Sullivan & Son

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Sullivan & Son
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Created bySteve Byrne
Rob Long
Composer(s)Dave Kushner
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes33 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)Wild West Picture Show Productions
Warner Horizon Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Original networkTBS
Picture format1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original releaseJuly 19, 2012 (2012-07-19) –
September 9, 2014 (2014-09-09)
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Sullivan & Son is an American sitcom created by Steve Byrne and Rob Long that was broadcast on TBS. It starred Byrne as Steve Sullivan, who surprises his parents when he leaves his job as a corporate lawyer to take over a bar owned by his father in Pittsburgh. The series was executive-produced by Vince Vaughn, Peter Billingsley, and Long, who also served as showrunner. It premiered on July 19, 2012.[1] On November 20, 2014, TBS cancelled Sullivan & Son after three seasons.[2]


The series centers on Steve Sullivan (Byrne), a corporate attorney from New York City who visits his Irish American father Jack (Dan Lauria) and Korean mother Ok Cha (Jodi Long) just as they are preparing to sell their bar in a Pittsburgh working-class neighborhood and retire.[3] To their surprise, he decides to stay and run the bar.[4] The bar is a popular venue among the locals, and is the unofficial "town hall" of the neighborhood.[3]

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Sullivan & Son was ordered to pilot by cable channel TBS on September 30, 2011. It was among three half-hour pilots being considered by the channel, the others being Men at Work and BFF.[6] TBS had been developing comedies that could be paired with reruns of The Big Bang Theory.[7] After greenlighting Men at Work to series in January 2012, TBS was to choose between Sullivan & Son and BFF to fill its new hour-long comedy slot.[4] On February 10, 2012, TBS picked up Sullivan & Son to series with a 10-episode order with a premiere date set for summer 2012.[3][8]

The pilot was written by Steve Byrne and Rob Long with Byrne in the starring role.[6] Valerie Azlynn, Jodi Long, Vivian Bang, Owen Benjamin, and Dan Lauria were added to the cast in October. The show was filmed in front of a live studio audience.[9][10] TBS announced that it had renewed Sullivan & Son for a second season of 10 more episodes that premiered on June 13, 2013.[11][12] On August 20, 2013, TBS announced it had renewed the series for a 13-episode third season that premiered in June 2014.[13]


Critical reception[edit]

Sullivan & Son has received mixed to negative reviews, garnering a score of 47 out of 100 on Metacritic.[14]


Season Timeslot (ET/PT) No. Ep. Premiered Ended TV Season Viewers
(in million)
Date Premiere
(in million)
Date Finale
(in million)
Thursdays 10:00 pm
July 19, 2012
September 13, 2012
2.12 2012 2.20
2 10
June 13, 2013
August 22, 2013
1.90 2013 1.99
Tuesdays 10:00 pm
June 24, 2014
September 9, 2014
1.78[15] 2014


  1. ^ West, Kelly (March 20, 2012). "TBS Sets Premiere Dates For Men At Work And Sullivan & Son". Cinema Blend. Retrieved April 12, 2012.
  2. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (November 20, 2014). "Sullivan & Son Cancelled By TBS After Three Seasons". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved November 20, 2014.
  3. ^ a b c Bierly, Mandi (2012-02-10). "TBS greenlights Vince Vaughn-produced comedy starring Steve Byrne". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  4. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (2012-02-10). "TBS Picks Up 'Sullivan And Son' To Series". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  5. ^ a b c d e Weisman, Jon (2012-02-10). "TBS greenlights 'Sullivan and Son'". Variety. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  6. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (2011-09-30). "TBS Orders Pilot Starring Comedian Steve Byrne And Produced By Vince Vaughn". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  7. ^ Owen, Rob (2012-02-10). "TBS grabs 'Sullivan and Son,' a fun portrait of Pittsburgh". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  8. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (2012-02-10). "TBS Orders Vince Vaughn-Steve Byrne Comedy to Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  9. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-10-24). "Quartet Cast In TBS Comedy Pilot 'Sullivan And Son' Produced By Vince Vaughn". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  10. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2011-10-24). "Cable Pilot Castings: Dan Lauria To Star In 'Sullivan & Son', Austin Butler In 'Intercept'". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved 2012-02-11.
  11. ^ Bibel, Sara (September 4, 2012). "'Sullivan & Son' Renewed by TBS". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on September 7, 2012. Retrieved September 4, 2012.
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  13. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (August 20, 2013). "'Sullivan and Son', 'Men At Work' & 'Deal With It' Renewed by TBS". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on August 22, 2013.
  14. ^ "Sullivan & Son". Metacritic. 2012-08-18.
  15. ^ Kondolojy, Amanda (November 20, 2014). "Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Sons of Anarchy' Tops Night + 'Anarchy Afterword', '19 Kids and Counting', 'Tosh.0' & More". TV by the Numbers. Archived from the original on September 11, 2014. Retrieved September 10, 2014.

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