'Til Death

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'Til Death
FormatSitcom
Created byJosh Goldsmith
Cathy Yuspa
StarringBrad Garrett
Joely Fisher
Kat Foster
Eddie Kaye Thomas
J.B. Smoove
Timm Sharp
Lindsey Broad
Kate Micucci
Martin Mull
Kathleen Rose Perkins
Country of originUnited States, UK (Only for Reruns)
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes81 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Josh Goldsmith
Cathy Yuspa
Producer(s)Alec Barnow
Marc Firek
Annette Sahakian Davis
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time20–21 minutes
Production company(s)Goldsmith Yuspa Productions
Impact Zone Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Picture format480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 7, 2006 (2006-09-07) – June 20, 2010 (2010-06-20)[1]
 
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'Til Death
FormatSitcom
Created byJosh Goldsmith
Cathy Yuspa
StarringBrad Garrett
Joely Fisher
Kat Foster
Eddie Kaye Thomas
J.B. Smoove
Timm Sharp
Lindsey Broad
Kate Micucci
Martin Mull
Kathleen Rose Perkins
Country of originUnited States, UK (Only for Reruns)
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes81 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Josh Goldsmith
Cathy Yuspa
Producer(s)Alec Barnow
Marc Firek
Annette Sahakian Davis
Camera setupMultiple-camera setup
Running time20–21 minutes
Production company(s)Goldsmith Yuspa Productions
Impact Zone Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Broadcast
Original channelFox
Picture format480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original runSeptember 7, 2006 (2006-09-07) – June 20, 2010 (2010-06-20)[1]

’Til Death is an American sitcom which aired on the Fox network from September 7, 2006, to June 20, 2010. The series was created by husband-and-wife team Josh Goldsmith and Cathy Yuspa, who were also the writers and executive-producers. The show focuses on Eddie and Joy Stark (Brad Garrett and Joely Fisher), a couple married for 23 years who live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Premise[edit]

’Til Death centers on Eddie and Joy Stark, and their relationship and behavior after 23 years of marriage. The first two seasons often focus on the contrast between the Starks and their newlywed neighbors, Jeff and Steph Woodcock (Eddie Kaye Thomas and Kat Foster). The second season introduces a new character named Kenny Westchester (J. B. Smoove) who is Eddie's friend from the big brother program.

The third season focuses largely around Eddie and Joy's relationship with Kenny after he moves in with them.

The fourth season focuses on the Starks adjusting to life with their daughter Ally (Kate Micucci) and new son-in-law Doug (Timm Sharp), who live in a biodiesel powered Airstream motorhome in the Starks' backyard. The series takes place in suburban Philadelphia in Cheltenham Township.

History[edit]

The first season of ’Til Death ran from September 7, 2006 to April 11, 2007 and contained 22 episodes. The series initially aired Thursdays at 8/7c alongside fellow freshman sitcom Happy Hour. In November the series was given a full season order and then later paired with The War at Home.[2][3] Beginning in March 2007 the show was given the coveted time slot directly following American Idol's results show, which led to an improvement in its ratings. In May, ’Til Death was renewed for a second season.[4][5]

The second season ran from September 2007 to May 2008 and consisted of 15 episodes, during which it aired on Wednesdays at 8:30PM following a new comedy Back to You. Late in 2007, production was halted due to the 2007-2008 writers' strike; only 19 episodes were produced.[6] The series went on hiatus beginning November 28, but returned with a new episode on a special night in March 2008 at 9:30PM.[7] Then in April, ’Til Death moved again to Wednesdays at 8:00PM leading into Back to You.[8] In May the series was given an 18 episode order for its third season, while comedy companion Back to You was cancelled.[9]

The third season consisted of 22 episodes (4 of which were produced during the second season) and initially ran from September to October 2008. During this brief run of seven episodes, ’Til Death aired Wednesdays at 9/8c alongside a new comedy Do Not Disturb. The ratings for both shows were low and as a result, the network pulled the sitcom from its November schedule.[10] Despite not airing all of season three and low ratings, ’Til Death was renewed for a fourth season in January, 2009.[11] Fox confirmed at its upfront presentation in May that the new season would air on Friday nights in the fall.[12][13] The surprise renewal was attributed to a significant licensing discount offered to Fox by the production company of ’Til Death (Sony Pictures Television), because it needed one more season to make the program viable for syndication.[14][15]

The fourth season premiered in October 2009 at a new time, Fridays at 8:30/7:30c, following a new sitcom, Brothers, starring former NFL player Michael Strahan.[16] This season is notable in that a large number of episodes produced for the third season but previously unaired by Fox were shown alongside new episodes produced for season four. Four new episodes of ’Til Death aired sequentially on Christmas Day from 8/7c until 10/9c. The schedule changed again, when ’Til Death moved to Sundays at 7/6c and 7:30/6:30c on January 31, 2010, with these first two episodes airing against Super Bowl XLIV.[17] It was eventually paired for three episodes with the soon-to-be-canceled comedy Sons of Tucson. The fourth season finale aired on May 23, 2010, although three unaired episodes formerly consigned for season three were burned off in June. Two months prior, Fox finally cancelled production of ’Til Death after years of below-average ratings.[18]

Cast[edit]

Main characters[edit]

NameActorSeasons Featured
Eddie StarkBrad Garrett1–4 (regular)
Eddie is a high school history teacher who has been married to Joy for over two decades.
Joy StarkJoely Fisher1–4 (regular)
Joy is Eddie's wife who initially works as a travel agent, and later takes a job at Eddie's school.
Jeff WoodcockEddie Kaye Thomas1–2 (regular)
Jeff is a newlywed next-door neighbor to the Starks and also the vice-principal at the high school where Eddie teaches.
Steph WoodcockKat Foster1–2 (regular)
Steph is Jeff's wife. She is unemployed and developing her master's thesis, on which she is making little progress.
Kenneth WestchesterJ. B. Smoove2, 4 (recurring); 3 (regular)
Kenny is Eddie's "little brother" from the Big Brother program and a recent divorcé.
Allison Mayweather "Ally" StarkKrysten Ritter (Seasons 1–2)
Laura Clery (Season 3)
Lindsey Broad (Season 4)[19]
Kate Micucci (Season 4)[20][21]
1–3 (recurring); 4 (regular)
Ally is Eddie and Joy's adult daughter who is away at college in early episodes, but is referenced in the pilot and shows up from time to time. During the shows 4th and final season she lives in a biodiesel powered Airstream motorhome in her parent's backyard with her boyfriend and later husband, Doug. The fact that she is played by different actresses becomes a running gag in later episodes.
Doug Von StuessenTimm Sharp1–3 (recurring); 4 (regular)
Doug is Allison's boyfriend and later husband who lives in a biodiesel powered Airstream motorhome in the Stark's backyard with Allison during the shows 4th and final season. He is an idealistic hippy who becomes convinced his whole life is a sitcom. His oil tycoon father George Von Stuessen, who he doesn't see eye to eye with, was portrayed by Barry Bostwick in two episodes.

Recurring characters[edit]

Cast notes[edit]

Episodes[edit]

DVD releases[edit]

DVD NameRegion 1Region 4Episode Number
The Complete First SeasonAugust 21, 2007February 13, 200822
The Complete Second SeasonJanuary 13, 2009TBA18

The first season DVDs include all 22 episodes from Season one. The second season DVDs include 18 out of the 19 episodes produced for Season two in airdate order.

Syndication[edit]

On July 26, 2011, it was announced that the show was picked up for syndication by affiliates and WGN America, which debuted the program on September 12, 2011.[25] It was also announced on July 28, 2011 that Spike had picked up the show for syndication, which debuted on October 3, 2011.[26] Following low ratings on Spike, it was picked up by another Viacom network, TV Land, in June, 2013,[27] where it airs on weekends and is also expected to lead off a 5pm-8pm (EDT) weekday block. It currently also airs in local syndication, including LA 56 KDOC-TV from 4pm-5pm PST M-F, and 6pm-7pm on Saturdays.

Ratings[edit]

Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of ’Til Death on Fox:

SeasonTimeslot (EDT)Season PremiereSeason FinaleTV SeasonRankViewers
(in millions)
1Thurs. 8:00 PM (September 7 - February 15)
Wed. 9:30 PM (March 14 - April 11)
September 7, 2006April 11, 20072006-2007#827.1[28]
2Wed. 8:30 (September 19 - November 14)
Wed. 8:00 P.M. (April 16 - May 14, 2008)
September 19, 2007May 14, 20082007-2008#1316.1[29]
3Wed. 9:00 PM (September 10 - October 8)September 10, 2008October 8, 20082008-2009#1414.4[30]
4Fri. 8:30 PM (October 2–23)
Sun. 7:00 P.M. (January 31 - June 20)
October 2, 2009May 23, 2010[31]2009-2010#1162.4[32]

References[edit]

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