Eddie Kaye Thomas
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||81 (list of episodes)|
David S. Rosenthal
Annette Sahakian Davis
|Running time||30 minutes|
Goldsmith Yuspa Productions (seasons 1-3)|
Impact Zone Productions (season 4)
Sony Pictures Television
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||September 7, 2006– June 20, 2010|
’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 a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
’Til Death centers on Eddie and Joy Stark, and their life, relationship and behavior after 23 years of marriage. The first two seasons often focus on the conflict 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 Brothers Organization.
The third season focuses primarily on Eddie and Joy's relationship with Kenny after he moves in with them.
The fourth and final season focuses on the Starks coping with life with their daughter Ally (Lindsey Broad, then Kate Micucci) and new son-in-law Doug (Timm Sharp), who live in a biodiesel-powered Airstream motorhome in the Starks' back yard. The series takes place in suburban Philadelphia in Cheltenham Township.
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. 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.
The second season ran from September 2007 to May 2008 and consisted of 15 episodes, during which it aired on Wednesdays at 8:30 p.m. following a new comedy Back to You. Late in 2007, production was halted because of the 2007–2008 writers' strike; only 19 episodes were produced. The series went on hiatus beginning November 28, but returned with a new episode on a special night in March 2008 at 9:30 p.m. Then in April, ’Til Death moved again to Wednesdays at 8:00 p.m. leading into Back to You. In May, the series was given an 18-episode order for its third season, while comedy companion Back to You was canceled.
The third season consisted of 22 episodes (four 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. Despite not airing all of season three and low ratings, ’Til Death was renewed for a fourth season in January 2009. Fox confirmed at its upfront presentation in May that the new season would air on Friday nights in the fall. 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.
The fourth and final 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. 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. Eventually, it was 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 canceled production of ’Til Death after years of below-average ratings.
- Eddie Stark (Brad Garrett): Eddie is a fun high school history teacher who has been married to Joy for over two decades.
- Joy Stark (Joely Fisher): Joy is Eddie's sarcastic wife who initially works as a travel agent, and later takes a job at Eddie's school. She is also a singer, and her voice is large enough to blow out candles (Season 2 episode 1), Eddie gets embarrassed over how loud her voice is and so powerful that she blew out Steph's birthday candles with her singing voice.
- Jeff Woodcock (Eddie Kaye Thomas) (seasons 1–2): Jeff is an optimistic newlywed next-door neighbor to the Starks and also the vice-principal at the high school where Eddie teaches.
- Steph Woodcock (Kat Foster) (seasons 1–2): She is unemployed and developing her master's thesis, on which she is making little progress.
- Kenny Westchester (J. B. Smoove) (recurring, seasons 2 and 4; main, seasons 3): Kenny is Eddie's "little brother" from the Big Brother program and a recent divorcé.
- Allison Stark (Krysten Ritter (recurring, seasons 1–2); Laura Clery (recurring, season 3); Lindsey Broad (main, season 4); Kate Micucci (main, season 4)): Allison "Ally" Mayweather Stark 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 show's fourth and final season, she lives in a biodiesel-powered Airstream motorhome in her parents' backyard with her boyfriend and later husband, Doug. That she is played by different actresses becomes a running gag in later episodes.
- Doug Von Stuessen (Timm Sharp) (recurring, seasons 1–3; main, season 4): Doug is Allison's boyfriend and later husband who lives in a biodiesel-powered Airstream motorhome in the Starks' backyard with Allison during the show's fourth and final season. He is an idealistic hippie who becomes convinced his whole life is a sitcom. His oil tycoon father George Von Stuessen, whom he doesn't see eye to eye with, was portrayed by Barry Bostwick in two episodes.
- Kat Foster and Eddie Kaye Thomas, who played Steph and Jeff Woodcock, respectively, left the show after season 2, having "moved onto other projects". However, their characters continued to appear in several episodes of season three, and even one episode of season four, as these were filmed during the season two production batch but were not aired until later because of the 2007 Writers strike.
- Krysten Ritter, who played the recurring role of the Starks' daughter, Allison, was replaced in season three by Laura Clery.
- J.B. Smoove, who began appearing late in season two, was added to the show's main cast in season 3, playing Eddie's friend Kenny. His ex-wife appeared in the premiere episode of the third season. Smoove was subsequently dropped from the main cast in the episodes produced in the season 4 production batch.
- Beginning with episodes produced for season 4, Lindsey Broad and Timm Sharp were added to the main cast as Allison Stark and Doug Von Stuessen, respectively. Starting with tenth episode of the season 4 production batch, Kate Micucci replaced Lindsey Broad in the role of Allison Stark.
- Karl (Nick Bakay)
- Whitey (Martin Mull)
- Principal Duffy (Kathleen Rose Perkins)
- Cofeld (Anthony Anderson)
- Nicole (Margaret Cho)
- Stan (Jerry Lambert)
- Russ (Will Sasso)
- Steven (Kevin Nealon)
- Simona (Susan Yeagley)
- Donna, Joy's mother (Lainie Kazan)
- George Von Stuessen (Barry Bostwick)
- Tina, Kenny's ex-wife (Kym Whitley)
- Beth (Alison La Placa)
- Stu (Joe Manganiello)
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||September 7, 2006||April 11, 2007|
|2||15||September 19, 2007||May 14, 2008|
|3||22||September 10, 2008||June 20, 2010|
|4||22||October 2, 2009||May 23, 2010|
|DVD Name||Region 1||Region 4||Episode Number|
|The Complete First Season||August 21, 2007||February 13, 2008||22|
|The Complete Second Season||January 13, 2009||TBA||18|
|The Complete Third Season||November 3, 2015||TBA||18|
|The Complete Series||November 8, 2017||81|
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.
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. It was also announced on July 28, 2011 that Spike had picked up the show for syndication, which debuted on October 3, 2011. In June 2013, TV Land brought the show, but was removed later on. Since January 2018, Sony's GetTV airs reruns of the show.
Seasonal ratings based on average total viewers per episode of ’Til Death on Fox:
|Season||Timeslot (EDT)||Season Premiere||Season Finale||TV Season||Rank||Viewers|
|1||Thurs. 8/7c (September 7 – February 15)
Wed. 9:30/8:30c (March 14 – April 11)
|September 7, 2006||April 11, 2007||2006-2007||#82||7.1|
|2||Wed. 8:30/7:30c (September 19 – November 14)
Wed. 8/7c (April 16 – May 14, 2008)
|September 19, 2007||May 14, 2008||2007-2008||#131||6.1|
|3||Wed. 9/8c (September 10 – October 8)||September 10, 2008||October 8, 2008||2008-2009||#141||4.4|
|4||Fri. 8:30/7:30c (October 2–23)
Sun. 7/6c (January 31 – June 20)
|October 2, 2009||May 23, 2010||2009-2010||#116||2.4|
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