connor. Irene then forms a relationship with the mailman, causing Berg to become extremely jealous. The two get back together after an unexpected pregnancy scare.
- Jennifer Westfeldt as Melissa (1998) – Pete's love interest during the first season. She arrives numerous times after "Two Guys, a Girl and an Apartment", where she and Pete break-up, which suggests that the episodes aired in the wrong order.
- Julius Carry as Bill (1998) – the smart-mouth owner of Beacon Street Pizza. He only portrays his role during the first season.
- David Ogden Stiers as Mr. Bauer (1998) – hangs about the pizza place telling stories that are from movies which he claims to be his own experiences. The character of Mr. Bauer only occurred in the first season.
- Giuseppe Andrews as Germ (2000–2001) – the helper at Tufts Hospital who is recognized for his sluggish and premature attitude. He first appears in "Au Revoir Pizza Place", season 3 episode 2, but does not return until later on in the series where he becomes a close acquaintance of Pete, Berg, Sharon and Ashley.
- Maury Ginsberg as Kamen (1998–1999) – is thwarted by Berg in "Two Guys, a Girl and Someone Better" where Berg ruins his life, more or less. He then continues to get Berg back on random occasions throughout season 2.
- Tiffani Thiessen as Marti (2000) – another love interest of Pete's who continually sasses him at the fire station. She and Pete start dating, to Irene's dislike. She broke up with Pete during the fourth season after having an affair with a baseball star.
- Dian Bachar as Roger (2001) – A mailman Irene dates after her breakup with Berg, Roger always wears shorts with his uniform. Like the Cheers character Cliff Clavin, Roger behaves as if his menial job requires a great amount of skill and effort. Despite his short stature, he behaves as if he were large and physically powerful, frequently challenging the much larger Berg to fights. In the finale, it is revealed this sense of self-confidence comes from his status as an army reservist who is trained to snap a man's neck with one hand.
- Carmen Electra as Isabella (1998) – the love interest of Pete and gets in the way of him and Berg. When Pete constantly feels he must dump on Melissa to go to 845 Arlington, Berg tries to stop him. ("Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Delivery")
- Jon Cryer as Justin (1999) – Ashley's long-distance boyfriend who moves to Boston to give the relationship a chance. Cryer only appeared in 1 episode. ("Two Guys, a Girl and Thanksgiving")
- Nomar Garciaparra as himself (2000) – he becomes a love interest of Ashley's until he falls for Pete's girlfriend Marti.
- Anthony Head as Dr. Staretski (1999) – he is a role model of Ashley's in the episode "Two Guys, a Girl and Mother's Day". Berg is surprised when he finds out that he paints nudes.
- Kathy Kinney as Mimi (1998) – Kinney played Mimi from The Drew Carey Show on the episode "Two Guys, a Girl and a Psycho Halloween". Her appearance is a short cameo role.
- Fred Willard as Frank Farber (1998) interviews Pete in "Two Guys, A Girl and a Vacation". He talks to Pete about women he has conquered all around the world, until Berg uses a Scottish accent pretending to be his long lost love child to drive him away.
- Adam Carolla as himself (1998) – Carolla appeared as himself from the talkshow Loveline. Pete constantly asks him for advice on dating and career issues when Pete becomes a limo driver in "Two Guys, a Girl and a Limo".
- Conchata Ferrell as Shaun's mother (1999) – Ferrell plays Shaun's mother in the episode "Two Guys, a Girl and Valentine's Day". She shows excitement when meeting Berg after discovering that he is a doctor.
- blink-182 (1999) – The band appeared in the third season where they played at the pizza place naked. This showed reference to their latest single at the time, "What's My Age Again?". ("Au Revoir Pizza Place")
- Barenaked Ladies (1999) – The band made an appearance in "Two Guys, a Girl and Barenaked Ladies" where the group followed Pete around and sang about his current events."'
- Dan Finnerty & The Dan Band - made an appearance in "Bridesmaids Revisited" where Dan sang female songs throughout the episode as they followed Ashley.
The series premiered on March 10, 1998 as Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. The episode entitled "The Pilot" was watched by almost 18 million viewers.
The story of season 1 centers around the pizza place. Characters such as Melissa (Jennifer Westfeldt), and Bill (Julius Carry) were credited as secondary cast members to principles Ryan Reynolds, Richard Ruccolo and Traylor Howard. Mr. Bauer, played by David Ogden Stiers, frequently appeared around the pizza place, telling stories of his life events which actually occurred in movies. Pete, played by Richard Ruccolo, would pay the rent every month and Berg, played by Ryan Reynolds, would test experimental drugs to help supplement their income. Pete structured his life around architecture and grad school, while Sharon (Traylor Howard), the friend upstairs, worked for an evil corporation who exploited the Earth's natural resources, much to her dislike. This was the basic structure of the first season and the episodes were built around this.
The episodes followed storylines such as: Pete preparing for a presentation which Berg ruins; Berg stealing the Celtic's '81 championship banner; Sharon joining the softball team and the story of how they all met.
Because the episodes aired out of order, the season seemed very disjointed. One such example of this is demonstrated by the status of Pete's relationship with Melissa: in episode 8 - Party Melissa and Pete are still together although they had previously broken up in episode 5 - Apartment. On the DVD release, these were episodes 2 and 7, respectively.
Season 2 followed more of a structural basis for each episode. First, we see the arrival of two more primary characters, Ashley Walker (Suzanne Cryer) and Johnny Donnelly (Nathan Fillion). The involvement of these characters allowed the show to be more structural than the first season, as well as the dismissal of characters Bill, Mr. Bauer and Pete's long-time girlfriend Melissa.
The series started with Berg's realization that someone in his class, Walker, is cleverer than he is. This led to the anticipated romance between Berg and Ashley as they both headed down the path of becoming Physicians. Fillion's role as the jukebox repairman Johnny Donnelly lead to the relationship between him and character Sharon Carter (Howard). With more secondary characters (Irene, Kamen, Shaun) the show had the purpose to fill up a whole season of episodes, which it did. Other episodes of season 2 included: "Two Guys, a Girl and an Engagement", "Two Guys, a Girl and a Valentine's Day" and "Two Guys, a Girl and Ashley's Return" which all marked turning points in the story of the show. Johnny and Sharon broke up on Valentine's Day due to Sharon's jealousy of Shaun, Johnny's best friend. Berg and Ashley finally got together in "...And Ashley's Return" and Pete confesses his feelings towards Sharon and Johnny proposes in "...And an Engagement". The series ended with Sharon not giving Johnny an answer as well as her realizing that she may have feelings for Pete. This left the show at a cliffhanger after ABC had renewed the show for another season.
The third season premiered in September, continuing the cliffhanger that occurred at the end of the second season. The pizza place had been completely abandoned so that the characters could pursue different dreams. Sharon answered Johnny's proposal with 'Yes, in theory', as she was still holding out on her feelings for Pete. Evidently, Pete flew to Paris after the night's events and returned completely over Sharon, with a new girlfriend who only speaks French and is revealed to be extremely racist. Berg and Ashley continued to build on their relationship and finally became doctors involved in Psych rotations. The series followed their relationship as being unsteady and completely built on hate of one another. This led to Berg breaking up with Ashley during the middle of the season.
Ashley continued to live with Pete and Berg during the third season before moving into her own apartment, originally Sharon and Johnny's who and moved to the basement to become the new supers. She started dating Boston Red Sox baseball star Nomar Garciaparra, who appeared as himself for a couple of episodes. Pete finds his true calling by becoming a firefighter. He enjoys the experiences of becoming an honorary firefighter until the feisty Marti, played by Tiffani Thiessen, comes along to thwart him at every turn. The two continue to take shots at each other until she starts dating Berg, to Pete's dislike. Pete and Berg get into a huge fight concerning Marti and consider not being roommates anymore.
When Pete gets his acceptance letter to Fireman Boot Camp, he goes to Marti in open arms and they become an item. Pete continues to hate Berg throughout the course of the final episodes of the season. Sharon and Johnny continue to bicker at one another until Johnny calls off the wedding. When they get back together, they decided that a quickie wedding is the best idea. Irene, Pete's alleged stalker, agrees to throw Sharon and Johnny a wedding on the roof of the building. This resulted in her inviting Robert Goulet, who appeared earlier on in season in the episode "Out With the Old". Goulet conducted the ceremony and evidently brought Pete and Berg back together as friends during the wedding.
At the end of the two part episode, Pete and Marti leave to go to Fireman Boot Camp, Sharon and Johnny go on their honeymoon and Ashley leaves to go sort out a joke that Pete told Nomar, causing him and Ashley to break up. Berg and Irene are left alone at the wedding as every one leaves and start to dance. The series ends with a cliffhanger again as the audience believes that something will happen between Berg and Irene. The series was renewed for another season due to the 10.2 million average viewers this season.
ABC moved the sitcom from mid-week to Friday and the show's average viewers dropped from 10.2 to 6.7 million.
Season 4 continued the story arc from where Season 3 left off. Johnny and Sharon are married, Pete and Marti are now firefighters and Berg and Irene...are sleeping together. After Berg gets over being on academic probation, he continues to be Irene's "sex buddy". The two start sleeping together secretly, hoping that Pete especially won't find out.
Johnny remains to be the superintendent until Sharon makes him an honorary fireman for the day on his birthday. Johnny decides that he wants to be a fireman to Sharon's dislike. Meanwhile, Berg and Irene become a couple and Pete and Marti break up. She leaves Pete for Ashley's ex, Nomar. Sharon feels unfulfilled after leaving her evil corporate job and decides that she wants to be a lawyer. This would have led to her being a lawyer in more depth rather than an assistant, but the plug was pulled mid-season.
When Berg tells Irene that he loves her and she has no reply, Berg goes out and meets someone else. Katie, the girl he meets, admits that she's been following him for 8 years. However, the two of them kiss and Berg tells Irene. Berg apologizes and Irene breaks up with him for the mailman Roger. In the final episode, Berg assumes that Irene may be pregnant and decides that he must win her back. The possibility of Irene, Sharon or Ashley being pregnant was tabulated online by the viewer's votes. The final episode saw Sharon and Johnny in a baby scare as well as Pete realizing that Ashley is pregnant with his baby. The series ended on a cliffhanger that would not be resolved, much to the viewer's dislike.
The series finale was titled "The Internet Show", an episode in which the fans of the show voted on the outcome online. In the end, they chose to have Ashley become pregnant with Pete's child, as opposed to either of the other two female characters, or nobody, becoming pregnant.
The episode aired on May 16, 2001. It was written by Donald Beck and Vince Calandra and directed by Michael Lembeck. For the 2000–01 season finale, four different endings were filmed for viewers to vote online and decide which of the central female characters (Sharon, Ashley, or Irene) should become pregnant, while a fourth possible ending had no pregnancies at all. The plan was to have the pregnant one (which ultimately ended up being Ashley) give birth at the end of the proposed fifth season. However, a fifth season of the show never materialized; by the time the fourth season finale aired in May 2001, the show had just been cancelled because of low ratings. The episode was originally shown as a one hour episode split into two parts with "Should I Stay or Should I Go?".
Sharon thinks she may be pregnant and Ashley realizes she could be too. She goes into denial, despite showing the symptoms but agrees to take a pregnancy test with Sharon. When Berg finds out from a news report that a glow in the dark condom he used was defective he thinks Irene could be pregnant. Not wanting to worry her, he tries to get a urine sample from her without telling her. Pete is still annoyed at Ashley for giving up on their relationship to go to Stanford.
The show had strong ratings success during its run, peaking in season 2 and averaging 12.0 million viewers. Its key adult 18–49 audience was predominantly female (55%). It was ranked #1 in its time period with Total Viewers, outperforming Beverly Hills, 90210, The Nanny and Dawson's Creek. It was also #1 in its time period with key adults 18–49 and all male demos. Finally, it was the #3 sitcom on ABC with key Adults 18-34.
|Season||Timeslot (EDT)||Season Premiere||Season Finale||TV Season||Rank||Viewers
|1||Wednesday 8:30 P.M. (March 10, 1998 – July 22, 1998)||March 10, 1998||July 22, 1998||1997–1998||#36||12.9|
|2||Wednesday 8:30 P.M. (September 23, 1998 – May 26, 1999)||September 23, 1998||May 26, 1999||1998–1999||#44||12.0|
|3||Wednesday 8:30 P.M. (September 27, 1999 – April 26, 2000)||September 27, 1999||April 26, 2000||1999–2000||#57||10.2|
|4||Friday 8:00 P.M. (October 26, 2000 – May 16, 2001)||October 26, 2000||May 16, 2001||2000–2001||#104||6.7|
Theme song and opening sequences
The title sequence for the first two seasons consisted of a short collection of images of the three, and a few cartoon images of them drinking and eating pizza at the pizza place, which alternated with a logo saying Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place. The title screen was accompanied by an instrumental cover of the song "Blister in the Sun" by the Violent Femmes.
Seasons 3 and 4 showed Pete, Berg and Sharon dancing around in front of a plain, white backdrop. They are seen wearing suits and dresses and dancing along to a more modern piece of music. The newly adapted logo (the show's name having changed) is seen overlaying the footage as the three dance and laugh in front of the backdrop.
The music for the series was composed by Freddy Curci, Tom Rizzo and Mark Vogel. The music for Seasons 1 and 2 were numerous variations of the title theme, a prime example of which is "Two Guys, a Girl and a Vacation" where the cast members do a short rendition of "Kokomo" by The Beach Boys. Steel drums and Caribbean instruments were used to variate the title theme within the scenes of the episode.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||13||March 10, 1998||July 22, 1998|
|2||22||September 23, 1998||May 26, 1999|
|3||24||September 27, 1999||April 26, 2000|
|4||22||October 6, 2000||June 16, 2001|
On June 24, 2013, Revelation Films released Two Guys and a Girl - The Complete Collection, a 14-disc box set featuring all of the series' episodes.
|DVD Name||Ep#||Release dates|
|Region 1||Region 2||Region 4|
|The Complete Season One||13||N/A||April 23, 2012||N/A|
|The Complete Season Two||22||N/A||August 27, 2012||N/A|
|The Complete Season Three||24||N/A||November 5, 2012||N/A|
|The Complete Season Four||22||N/A||February 11, 2013||N/A|
|The Complete Series||81||N/A||June 24, 2013||N/A|
Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place was successful during its run on ABC. The series premiere entitled "The Pilot" was watched by 17.94 million viewers, airing after The Drew Carey Show. The episode got a 15.61 Nielsen rating and won its 18-49 adult demographic. This was ABC's biggest opening since Spin City. The show continued to have success during the first few seasons but never reached the high rating of "The Pilot". On May 28, an episode known as "Two Guys, a Girl and How They Met" got a 6.7 Nielsen rating, a big drop from the series premiere. The estimated number of viewers was 7.69 million.
After being canceled by ABC, the series reaired in syndication on WE: Women's Entertainment in the United States. In 2010/2011, the showed aired on 5* in the UK. In 2011 it was aired on the ETC cable channel in the Philippines, and TVtropolis in Canada. It aired on Norwegian TV 2 as Pizzagjengen. As of 2012, it is currently being shown in Mexico through Latin America Comedy Central.
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