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This DomCom, which aired on Creator/{{Fox}} from 200103 and Creator/TheWB from 200305, starred Creator/DonalLogue and Megyn Price as Sean and Claudia Finnerty, an Irish-American couple who lived in Staten Island, New York, while raising their three kids, Lily (Lynsey Bartilson), Jimmy (Griffin Frazen), and Henry (Jake Burbage).

The other main characters were Sean's shady and eccentric younger brother Eddie (Kevin Corrigan), Sean and Eddie's father Walt (Richard Riehle) and Brad O'Keefe (Bret Harrison), the next-door neighbor who also served as Lily's love interest.

The show heavily featured flashback and cutaway sequences to events that had previously taken place off-camera, often revisited to show an event from another perspective.

The series lasted for five seasons and 95 episodes.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* BrattyTeenageDaughter: Lily.
* BrotherChuck: Henry's actor moved east with his family, so his character was dropped. He was still alluded to from time to time but never shown.
* BuxomIsBetter: Claudia - In high school, she faked being ill in gym class to avoid having to do activities that would result in her {{Gainaxing}}, much to the dismay of the boys.
* ChekhovsGunman: Occasionally, characters that appeared in earlier episodes would appear more significantly later, such as "Crazy" Amy or Faye.
* DearNegativeReader: InUniverse. After spending the entirety of "Welcome to the Working Week (Take This Job and Shove It, Dad)" trying to win over a blogger who wrote a bad review of the bar he and Sean owned, Eddie wound up writing one to the critic. He even declared that he'd started his own blog, for the sole purpose of insulting the critic.
* DomCom
* FlashBack: Most episodes start about halfway through the story, so a significant part is told in flashback.
* GirlfriendInCanada: Subverted in the episode "Space Camp Oddity", where Brad says that he had a girlfriend at Space Camp, and brings up several lame excuses when people want to meet her. Eventually, she appears, played by Creator/MilaKunis.
* GroundedForever
* HighSchoolSweethearts: Sean and Claudia in their youth; Brad and Lily.
* HopelessSuitor: Brad O'Keefe to Lily. He assumed that her emotions were divided between himself (whom she barely noticed and openly discouraged any kind of advance) and her boyfriend (who she was all too ready to get hot and heavy with). Eventually he decided to "back down" and openly referenced the concept that they were in a "love triangle" to the boyfriend, whose only concern was "The two end points don't touch, do they?". Eventually subverted, because Lily and Brad wound up in a relationship for most of the show's run.
* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: Every episode title was either a real song title or a pun of one.
* MadeOutToBeAJerkass: Claudia finds out that Eddie had an adult movie shot at the house and bans him from the house. Of course, when the kids find out, they side with their poor uncle. It even has [[LampshadeHanging lampshading]].
* MafiaPrincess: Claudia learns her uncle is in the mob.
-->She's a mafia princess. She's too close to know the truth.
* MinorWithFakeID: Brad finds out his former bully, Scott, has a fake ID and asks him to buy beer, but gets ripped off. Sean and Eddie force him to buy the beer for real, but just as he goes to pay, a cop enters and arrests him for being a minor purchasing alcohol, which gets him suspended from the school basketball team.
* MistakenForGay: Sean took his kids to the amusement park. It was "Gay Day" there and everyone was wearing a white T-shirt and jeans. Guess what he was wearing...
* NamesTheSame: Invoked. In the last episode, Claudia gives birth to a second daughter and they decide to call her Rose to carry on the flower motif they already had with Lily. Everyone just assumes they named the baby after the woman from ''[[Film/{{Titanic 1997}} Titanic]],'' so they decide to change the baby's name.
* {{Oireland}}: The Finnertys are of Irish descent. A later (small) plot point, in that Sean and Eddie bought a bar, and used their heritage to their advantage on St Patrick's Day, by touting the fact that ''their'' bar was run by a legitimately Irish family, as opposed to their corporate rivals.
* OneDialogueTwoConversations: Sean confronted Lily's boyfriend because he thought he slept with her. It turns out they just got tattoos together.
* OnceMoreWithClarity: Almost every episode is a series of flashbacks flashing further back each time. One character may have a flashback to a hit and run driver taking out their car door, followed by another character revealing they were the hit and run driver late in the episode.
* RelationshipUpgrade: Lily and Brad big time by the end of Season 3.
* SecondHandStorytelling: Flashback, too, in each episode.
* SexyShirtSwitch: Eddie is shown to reverse the roles, putting on the female's shirt/blouse the morning after. In one episode, when Eddie goes off with another girlfriend for the night, it's even said "You know, he'll really look good in that blouse."
* ShoutOut: Jimmy was a fan of anime and ''Anime/DragonballZ'' was mentioned in one episode.
* StacysMom: Lily's male classmates all have the hots for Claudia, a fact that makes Lily ''very'' jealous.
* StripperCopConfusion: In episode 110 - Catch Us If You Can, Claudia is throwing a bachelorette party for one of her girlfriends while Sean incites a mob of angry Yankees fans for catching a fly ball still in play. A cop shows up who Sean thinks is here to control the mob outside the house, but he is a stripper.
* TeenPregnancy: Claudia when she became pregnant with Lily.
* WrittenInAbsence: The actor playing Henry isn't in the final season. In the final episode, Walt casually mentions that "he's around here somewhere".
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