Frank Leaves for the Orient

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Frank Leaves for the Orient
Created by Michael Kaplan
John Sanborn
Starring Stan Cahill
Peggy Jo Jacobs
Janet Carroll
Rebecca Chalmers
Chris Tallman
Country of origin USA
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Running time 23 minutes
Original network Comedy Central
Original release August 8 – September 12, 1999

Frank Leaves for the Orient is a television series produced by Comedy Central, which aired for 6 episodes over the summer of 1999. The series starred Stan Cahill as Frank, an American preparing to leave for Japan.


This stream-of-consciousness live-action comedy is a journey through the protagonist Frank's to-do list, as he tries to escape his everyday life by moving to Japan to teach English. Each episode of Frank Leaves For The Orient deals with another aspect of Frank's attempts to wrap up his life, break up with his girlfriend, quit his job, etc. The action becomes a surreal, rapid-fire, sometimes non-linear story that splits apart and then comes back together.


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
1 "The Girlfriend" Tim Boxell Michael Kaplan August 8, 1999 (1999-08-08) 101
Frank has to break up with his girlfriend before moving to Japan.
2 "Quit Your Job" John Sanborn Michael Kaplan August 15, 1999 (1999-08-15) 102
Frank has to quit his job before moving to Japan.
3 "Ed" John Sanborn Michael Kaplan August 22, 1999 (1999-08-22) 103
Frank realizes his best friend wants to come to Japan with him, and has to figure out how to break up with a guy.
4 "Chloe" John Sanborn Jennifer Heftler, Lisa Page August 29, 1999 (1999-08-29) 104
Just when he thought he was going to get away clean, Frank bumps into his dream girl, Chloe.
5 "Mom & Dad" Tim Boxell Michael Kaplan September 5, 1999 (1999-09-05) 105
Over lunch at a Chinese restaurant, Frank tries to convince his parents that moving to Japan is a sane, responsible choice.
6 "Sell Your Stuff" John Sanborn John Sanborn, Michael Kaplan September 12, 1999 (1999-09-12) 106
Frank holds the mother of all garage sales, trying to outrun all his past selves.

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