Men Behaving Badly (U.S. TV series)

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Men Behaving Badly
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Title screen
Genre Sitcom
Based on Men Behaving Badly by Simon Nye
Developed by Matthew Carlson
Written by Matthew Carlson
Starring Rob Schneider
Ron Eldard
Justine Bateman
Composer(s) Ben Vaughn
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 35 (28 aired)
Production
Executive producer(s) Marcy Carsey
Tom Werner
Caryn Mandabach
Producer(s) Beryl Vertue
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Vanity Logo Productions
Carsey-Werner Company
Release
Original network NBC
Original release September 18, 1996 – December 17, 1997
Chronology
Related shows Men Behaving Badly (UK)

Men Behaving Badly is an American sitcom that ran on NBC from 1996 to 1997. It serves as a transatlantic equivalent to the earlier British sitcom of the same name.

Synopsis[edit]

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 (Dana 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.

Cast[edit]

Reception[edit]

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—all of which were more family-friendly programs.[citation needed]

Home media[edit]

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

Episodes[edit]

Season 1 (1996–97)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
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 ZinbergTeleplay by: Tom Brady
Story by: Tom Brady & Bill Freiberger
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.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
231"No Retreat, No Surrender"Michael ZinbergTeleplay by: John Bowman & Tom Brady
Story by: Jeff Martin
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 ZinbergTeleplay by: Jeff Martin & Tom Brady
Story by: John Bowman
Unaired
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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