Get a Life
was a demented, surreal 1990 sitcom that aired on Fox
. It starred Chris Elliott as Chris Peterson
, a friendly yet slightly psychotic 30 year old paperboy and all-around loser. The show followed Chris' strange adventures, which included becoming a male model, stalking beautiful women and rescuing vomiting aliens. Needless to say, the darkness and weirdness of the show got it cancelled after two seasons.
The show gained a cult following, and after years of DVD sets for the show being stuck in Development Hell
(due to Show-runner David Mirkin's insistence that all episodes be released uncut, including the music), a complete series set was finally released on September 18, 2012.
Tropes associated with this series include:
- Anti-Hero: Chris, though he isn't really aware of it.
- Basement-Dweller: Chris (in Season 1)
- Black Comedy
- Clip Show: The final episode of the series, set up as Chris' life flashing before his eyes as he falls from an airplane.
- Early-Installment Weirdness: Some of the first season is almost like a normal sitcom. The show would a great deal weirder in Season 2.
- Everyone Chasing You: Happens to Chris at the end of "The Big City".
- Henpecked Husband: Larry
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: A good amount of episodes have the subtitle "2000".
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Fred
- Man Child: Chris
- Put on a Bus: Larry
- Real-Life Relative: Like Fred and Chris, father-and-son Bob and Chris Elliot.
- Real Song Theme Tune: "Stand" by REM.
- Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Multiple times in "1977 2000"
- "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Subverted. Chris actually thinks that Fred is proud of him. He could not be more wrong.
- What Could Have Been: Word of God says the show started out as a pilot for an American version of Britcom The Young Ones, with Elliott in the Rik Mayall role. the pilot was shot, but was shelved for Mirkin and Elliott to come up with a new idea.
- Mirkin also said if the show had had a third season, Chris would of become a homeless drifter, trying to make the people he ran into's lives better, but because he's Chris, only make them worse.
- Where the Hell Is Springfield?: If you pay attention, the show takes place in the fictional Minneapolis suburb of Greenville, Minnesota, and the paper Chris delivers is the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.
- You Look Familiar: Brian Doyle-Murray played Ted Baines, runner of Handsome Boy Modeling Agency in Season One, and then showed up as forcibly-retired cop Gus Borden, Chris' landlord in Season Two.