Grounded for Life is an American television sitcom created by Bill Martin and Mike Schiff and set in an Irish neighbourhood of Staten Island, New York which features the comedic interplay between a family in which the parents are young and torn between wanting to be responsible and to rediscover their wild youth.
The series aired in the USA on Fox (the first two seasons) and The WB (the last three seasons) from 10 January, 2001 to 28 January, 2005. There are 91 half-hour episodes in five seasons.
The series originally aired in South Africa on M-Net from 4 September, 2001 to 11 October, 2005, on Tuesdays at 18h30. It later aired on DStv's Comedy Central channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 originally aired on M-Net from 16 July, 2002 to 18 March, 2003, on Tuesdays at 18h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 2 aired on Comedy Central from 22 March to 5 April, 2012, on weekdays at 19h40. New episodes broadcast in a double bill daily, on weekdays. There are 22 episodes in the second season.
Starting off as the story of Sean and Claudia Finnerty, young parents trying to cope with raising a family, Grounded for Life has moved on.
Though Lily is still the drama-queen, Jimmy is as neurotic about manhood as ever and Henry's still the family wiseman, they've grown up – and, of course, with that comes a whole bag of new problems.
In the first episode of Season 2: after the Finnerty's car is "stolen," Sean and Claudia excitedly look for a replacement car. Finally able to get a new car with the insurance money, Sean longingly eyes a sporty Probe and Claudia tries to talk him out of it.
Meanwhile, Eddie tries to convince Sean and Claudia to add items to the insurance claim to jack up their pay-out. Sean and Claudia debate the ethics of this and Claudia eventually convinces him to commit insurance fraud.
Claudia discovers the spare keys to the car are missing. Just as she's about to call the police to report someone has stolen the keys from the house, Lily stops her. She confesses she took the keys so she and her boyfriend, Brad, can sit in the car and listen to a tape he made her.
Sean and Claudia go easy on her because she came forward with the truth. However, their stripped car is returned to them by a tow truck - the police have found it.
Brad starts acting weird and the whole Finnerty family begin to grill him about what really happened to the car. During the interrogation Sean realises Lily had more to do with the car disappearance than she's letting on.
The truth comes out: Lily and Brad took the car to get burgers. While at the drive-thru she had an accident and broke the car's mirror and door off. Panicking, she calls Eddie for help. Eddie brings her to a chop shop run by his friend Anthony.
While they are looking for parts, the car's back seat is stolen. Eddie replaces it with a futon. When they realise the car is too far damaged, Eddie suggests they just abandon it and pretend it was stolen.
Lily is punished - she will not be getting her learner's permit next year. When Sean and Eddie go back to the chop shop to get parts for the car, Sean is forced to pay $75 for his own back seat which has mysteriously turned up at the chop shop.
Season 1 (15 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 4 Sep 2001 | Finale: 11 Dec 2001 | Tuesdays, 18h30
Channel: Comedy Central | Premiere: 12 Mar 2012 | Finale: 21 Mar 2012 | Weekdays, 19h40
Season 2 (22 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 16 Jul 2002 | Finale: 18 Mar 2003 | Tuesdays, 18h30
Channel: Comedy Central | Premiere: 22 Mar 2012 | Finale: 5 Apr 2012 | Weekdays, 19h40
Season 3 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 20 Jan 2004 | Finale: 25 May 2004 | Tuesdays, 18h30
Channel: Comedy Central | Premiere: 6 Apr 2012 | Finale: 16 Apr 2012 | Weekdays, 19h40
Season 4 (28 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 8 Feb 2005 | Finale: 5 Jul 2005 | Tuesdays, 18h30
Channel: Comedy Central | Premiere: 16 Apr 2012 | Finale: 4 May 2012 | Weekdays, 19h40
Season 5 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 12 Jul 2005 | Finale: 11 Oct 2005 | Tuesdays, 18h30
Channel: Comedy Central | Premiere: 4 May 2012 | Finale: 14 May 2012 | Weekdays, 16h10