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Life in Pieces

Life in Pieces

Photo Credit:  Cliff Lipson/CBS
  • Premiered: 
    September 21, 2015
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  • Network: CBS
  • Category: Series
  • Genre: Comedy (Sitcom)
  • Type: Live Action
  • Concept: 
    Created by Justin Adler 
  • Subject Matter: Family
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Plot Synopsis

Told through separate stories of its different family members, this half-hour comedy series centers on the Short family: matriarch Joan, who adores her family and would do absolutely anything for them -- as long she agrees with it; her husband, John, the gregarious patriarch who's going through a bit of a crisis as he turns 70 -- and searching for ways to spend more time with his family; their youngest child, Greg, and his wife, Jen, who found themselves overwhelmed and unprepared for the birth of their first child to start the series, but now again overwhelmed by the surprising news that they are pregnant with their second child as Greg finds himself suddenly unemployed; Heather, the eldest of the three siblings and a mother of three, and her husband, Tim, who is dreading her impending empty nest so much she's considering having another baby; and middle child Matt, who can't catch a break, the most recent being a failed career that has forced him back home with his parents, but has finally proposed to his new love, Colleen. The family's lives unfold in four short stories each week. Season 2 of LIFE IN PIECES premiered on Thursday, October 26, 2016 at 9:30pm ET/PT on CBS, with Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman guest starring as Clementine's Parents, Mary-Lynn and Spencer. In the season opener, "Annulled Roommate Pill Shower," Heather and Tim enlist Clementine's unusual parents, Mary-Lynn and Spencer, to help convince Clementine and Tyler to annul their unexpected marriage. Also, Tommy moves in with Colleen, to the chagrin of her roommate, Dougie; John and Joan run into "complications" after John takes the wrong dose of his daily pill; and Jen and Greg keep a secret from the family.
On Thursday, January 5, 2017 at 9:30pm ET/PT, CBS debuted the winter premiere of LIFE IN PIECES. In the mid-season premiere, "TBT: Y2K Sophia Honeymoon Critter," the Shorts take a trip down memory lane with a #TBT to Y2K, when John and Joan throw a party to celebrate the turn of the century and John convinces everyone there will be chaos when the clock strikes midnight. Also, #TBT to Heather and Tim's parenting styles before they had Sophia, #TBT to Jen and Greg's honeymoon when Jen realizes the extent to which Joan is involved in Greg's life, and #TBT to the moment Greg and Colleen met.


Production & Distribution

  • Produced by 20th Century Fox Television
  • In association with Kapital Entertainment