Series / Life as We Know It
Teen drama that aired on ABC in 2004-2005. The series focused on three guys
in High School
as they go through issues involving relationships, family troubles, but most prevalent, sex. The series is based on the novel Doing It
by Melvin Burgess.
Not to be confused with the 2010 rom-com starring Katherine Heigl and Josh Duhamel, or the 2006 YA novel Life as We Knew It
by Susan Beth Pfeffer.
Life As We Know It provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: Deb's cousin Sabrina mentions that prior to avoiding a tragic accident she was a Cheerleader and the Class Representative of the Young Republicans Club.
- Alcoholic Parent: Jackie's dad.
- All Women Are Prudes: Jackie in the first episode isn't willing to have sex with Dino just yet. By the time she is ready however, Dino is too shaken from his Heroic B.S.O.D. moment earlier that day.
- The Awesome Shrink: Dr. Beiber, played by Peter Dinklage.
- Beta Couple: Jonathan and Debbie, and later Ben and Sue.
- Birds of a Feather: All three the main couples.
- Breaking the Fourth Wall: And how! This was what separated this show from other teen dramas of the time.
- Black Best Friend: Sue.
- Butt-Monkey: Jonathan is this among his friends.
- The Charmer: Dino.
- Cool Big Bro: Ben's older Black Sheep brother Sam. Made complicated when Miss Young starts hitting on him during the fallout after Ben and Sue's on-stage hookup.
- Dawson Casting: The cast, playing 16-year olds, ranged from 19-22.
- Heroic B.S.O.D.: Dino when he finds his mom cheating on his dad with his hockey coach.
- Hollywood Nerd: Ben, Jonathan and Deborah.
- Hormone-Addled Teenager
- Hot Teacher: Miss Young
- Jerk Jock: Hockey player Dino is this. However he's also a...
- Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Despite his Jerk Jock moments, Dino shows that he really does love and care for Jackie and his friends and family.
- Like Father, Like Son: Ben's dad also got into a sexual relationship with his teacher when he was in high school.
- Mistaken for Masturbating: Jonathan's parents think he's masturbating when he's actually shaving. Although he admits to the fourth wall that he was going to when he was done.
- Raging Stiffie: Dino starts stealing Viagra from Jonathan's dad. He takes them for a "test drive" and they work...while he's wrestling with a guy in gym class.
- Real Song Theme Tune: "Sooner or Later" by Michael Tolcher
- Satellite Love Interest: Zoe to Dino. It is obvious that Dino only likes Zoe because unlike Jackie, she's willing to hook-up or have sex. He doesn't go through with it because he can't stop thinking about Jackie.
- School Play: Played straight with a Romeo and Juliet musical. Ben is made to play Romeo by Miss Young as a way for them to spend more time together opposite of Sue. Eventually, Ben and Sue get closer, ending the play with a real kiss.
- Sex Is Cool
- She Is All Grown Up: Debbie's cousin Sabrina who went from a stuck-up cheerleader to an alt-girl photographer after a tragic accident. She gets the attention of both Dino and Jonathan, much to Debbie's chagrin.
- Six Student Clique:
- The Head: Ben
- The Muscle: Dino
- The Quirk: Jonathan
- The Pretty One: Jackie
- The Smart One: Sue
- The Wild One: Deborah
- Teacher/Student Romance: Between Miss Young and Ben
- True Companions