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1[[quoteright:350:]]²²''Get a Life'' was a demented, [[SurrealHumor surreal]] 1990 sitcom that aired on Creator/{{Fox}}. It starred Creator/ChrisElliott as [[TheDanza Chris Peterson]], a friendly yet slightly psychotic 30-year-old paperboy and all-around loser who lives with his parents. The show followed Chris' strange adventures, which included becoming a male model, stalking beautiful women, and rescuing vomiting aliens. ²²Needless to say, the darkness and weirdness of the show got it cancelled after two seasons even as it received excellent critical reviews, but it gained a cult following in that time and after years of DVD sets for the show being stuck in DevelopmentHell (due to show-runner David Mirkin's insistence that all episodes be released uncut, including the music), a complete series set was finally released by Creator/ShoutFactory on September 18, 2012.²----²!!Get a Trope:²* AdBreakDoubleTake: Played straight in "A Family Affair" when Larry and Sharon catch Chris in bed with Sharon's sister.²* AmbiguouslyGay: Sapphire from "The Prettiest Week of My Life".²* AntiHero: Chris, though he isn't really aware of it.²* BasementDweller: Chris in Season 1, though technically it's "upstairs duplex apartment dweller"--but it's still his parents' house, and he drops in on them ''constantly''.²* BlackComedy²* BodyHorror: Some of the mutations Chris and Gus undergo in "Chris' Brain Starts Working". ²* ClipShow: The final episode of the series, set up as Chris' life flashing before his eyes as he falls from an airplane.²* CloudCuckoolander: Chris. He lives in his own little world where reality rarely intrudes, and he constantly misunderstands the people and situations he encounters.²* DistractedByTheSexy: The TitleSequence shows Chris on his paper route. When a scantily clad woman picks up her newspaper, Chris is so busy ogling her that he rides his bicycle into a parked car.²* EarlyInstallmentWeirdness: Inverted. Some of the first season is almost like a normal sitcom. The show would get a great deal weirder in Season 2.²* EveryoneChasingYou: [[spoiler: Happens to Chris at the end of "The Big City".]]²* FashionModel: Chris enters a modeling school, and in the attempt to hit the big time he gets himself arrested at a fashion show. ²* FunWithAcronyms: Chris' alien friend Spewey, which Chris says stands for "'''S'''pecial '''P'''erson '''E'''ntering the '''W'''orld...'''E'''gg '''Y'''olks".²* GainaxEnding: The final episode is a clip show in which Chris falls out of a plane on the way to UsefulNotes/{{Iraq}}. In the end he lands on "one of those discarded beds from the classic TV series ''Series/LoveAmericanStyle''"; unluckily, the mattress was made entirely out of explosives, blowing Chris up once again. A third season was planned but never happened.²* HappyDance: Chris' bizarre back-and-forth hand-flapping line dance. ²* HenpeckedHusband: Larry²* IdiosyncraticEpisodeNaming: A good amount of episodes have the subtitle "2000".²* InnocentAliens: Spewey is anything but. He constantly beats Chris up, frequently vomits on him, and inexplicably excretes pus from his elbows. ²* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Fred.²* LaughTrack: The show was filmed single-camera, and had a laugh track added in post-production. On the [=DVD=], some episodes can be watched without the laugh track. ²* ManChild: Chris.²* PutOnABus: Larry disappears early in season 2.²* {{Retool}}: ²** For once the idea to retool came from the show-runner, instead of the network.²** A minor one at the beginning of season 2: Chris moves out of his parents' house and Larry [[PutOnABus disappears]].²** Had the show been renewed for season 3, Chris would have become a hobo wandering around America.²* SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong: Multiple times in "1977 2000".²* StalkerWithACrush: Chris falls in love with and stalks a woman doctor who isn't interested in him at all. Later in the same episode, Chris gets his own stalker as well.²* TheyKilledKennyAgain: Chris tends to die a lot. Most infamously in "Married" when [[spoiler:the episode abruptly ends with a giant boulder falling on him for no reason.]]²* WellDoneSonGuy: InvertedTrope. Chris actually thinks that Fred is proud of him. He could not be more wrong.²* WhereTheHellIsSpringfield: If you pay attention, the show takes place in the fictional [[UsefulNotes/TwinCities Minneapolis]] suburb of Greenville, Minnesota, and the paper Chris delivers is the Saint Paul Pioneer Press.²* WidgetSeries²----


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