Life with Bonnie

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Life with Bonnie
The cast in a promotional photo for season 2
Created byBonnie Hunt
Don Lake
Written byBonnie Hunt
Sam Denoff
Doug Ellin
Don Lake
Norma Safford Vela
Directed byJohn Bowab
Bonnie Hunt
StarringBonnie Hunt
Mark Derwin
Charlie Stewart
Marianne Muellerleile
David Alan Grier
Anthony Russell
Holly Wortell
Chris Barnes
Frankie Ryan Manriquez
Samantha Browne-Walters
(Season 1)
ComposerNicholas Pike
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44
Running time30 minutes
Production companiesBob & Alice Productions
Touchstone Television
DistributorBuena Vista Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseSeptember 17, 2002 (2002-09-17) –
April 9, 2004 (2004-04-09)

Life with Bonnie is an ABC television sitcom that originally aired from September 17, 2002 to April 9, 2004. The show outlined the life of character Bonnie Malloy, who juggled her personal life and her job as a daytime TV talk show host. The series was created by Bonnie Hunt and Don Lake and produced by Bob & Alice Productions, in association with Touchstone Television The series had fair ratings in the first season, but struggled in the second season, resulting in its cancellation. Life With Bonnie was also shown on Living TV during ABC's airings.

Cast and characters[edit]


  • Bonnie Hunt as Bonnie Malloy, the mother of two children (three in season one), a loving wife, and host of a local talk show. Bonnie tries to maintain a public image of the perfect wife and mother, but in reality her life is chaotic.
  • Mark Derwin as Mark Malloy, a doctor, Bonnie's husband, and the father of their children. He looks on as she tries to balance her hectic life. Mark is much less concerned about what other people think than Bonnie is, which causes problems on occasion. He has a generally more professional demeanor, and sometimes does not understand why Bonnie continues to put up with annoying people in her life.
  • Charlie Stewart as Charlie Malloy, Bonnie's son. Charlie shares most of his scenes with his friend Frankie. His role is small and usually unscripted, although he adds comedy to the show.
  • Samantha Browne-Walters as Samantha Malloy (season one), Bonnie's eldest child, yet another ingredient in Bonnie's hectic life. She was removed without explanation from the cast when season two started.
  • Marianne Muellerleile as Gloria, Bonnie's live-in housekeeper/nanny. She was only intended to stay there until Charlie started school, but despite the fact that she actually provided little help, they could not let her leave because they had grown attached to her.
  • David Alan Grier as David Bellows, the producer of the Morning Chicago show. David is most often seen yelling and frantically rushing to get things for the show in order while pushing his lectern around the studio.
  • Anthony Russell as Tony Russo, Bonnie's affable piano player on Morning Chicago. Bonnie's housekeeper, Gloria, has a crush on Tony.
  • Holly Wortell as Holly, Bonnie's make-up artist on Morning Chicago. She often gives advice on Bonnie's marriage issues and seems to date many men.
  • Chris Barnes as Marv, the cue-card guy on Morning Chicago. Marv is very protective of Holly, who does not return his interest.
  • Frankie Ryan Manriquez as Frankie, Charlie's best friend who spends most of his time at the Malloy home. He contributes many funny anecdotes about his screwed-up family.

Guest stars[edit]


Season 1 (2002–03)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Pilot"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeSeptember 17, 2002 (2002-09-17)
22"Weather or Not"John BowabBonnie Hunt & Don LakeSeptember 24, 2002 (2002-09-24)
33"Dream"John BowabBonnie Hunt & Don LakeOctober 1, 2002 (2002-10-01)
44"Don't Act Your Age, Just Act"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeOctober 8, 2002 (2002-10-08)
55"Duets"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeOctober 15, 2002 (2002-10-15)
66"Is It Just Us?"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeOctober 22, 2002 (2002-10-22)
77"A Day in the Life"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeOctober 29, 2002 (2002-10-29)
88"Happy Day"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeNovember 5, 2002 (2002-11-05)
99"Money Plus Marlens Makes Four"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeNovember 12, 2002 (2002-11-12)
1010"Partly Sunny"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeNovember 19, 2002 (2002-11-19)
1111"What If?"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeNovember 26, 2002 (2002-11-26)
1212"Christmastime in the City"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeDecember 10, 2002 (2002-12-10)
1313"Okay, Thanks"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeDecember 17, 2002 (2002-12-17)
1414"Deuce is Wild"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeJanuary 7, 2003 (2003-01-07)
1515"Assaulted Nuts"John BowabBonnie Hunt & Don LakeJanuary 14, 2003 (2003-01-14)
1616"Psychic"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeFebruary 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)
1717"The Graduate"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeFebruary 11, 2003 (2003-02-11)
1818"Buy The Book"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeFebruary 18, 2003 (2003-02-18)
1919"In Need of Assistants"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeMarch 11, 2003 (2003-03-11)
2020"Stealing Home"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeMarch 18, 2003 (2003-03-18)
2121"Ding, Ding, Ding Went the Truth"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeMarch 25, 2003 (2003-03-25)
2222"Till Next Time"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeMarch 25, 2003 (2003-03-25)

Season 2 (2003–04)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
231"Ironing Out Our Differences"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeSeptember 26, 2003 (2003-09-26)
242"Pontiac Bonnie-Ville"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeOctober 3, 2003 (2003-10-03)
253"Everything Old Is New Again"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeOctober 10, 2003 (2003-10-10)
264"No Matter Where You Go, There You Are"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeOctober 17, 2003 (2003-10-17)
275"Boyhood to Womanhood"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeOctober 24, 2003 (2003-10-24)
286"The Merry Ole Land of Oz"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeOctober 31, 2003 (2003-10-31)
297"Places, Stat!"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeNovember 7, 2003 (2003-11-07)
308"Queer Eye for the Straight Lie"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeNovember 14, 2003 (2003-11-14)
319"Boomerang"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeNovember 21, 2003 (2003-11-21)
3210"Food for Thought"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeDecember 5, 2003 (2003-12-05)
3311"It's a Wonderful Job"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeDecember 12, 2003 (2003-12-12)
3412"Trifecta, Try Friendship"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeJanuary 9, 2004 (2004-01-09)
3513"Live and Let Live"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeJanuary 23, 2004 (2004-01-23)
3614"Space Heaters"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeJanuary 30, 2004 (2004-01-30)
3715"Dare to Be Different"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeFebruary 13, 2004 (2004-02-13)
3816"Nightshift"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeFebruary 20, 2004 (2004-02-20)
3917"Act Natural"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeFebruary 27, 2004 (2004-02-27)
4018"Therabeautic"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeMarch 5, 2004 (2004-03-05)
4119"Striking a Match"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeMarch 19, 2004 (2004-03-19)
4220"Don't Stress, Express"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeMarch 26, 2004 (2004-03-26)
4321"Nip, Tuck and Roll"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeApril 2, 2004 (2004-04-02)
4422"Father and Son: A Table for Two"Bonnie HuntBonnie Hunt & Don LakeApril 9, 2004 (2004-04-09)

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