Grounded For Life
This is Joey Finnegan behind the keyboard again. I’ve been trying to think of a way to feature this show lately, and I couldn’t figure it out. I wasn’t about to write a review about every episode.
This show started in 2001. Nobody would read those reviews, and they’d take me forever.
Then I realized – just take it back to the root of this issue – Netflix. There’s so much available to stream, that it can become overwhelming. A lot of it is very bad. I don’t know about you guys, but I’ve spent too much time surfing through oceans of turds, in an effort to find a pearly gem.
That’s what I found with Grounded For Life. Don’t get me wrong, I used to watch it when it aired, but I was a kid. I didn’t get most of the jokes.
Watching it at my current age (25) allowed me to appreciate everything about it.
It’s a sitcom about a blue-collar Irish family in Staten Island. The cast is phenomenal. There’s Donal Logue as the father, Sean Finnerty. Megyn Price plays his wife, Claudia. Then there’s Lynsey Bartilson, Griffin Frazen, and Jake Burbage as the three kids, Lily, Jimmy, and Henry Finnerty, respectively.
There are three scene stealers, though. There’s Richard Riehle, who plays Granpa Walt, Bret Harrison, who plays Lily’s BF Brad, and Kevin Corrigan, who plays sleazy Uncle Eddie. Almost every scene with the three of them made me laugh.
I binge-watched the hell out of the entire thing. I flew through it. Even though I knew the episodes were out of order. For some reason, that has happened a lot with networks like Fox and WB (it seems like it’s mostly them).
Anyway, if you’re going to watch this hilarious show, then I suggest you hit up Wikipedia to make sure you’re watching in the proper order. It can get every confusing when their haircuts are changing to and fro, and characters are randomly disappearing, only to appear again a couple episodes later.
Save yourself the trouble.
Featured image credit: I got it off of IMDB, and there wasn’t actually a credit. So, um….IMDB? Fox Television? I don’t know.