- Life As We Know It
show_name = Life As We Know It
runtime = approx. 59 minutes
opentheme = "Sooner or Later" by
Gabe Sachsand Jeff Judah
Sean Faris Jon Foster Chris Lowell Missy Peregrym Jessica Lucas Kelly Osbourne Lisa Darr D. B. Sweeney Marguerite Moreau
country = USA
network = ABC
first_aired = October 7, 2004
last_aired = January 20, 2005
num_seasons = 1
num_episodes = 13
imdb_id = 0411004|
"Life As We Know It" is an American television
dramaon the ABC network during the 2004-2005 season. It was created by Gabe Sachsand Jeff Judah. The series was based on the novel " Doing It" by British writer Melvin Burgess.
Woodrow WilsonHigh School in Seattle, Washington, "Life As We Know It"s lead was Dino Whitman ( Sean Faris), a star ice hockeyplayer. He had an uneasy relationship with his girlfriend, Jackie Bradford ( Missy Peregrym), a soccer player. Jackie's best friend was Sue Miller ( Jessica Lucas), a very competitive academic star. His best friends were Ben Connor ( Jon Foster), who was carrying on an affair with a teacher, Monica Young ( Marguerite Moreau); and Jonathan Fields ( Chris Lowell), a nervous soul, especially about his girlfriend, Deborah Tynan ( Kelly Osbourne). Jonathan was made even more nervous by Deborah's mother Mia ( Sarah Strange), a nurse, sitting him down for a frank and graphic discussion about sex and its consequences.
Dino's parents' marriage fell apart after his mother had an affair with his hockey coach. His father, Michael, was played by
D. B. Sweeneyand his mother, Annie, was played by Lisa Darr. Coach Dave Scott was played by Martin Cummins.
# "Pilot Junior"
# "The Best Laid Plans"
# "Partly Cloudy, With A Chance of Sex"
# "Secrets & Lies"
# "Natural Disasters"
# "With a Kiss, I Die"
# "Family Hard-Ships"
# "A Little Problem"
# "Breaking Away"
# "You Must Be Trippin'"
# "Friends Don't Let Friends Drive Junk"
# "Papa Wheelie"
The show broke the
fourth wallby having characters step out of the scene--which proceeded behind them in slow motion--and directly address the camera.
"Variety" called it "a sly, sweet look at high school . . . so good that you immediately make room on your shelf for the cult-fave
DVDbecause you know this is the kind of show that gets cancelled after five episodes."
The show was filmed in
Vancouver, British Columbiaand Seattle, Washingtonby Sachs-Judah Productions and (ca)bloom!, in association with Touchstone Television, a corporate sibling of ABC, both owned by The Walt Disney Company. The school used for exterior shots, possibly interior as well, is Point Grey Secondary School in Vancouver.
"Life As We Know It" originally aired on Thursdays from 9 to 10 P.M., premiering on October 7, 2004. Pulled during November sweeps, the show was rerun on
MTVto good ratings in November and December 2004 but ultimately was cancelled by ABC. The series, including two previously unaired episodes, was released on DVDin the United States in 2005. "Life" aired abroad after its American cancellation.
Brazilthe show aired on SonyEntertainment Television during 2005 at 7:00pm Tuesdays. In New Zealand, the show premiered in December 2005 on TV2, scheduled against " America's Next Top Model". It replaced " Veronica Mars", another American import, but was rescheduled after four episodes because of poor ratings. The remaining episodes were rescheduled from their prime-time slot (7:30pm Friday) to midnight Saturday, then pushed back after midnight as the season progressed. The final two episodes were played in reverse order. TV2 repeated the series from the beginning during the third quarter of 2006, just after midnight Thursdays, but again played the final two episodes in reverse order.
"Life" was also shown in the
Philippinesin the free cable channel Studio 23. While there were reruns after the initial showing, the two DVD episodes weren't released. In Portugal it is shown on SIC Radicalcable channel and is popular among teenagers and young adults. In Hong Kong, it is shown on TVB Pearland in Asia, it is shown on STAR World.
"Life" was also shown in
South Africaon M-Net( DStvChannel 101), a subscription funded channel. The show was broadcast in prime-time and was popular. When the series 'ran out', M-Net received a large number of complaints from subscribers on their internet forums. Subsequently, the show was replayed in an 11:00am morning slot in early 2006. "Life" was also broadcast in 2005 on the M-Net Series channel (DStv Channel 104), a channel which is part of the DStv offering. This channel is broadcast via satellite to sub-Saharan Africa.
Norwaythe show started airing in August 2006, but was cancelled after eight episodes. In December 2006 (the beginning of the summer non-ratings period), the show began airing in Australiaon the Seven Networkat 10:30pm Tuesday nights. The show was also sold to FOX8, where it screened at 7:30pm Saturdays. In IrelandRTE2 showed two episodes every Monday (approximately 2:30am) from mid-January 2007.
It was also broadcast in India in the 2007 fall season on the subscription channel Star World, where it ran all the episodes except the two bonus dvd ones. It is being rerun in india in the same channel in the 5:30-6:30 time slot.
"Life" was broadcast from January to March 2005 on
Living TVin the UK. The series has since been rerun on Living's sister channel Trouble.
Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment(formerly Buena Vista Home Entertainment) released the complete series on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time on August 23, 2005 . It included all 13 episodes, 2 of which were unaired, on 3 discs. Bonus features included audio commentaries, deleted scenes, outtakes, and the producer's photo gallery.
*Characters Greta and Zoe are named after the executive producers' dogs, Greta and Zoe.
Sean Farisand Martin Cumminsalso appeared together again on show "Reunion".
*Most of all scenes of the carnival are shot inside a
Missy Peregrymgot the role as Jackie by commenting on Sean Fariswho was wearing slippers during the audition read through.
*Before the end of the television season,
Marguerite Moreauhad a recurring role on FOX's " The O.C.", which had competed for viewers with "Life As We Know It" in the same timeslot in January.
Dylan Bakerhad a freeze frame (pausing while a character is asiding) in one of the episodes. Most of the freeze frames are mostly done digitally, but Dylan actually did it by himself.
*The song 'A fond farewell' by
Elliott Smithwas featured in episode 11.
* 'The Boy Who Blocked His Own Shot' by
Brand Newwas featured in episode 10.
* Chris Lowell stars in
Private Practice, which is a spin-off of Grey's Anatomy, the show that replaced Life As We Know It.
Sean Farisas Dino Whitman
Jon Fosteras Ben Connor
Chris Lowellas Jonathan Fields
Missy Peregrymas Jackie Bradford
Jessica Lucasas Sue Miller
Kelly Osbourneas Deborah Tynan
Lisa Darras Annie Whitman
D. B. Sweeneyas Michael Whitman
Marguerite Moreauas Monica Young
Sarah Strangeas Mia Tynan
Martin Cumminsas Coach Dave Scott
Evan Smithas Max Whitman
Jessica Harmonas Zoe
Michaela Mannas Emma
Samantha McLeodas Marissa Becker
Nick Lashawayas Christopher "Topher" Flynn.
*Josef Adalian. "'Geeks' duo bonds with Touchstone". "Daily Variety". June 10, 2004.
*Josef Adalian. "ABC's new lease on 'Life'". "Daily Variety". December 8, 2004.
*Ann Donahue. Review of "Life As We Know It". "Daily Variety". October 6, 2004.
*Virginia Heffernan. "What (Sex) Boys (Sex) Think (Sex) About." "
The New York Times". October 7, 2004.
*Matt Roush. "Down, Boys!". "
TV Guide". October 10, 2004.
*Spain. "Diario adolescente". "
Mtv". September 2007
*imdb title|id=0411004|title=Life As We Know It
*cite web| url=http://www.televisionwithoutpity.com/show/life-as-we-know-it/| title="Life As We Know It" recaps| publisher=
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