Men Behaving Badly (American TV series)

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Men Behaving Badly
Title screen
Based onMen Behaving Badly
by Simon Nye
Developed byMatthew Carlson
Written byMatthew Carlson
ComposerBen Vaughn
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes35 (7 unaired)
Executive producers
ProducerBeryl Vertue
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
  • Vanity Logo Productions
  • Carsey-Werner Company
Original networkNBC
Audio formatStereo
Original releaseSeptember 18, 1996 (1996-09-18) –
December 17, 1997 (1997-12-17)
Related showsMen Behaving Badly (UK)

Men Behaving Badly is an American sitcom television series that ran on NBC from September 18, 1996 to December 17, 1997. It is based on the earlier British sitcom of the same name.


Set in Indianapolis, Indiana the show starred Rob Schneider, Ron Eldard and Justine Bateman. Kevin (Eldard) and Jamie (Schneider) were college buddies sharing an apartment and living out a second childhood, much to the chagrin of Kevin's girlfriend Sarah (Bateman). Brenda (Dina Spybey) was an upstairs neighbor that Jamie flirted with.

Eldard and Bateman left after the first season, amid rumors that they clashed with Schneider and the show's producers. They were replaced by Ken Marino and Jenica Bergere, and Spybey was promoted from recurring to series regular.



Reviewers found the show's content to be too risqué, pushing its brand of gross-out humor beyond all but the raciest cable shows of the day.[citation needed] The first season ran for 22 episodes. Altogether 13 episodes were completed for the second season, albeit with Schneider as the sole original member in the main cast. Only six of those completed episodes ever aired during the initial run because of dropping ratings and steep competition from CBS's Top 10 hit Touched by an Angel, Fox's Top 20 hit The Simpsons, and ABC's Top 40 hit The Wonderful World of Disney.

Home media[edit]

The entire series of 35 episodes was released as a Region 1 DVD box set in February 2007.


Season 1 (1996–97)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Babies Having Babies"James BurrowsMatthew CarlsonSeptember 18, 1996 (1996-09-18)
22"Temptation"James BurrowsGary Murphy & Neil ThompsonSeptember 25, 1996 (1996-09-25)
33"The Bed"James BurrowsMatthew CarlsonOctober 2, 1996 (1996-10-02)
44"Hot Parkas"Jeff MelmanTom BradyOctober 23, 1996 (1996-10-23)
55"Getting the Bugs Out"James BurrowsBilliam CoronelOctober 30, 1996 (1996-10-30)
66"Jamie's in Love"James BurrowsMatthew CarlsonNovember 6, 1996 (1996-11-06)
77"Drunken Proposal"Michael ZinbergGary Murphy & Neil ThompsonNovember 13, 1996 (1996-11-13)
88"Sarah's Vestigial Organ"Jeff MelmanBill FreibergerNovember 20, 1996 (1996-11-20)
99"Road Trip"Tom CheronesGary Murphy & Neil ThompsonDecember 11, 1996 (1996-12-11)
1010"Christmas"Rod DanielMatthew CarlsonDecember 18, 1996 (1996-12-18)
1111"Wet Nurse"Ellen GittelsohnJohn Frink & Don PayneJanuary 8, 1997 (1997-01-08)
1212"The Odds Couple"James BurrowsTom BradyJanuary 15, 1997 (1997-01-15)
1313"Jamie Needs a Kid"Michael ZinbergReid HarrisonFebruary 5, 1997 (1997-02-05)
1414"Playing Doctor"James BurrowsJohn Frink & Don PayneFebruary 12, 1997 (1997-02-12)
1515"Brenda is Moved"Michael ZinbergTom BradyFebruary 19, 1997 (1997-02-19)
1616"I Am What I Am"Michael ZinbergStory by : Tom Brady & Bill Freiberger
Teleplay by : Tom Brady
April 2, 1997 (1997-04-02)
1717"The Party Favor"Michael ZinbergBrown MandellApril 9, 1997 (1997-04-09)
1818"Getting Rid of Harry"Rick BerenSimon NyeApril 16, 1997 (1997-04-16)
1919"After Midnight"Shelley JensenSteven LevitanMay 7, 1997 (1997-05-07)
2020"Testing, Testing"Michael ZinbergRob HanningMay 14, 1997 (1997-05-14)
2121"It's Good to Be Dead"Michael LembeckRick NyholmMay 21, 1997 (1997-05-21)
2222"The Box"Brian K. RobertsJoe Becker & Jim LongstreetJune 4, 1997 (1997-06-04)

Season 2 (1997)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
231"No Retreat, No Surrender"Michael ZinbergStory by : Jeff Martin
Teleplay by : John Bowman & Tom Brady
September 28, 1997 (1997-09-28)
242"Got Milk?"Michael ZinbergStacie LippOctober 5, 1997 (1997-10-05)
253"The Sting"Michael ZinbergJeff Filgo & Jackie FilgoOctober 12, 1997 (1997-10-12)
264"Spoils of War"Rod DanielRick NyholmNovember 2, 1997 (1997-11-02)
275"Special Delivery"Sam SimonJeff Filgo & Jackie FilgoNovember 9, 1997 (1997-11-09)
286"The Gift of Jami"Michael ZinbergMatt TarsesDecember 17, 1997 (1997-12-17)
297"Here We Go Again"Michael ZinbergStory by : John Bowman
Teleplay by : Jeff Martin & Tom Brady
308"Jamie's Got Next"Michael ZinbergMatt TarsesUnaired
319"The Tape"Michael ZinbergAmy WelshUnaired
3210"The Truth About Cats and Ducks"Rod DanielBill WrubelUnaired
3311"The Fur Man Cometh"Michael ZinbergStacie LippUnaired
3412"Welcome to JamieCo"Michael ZinbergStacie LippUnaired
3513"Carpe Dino"Michael ZinbergRick NyholmUnaired

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