Shaky Ground

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Shaky Ground
Genre Sitcom
Created by Bob Keyes
Chip Keyes
Doug Keyes
Directed by Max Tash
Art Wolff
Scott Baio
Shelley Jensen
Starring Matt Frewer
Robin Riker
Jennifer Love Hewitt
Matthew Brooks
Bradley Pierce
Harold Sylvester
Opening theme "Shakey Ground" performed by Phoebe Snow
Composer(s) Bruce Miller
Country of origin  United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 17
Executive producer(s) Bob Keyes
Chip Keyes
Doug Keyes
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Keyes Brothers Productions
Lorimar Television
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network Fox
Original release December 27, 1992 (1992-12-27) – May 23, 1993 (1993-05-23)

Shaky Ground is an American sitcom, created by Bob Keyes, Chip Keyes, and Doug Keyes, which starred Matt Frewer as Bob Moody, a hapless but supportive and caring father. Robin Riker played his wife and Matthew Brooks, Jennifer Love Hewitt, and Bradley Pierce played their children. The show aired on Fox for the 1992-1993 season.


Bob Moody was mid-life, mid-career, middle-management and middle-class. He worked as a quality-control inspector for United General Technologies. He loved his family and worked hard to support them, but in ways was struggling with adulthood as well. Episodes often focused on Bob's thwarted ambitions at work, or the fact that he was not a traditional husband and father at home. Bob managed to get by as a result of finding the confidence to accept himself. Some episodes were surrealistic in nature, such as Bob trying an experimental hair-restoration product that slowly turned him into a werewolf. In another episode he takes up "Dance Fu", a combination of the martial arts and jazz dancing, to protect his family's right to go to a restaurant after a bully from work threatens him. Other episodes were more down to earth. In one Bob stages a sit-in in his younger son's treehouse in order to protest oppressive zoning laws which demand the treehouse be demolished. In another episode his daughter asks him to stay in the kitchen and not embarrass her at her first party, but when it flops, he livens it up with disco music and a game of Twister to everyone's delight and helps his daughter approach a boy she likes. However outlandish the situations became, the series was always grounded in family life.

The series finale had Bob circulating a petition to save the local school music program, ultimately Bob is tackled by Secret Service agents when he tries to get newly-elected President Bill Clinton to sign the petition - in a men's room.

Scheduled against powerhouse 60 Minutes, Shaky Ground struggled in its time slot, while retaining a small but devoted cult following. Howard Rosenberg of the Los Angeles Times described the show as "sneaky-funny" in his 1992 review.


Episode list[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
1 "Honey, I Shrunk the Paycheck" Max Tash Bob Keyes, Chip Keyes & Doug Keyes December 13, 1992 (1992-12-13)
Bob loses a promotion to a much-younger manager and quits his job, then must break the news to his wife.
2 "Fight Night" Max Tash Bob Keyes, Chip Keyes & Doug Keyes December 20, 1992 (1992-12-20)
Bob has Carter play sick so he can stay home to "nurse" him, but actually he wants to watch the hottest fight of the year and avoid having to attend The Nutcracker with Helen and the in-laws.
3 "The Amazing Chimney Boy" Max Tash Kevin Kelton December 27, 1992 (1992-12-27)
Bob tries to clean the chimney, but when Dylan gets stuck inside, Bob's marriage may go up in smoke.
4 "House Party, Too" Max Tash Eric Brand & Robert Kurtz January 3, 1993 (1993-01-03)
Bob moves his poker game to his house so he can chaperone Bernadette's party, a move sure to embarrass her.
5 "Pet Sematary" Scott Baio Shari Hearn 10 January 1993 (1993-01-10)
Bob's in-laws leave their dog behind when they vacation in Hawaii and when it suddenly dies, Bob could find himself in the doghouse.
6 "The Scarlet Letter" Scott Baio Virginia K. Hegge & Christopher Vane January 17, 1993 (1993-01-17)
Bob and Helen's fifteenth anniversary is clouded when Bernadette finds a love poem from one of Helen's old flames.
7 "Of Human Bonding" Steve Zuckerman Tom Devanney 24 January 1993 (1993-01-24)
After spending long hours at work away from the family, Bob tries to bond with youngest child Dylan.
8 "Asbestos and Costello" Max Tash Virginia K. Hegge & Christopher Vane 7 February 1993 (1993-02-07)
Before their broken furnace can be replaced, the Moodys must contend with the cold reality of costly asbestos removal — and living in a small trailer in their back yard.
9 "Sudden Impact" Scott Baio Bob Keyes, Chip Keyes & Doug Keyes February 14, 1993 (1993-02-14)
After Bob restores a sports car with Russell and Carter's help, Carter takes it out for an unauthorized spin and wrecks it.
10 "Mr. President" Max Tash Eric Brand & Robert Kurtz February 28, 1993 (1993-02-28)
When the school board considers axing Dylan's music classes, Bob takes a stand against budget cuts and starts a petition drive — without much success. When President Clinton visits a local mall, Bob decides his could be the signature that turns his cause around.
11 "The Tree House" Richard Correll Stuart Silverman March 7, 1993 (1993-03-07)
12 "Misery" Jeff Melman Kevin Kelton March 21, 1993 (1993-03-21)
13 "School Daze" David Trainer Kevin Kelton March 28, 1993 (1993-03-28)
14 "Love Thy Neighbor" Shelley Jensen Bob Keyes & Tom Devanney April 18, 1993 (1993-04-18)
15 "Faulty Attraction" David Trainer Tom Devanney May 2, 1993 (1993-05-02)
16 "Toupee or Not Toupee" Robert Berlinger Shari Hearn May 9, 1993 (1993-05-09)
17 "Stayin' Alive" Robert Berlinger Eric Cohen May 23, 1993 (1993-05-23)

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