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Short-Lived Shows: Married to the Kellys - VIDEOS

by Bob Sassone, posted May 14th 2008 1:05PM

Married to the KellysThis is one of my favorite comedies of the past ten years, and I no idea that it actually starred not one but two cast members from Lost. More on that after the jump.

Married to the Kellys was a sitcom that ran on Friday nights on ABC during the 2003-04 season, part of their TGIF comedy lineup. But I think this show stood out as something for adults more than kids. It starred Breckin Meyer as a New York City writer who publishes his first novel and decides to keep his promise to his wife and move (he thought she meant move from the Village to the Upper West Side, not "America"). Now, this is where the usual big city guy vs. Kansas jokes come into play, but that's just half of the show.

The wife's mom and dad are so nice they seem like they're out of Leave it to Beaver (though they have their interesting sides too), and her sister holds a grudge against the writer because he's a success at being a writer and she's still an English teacher in her hometown. Her relationship with him is sort of like the relationship Buddy and Mel had on The Dick Van Dyke Show, the insults flying fast and furious. Her hubby is a laid-back guy who she controls, and he aches to cut loose once in a while. The family is rounded out by Uncle Dave, a rough and tough blue collar guy who doesn't trust the guy he calls "New York," and Lewis, the weird, shy teen brother-in-law who collects bugs in his bedroom.

All this seems wackier than the show really was. There was a really nice heart to this show among the loopy characters and one-liners. Tom the writer was certainly a fish out of water, but he had his own ways to charm the small town citizens (usually). His wife Nancy was played by Kiele Sanchez, who you probably remember as the ill-fated Nikki on Lost. Her dad on this show? Sam Anderson, who plays Bernard on Lost! Everything on TV is related sooner or later (Mom was played by the great Nancy Lenehan).

I really miss this show. What started out as one of those sitcoms you knew was going to be short-lived on ABC turned out to be...well, one of those shows that was short-lived. And that's a shame. The cast worked really together, the writing was a couple of notches above what you'd expect from a TGIF sitcom, and it was actually a show where you could see the characters growing over the 22 episodes that it ran. It had the perfect balance of snark and heart that all the best sitcoms have.

Below is a scene from the show, as Tom joins in on family game night.

Here's another, at the dinner table.



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Anon Imus

Josh Braaten was on that show -- he was hilarious as the whipped husband of Emily Rutherford's character (New Adventures of Old Christine). He went on to do Modern Men on the WB which was canceled. He was ALSO on That 80's Show. Good stuff. Breckin Meyer may be sitcom poison. How many pilots/short-lived sitcoms has he done?

May 15 2008 at 9:27 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Phish

this show sucked balls!
watched 5 episodes and couldnt keep my lunch down.

May 15 2008 at 2:45 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Manuel Reis

Great show! Breckin Meyer is an awesome guy and the series finale was very good for an axed show. The family game night episode was great!

May 14 2008 at 8:18 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Tracy

Andie from dawsons was orignially slated and backed out and kylie took over, or the other way around.

May 14 2008 at 3:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Beth

Was there a different actress originally cast as the wife? The actress in the picture up top doesn't really look like Kiele Sanchez. It looks like the actress who played Andie on Dawson's Creek.

May 14 2008 at 2:26 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
MERVE-THE-PERVE

His wife's sister is New Christine from 'Old Christine'. And I remember the doghouse. Breckin's character stole his dog and the mom found out and kept him in the dh longer. Good show.

May 14 2008 at 2:21 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Erica

I love how the mom would put your dog in the dog house if you were bad...She actually had a wooden dog house and everyone in the family had a dog with their name on its collar. She would be so sad to put you there, but would anyways. I wish I had one...:)

May 14 2008 at 1:36 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Arnold

it was a good show but if memory serves me correctly, wasnt there a show that came out at the same time with similar plot line. I want to say it starred John Goodman and it was on FOx. It had the same premise and both were canceled.

May 14 2008 at 1:13 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
John Stewart

I enjoyed this show as well while it was on.

May 14 2008 at 1:12 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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