Life in Pieces

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Life in Pieces
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Genre Sitcom
Created by Justin Adler
Composer(s) Rob Simonsen
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 66 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 21 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Original network CBS
Picture format HDTV 1080i
Original release September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21) – present
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Life in Pieces is an American sitcom television series created by Justin Adler and which airs on CBS.[1] The series debuted on September 21, 2015. The first season was picked up for a full 22-episode order on October 27, 2015.[2] On May 11, 2016, CBS renewed the show for a second season,[3] which premiered on October 27, 2016.[4]

On March 23, 2017, CBS renewed the series for a third season, which premiered on November 2, 2017.[5][6]

On May 12, 2018, CBS renewed the series for a fourth season.[7]


The series chronicles the lives of three generations of the Short family as they go about their daily lives in Los Angeles County. Each episode is told as four short stories, one for each branch of the Short family.[8]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings
First airedLast airedRankViewers
(in millions)
122September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21)March 31, 2016 (2016-03-31)3010.53[9]
222October 27, 2016 (2016-10-27)May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11)408.15[10]
322November 2, 2017 (2017-11-02)May 17, 2018 (2018-05-17)448.27[11]



Husband of Jen Short; youngest child of John and Joan Short; younger brother of Matt Short and Heather (Short) Hughes; father of Lark Short; worked for a crowd funding website until he quit his job in "Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring".
Wife of Dr. Tim Hughes; oldest child and only daughter of John and Joan Short; older sister of Matt and Greg Short; mother of Tyler, Samantha, and Sophia Hughes; a stay at home mom
Recently divorced; middle child and oldest son of John and Joan Short; brother of Heather and Greg Short; dates Colleen Brandon Ortega until the end of "Hair Recital Rainbow Mom". He and Colleen get back together in "Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie". They become engaged in the second half of the two-part season 1 finale, "Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring".They are married at the end of season 2
A lawyer; mother of Lark; wife of Greg Short. She announced that she is pregnant with their second child in season 1 finale, "Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring"; however, it was later revealed that she had a miscarriage in the season 2 premiere, "Annulled Roommate Pill Shower".
An ENT doctor; husband of Heather (Short) Hughes; father of Tyler, Samantha, and Sophia Hughes
Granddaughter of Tonita; owns a male puppy named "Princess"; dated Matt Short until the end of "Hair Recital Rainbow Mom". She and Matt got back together in "Cinderella Fantasy Prom Dougie". They got engaged in "Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring".
  • Niall Cunningham as Tyler Hughes:[12]
Oldest child and only son of Tim and Heather Hughes; brother of Samantha and Sophia Hughes; dated Clementine from "Babe Secret Phone Germs" until they married before "Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring". Beginning of season 3, they are getting divorced. It was mutual and decided to become friends. They got back together in the Season 3 episode "Toilet Shaving Stuck Fertility".
  • Holly Barrett as Samantha "Sam" Hughes:[12]
Middle child and older daughter of Tim and Heather Hughes; sister of Tyler and Sophia Hughes
  • Giselle Eisenberg as Sophia Hughes:[12]
Youngest child and younger daughter of Tim and Heather Hughes; sister of Tyler and Samantha Hughes
Retired airline pilot; partner of Joan (Pirkle) Short; father of Heather (Short) Hughes, Matt Short, and Greg Short; owns a female Yorkie named Tank since "Sexting Mall Lemonade Heartbreak".
Partner of John Short; therapist; daughter of GiGi Pirkle; mother of Heather (Short) Hughes, Matt Short, and Greg Short. She and John are still together but, in "Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring", they confessed to their kids that they got divorced in 1980 in protest when their best friends, a lesbian couple, couldn't get married.
  • Hunter King as Clementine Hughes: (recurring season 1, main seasons 2–)[13]
Daughter of Mary-Lynn; niece of Spencer (her "uncle-dad"); dated Tyler Hughes from "Babe Secret Phone Germs" until they married before "Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring". Beginning of season 3, they decided to get a divorce, it was mutual and decided to still be friends. They got back together in the Season 3 episode "Therapy Cheating Shoes Movie".
  • Ana Sophia Heger as Lark Short: (main seasons 3–)
Daughter of Greg and Jen Short


  • Ann Guilbert as Shirley "GiGi" Pirkle: Mother of Dr. Joan (Pirkle) Short; widow (husband was Winston); lived at Hidden Harbor (Retirement Community), then lived at Rocking Hill Nursing Home. Following Guilbert's death in June 2016, the GiGi character's death was written into "Eyebrow Anonymous Trapped Gem" as a tribute, and all four stories of the episode revolved around GiGi.
  • Jordan Peele as Chad: Ex-fiancé of Colleen. Chad had some legal troubles and hired Jen's law firm to represent him. He rented his share in Colleen's apartment to Dougie, who was part of his legal team (she's currently Colleen's roommate).
  • Fortune Feimster as Dougie: A coworker of Jen; daughter of Jen's boss; member of legal team hired by Chad; Colleen's roommate since the season 1 finale, "Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring". Dougie is loud, boisterous, uncouth and abrasive physically and emotionally. Despite that, she showed a more vulnerable side when she came out of the closet to Colleen and Matt. She had her very first lesbian kiss with Heather, Tim's wife. When Matt moved in with Colleen and Dougie, it was discovered that Matt wrestled in high school and both he and Dougie went undefeated in their high school careers. In the season 2 premiere, "Annulled Roommate Pill Shower", Dougie challenged Matt to a wrestling match to determine whether or not she has to move out of the apartment. Dougie won the match using her patented "hook, line, and sinker" move to keep her spot in the apartment.
  • Martin Mull as Gary Timpkins: neighbor and patient of Joan; a recent widower
  • Susan Park as Dr. Sally Hong: Jen's OB/GYN
  • Tonita Castro as Tonita: Colleen's grandmother. Tonita was very close to Colleen's ex-fiancée, Chad.
  • Mercedes Ruehl as Mia: Colleen's mother. Married four times. Colleen fears she is turning into her mother.
  • Bella Shepard as Lexie: one of Samantha's friends
  • Ashley Wolff as Jenna: one of Samantha's friends
  • Andrew McKeough as Jayden
  • Martin Starr as Oscar: an exterminator; a field worker for "Scram! Trappers" animal control & pest removal
  • Stephnie Weir as Bernadette
  • Rhys Darby as Teddy
  • Megan Mullally as Mary-Lynn: mother of Clementine; sister and partner of Spencer
  • Nick Offerman as Spencer: brother and partner of Mary-Lynn; parent ("uncle-dad") of Clementine
  • Josh Groban as Ian: an Irish salesman of guitars at a music store who often flirts with his female customers
  • Russell Peters as Dr. Tak Oh, M.D.: coworker of Tim; widower (wife was Jackie)
  • Wayne Federman as Dr. Saul Antro
  • Angela Malhotra as Nurse Silvie: coworker of Tim
  • Cary Elwes as Professor Sinclair Wilde: Joan's creative writing teacher since "Dinner Professor Steps Lesbian"
  • Anne Stedman as Sangria: Colleen's stepmom
  • Matt Cornett as Ryan: Samantha's boyfriend


The show debuted on September 21, 2015 on CBS.[14] The first five episodes aired on Mondays, before it was moved on November 5, 2015, to a new time slot of 8:30 p.m. ET/PT (7:30 p.m. CT) on Thursdays, directly after CBS finished its NFL broadcasts.[15] In the United States, the first season airs on Netflix, with the second season also being available in Canada.[16]

In the UK all seasons are available on Amazon Prime and is shown season by season on Comedy Central.

Home media[edit]

Fox Home Entertainment released region-free, MOD versions of the first two seasons on Amazon on May 22, 2018.[17][18] This was followed by the third season being released on June 12, 2018.[19]


The first season on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 62% approval rating with an average rating of 6.6/10 based on 39 reviews. The website's consensus reads "Life in Pieces strong cast delivers funny, offbeat stories even if they're not always relatable".[20] On Metacritic, the series holds a score of 64 out of 100 based on 24 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[21]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
1 Monday 8:30 p.m. (1–5)
Thursday 8:30 p.m. (6–22)
22 September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21) 11.28[22] March 31, 2016 (2016-03-31) 7.23[23] 2015–16 30 10.53[9]
2 Thursday 9:30 p.m. 22 October 27, 2016 (2016-10-27) 5.96[24] May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11) 5.97[25] 2016–17 40 8.15[10]
3 22 November 2, 2017 (2017-11-02) 6.67[26] May 17, 2018 (2018-05-17) 4.95[27] 2017–18 44 8.27[11]


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