Life in Pieces
|Life in Pieces|
|Created by||Justin Adler|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||68 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||21 minutes|
|Picture format||HDTV 1080i|
|Original release||September 21, 2015 –|
Life in Pieces is an American sitcom television series created by Justin Adler and which premiered on CBS on September 21, 2015. The series is produced by 40 or 50 Years, Inc., Kapital Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television, with Adler serving as showrunner.
The fourth season will premiere on April 18, 2019.
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.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Nielsen ratings|
|First aired||Last aired||Rank||Avg. viewership (inc. DVR) |
|1||22||September 21, 2015||March 31, 2016||30||10.53|
|2||22||October 27, 2016||May 11, 2017||40||8.15|
|3||22||November 2, 2017||May 17, 2018||44||8.27|
|4||TBA||April 18, 2019||TBA||TBA||TBA|
Short family tree
- James Brolin as John Bertram Short, retired airline pilot, owns a female Yorkie named Tank
- Dianne Wiest as Dr. Joan (Pirkle) Short, therapist, daughter of GiGi Pirkle
- Betsy Brandt as Heather (Short) Hughes, stay-at-home mom
- Dan Bakkedahl as Dr. Timothy "Tim" Hughes, M.D., an ENT doctor
- Niall Cunningham as Tyler Hughes
- Hunter King as Clementine Hughes
(recurring season 1, main seasons 2–), daughter of Mary-Lynn King, niece of Spencer (her "uncle-dad"), dated Tyler Hughes from "Babe Secret Phone Germs" until they married before "Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring"
- Holly Barrett as Samantha "Sam" Hughes
- Giselle Eisenberg as Sophia Hughes
- Thomas Sadoski as Matthew "Matt" Short
- Angelique Cabral as Colleen Brandon Ortega
- Colin Hanks as Greg Short, worked for a crowdfunding website, running a small company by accident in season 3
- Zoe Lister-Jones as Jennifer "Jen" Collins Short, a lawyer
- Ana Sophia Heger as Lark Short
(main seasons 3–)
- Ana Sophia Heger as Lark 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. 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. In the United States, the first season airs on Netflix, with the second season also being available in Canada.
In the UK all seasons are available on Amazon Prime and is shown season by season on Comedy Central.
20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released region-free, MOD versions of the first two seasons on Amazon on May 22, 2018. This was followed by the third season being released on June 12, 2018.
The first season on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 62% approval rating with an average rating of 6.58/10 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". On Metacritic, the series holds a score of 64 out of 100 based on 24 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."
|Season||Timeslot (ET)||Episodes||Premiered||Ended||TV season||Rank||Viewers|
|1||Monday 8:30 p.m. (1–5)
Thursday 8:30 p.m. (6–22)
|22||September 21, 2015||11.28||March 31, 2016||7.23||2015–16||30||10.53|
|2||Thursday 9:30 p.m.||22||October 27, 2016||5.96||May 11, 2017||5.97||2016–17||40||8.15|
|3||22||November 2, 2017||6.67||May 17, 2018||4.95||2017–18||44||8.27|
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