Sit Down, Shut Up (2001 TV series)

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Sit Down, Shut Up
Starring Marg Downey
Stephen Curry
Jacqueline Brennan
Country of origin Australia
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Running time 30 minutes
Original network Network Ten
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 16 February (2001-02-16) –
28 June 2001 (2001-06-28)
Related shows Sit Down Shut Up
(American series)

Sit Down, Shut Up was a short-lived Australian sitcom broadcast by Network Ten. It ran from 16 February 2001 until 28 June 2001 for a total of 13 episodes.

The series followed the staff and students at a dysfunctional fictional high school called Carpen Heights Secondary College, and focused on the life of the teachers in and out of the staff room.

A writer for the series claimed that producer/comedian Chris Lilley had borrowed ideas for characters and plots from Sit Down, Shut Up for his 2007 series Summer Heights High. The ideas Lilley reportedly borrowed included the school's name and aspects of the Mr G character.[1][2]


  • Marg Downey as Sue Dirkin
  • Stephen Curry as Stuart Mill
  • Jacqueline Brennan as Helen Peters
  • Christopher Brown as Brent Townsend-Ross
  • Jodie Dry as Julia Denholm-Ponsford
  • Paul Gleeson as Felix Sedgely
  • Taylor Kane as Stefan Ravazzi
  • Tim Mcloughlan as Chaps
  • Brendan Reed as Dean Tate

American remake[edit]

In 2009, an animated remake of the series titled Sit Down, Shut Up aired on Fox, premiering on 19 April 2009.[3] This American version featured the voices of Henry Winkler, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Kenan Thompson, and Cheri Oteri, Nick Kroll, and Kristin Chenoweth. It was developed by Mitchell Hurwitz, the creator of Arrested Development. Former Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein acted as showrunner.[4] The series received lackluster reviews and was pulled from FOX's Sunday night line-up after four episodes. The program aired all of its episodes when FOX put Sit Down Shut Up on late-night Saturday. Sit Down Shut Up then aired on Comedy Central (in reruns, initially a number of times throughout the day).


  1. ^ Drill, Steve (14 October 2007). "Summer Heights High a rip-off, says writer". Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  2. ^ Drill, Steve. "Summer Heights High a rip-off". Herald Sun - 14 October 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  3. ^ Sit Down picked up by FOX
  4. ^ New Series From J.J. Abrams and Arrested Development Alums Go Forward

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