List of Get a Life episodes

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This is an episode list of the Fox television series Get a Life. The series starred Chris Elliott as Chris Peterson, a 30-year-old paperboy who still lives with his parents (portrayed by Elinor Donahue and Elliott's real-life dad Bob Elliott). Also starring was Sam Robards as Chris' best friend Larry, Robin Riker as Larry's wife (and Chris' main antagonist) Sharon, and Brian Doyle-Murray as Chris' surly second-season landlord Gus.

Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
122September 23, 1990 (1990-09-23)May 19, 1991 (1991-05-19)
213November 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)March 8, 1992 (1992-03-08)


Season 1 (1990–91)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Terror on the Hell Loop 2000"David MirkinChris Elliott & David Mirkin & Adam ResnickSeptember 23, 1990 (1990-09-23)
Chris talks his best friend Larry into taking the day off from his job so they can go to the amusement park and ride the new Hell Loop 2000, a 360 degree looped rollercoaster. However the fun ends when they get stuck upside down at the top of the loop. Julie Brown guest stars as TV reporter Connie Bristol. The opening theme is before and after the pilot.
22"The Prettiest Week of My Life"David MirkinAdam Resnick & Chris ElliottSeptember 30, 1990 (1990-09-30)
Chris decides to enter the exciting world of male modeling when he joins the Handsome Boy School of Modeling. Brian Doyle-Murray guest stars as Ted Bains.
33"Dadicus"Tony DowMarjorie GrossOctober 7, 1990 (1990-10-07)
Chris convinces his father to accompany him to the father-son competition at the annual newspaper boy picnic. James Hampton guest stars.
44"A Family Affair"Dwayne HickmanIan GurvitzOctober 14, 1990 (1990-10-14)
Sharon's sister comes to visit and she is taken with Chris' charm, much to Sharon's chagrin.
55"Pile of Death"Peter BaldwinAdam Resnick & Chris ElliottOctober 21, 1990 (1990-10-21)
In order to raise money to help save his childhood playground, Chris attempts to set a world record by having the most things piled on top of him.
66"Paperboy 2000"Peter BaldwinAdam Markowitz & Bill FreibergerNovember 4, 1990 (1990-11-04)
Chris and the other paper boys lose their jobs when the newspaper replaces them with the Paperboy 2000, a gigantic paper-delivering robotic vehicle. To get everyone's job back, Chris challenges Paperboy 2000 to a paper-delivering contest.
77"Drivers License"David MirkinDavid MirkinNovember 11, 1990 (1990-11-11)
Chris becomes infatuated with a new waitress at the local diner (Anastasia Barzee) and wants to take her out on a date, but she'll only go if he takes her on a drive around town. However, Chris never got a driver's license and tries to keep that fact a secret when he "borrows" his dad's car for his date.
88"The Sitting"David SteinbergMiguel Furman & Marjorie Gross & Adam ResnickNovember 18, 1990 (1990-11-18)
Chris becomes a house sitter in an old Victorian house that appears to be haunted.
99"Bored Straight"David MirkinMarjorie GrossDecember 2, 1990 (1990-12-02)
While delivering papers in the bad side of town, Chris meets a group of young hoodlums and he decides to "take back the streets" by helping the kids.
1010"Zoo Animals on Wheels"Peter BaldwinAdam ResnickDecember 16, 1990 (1990-12-16)
Much to Sharon's dismay, Chris auditions for and gets the lead part in a local community theatre production of Andrew Todd Keller's musical "Zoo Animals on Wheels" (a parody of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals "Cats" and "Starlight Express").
1111"Roots"Dwayne HickmanAdam Markowitz & Bill FreibergerJanuary 6, 1991 (1991-01-06)
Chris finds evidence that makes him think he is adopted, so he sets off to find his natural parents, an Amish couple. When he finds them, they are even less prepared for Chris' bizarre behavior than Fred and Gladys.
1212"The Counterfeit Watch Story"David MirkinAdam ResnickFebruary 3, 1991 (1991-02-03)
Chris goes to work for the police in a sting operation after he buys a counterfeit watch, the Chronosynch 2000.
1313"Chris vs. Donald"Dwayne HickmanAdam ResnickFebruary 10, 1991 (1991-02-10)
At the annual Peterson family reunion, Chris is still struggling to get out from under the shadow of his more successful cousin Donald (Jackie Earle Haley).
1414"Chris Wins a Celebrity"Dean ParisotAdam ResnickFebruary 24, 1991 (1991-02-24)
Chris wins a contest, where his favorite talk show host will spend a weekend at his place. The squalor of the Elliott residence makes the host try to get out of the contest, until Chris gets him in on some of his fun activities. However, after enjoying some of Chris' zany antics, the host says he is through with Hollywood, to Chris' regret. Martin Mull guest stars.
1515"Houseboy 2000"Peter BaldwinMarjorie GrossMarch 10, 1991 (1991-03-10)
After destroying her kitchen, Chris becomes Sharon's slave to work off the $2000 in damage.
1616"Married"David MirkinDavid MirkinMarch 24, 1991 (1991-03-24)
In the span of one day, Chris meets his soulmate (Deborah Shelton), marries her and goes through an entire relationship with her.
1717"Camping 2000"Dean ParisotSteve PepoonMarch 31, 1991 (1991-03-31)
Chris and Larry join Chris' dad Fred on a camping trip. When Fred manages to lose them, the hungry boys eat some berries that cause them to hallucinate.
1818"The Construction Worker Show"David MirkinAdam ResnickApril 7, 1991 (1991-04-07)
Chris becomes a construction worker with the men who are renovating his parents kitchen. When they tell him one of their trade secrets, Chris has a problem with their dishonesty.
1919"The Big City"Peter BaldwinMarjorie GrossApril 21, 1991 (1991-04-21)
During a visit to "The Big City" (somehow set in the 1930s or 1950s) that resembles New York City, Chris believes his wallet was stolen after he was slipped a "mickey". Chris soon becomes a celebrity known affectionately in the City as "Walletboy".
2020"Neptune 2000"David MirkinSteve PepoonApril 28, 1991 (1991-04-28)
When Chris was 12 he got a job as a paperboy so he could buy a submarine from an ad in the back of a comic book. Chris and his father put it together. However, when they embark on the sub's maiden voyage (in Chris's bathtub), they become trapped.
2121"The One Where Chris and Larry Switch Lives"David MirkinEdd HallMay 12, 1991 (1991-05-12)
After stealing an arrowhead from an Indian burial ground, Chris and Larry become cursed and wind up switching lives. Chris then has 24 hours to return the arrowhead or suffer the fate of being married to Sharon forever.
2222"Psychic 2000"David MirkinDavid MirkinMay 19, 1991 (1991-05-19)
Chris has a near-death experience after choking on cereal and is endowed with prescience. However he becomes worried when one of his visions is of Sharon being murdered.

Season 2 (1991–92)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
231"Chris Moves Out"David MirkinAdam Resnick, David MirkinNovember 9, 1991 (1991-11-09)
Chris turns 31 and decides it's time to move out, so he goes in search of a new place to live and he moves into Gus' garage.
242"Larry on the Loose"David MirkinBob OdenkirkNovember 16, 1991 (1991-11-16)
Larry takes off after listening to Chris reminding him of everything wrong with his life. So Chris goes in search of Larry and when he fails, he goes in search of a new best friend. Larry Potter last episode of the series.
253"Meat Locker 2000"David MirkinJace RichdaleNovember 23, 1991 (1991-11-23)
Chris and Sharon show their true feelings when they become trapped in a meat locker together.
264"Health Inspector 2000"Dean ParisotSteve PepoonNovember 30, 1991 (1991-11-30)
After finding a dead rat in his carton of milk, Chris decides to become a food inspector.
275"Chris Gets His Tonsils Out"David MirkinEileen Conn, Andrew GordonDecember 7, 1991 (1991-12-07)
Chris must deal with the fact he is ready to undergo "major" surgery and he begins by trying to make peace with Sharon.
286"Prisoner of Love"David MirkinCharlie KaufmanDecember 14, 1991 (1991-12-14)
When his pen-pal gets released from prison, she comes to stay with Chris. She takes him hostage when the police come after her when she starts criminal activities under Chris' nose. Nora Dunn guest stars. This is the last episode of Fred and Gladys Peterson.
297"Chris Becomes a Male Escort"John FortenberryAdam ResnickDecember 21, 1991 (1991-12-21)
Chris decides on a whim to become a male escort, hoping for free plays and dates with young women. What he gets is an elderly woman who is hard up.
308"Girlfriend 2000"David MirkinDavid MirkinJanuary 12, 1992 (1992-01-12)
After getting hit by her car, Chris falls for (and stalks) a doctor; later, while stalking her, he starts getting stalked by the girl from the drugstore who has fallen for him. Emma Samms guest stars.
319"Chris' Brain Starts Working"John FortenberrySteve PepoonJanuary 19, 1992 (1992-01-19)
Exposure to toxic waste found under Gus' house turns Chris into a genius, and with Gus he proceeds to enter and win spelling bees.
3210"Bad Fish"David MirkinBob OdenkirkFebruary 2, 1992 (1992-02-02)
After eating bad shellfish, Sharon and Gus get amnesia, and Chris seizes the opportunity to convince them that they are his best friends.
3311"SPEWEY and Me"David MirkinJace RichdaleFebruary 9, 1992 (1992-02-09)
When an alien crashes in Gus' front yard, Chris tries to keep it from the government, but this alien is nothing like E.T. or ALF.
3412"1977 2000"David MirkinCharlie KaufmanMarch 1, 1992 (1992-03-01)
Chris time travels to save Gus' career as a law enforcement officer, however, he soon discovers the trouble with messing with the past which includes two-headed zombies named Sharon.
3513"Clip Show"David MirkinDavid MirkinMarch 8, 1992 (1992-03-08)
In this clip show, while on his first jet airplane flight, Chris falls out, and is disappointed when his life flashes before his eyes and it only covers the past eighteen months. Chris died for good.

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