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      Season 1 – According to Jim

      2001 Comedy List
      14% 14 Reviews Tomatometer 74% Fewer than 50 Ratings Audience Score Jim is a couch-potato dad and husband trying to achieve picket-fence ideals while keeping a firm hold on his manliness. His beautiful wife tolerates his childish antics because of his tireless loyalty to her and their three kids. Jim's penchant for taking the easy route in everything frequently backfires, landing him in comical situations. Read More Read Less Watch on Vudu Premiered Jul 18 Buy Now

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      According to Jim is marred by a lack of chemistry across its entire cast and a deluge of worn-out, low-aiming humor.

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      Episode 1 Aired Oct 3, 2001 Pilot When Jim tries to solve Ruby's separation anxiety, he discovers that he doesn't have the willpower to leave his teary 6-year-old at school. Details Episode 2 Aired Oct 10, 2001 No Nookie Cheryl convinces Jim to abstain from sex until their big getaway; Jim and Andy argue about a treehouse. Details Episode 3 Aired Oct 17, 2001 The Cat Came Back When Cheryl's cat dies, Jim promises to give it a proper burial, but the football game takes priority. Details Episode 4 Aired Oct 24, 2001 Anniversary Cheryl discovers that her sister is the true source of the anniversary gifts Jim gives to her every year. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 31, 2001 Unruly Spirits On Halloween, Jim sneaks out Gracie for trick-or-treating; Andy thinks a former girlfriend is stalking him. Details Episode 6 Aired Nov 7, 2001 The Crush Jim and Andy make the decision to fix Cheryl up with a stranger who she subsequently develops a crush on. Details Episode 7 Aired Nov 14, 2001 Cheryl's Old Flame Andy asks Dana to join him in his therapy; broken promises are revealed. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 21, 2001 The Turkey Bowl Jim is obsessed with bowling while Cheryl and their guests impatiently wait to start Thanksgiving dinner. Details Episode 9 Aired Nov 28, 2001 Andy's Girlfriend Andy announces he is becoming a vegetarian like his new girlfriend; Dana becomes frustrated with her dream date. Details Episode 10 Aired Dec 12, 2001 An According to Jiminy Christmas Cheryl is hurt when her visiting mother gives Dana a family heirloom for Christmas; Ruby and Gracie think Andy is Santa. Details Episode 11 Aired Jan 16, 2002 Bad Word Jim blurts out profanity while watching a Bears game, and it's repeated by the girls and their little friend. Details Episode 12 Aired Jan 23, 2002 Model Behavior Jim has big plans for Ruby when she is hired for a cookies advertisement. Details Episode 13 Aired Jan 30, 2002 The Money Cheryl goes behind Jim's back and lends money to Andy for a down payment on a new condominium. Details Episode 14 Aired Feb 13, 2002 Blow-Up Cheryl gives Jim a revealing photo of herself as a Valentine gift, and he proudly shows it off to his friends. Details Episode 15 Aired Feb 27, 2002 Racquetball After Jim says he once let Cheryl beat him at racquetball to win her affection, she challenges him to a showdown. Details Episode 16 Aired Mar 6, 2002 Under Pressure Cheryl tries to create a relaxed, low-pressure environment for Jim after he develops high blood pressure. Details Episode 17 Aired Mar 13, 2002 Date Night A night on the town turns into a disaster for Cheryl and Jim; Dana cajoles Andy into doing her delinquent taxes. Details Episode 18 Aired Mar 20, 2002 Birthday Boys After learning that Dana earns more money than he does, Jim feels he needs to prove his worth to the children, so he buys them an expensive gift. Details Episode 19 Aired Apr 24, 2002 The Receipt Cheryl chastises Jim for losing the receipt needed to return a defective DVD player -- until she realizes she lost it, not him. Details Episode 20 Aired May 1, 2002 Old Friends When an old friend (guest star Dan Aykroyd) comes to town, Jim tries to relive his rowdy partying days. Details Episode 21 Aired May 8, 2002 Cheryl's Day Off Jim misplaces the children while out with Andy; Cheryl decides to enjoy the day by going to a movie with Dana. Details Episode 22 Aired May 15, 2002 No Surprises After finding out about the surprise party Jim was planning for her, Cheryl tries to throw a surprise party for him, but he's too busy to show up because he's bowling with Chicago Bears football star Brian Urlacher. Details

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      Tom Shales Washington Post It's disconcerting to think that since TV transmissions travel almost infinitely into the universe, channel-surfing extraterrestrials might get a glimpse of this show, thus lowering their opinion of Earthlings still further. Feb 12, 2020 Full Review Hal Boedeker Orlando Sentinel Belushi has no chemistry with Courtney Thorne-Smith, who plays his wife, Cheryl. The Ally McBeal star must stand back and smile in amusement at Belushi's antics. Rated: 2/5 Feb 12, 2020 Full Review Laura Fries Variety For the most part the concept is pedestrian and secondary characters are reduced to stereotypes. Feb 12, 2020 Full Review Ben Taylor Nashville Scene A standard family sitcom; there's nothing miserable here, but it's as bland as can be. Jim Belushi and Courtney Thorne-Smith are boring and uninspired, and the rest of the characters are barely more than cardboard cutouts. Feb 26, 2020 Full Review Terry Kelleher People Magazine Belushi's gusto is all this show has going for it. Feb 12, 2020 Full Review Tom Jicha South Florida Sun-Sentinel The new ABC sitcom does not contain one believable moment, the two leads create negative chemistry and the writing is infuriatingly unimaginative and unfunny. Feb 12, 2020 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Chris B Feels like a next generation home improvement. It has it's moments and it doesn't take itself seriously. Jim plays a buffoon on purpose and anyone that takes it seriously is one also. It's a comedy sitcom and it's a fairly good show if your not easily offended by how things were in the late 90's early 00's. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 05/22/23 Full Review Morskyia My husband randomly started watch reruns of this on Netflix or Hulu and I am again reminded how much I hate this show. Jim is a selfish a$$h0l3 and is always thinking of himself first. Does he learn a lesson or something in the end, maybe or maybe not but who cares because there is no character growth. How many lessons in 7 seasons can one learn but come back every episode and still be the same jerk. The second issue is, that as a couple, they are always trying to prove they are right or one up the other. In the show it's light hearted "sparring" but it gets old fast. I like the sister and the brother the best. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 05/22/23 Full Review Audience Member The brother sister combo of the wife is wierd. They got those characters very wrong they would be have been better of as wife and husband not brother and sister Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review samir r I really liked the show, although it's nothing special at all. Feels homely, old fashioned now. The Acting is fairly decent because the cast is strong. Kimberly Williams is the beauty from the 10th kingdom so I can't even judge her for appearing here. Their asexual tension with Belushi became the centerpiece of the show's comedic punch. The writing was mediocre at first and by season 3 it really hits the skids. I have no idea how the show managed to survive for 8 seasons. Nonetheless, somehow it is also cathartic and optimistic because things tend to work out every time instead of - like in Friends or How I met your mother - simply falling apart. At least, this is not Roseanne. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review lawrence w Everyone always just looked and sounded miserable. It was as if they all collectively realized that it had been a mistake to accept the pilot. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member I rlly like According to Jim my favorite show.It came out 4yrs b4 I was born but now Im starting to watch it everyday. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/09/23 Full Review Post a review

      Season Info

      Gil Junger, Andy Cadiff, Philip Charles MacKenzie
      Executive Producer
      Tracy Newman, Jonathan Stark, Suzanne Bukinik, Marc Gurvitz
      Robert Cohen, Nastaran Dibai, Tracy Gamble, Tod Himmel, Tracy Newman, David Feeney, David Regal, Mike Dieffenbach, Bonnie Kallman, David Segal, Jeffrey Hodes, Todd J. Greenwald, Jonathan Stark
      TV-PG (L)
      Original Language
      Release Date
      Oct 3, 2001