My Big Fat Greek Life
|My Big Fat Greek Life|
|Created by||Nia Vardalos|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Executive producer(s)||Nia Vardalos
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Brad Grey Television
Marsh McCall Productions
Sony Pictures Television
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||February 24 – April 13, 2003|
My Big Fat Greek Life is a sitcom series that ran on CBS in 2003. The series is a continuation of the 2002 movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and was produced by HBO Television and Tom Hanks's Playtone Productions for Sony Pictures Television. The two lead characters' names are changed, from Toula to Nia, and Ian to Thomas.
In addition to being the series star, Nia Vardalos oversaw the show as one of the co-executive producers, along with Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson (who made a guest appearance in one episode as Nia's cousin).
The series, which is set in Chicago, follows the main character, Nia Portokalos, a middle class Greek-American woman, as she tries to deal with both her family and her new upper middle class WASP husband, Thomas Miller, an English teacher who still does not seem to fit in with her family's Greek traditions. Despite the help and interference from her family and her husband, Nia tries her best to stay grounded in various situations.
In addition to her husband, the family members in her "life" include her parents Maria (her mother) and Gus (her father), who are the owners of the Greek restaurant where Nia works, her brother Nick, who is not very bright and has a little bit of a love/hate feeling for Thomas, her wise Aunt Voula, and her gossipy cousin Nikki.
The sitcom premiered with high ratings, averaging 22.9 million viewers. Its debut was the highest-rated premiere of any network sitcom since NBC's Jesse. The following week ratings dropped 28%, averaging 16.5 million viewers, but surpassing FOX's The Simpsons which finished second place. However, the decline in ratings led to the sitcom's eventual cancellation by CBS.
- Nia Vardalos as Nia Miller
- Steven Eckholdt as Thomas Miller
- Lainie Kazan as Maria Portokalos
- Louis Mandylor as Nick Portokalos
- Michael Constantine as Gus Portokalos
- Andrea Martin as Aunt Voula
- Gia Carides as Nikki
- "The House Gift" (February 24, 2003)
- "The Empire Strikes Back" (March 2, 2003)
- "Ariana" (March 9, 2003)
- "The Free Lunch" (March 16, 2003)
- "Big Night" (March 30, 2003)
- "Nick Moves Out" (April 6, 2003)
- "Greek Easter" (April 13, 2003)
- "'Greek Life' premiere a hit for CBS - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. February 26, 2003. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
- "'Fat Greek Life' pulls its weight - Los Angeles Times". Articles.latimes.com. March 4, 2003. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
- Buckman, Adam (May 29, 2003). "Fast Lane To A Big, Fat Fizzler | New York Post". Nypost.com. Retrieved December 12, 2013.