Life on a Stick

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Life on a Stick
Created by Victor Fresco
Starring Zachary Knighton
Charlie Finn
Rachelle Lefevre
Saige Thompson
Amy Yasbeck
Matthew Glave
Theme music composer Stuart Hart
Scott Lean
Steven M. Stern
Composer(s) Greg Burns
Jeff Burns
Brian Kirk.
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (5 unaired) (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Victor Fresco
Maggie Bandur
Michael A. Ross
Mike Teverbaugh
Miriam Trogdon
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Garfield Grove Productions
Paramount Television
Release
Original network Fox
Picture format HDTV
Original release March 24 – April 27, 2005 (2005-04-27)

Life on a Stick (previously known as Related by Family) is an American sitcom that aired on Fox from March 24 to April 27, 2005. Thirteen episodes of the show were completed, but Fox only showed the first five before pulling the show due to poor ratings.

Premise[edit]

The show centers on several teen characters who work and hang out at the mall food court. The main characters are Laz (Zachary Knighton), his 16-year-old angst-ridden and angry stepsister Molly (Saige Thompson), Laz's best friend Fred (Charlie Finn), and Laz's new girlfriend Lily (Rachelle Lefevre). Laz's dad Rick (Matthew Glave) and Molly's mom Michelle (Amy Yasbeck) also play a large role in the show. They love all of their children, but their clear favorite is the only product of their union: the sweet, perfect, wise 8-year-old Gus (Frankie Ryan Manriquez).

Laz and Fred, both 18, have been friends forever. Just out of high school and unsure what they want to do with their lives, they take jobs at a mall food court, at the lame "Yippee, Hot Dogs" run by the always-yelling Mr. Hut (Maz Jobrani). Laz meets the girl of his dreams there, the lovely, strong-willed Lily. Optimistic but not ambitious, Laz cuts a deal with his well-meaning but superficial dad Rick and equally superficial stepmom Michelle which allows Laz to continue living rent-free at home. All he must do is keep an eye on his stepsister, the angry, angst-ridden 16-year-old Molly. Michelle and Rick hope that Laz will help socialize Molly and get her on the right track with the boy she likes: the sweet but awkward Jasper.

Development[edit]

Originally called Related by Family,[1] the show was created by Victor Fresco, who had also created the short-lived sitcom Andy Richter Controls the Universe.[2]

However, like Universe, poor ratings doomed it to quick cancellation. It only lasted five low-rated episodes, although the premiere had American Idol for a lead-in. Thirteen episodes were made; the remaining 8 were only shown in syndication[citation needed]. Yasbeck took this role as part of the healing process following the death of her husband John Ritter.[3]

A role on Life on a Stick was offered to the then-unknown Charlie Day; he turned it down to continue working on the pilot for what would become It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia.[4]

Episodes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The Austin Chronicle Screens: TV EyeAustin Chronicle". Austin Chronicle. March 18, 2005. 
  2. ^ Bianco, Robert (March 22, 2005). "Cast, characters skewer 'Life on a Stick'". USA Today. Retrieved May 7, 2010. 
  3. ^ "The View". ABC. Archived from the original on 2006-10-30. Retrieved 2007-05-11.  (archived link)
  4. ^ "Charlie Day Gave An Epic Commencement Speech At His Alma Mater". Huffington Post. May 20, 2014. 

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