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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.

The sophomore season 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, November 2, 2017 at 9:30pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the third season of LIFE IN PIECES. In the season opener, "Settlement Pacifier Attic Unsyncing," when the entire Hughes family moves into John and Joan's home after their kitchen is destroyed, their presence creates chaos for Joan. Also, Matt and Colleen are set to receive a huge monetary settlement from Colleen's fall off the motel balcony on their wedding night; John tries to get Sophia back on track when she starts misbehaving; Tyler and Clementine make a surprise announcement to the family; and Jen and Greg attempt to persuade Lark to get rid of her pacifier.

Season 4 of LIFE IN PIECES premiered on Thursday, April 18, 2019 at 8:30pm and 9:30pm ET/PT, as CBS debuted two new episodes to kick off the new season. "Jungle Push Resort Anniversary" (8:30pm ET/PT): When the Short family arrives at their vacation resort in the Yucatan, their accommodations aren't quite what they expected. Also, Heather is ridiculously overprotective of Sophia during the family activities; Jen and Greg discover that Matt and Colleen have been duping everyone; and John and Joan get separated from their tour group in the jungle. "Demo Nosebreath Surgery Match" (9:30pm ET/PT): When Colleen and Matt try to impress a potential birth mother, they have a hard time competing against another rich, swanky couple. Also, Jen's pregnancy takes a toll on Greg; Heather lets John take credit for her housekeeping while Joan recovers from knee surgery; and Tim arranges for Tyler to record a demo at a friend's studio. Joey King guest stars as Morgan, a 17-year-old pregnant teen who is considering placing her baby for adoption with Matt and Colleen.
On Thursday, June 27, 2019 from 9-10pm ET/PT, CBS debuted the series finale of LIFE IN PIECES, debuting back-to-back new episodes:

"Cabana Hero Action Son" (9pm): When Matt helps Grandpa Mort (guest star Paul Dooley) efficiently book a family trip to the Bahamas, the family is super impressed, so Greg reserves a cabana at the pool to outdo Matt. Also, Tim saves the life of fellow hotel guest Stuart (guest star Richard Kind); Matt and Colleen take an excursion to a private island; and John learns some astonishing news about his father.

"Reverse Burden District Germany" (9:30pm): When Tim and Heather realize that being grandparents is very far off in the future, they decide to have another baby. Also, Joan gets frustrated when she keeps getting tasked with watching the grandkids; Jen and Greg decide to look for a new house; and Matt gets a job offer in Germany, which is problematic for Colleen and Lucas.


Production & Distribution

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