Life with Bonnie
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|Life with Bonnie|
The cast in a promotional photo for season 2
|Created by||Bonnie Hunt
|Written by||Bonnie Hunt
Norma Safford Vela
|Directed by||John Bowab
David Alan Grier
Frankie Ryan Manriquez
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||44|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Bob & Alice Productions
|Distributor||Disney-ABC Domestic Television|
|Original release||September 17, 2002– April 9, 2004|
Life with Bonnie is an ABC television sitcom that originally aired from 2002 to 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, Inc. 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
- Bonnie Hunt as Bonnie Malloy, the mother of two children (3 in season 1), loving wife, and host of a local TC 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 doesn't 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 priceless comedy to the show.
- Samantha Browne-Walters as Samantha Malloy (Season 1), Bonnie's eldest child, yet another ingredient in Bonnie's hectic life. She was removed from the cast when season two started, without one mention of her whereabouts or fate.
- Marianne Muellerleile as Gloria, Bonnie's live-in housekeeper/nanny. It was stated in the show that 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 and spends most of his time at the Malloy home. He contributes many funny anecdotes about his screwed-up family.
- Rip Taylor as "Rappin' Rip" (4 episodes)
- Carl Reiner as Mr. Portinbody (3 episodes)
- David Duchovny as Johnny Volcano (2 episodes)
- Martin Mull as Le Nord (2 episodes)
- Tom Hanks as himself (episode: "What If?")
- Teri Garr as Mrs. Portinbody (episode: "Buy the Book")
- Jack LaLanne as himself (season 2 premiere)
- The Smothers Brothers as contractors (episode: "Everything Old is New Again")
- Jonathan Winters as Q.T. Marlensa, a writer with multiple personalities (season 1, episode 9)
- Robin Williams as Kevin Powalski (episode: "Psychic")
- Morgan York as Christine Harris (episode: "Dare To Be Different")
Season 1 (2002–03)
|No.||Title||Original airdate||Time slot|
|1||"Pilot"||September 17, 2002||Tuesday 8:30/7:30c|
|2||"Weather or Not"||September 24, 2002||Tuesday 8:30/7:30c|
|3||"Dream"||October 1, 2002||Tuesday 9/8c|
|4||"Don't Act Your Age, Just Act"||October 8, 2002||Tuesday 9/8c|
|5||"Duets"||October 15, 2002||Tuesday 9/8c|
|6||"Is It Just Us?"||October 22, 2002||Tuesday 9/8c|
|7||"A Day in the Life"||October 29, 2002||Tuesday 9/8c|
|8||"Happy Day"||November 5, 2002||Tuesday 9/8c|
|9||"Money Plus Marlens Makes Four"||November 12, 2002||Tuesday 9/8c|
|10||"Partly Sunny"||November 19, 2002||Tuesday 9/8c|
|11||"What If?"||November 26, 2002||Tuesday 9/8c|
|12||"Christmastime in the City"||December 12, 2002||Tuesday 9/8c|
|13||"Okay, Thanks"||December 17, 2002||Tuesday 9/8c|
|14||"Deuce is Wild"||January 8, 2003||Tuesday 9/8c|
|15||"Assaulted Nuts"||January 14, 2003||Tuesday 9/8c|
|16||"Psychic"||February 4, 2003||Tuesday 9/8c|
|17||"The Graduate"||February 11, 2003||Tuesday 9/8c|
|18||"Buy This Book"||February 18, 2003||Tuesday 9/8c|
|19||"In Need of Assistants"||March 11, 2003||Tuesday 9/8c|
|20||"Stealing Home"||March 18, 2003||Tuesday 9/8c|
|21||"Ding, Ding, Ding Went the Truth"||March 25, 2003||Tuesday 9/8c|
|22||"Till Next Time"||March 25, 2003||Tuesday 9/8c|
Season 2 (2003–04)
|No.||Title||Original airdate||Time slot|
|1||"Ironing Out Your Differences"||September 26, 2003||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|2||"Pontiac Bonnie-Ville"||October 3, 2003||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|3||"Everything Old Is New Again"||October 10, 2003||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|4||"No Matter Where You Go, There You Are"||October 17, 2003||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|5||"Boyhood to Womanhood"||October 24, 2003||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|6||"The Merry Ole Land of Oz"||October 31, 2003||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|7||"Places, Stat!"||November 7, 2003||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|8||"Queer Eye for the Straight Lie"||November 14, 2003||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|9||"Boomerang"||November 21, 2003||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|10||"Food for Thought"||December 5, 2003||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|11||"It's a Wonderful Job"||December 12, 2003||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|12||"Trifecta, Try Friendship"||January 9, 2004||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|13||"Live and Let Live"||January 23, 2004||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|14||"Space Heaters"||January 30, 2004||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|15||"Dare to Be Different"||February 13, 2004||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|16||"Nightshift"||February 20, 2004||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|17||"Act Natural"||February 27, 2004||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|18||"Therabeautic"||March 5, 2004||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|19||"Striking a Match"||March 19, 2004||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|20||"Don't Stress, Express"||March 26, 2004||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|21||" Nip, Tuck and Roll"||April 2, 2004||Friday 9:30/8:30c|
|22||"Father and Son: A Table for Two"||April 9, 2004||Friday 9:30/8:30c|