Life on a Stick
|Life on a Stick|
|Created by||Victor Fresco|
|Theme music composer||Stuart Hart
Steven M. Stern
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (5 unaired) (list of episodes)|
|Executive producer(s)||Victor Fresco
Michael A. Ross
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Garfield Grove Productions
|Original release||March 24 – April 27, 2005|
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.
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.
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. Yasbeck took this role as part of the healing process following the death of her husband John Ritter.
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