My Big Fat Greek Life

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My Big Fat Greek Life
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Based onMy Big Fat Greek Wedding
Developed byNia Vardalos
Marsh McCall
StarringNia Vardalos
Steven Eckholdt
Lainie Kazan
Louis Mandylor
Michael Constantine
Andrea Martin
Gia Carides
Composer(s)John Adair
Steve Hampton
Chris Wilson
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes7
Executive producer(s)Marsh McCall
Peter Traugott
Rita Wilson
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Brad Grey Television
Marsh McCall Productions
Playtone Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Original networkCBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseFebruary 24 –
April 13, 2003 (2003-04-13)

My Big Fat Greek Life is an American sitcom television series that ran on CBS from February 24 to April 13, 2003. The series is a continuation of the 2002 movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and was produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tom Hanks's Playtone Productions for CBS. The two lead characters' names are changed, from Toula and Ian, to Nia and Thomas.

Series star Nia Vardalos also 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 deals with 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.

Besides her husband, the family members in her "life" include her parents Maria and Gus, who own the Greek restaurant where she works; her brother Nick, who is not very bright and feels ambivalent toward Thomas; her wise Aunt Voula; and her gossipy cousin Nikki.

While the series follows on from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the first names of the leading couple have been changed. In the film, Nia Vardolos' character was Fotoula "Toula" Portokalos; her husband (played in the film by John Corbett) was named Ian Miller.


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.[1] The following week ratings dropped 28%, averaging 16.5 million viewers, but surpassing FOX's The Simpsons which finished second place.[2] However, the decline in ratings led to the sitcom's eventual cancellation by CBS.[3]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The House Gift"Pamela FrymanNia Vardalos & Marsh McCallFebruary 24, 2003 (2003-02-24)
2"The Empire Strikes Back"Peter BonerzMarsh McCall & Tom Maxwell & Don WoodardMarch 2, 2003 (2003-03-02)
3"Ariana"Peter BonerzTom SaundersMarch 9, 2003 (2003-03-09)
4"The Free Lunch"Peter BonerzAaron Peters & Ross McCallMarch 16, 2003 (2003-03-16)
5"Big Night"Gail MancusoLarry ReitzerMarch 30, 2003 (2003-03-30)
6"Nick Moves Out"Gail MancusoMiriam TrogdonApril 6, 2003 (2003-04-06)
7"Greek Easter"Gail MancusoJeff RosenthalApril 13, 2003 (2003-04-13)


  1. ^ "'Greek Life' premiere a hit for CBS". Los Angeles Times. February 26, 2003. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  2. ^ "'Fat Greek Life' pulls its weight". Los Angeles Times. March 4, 2003. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  3. ^ Buckman, Adam (May 29, 2003). "Fast Lane To A Big, Fat Fizzler". New York Post. Retrieved December 12, 2013.

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