The Bill Engvall Show

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The Bill Engvall Show
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The Bill Engvall Show intertitle
Created by Bill Engvall
Michael Leeson
Starring Bill Engvall
Nancy Travis
Jennifer Lawrence
Graham Patrick Martin
Skyler Gisondo
Tim Meadows
Composer(s) Jonathan Flood
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 30 (list of episodes)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 23 minutes
Production company(s) Welladay, Inc. (season 1)
Parallel Entertainment
TBS Productions
Original network TBS
Original release July 17, 2007 – September 5, 2009

The Bill Engvall Show is a sitcom which ran on TBS from July 17, 2007 to September 5, 2009. The series starred comedian Bill Engvall and was written and created by Engvall and Michael Leeson.[1] The series was canceled on September 25, 2009.[2][3]

Set in suburban Louisville, Colorado, Engvall played a family counselor called Bill Pearson who cannot always understand his own family. Nancy Travis co-starred as his wife and Tim Meadows played his best friend. The Pearson children were portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in her teens, Graham Patrick Martin, and Skyler Gisondo.

On June 9, 2008, the show had a one shot airing on CBS.[4]


Engvall in 2010

Engvall and Travis offer a look at what it takes to be a parent in today’s world. They face day-to-day parenting issues like allowance controversies, driver’s licenses, parking tickets and larger issues like raising responsible children in today's world. They do all this while trying to keep the spark alive in their marriage and balancing work with family life.

Teenage daughter Lauren (Lawrence) is a typical high-school girl who is trying to find her way through classes and dating. Dim but lovable Trent (Martin) is the middle child. Bryan (Gisondo) is the resident baby and Brainiac of the family.

Bill works in the same building as his closest friend Paul Dufrayne (Meadows). Paul is a hair-replacement specialist who is treated like part of the Pearson family. The Pearsons often need to save Paul from his own neurosis.


Actor Character Description
Bill Engvall Bill Pearson A family counselor whose family needs some help as well.
Nancy Travis Susan Pearson (née Murray) Bill's witty and loving wife. She always tries to keep the family together.
Jennifer Lawrence Lauren Pearson Bill and Susan's daughter. She is the oldest and is the leader when the kids scheme and plan.
Graham Patrick Martin Trent Pearson Bill and Susan's older son. He lacks common sense, although he proves to be intelligent at times.
Skyler Gisondo Bryan Pearson Bill and Susan's younger son. A bit on the "odd" side, Bryan loves to show off his vast knowledge of strange and unusual facts. This naturally makes him the target of his siblings' jokes.
Tim Meadows Paul Dufrayne One of Bill's best friends since the 1980s. Originally he wanted to be a doctor, as seen in the episode "How Bill Met Susan", but ended up opening a hair transplant practice located in the same building as Bill.
Brian Doyle-Murray Mr. Faulkner The Pearsons' gruff and crotchety neighbor. He likes to give Bill a hard time but has a soft spot for Susan. It is revealed his first name is Ernest.
Cynthia Watros A.J. Susan's best friend. A.J. currently lives in a "vanabago" and has been known to park it in the Pearson family's driveway from time to time.

International broadcasters[edit]

Series overview[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 8 July 17, 2007 (2007-07-17) September 4, 2007 (2007-09-04)
2 12 June 12, 2008 (2008-06-12) November 15, 2008 (2008-11-15)
3 10 July 18, 2009 (2009-07-18) September 5, 2009 (2009-09-05)


Season 1: 2007[5][edit]

No. in
No. in
Written by Directed by Title Original air date
1 1 "Good People" TBA TBA July 17, 2007 (2007-07-17)
Trent, the third string quarterback ends up as the starting quarterback and Bill struggles trying to help the boy improve his skills. Bill goes a little too far and Trent decides he does not want his dad at the game. Meanwhile, Lauren wants to get her belly button pierced.
2 2 "Aloha, Raffles" TBA TBA July 24, 2007 (2007-07-24)
Bill plans to take the family on vacation to Hawaii. When he discovers that the family dog, Raffles, is sick, the family must decide whether or not to try an expensive surgery. The kids try to help raise money to save Raffles in an unconventional way.
3 3 "How Bill Met Susan" TBA TBA July 31, 2007 (2007-07-31)
To celebrate their 18th wedding anniversary, Susan gets Bill tickets to a Broncos game. Their plans are derailed, however, after Bill reveals that when he and Susan first started dating, he was also seeing another woman.
4 4 "Have You Seen My Muffins, Man?"[6] TBA TBA August 7, 2007 (2007-08-07)
Susan decides she wants to sell her muffins to make some extra money, and Bill tries his best to support her even though he's not thrilled with the idea. Bryan works on his rocket for the science fair with the goal to beat one of his friends.
5 5 "Feel Free To Say No" TBA TBA August 14, 2007 (2007-08-14)
Bill and Susan have many issues to address in their home. Trent is having trouble in school, Bryan's pet snake got loose and Lauren got into a car accident.
6 6 "Jealous Guy" TBA TBA August 21, 2007 (2007-08-21)
Susan informs Bill that they need some more "us time", but when Bill tries to use Paul's advice and tries to take Susan to a Chris Isaak concert, Susan declines because she had a relationship with Chris Isaak in college.
7 7 "The Birthday" TBA TBA August 28, 2007 (2007-08-28)
Bill is celebrating his 46th birthday with the family. Bill is hoping for a motorcycle, but is surprised by his actual gift. Lauren works on getting a fake ID to get into a club.
8 8 "Go Ahead, See If I Karaoke" TBA TBA September 4, 2007 (2007-09-04)
Bill takes Susan out with friends to sing karaoke and someone has a little too much to drink. Lauren meets a new boy that Bill does not like.

Season 2: 2008[7][edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Written by Directed by Original air date
1 9 "But That's Not Fair" TBA TBA June 12, 2008 (2008-06-12)
Bill and Susan don't believe that their kids are earning their allowances. To rectify the situation, they make the kids clean the garage for free. The kids respond by going on strike. Meanwhile, Bill struggles with the cell phone company.
2 10 "Ask Your Mother" TBA TBA June 19, 2008 (2008-06-19)
Bill decides to become more involved at home when he discovers that his kids go to their mother for everything. But the plan backfires when Bill lets Lauren go to the mall with a shoplifter. So he decides to make a grid, actually a chart, of all the things the kids do, but he "quits" when it gets too complicated. Meanwhile, Paul has more lady troubles.
3 11 "No Gifts Please" TBA TBA June 26, 2008 (2008-06-26)
Susan breaks her "no gift" policy, leaving Bill with a terrible surprise and a guilty conscience. Trent can't sleep so the family tries to make him go to sleep earlier.
4 12 "Pineblock Derby" TBA TBA July 3, 2008 (2008-07-03)
Bill agrees to help Bryan build a car for the pineblock derby, but things backfire when Bill and Bryan are disqualified from "The Pine Block Derby" because Bill lied to Bryan that he built the car, and it turns out that Uncle Paul put lead in the car to make it go faster. Meanwhile, Lauren's new friend takes a liking to Trent. At first, Lauren steps back on their friendship, but then when she learns from her friend that Trent is being "used" it's time for Lauren to step in.
5 13 "Susan's Best Friend" TBA TBA July 10, 2008 (2008-07-10)
Susan's best friend, who has a wild side, comes for a visit; Bill worries that he and Susan are in a rut.
6 14 "Bill Talks a Good Game" TBA TBA July 17, 2008 (2008-07-17)
While Bill and Trent are playing a "Father-And Son" game of Basketball, Bill discovers that Trent can beat him at it. But Trent is talking to Bill about his problem at school, and Bill doesn't even listen because he's trying to prove something to himself. Meanwhile, Susan feels left out when Lauren and "Aunt" AJ start spending more time together, really connecting with each other.
7 15 "Drinking Party" TBA TBA July 24, 2008 (2008-07-24)
After Trent seems to lie to Bill and Susan, they snoop around his room to find out more information about a party they think he might be going to where alcohol will be served. Meanwhile, Raffles hides under Faulkner’s house and the family tries to figure out a way to get him out.
8 16 "Dream Lover" TBA TBA July 31, 2008 (2008-07-31)
Susan has a premonition that Bill will get involved in an affair with a woman named Penelope; Trent wants to get practice time to prepare for his driver's test.
9 17 "A Reptile Dysfunction" TBA TBA August 7, 2008 (2008-08-07)
Paul asks Bryan and Trent to watch his precious iguana terrarium; Lauren gets a job to earn enough money to buy a designer purse.
10 18 "Promzilla" TBA TBA August 7, 2008 (2008-08-07)
Susan goes a little overboard when helping Lauren with her prom and Bill is a little suspicious. Meanwhile Trent comes up with ideas on how to become famous on the Internet with the help of Bryan.
11 19 "The Night Before Christmas" TBA TBA November 15, 2008 (2008-11-15)
When the kids do not show an interest in the upcoming Christmas holiday, Bill tries to show them the true meaning of Christmas.
12 20 "Honey Do" TBA TBA November 15, 2008 (2008-11-15)
When Susan begins to fix things around the house, Bill gets threatened by it and tries to regain his "power" as man of the house. Meanwhile, the kids must decide who gets the money that is collected in the coin bottle.

Season 3: 2009[8][edit]

No. in
No. in
Title Original air date
1 21 "Give Me a Break" July 18, 2009 (2009-07-18)
With money getting tight, Bill must tell Lauren that the family can't afford her spring break trip. Meanwhile, Paul must explain how he lost all of Trent's baby pictures.
2 22 "You Decide" July 18, 2009 (2009-07-18)
Bill realizes that he is being passive-aggressively manipulated by Susan and decides to do something about it by taking it upon himself to shop for their new bedspread. Trent, meanwhile, tries too hard to impress a girl and, with Bryan and Lauren's help, winds up joining her on a mock United Nations delegation representing India. And then Bill and Susan get an eye-full when their neighbor, Mr. Faulkner (guest star Brian Doyle-Murray), decides to indulge in his new hot tub au natural.
3 23 "Let It Go" July 25, 2009 (2009-07-25)
Bill gets upset when he finds out Susan and her friends discuss their husbands during their girls-only game night, and he's determined to find out what has been said about him. Meanwhile, Bryan struggles to accept his first B on a science test so Lauren convinces him this is the beginning of what will surely be a steady decline in his IQ, and uses it to her advantage to tease her little brother.
4 24 "The Way We Were" August 1, 2009 (2009-08-01)
When Susan tells Bill she misses the excitement of young love, he decides to revive that feeling by recreating the best moments from their dating days. While they're out, Lauren and Trent have to babysit Bryan, but they each have dates to go see a movie. The only solution is to take him to the movies as well, which is a great plan until Bryan disappears. NASCAR driver Carl Edwards guest-stars.
5 25 "Oh Brother" August 8, 2009 (2009-08-08)
Bill invests a hefty chunk of money in his brother Danny's latest sure-thing business proposition, something he's done too many times before. Determined to put a stop to it, Susan pushes Bill to talk to his brother about being a responsible adult. Meanwhile, when Trent and Lauren get into a feud over a pen, Bryan pulls a Yojimbo by playing his siblings against each other for his own gain. Stephen Dunham (The Mummy) guest-stars.
6 26 "I Like It That Way" August 15, 2009 (2009-08-15)
When Bill refuses to shave his beard after a fishing trip, Susan decides to teach him a lesson, and Paul winds up in the crossfire. Meanwhile, Bryan tries to join Trent in tormenting Lauren, but it's unclear he has what it takes to be a prankster.
7 27 "The Coffee Maker" August 22, 2009 (2009-08-22)
Now that Bill's brother Danny has hit it big, he's been showering Bill's family with gifts. But Bill disapproves of what he believes to be Danny's attempt at buying their love. Paul makes a donation to the school's silent auction and winds up with a crushed ego.
8 28 "United Front" August 29, 2009 (2009-08-29)
After Susan grounds Lauren for a month for lying to her, Bill has trouble agreeing with the severity of the punishment. Paul enlists the aid of Bryan and Trent to create an online profile that will make him look good to the ladies.
9 29 "Car Trouble" September 5, 2009 (2009-09-05)
After Trent earns enough money to buy a car, Bill decides to help him pick out just the right vehicle. But his research doesn't produce the results Trent wants. Bryan has problems dealing with a school bully.
10 30 "Trash Talk" September 5, 2009 (2009-09-05)
Bill and Susan get into a feud with a new neighbor over trashcans on the curb, but Bill goes a little overboard in his tactics, especially when Paul decides to get involved. Meanwhile, Trent fails his driving test, and he's convinced it's because he lost his lucky red quarter.

Home release[edit]

The first season of The Bill Engvall Show was released on DVD on May 20, 2008. Bonus features include an overview of the show, a set tour, interviews with the cast and an "Ask Bill" segment.[9] Beginning January 22, 2013, Warner Archive released seasons 2 & 3 together in one set, completing the series on DVD.


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