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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 who lives with his parents. 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 by Shout! Factory on September 18, 2012.


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  • Ad-Break Double-Take: Played straight in "A Family Affair" when Larry and Sharon catch Chris in bed with Sharon's sister.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Sapphire from "The Prettiest Week of My Life."
  • Anti-Hero: Chris, though he isn't really aware of it.
  • Basement-Dweller: 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.
  • Black Comedy
  • Body Horror: Some of the mutations Chris and Gus undergo in "Chris' Brain Starts Working".
  • Clip Show: The final episode of the series, set up as Chris' life flashing before his eyes as he falls from an airplane.
  • Cloud Cuckoolander: Chris. He lives in his own little world where reality rarely intrudes, and he constantly misunderstands the people and situations he encounters.
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  • Distracted by the Sexy: The Title Sequence 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.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: Inverted. Some of the first season is almost like a normal sitcom. The show would get a great deal weirder in Season 2.
  • Everyone Chasing You: Happens to Chris at the end of "The Big City".
  • Fashion Model: Chris enters a modeling school, and in the attempt to hit the big time he gets himself arrested at a fashion show.
  • Fun with Acronyms: Chris' alien friend Spewey, which Chris says stands for "Special Person Entering the World...Egg Yolks".
  • Gainax Ending: The final episode is a clip show in which Chris falls out of a plane on the way to Iraq, in the end he lands on "one of those discarded beds from the classic TV series Love, American Style"; unluckily, the mattress was made entirely out of explosives, blowing Chris up once again. A third season was planned but never happened.
  • Happy Dance: Chris' bizarre back-and-forth hand-flapping line dance.
  • Henpecked Husband: Larry
  • Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: A good amount of episodes have the subtitle "2000".
  • Innocent Aliens: Spewey is anything but. He constantly beats Chris up, frequently vomits on him, and inexplicably excretes pus from his elbows.
  • Jerk with a Heart of Gold: Fred.
  • Manchild: Chris.
  • Put on a Bus: Larry.
  • Set Right What Once Went Wrong: Multiple times in "1977 2000"
  • Stalker with a Crush: 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.
  • They Killed Kenny Again: Chris tends to die a lot. Most infamously in "Married" when the episode abruptly ends with a giant boulder falling on him for no reason.
  • "Well Done, Son!" Guy: Inverted Trope. Chris actually thinks that Fred is proud of him. He could not be more wrong.
  • 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.
  • Widget Series


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