Worst Week

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Worst Week
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Genre Situation comedy
Created by Mark Bussell
Justin Sbresni
Developed by Matt Tarses
Starring Kyle Bornheimer
Erinn Hayes
Nancy Lenehan
Kurtwood Smith
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 16 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Matt Tarses
Jimmy Mulville
Adam Bernstein
Producer(s) Matthew Nodella
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Two Soups Productions
Hat Trick Productions
CBS Paramount Television
Universal Media Studios
Release
Original channel CBS
Picture format 480i, 1080i
Original release September 22, 2008 – June 6, 2009
Chronology
Related shows The Worst Week of My Life
External links
Website

Worst Week is an American sitcom which originally aired on CBS from September 22, 2008 to June 6, 2009. The series was based on the British sitcom The Worst Week of My Life. The show was adapted for American audiences by Fox under the title Worst Week of My Life, but a series failed to materialize after the pilot was filmed.[1]

The series aired on CBS Mondays at 9:30pm ET/PT, following Two and a Half Men. The premiere attracted 11 million viewers but lost a third of its lead-in audience.[2] Ratings dropped to a low of 8.4 million viewers with the sixth episode, then began to climb steadily. They reached a high of 12.12 million viewers with the eleventh episode but declined afterwards. The season finale titled "The Epidural" aired on February 16, 2009. The Series is currently being shown in Ireland on RTÉ Two, Sundays at 3:40am; and, more recently, Fridays, on the new Esquire Network cable channel in the US.

On May 20, 2009, CBS announced its new season schedule and canceled Worst Week.[3] A previously unaired episode entitled "The Party" aired on June 6, 2009. Worst Week is set in Manassas, Virginia

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

Recurring characters[edit]

Episodes[edit]

No. Title Original air date Production
code
U.S. Viewers
(million)
1 "Pilot" September 22, 2008 (2008-09-22) 101 11.04
In the series premiere, Sam and Mel intend to reveal her pregnancy to her parents after a quiet dinner. However, when Sam misses the train after having a drunk girl throw up on him, the dinner starts becoming increasingly unlikely.
2 "The Bird" September 29, 2008 (2008-09-29) 102 9.31
Sam tries a different method of winning Dick's approval: impressing his wife, Angela. However, Sam's well thought out plan backfires, when Dick's prize birds get involved.
3 "The Monitor" October 6, 2008 (2008-10-06) 103 8.79
Sam's friend Adam visits the Claytons's house, and immediately falls for Mel's sister.
4 "The Truck" October 13, 2008 (2008-10-13) 104 9.78
Sam and Mel continue to keep their upcoming nuptials secret, however it explodes and more in front of the entire Clayton family.
5 "The Club" October 20, 2008 (2008-10-20) 106 9.90
After inviting too many co-workers to the wedding, Sam tells a risky lie that takes on a life of its own.
6 "The Ring" November 3, 2008 (2008-11-03) 107 8.40
Melanie and Sam are handed down the family wedding ring for use in their marriage, however disaster strikes when Sam loses it.
7 "The Vows" November 10, 2008 (2008-11-10) 108 9.62
Sam winds up in hot water, literally, trying to impress the Clayton family minister.
8 "The Cake" November 17, 2008 (2008-11-17) 109 10.37
The in-laws finally meet up, as Sam's parents meet Mel's folks for the first time.
9 "The Wedding" November 24, 2008 (2008-11-24) 110 10.35
Sam has to resolve an argument between Mel and Angela.
10 "The Apartment" December 8, 2008 (2008-12-08) 111 10.60
When Angela decides she wants to rent the apartment upstairs from Sam and Mel to be closer once the baby comes, Mel tries to prove that she doesn't need her help.
11 "The Gift" December 15, 2008 (2008-12-15) 112 12.12
When Sam learns that Dick gives Angela the same Christmas gift every year, he decides to help Dick find the perfect present.
12 "The Article" January 12, 2009 (2009-01-12) 113 10.45
When Sam tries to clear his mind from the experience of accidentally walking in on Angela at the gynecologist's office, he writes down his private thoughts - which accidentally wind up in the wrong hands.
13 "The Puppy" January 19, 2009 (2009-01-19) 114 9.58
When Sam sees a litter of puppies being born, he worries he might not be able to handle the birth of his own child.
14 "The Sex" February 2, 2009 (2009-02-02) 115 10.04
When Sam and Mel babysit their nephew, he captures a photograph of them in a compromising position that he plans to bring to school for a family photo exhibition.
15 "The Epidural" February 16, 2009 (2009-02-16) 116 8.70
When Mel calls Sam to let him know she is in labor, he misunderstands the name of the hospital and winds up at the wrong one.
16 "The Party" June 6, 2009 (2009-06-06) 105 1.91
When Sam gives it his all to help the Claytons prepare for Dick's birthday party, he loses his pants and some dignity in his effort to make everything perfect. (This episode was aired out of order; its events pick up directly from the end of episode 4, "The Truck.")[4]

Critical reception[edit]

Verne Gay of Newsday graded it A and said it "may be the best new comedy on network TV this season."[5] Less enthusiastic was Tim Goodman of the San Francisco Chronicle, who said, "Though there are plenty of hard-earned (some might say forced) laughs here and Bornheimer is a real find, you can't help but wonder how they'll keep up the pace. After all, the British series ran for only two seasons and had a mere seven episodes each season...So how is CBS going to stretch this into 22 episodes without stretching it too thin?...In many ways, Worst Week seems incapable of being made into an American version (there were previous attempts that failed), because not only does the title not make sense, but not having a payoff for all the freaky, not-so-karmic woes Sam endures will be frustrating to the viewing audience . . . [It] is a series that may end up being on a short leash."[6]

Linda Stasi of the New York Post called it "one of the worst new shows of the week" and added, "Only a man (or a couple of them) could get paid big bucks in Hollywood to come up with such a lame-o rip-off and perpetuate the fantasy that gorgeous women can't help but to love out-of-shape guys who do everything wrong."[7]

Home release[edit]

Universal Studios Home Entertainment has released a DVD of the complete series.

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