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 4 originally aired on M-Net from 8 February to 5 July, 2005, on Tuesdays at 18h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 4 premiered on Comedy Central on Monday 16 April 2012, at 20h05. Thereafter new episodes broadcast at 19h40 in a double bill daily, on weekdays. Later in the run it moved to an ealier timeslot (16h10) as part of a channel shakeup. There are 28 episodes in the fourth 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 a lot.
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 this exciting fourth season, the Finnerty family continues their struggle to reach normality – or any similar state.
While Sean and Claudia still battle and argue over life's "little conspiracies" the kids start to explore their worlds from totally new angles – like most adolescents do.
Even Brad, the next-door science-geek, seems to have changed as Lily's discovers new feelings towards her former "neighbour from hell".
Make sure you pen down your date with the most dysfunctional family on television.
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