Gary Unmarried is an American sitcom created by Ed Yeager, which ran on CBS from September 24, 2008 to March 17, 2010. The series focuses on a divorced couple sharing custody of their kids while starting new relationships; the show was produced by ABC Studios and CBS Television Studios, Yeager and Ric Swartzlander served as executive producers for the first season. The series was known as Project Gary during tapings before premiering on television. On May 18, 2010, CBS cancelled the series after two seasons; the series centers around the life of Gary Brooks and begins three months after he and his ex-wife, Allison Brooks divorce. Gary bought his own place after his divorce. Now his life revolves around trying to move on from his marriage and get back out into the dating scene while having to deal with his ex-wife because they have two children together. For these reasons, he has difficulty adjusting to life without Allison, matters are not helped by their still-antagonistic relationship. Despite their acrimonious relationship and constant flinging of cracks at each other and Allison affectionately make up at the end of most of their conflicts, as the two seem to have a soft spot for each other underneath all their hostility.
Their teenagers are sent forth between them so as to spend time with each parent. Their teenage son, Tom, is a brash 14-year-old who's had a girl in his bedroom, has tried drinking beer, spoken to Gary as if he's Gary's father, has spoken to one of Gary's girlfriends in a flirtatious manner. Louise, their precocious 12-year-old daughter, is an intellectual who plays the cello, keeps photos of Mahatma Gandhi, Al Gore and Che Guevara on her bedroom walls, watches C-SPAN. Allison considers Gary to be irresponsible in his parenting while Gary considers Allison to be boring in her parenting. In the pilot episode, Gary starts dating a young divorced mom, Vanessa Flood, while Allison reveals that she's engaged to their former marriage counselor, Dr. Walter Krandall. Tom begins a romance of his own; the three couples move forward uncertainly. Vanessa, breaks up with Gary after a short-lived relationship because of his inability to quit worrying about Allison. In Season 2, Gary lands an on-air job at a local sports talk radio station, starts dating the station's new, young manager, Sasha.
The first season ran from September 24, 2008 to May 20, 2009. The series aired Wednesdays at 8:30 PM ET, following fellow CBS sitcom The New Adventures of Old Christine, they replaced. After an initial order of 13 episodes, CBS announced its order for seven more episodes of Gary Unmarried on November 14, 2008, calling it a full season pickup. On January 7, 2009, the show won the "Favorite New TV Comedy" award at the 35th People's Choice Awards, beating one season cancellations Kath & Kim and Worst Week. On May 10, 2009, it was announced that executive producers Yeager and Swartzlander had left the series over creative differences. On May 19, 2009 it was announced that Gary Unmarried was picked up by CBS for a second season. Season 2 premiered on Wednesday, September 23, 2009 at 8:30 PM ET, it was replaced on the schedule by Accidentally on Purpose in March 2010, was cancelled on May 18 of that year. Gary Brooks: A juvenile, loving, but sneaky, dishonest divorced father, who's on some misadventure to keep out of trouble.
Despite his deceptiveness and sneakiness, more than not Gary is caught and fails miserably, resulting in him forcefully trying to justify his actions at the end of most situations. Gary enjoys drinking beer and playing games with his guy friends. Allison Brooks: Gary's troublemaking ex-wife and Louise/Tom's mother, who once went on a trip to revisit an "old friend" that she admittedly never got along with—even forcing Gary to involve himself in it. Although seen behaving antagonistically and spitefully towards Gary, Allison has a tender side and is needy in terms of love and emotional support. Curtis: An old friend of Gary who works at a radio station.. Sasha: The young, overwhelmed radio station manager.. Tom Brooks: Gary and Allison's brash teenage son who can be just as loving and caring as his mom but can be just as witty and quick on the draw as his dad. Louise Brooks: Gary and Allison's sassy daughter. Mitch Brooks: Gary's half-brother, a former Marine coming back to the United States, he lives in Gary's house.
He works with Gary as a house painter. Vanessa Flood: Gary's first post-divorce understanding, affable girlfriend, whom he has a lot in common with and met when his company painted her condo. Much like Gary, she has a child from a previous marriage and has a negative relationship with her ex-husband. Though Vanessa is good-humored for the most part, she isn't the easiest person to get along with when discussing her ex-husband and once got into a quarrel with Allison, but Gary broke it up out of concern that Allison would hurt Vanessa. Dr. Walter Krandall: A nerdy, instructive psychiatrist and former marriage counselor to Gary and Allison, he and Allison were engaged, but brok
Virtual International Authority File
The Virtual International Authority File is an international authority file. It is a joint project of several national libraries and operated by the Online Computer Library Center. Discussion about having a common international authority started in the late 1990s. After a series of failed attempts to come up with a unique common authority file, the new idea was to link existing national authorities; this would present all the benefits of a common file without requiring a large investment of time and expense in the process. The project was initiated by the US Library of Congress, the German National Library and the OCLC on August 6, 2003; the Bibliothèque nationale de France joined the project on October 5, 2007. The project transitioned to being a service of the OCLC on April 4, 2012; the aim is to link the national authority files to a single virtual authority file. In this file, identical records from the different data sets are linked together. A VIAF record receives a standard data number, contains the primary "see" and "see also" records from the original records, refers to the original authority records.
The data are available for research and data exchange and sharing. Reciprocal updating uses the Open Archives Initiative Protocol for Metadata Harvesting protocol; the file numbers are being added to Wikipedia biographical articles and are incorporated into Wikidata. VIAF's clustering algorithm is run every month; as more data are added from participating libraries, clusters of authority records may coalesce or split, leading to some fluctuation in the VIAF identifier of certain authority records. Authority control Faceted Application of Subject Terminology Integrated Authority File International Standard Authority Data Number International Standard Name Identifier Wikipedia's authority control template for articles Official website VIAF at OCLC
Mom (TV series)
Mom is an American television sitcom that premiered on CBS on September 23, 2013. The series is created by Chuck Lorre, Eddie Gorodetsky, Gemma Baker, while the former two serving as executive producers on the series, along with Nick Bakay. In April 2018 it was renewed for a sixth season, which premiered on September 27, 2018. On February 5, 2019, it was renewed for two additional seasons. Set in Napa, California, it follows dysfunctional daughter/mother duo Christy and Bonnie Plunkett, after having been estranged for years while both were struggling with addiction, attempt to pull their lives and their relationship together by trying to stay sober and attending Alcoholics Anonymous, it stars Anna Faris and Allison Janney in the leading roles. Mimi Kennedy, Jaime Pressly, Beth Hall, William Fichtner, Sadie Calvano, Matt Jones, Blake Garrett Rosenthal, Spencer Daniels, Nate Corddry, French Stewart, Kristen Johnston appear in supporting roles; the show is produced by Warner Bros.. Television and Chuck Lorre Productions.
Mom has received acclaim from critics and audiences alike throughout its run, with major credit being given to its writing and its performances. It has been applauded for addressing themes of real-life issues such as alcoholism, drug addiction, teen pregnancy, addictive gambling, relapse, death, domestic violence, abortion, obesity, ADD and has been praised for maintaining a deft balance between the humorous and darker aspects of these issues. Mom has received high ratings, with an average viewership of 11.79 million, making it the third highest rated comedy on broadcast television in the US. It is among the top five comedies with both adults ages 25 to 54 and adults ages 18 to 49; the show has received various accolades, with Janney winning two consecutive Primetime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series in 2014 and 2015 and being nominated in 2016 and for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2017 and 2018. It has garnered multiple nominations at the Critics' Choice Television Awards and the People's Choice Awards during its run.
Mom follows Christy Plunkett, a single mother who, after dealing with her battle with alcoholism and drug abuse, decides to restart her life in Napa, working as a waitress and attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings. Her mother Bonnie Plunkett is a recovering addict. Christy's daughter, born when Christy was 17, has become a teen mother by her boyfriend, Luke. Christy has a young son, Roscoe by her ex-husband, Baxter, a deadbeat but likable pothead. Christy has gone back to school and is pursuing her dream of becoming a lawyer, while Bonnie attempts to have a healthy romantic relationship with her fiancé, Adam. Through it all and Bonnie rely on their support system from AA, including the wise Marjorie, the wealthy and sometimes misguided Jill, the overly emotional Wendy, the loudmouth but sweet Tammy. Collectively, they help each other stay sober in the face. Anna Faris as Christy Jolene Plunkett: a single mother who has gone five years without drinking and is still struggling with sobriety and a concurrent addiction to gambling.
Now sober, she strives to be a good example to her son Roscoe, regain the trust of her daughter Violet, revealed to be pregnant herself in the first episode. In addition, she is trying to iron out the rough edges in her relationship with her mother Bonnie, who she still struggles to forgive after a tumultuous childhood and long estrangement. Christy finds out that her biological father, ran out on Bonnie after she was discharged from the hospital on Christmas Eve after giving birth to Christy, she locates Alvin and finds out that he is a married father of two sons and runs an auto repair shop. Christy develops a bond with Alvin, whom she introduces to her family, comes to see him as the father she needs in her life. Like her mother, Christy became a teenage mother when she had Violet at age 16-17. A former stripper, Christy is seen working as a waitress, she is promoted to manager, but goes back to being a waitress. Christy decides that she wants to go back to school to become a lawyer, she takes a second job working as an assistant for Steve Casper earning her bachelor's degree and being accepted to law school.
Allison Janney as Bonnie Plunkett: Christy's mother, a joyful if cynical recovering addict. She tries to regain the love and trust of her daughter, whom she was unable to properly nurture as a child, she was given up for adoption at age four and was in the foster care system, being passed around from house to house where she ended up running off with Alvin at age 15. She ended up pregnant and had Christy at age 17. Alvin abandoned both of them at the hospital on Christmas Eve. Bonnie has stated that she put Christy up for adoption. A pleasant Jewish couple was going to adopt her. From that point on, she attempted her best to raise Christy. However, Christy wound up raising herself as Bonnie preferred to party and drink rather than stay home. With time and much therapy, Bonnie managed to find the balance and now wants to catch up, revealing to Christy her past, including who her real father is and how to find him, as well as her past side career as a drug dealer. Sadie Calvano as Violet Plunkett (main cast seasons 1–3.
Bones (TV series)
Bones is an American crime procedural comedy-drama television series that aired on Fox in the United States from September 13, 2005, until March 28, 2017. It has 246 episodes over twelve seasons; the show is based on forensic anthropology and forensic archaeology, with each episode focusing on an FBI case file concerning the mystery behind human remains brought by FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth to forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan, it explored the personal lives of the characters. The rest of the main cast includes Michaela Conlin, T. J. Thyne, Eric Millegan, Jonathan Adams, Tamara Taylor, John Francis Daley, John Boyd. Created by Hart Hanson, the series is loosely based on the life and novels of Kathy Reichs, a forensic anthropologist, who produced the show, its title character, Temperance Brennan, is named after the protagonist of Reichs' crime novel series. In the Bones universe, Dr. Brennan writes successful mystery novels featuring a fictional forensic anthropologist named Kathy Reichs.
Bones is a joint production by Josephson Entertainment, Far Field Productions and 20th Century Fox Television. The series is the longest-running one-hour drama series produced by 20th Century Fox Television. On February 25, 2016, the series was renewed for a twelfth and final season, consisting of twelve episodes that premiered on January 3, 2017; the series finale aired on March 28, 2017. The premise of the show is an alliance between forensic anthropologist Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan and FBI Special Agent Seeley Booth. Brennan is the central character and team leader of the fictional Jeffersonian Institute Medico-Legal Lab, a federal institution that collaborates with the FBI; this reflects the historical relationship between the FBI and scientists of the Smithsonian Institution. Set in Washington, D. C. the show revolves around solving Federal legal cases by examining the human remains of possible murder victims. Dr. Brennan and her team provide scientific expertise and Special Agent Seeley Booth provides FBI criminal investigation technique.
In addition to the prospective murder cases featured in each episode, the series explores the backgrounds and relationships of its characters. An important ongoing dynamic between Brennan and Booth is their disagreement about science and faith. Brennan argues for science and atheism. Booth argues for intuition and God; the series is known for its dark comedic undertones, featuring human bodies in advanced state of decay, which serve to lighten the gravity of the show's intense subject matter. Emily Deschanel as Dr. Temperance "Bones" Brennan: A brilliant forensic anthropologist working at the renowned Jeffersonian Institute located in Washington, D. C, her birth name was Joy Keenan, which her parents changed after they turned away from a life of crime. She is an author of crime fiction drawn from her experiences, she is agnostic and a staunch believer in facts and evidence, to the exclusion of feelings. She has shown compassion, her dearth of social skills provides most of the show's lighthearted humor through her catchphrase, "I don't know what that means," whenever a pop culture reference is introduced into conversation.
She is noted to have a high IQ and impressive reasoning skills. She and her FBI partner, Seeley Booth, begin a relationship near the end of season six. In season seven, they have a daughter together whom they name Christine, in honor of Temperance's late mother, they marry in season nine. Their son, named for Booth's paternal grandfather, is born in season 11. David Boreanaz as Seeley Booth: FBI Special Agent Booth seeks out Brennan's professional help in his investigations involving human remains that cannot be identified without her skills, his character is used as an audience surrogate to provide a layman's translation of the scientific jargon-filled dialog in the "squints" conversations, or lab scenes. He gives Brennan "Bones", which she first hates but comes to accept, he is a skilled investigator and interrogator who relies on his "gut" and "cop instincts". A decorated veteran of the United States Army Rangers, where he was a sniper, Booth has a son Parker from a previous relationship, a younger brother, Jared.
He has two children with Brennan: a son Hank. Raised in the Roman Catholic church, Booth is a devout believer in heaven, he debates spiritual issues with Brennan, who regards all religion as primitive superstition unsupported by empirical evidence. He is purportedly a member of the well-known Booth Family and, as such, is related to assassin John Wilkes Booth. Michaela Conlin as Angela Montenegro: A forensic artist at the Jeffersonian Institute and Brennan's best friend, Montenegro is her team specialist in forensic facial reconstruction—helping to identify the victims, she can generate holograms using her three-dimensional graphics program to simulate various scenarios of a crime to help determine cause of death. She and Dr. Brennan are best friends and argue, she is open and caring, tries to draw Brennan out of the lab. Angela's father is played by Billy Gibbons, guitarist of ZZ Top, who guest stars as a fictional version of himself. In season five, Montenegro marries co-worker Dr. Jack Hodgins.
They have an on-and-off relationship starting from season 2, she gives birth to their son, Michael Vincent, in season six. Her birth name is Pookie Noodlin. Eric Millegan as Dr. Zack Addy: Introduced in season one as Dr. Brennan's graduate student and intern, in sea
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. Hanks is known for his comedic and dramatic roles in such films as Splash, Turner & Hooch, A League of Their Own, Sleepless in Seattle, Apollo 13, You've Got Mail, The Green Mile, Cast Away, Road to Perdition, Cloud Atlas, Captain Phillips, Saving Mr. Banks, Sully, he has starred in the Robert Langdon film series, voices Sheriff Woody in the Toy Story film series. He is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, is regarded as an American cultural icon. Hanks has collaborated with film director Steven Spielberg on five films to date: Saving Private Ryan, Catch Me If You Can, The Terminal, Bridge of Spies, The Post, as well as the 2001 miniseries Band of Brothers, which launched Hanks as a successful director and screenwriter. In 2010, Spielberg and Hanks were executive producers on the HBO miniseries The Pacific. Hanks' films have grossed more than $4.6 billion at U. S. and Canadian box offices and more than $9.2 billion worldwide, making him the fourth highest-grossing actor in North America.
Hanks has been nominated for numerous awards during his career. He won a Golden Globe Award and an Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Philadelphia, as well as a Golden Globe, an Academy Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, a People's Choice Award for Best Actor for Forrest Gump. In 1995, Hanks became one of only two actors who won the Academy Award for Best Actor in consecutive years, with Spencer Tracy being the other. In 2004, he received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. In 2014, he received a Kennedy Center Honor, in 2016, he received a Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Barack Obama, as well as the French Legion of Honor. Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California on July 9, 1956, to hospital worker Janet Marylyn and itinerant cook Amos Mefford Hanks, his mother was of Portuguese descent. His parents divorced in 1960, their three oldest children, Sandra and Tom, went with their father, while the youngest, remained with their mother in Red Bluff, California.
In his childhood, Hanks' family moved often. While Hanks' family religious history was Catholic and Mormon, he has characterized his teenage self as being a "Bible-toting evangelical" for several years. In school, he was unpopular with students and teachers alike telling Rolling Stone magazine, "I was a geek, a spaz. I was horribly, painfully shy. At the same time, I was the guy, but I didn't get into trouble. I was always a real good kid and pretty responsible." In 1965, his father married a San Francisco native of Chinese descent. Frances had three children. Hanks acted in school plays, including South Pacific, while attending Skyline High School in Oakland, California. Hanks studied theater at Chabot College in Hayward and transferred to California State University, two years later. During a 2001 interview with Bob Costas, Hanks was asked whether he would rather have an Oscar or a Heisman Trophy, he replied. He told New York magazine in 1986, "Acting classes looked like the best place for a guy who liked to make a lot of noise and be rather flamboyant.
I spent a lot of time going to plays. I wouldn't take dates with me. I'd just drive to a theater, buy myself a ticket, sit in the seat and read the program, get into the play completely. I spent a lot of time like that, seeing Brecht, Tennessee Williams and all that."During his years studying theater, Hanks met Vincent Dowling, head of the Great Lakes Theater Festival in Cleveland, Ohio. At Dowling's suggestion, Hanks became an intern at the festival, his internship stretched into a three-year experience that covered most aspects of theater production, including lighting, set design, stage management, prompting Hanks to drop out of college. During the same time, Hanks won the Cleveland Critics Circle Award for Best Actor for his 1978 performance as Proteus in Shakespeare's The Two Gentlemen of Verona, one of the few times he played a villain. Time magazine named Hanks one of the "Top 10 College Dropouts." In 1979, Hanks moved to New York City, where he made his film debut in the low-budget slasher film He Knows You're Alone and landed a starring role in the television movie Mazes and Monsters.
Early that year, he was cast in the lead, Callimaco, in the Riverside Shakespeare Company's production of Niccolò Machiavelli's The Mandrake, directed by Daniel Southern. The following year, Hanks landed one of the lead roles, that of character Kip Wilson, on the ABC television pilot of Bosom Buddies, he and Peter Scolari played a pair of young advertising men forced to dress as women so they could live in an inexpensive all-female hotel. Hanks had partnered with Scolari on the 1970s game show Make Me Laugh. After landing the role, Hanks moved to Los Angeles. Bosom Buddies ran for two seasons, although the ratings were never strong, television critics gave the program high marks. "The first day I saw him on the set," co-producer Ian Praiser told Rolling Stone, "I thought,'Too bad he won't be in tel
Standoff (TV series)
Standoff is an American drama series that premiered on the Fox network on September 5, 2006. Created by Craig Silverstein, the series focused on an FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit whose members negotiated hostage situations and shared relationships; the show was produced by Sesfonstein Productions and 20th Century Fox Television and its executive producers were Craig Silverstein, Tim Story, Glen Mazzara. A total of 18 episodes were produced and the series completed its original run on July 20, 2007; the premise of the show was set up in the opening scene of the series pilot. In an attempt to connect with the hostage-taker, Matt Flannery, a negotiator for the FBI, reveals to him and his colleagues who are listening to his conversation, that he has been sleeping with his partner, Emily Lehman, their supervisor Cheryl Carrera is concerned about. Each episode revolves around the main plot of a hostage situation and the subplot of Matt and Emily's relationship. In the hostage situation, the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit is called upon to deal with the hostage-taker.
Although the series has six main characters, Matt Flannery and Emily Lehman are considered to be the protagonists of the series as a subplot concerning their relationship is featured in each episode. Matt Flannery is a senior negotiator for the FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit at the bureau's Los Angeles field office, he is partnered with Emily Lehman, his lover. He was born in Van Nuys and attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he obtained a Bachelor of Science in General Studies. Prior to joining the FBI, he worked as a police detective in the Violent Crimes Section of the Simi Valley Police Department and as a crisis negotiator of the department. Emily Lehman is a senior negotiator for the Crisis Negotiation Unit at the Los Angeles field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she is partnered with Matt Flannery, her lover. She was born in Albany, New York and educated at Cornell University, where she graduated with Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, she attained her Master's degree in Psychology and her Ph.
D in Criminal Psychology/Forensic Psychology from Princeton University. Prior to working at the Los Angeles field office of the FBI, Emily worked at the Phoenix field office in the Criminal Investigative Division. Cheryl Carrera is the Supervisory Special Agent in Charge of the Crisis Negotiation Unit at the Los Angeles field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she was Matt's partner in crisis negotiation. She was born in Brooklyn, New York to a Cuban father and attended the City University of New York, where she graduated with Bachelor of Science in Political Science, she attended Columbia University, where she obtained her Master's degree in International Relations and a Ph. D degree in Juridical Science. Prior to working with the FBI, she was an Assistant District Attorney in New York City. Frank Rogers is an FBI special agent and the head of the Special Weapons and Tactics team at the Los Angeles field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he was born in Michigan. Before entering the FBI, Rogers was trained at the U.
S. Army Combat Training Center and the U. S. Army Ranger School, he served in the Gulf War with the 75th Ranger Regiment. After joining the FBI, he worked at the Dallas Field Office, where he was part of the field office's SWAT team. Lia Mathers is an FBI special agent and an intelligence analyst for the Crisis Negotiation Unit at the Los Angeles field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, she was born in Seattle and educated at the California Institute of Technology, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Advanced Computer Studies. She attended the FBI Academy and received Professional Support Training from the Investigative Computer Unit. Duff Gonzalez is an FBI special agent and a member of the SWAT team at the Los Angeles field office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, he was born in East Los Angeles and obtained a Bachelor of Science in General Studies from California State University, Fullerton. Before joining the FBI, Duff was a member of the Los Angeles Police Department's SWAT Team.
Although the show lost more than half of its audience after its premiere, Fox ordered 6 more episodes in November 2006, bringing the total number of episodes to 18 for the season. The show was put on hiatus in December 2006 and was scheduled to return on March 30, 2007 before being pushed back to April 6, 2007; the return date was changed again to June 8, 2007 and was allocated to the 9:00 pm Friday night timeslot. The series was canceled on May 16, 2007; the series aired in the coveted 8:30 PM Monday night timeslot on Australia's Seven Network over the 2006-07 summer'non-ratings' period. When that period ended the show was shelved until July–September 2007 when it finished its run in the 10:30 PM Tuesday timeslot. Standoff on IMDb Standoff at TV.com Standoff Cast and Details - TV Guide
How to Eat Fried Worms (film)
How to Eat Fried Worms is a 2006 American children's comedy film directed and written by Bob Dolman and produced by Mark Johnson and Philip Steuer with music by Mark Mothersbaugh and Robert Mothersbaugh. It is loosely based on Thomas Rockwell's 1973 children's book of the same name, it was produced by Walden Media, distributed by New Line Cinema. Development began in 1998, the theatrical release for the United States and Canada was August 25, 2006; the film stars Luke Benward, Adam Hicks, Hallie Eisenberg, Austin Rogers, Andrew Gillingham, Alexander Gould, Blake Garrett, Philip Daniel Bolden. The film received mixed reviews from critics. A young, naive boy named, he and his parents, Mitch and his little brother, have just moved to a new town. Billy tells his mother that he doesn't want to go to school because he will be "the new kid", she assures him that he will make friends and everything will be okay. At school, however, he becomes the target of the school bully, Joe Guire, his two "toaders" named Plug and Bradley, the rest of his gang: Benjy, Techno-Mouth and Donny.
They rudely stare at him and call him "Billy F.". Plug and Bradley steal his lunch box, he sits behind an unusually tall girl whom people make fun of. At lunch, Billy pours out a pile of live earthworms. Sickened, he vomits before regaining strength. Confident, he throws one on Joe's face. A nerd named Adam Simms was sure that Joe was going to smash Billy with his ring, rumored that whoever Joe punches it with dies in the eighth grade; the next day after school, Joe and Benjy catch up with Billy as he heads home. Joe proposes a bet: Billy must eat ten worms in one day without throwing up, the loser has to come to school with worms in his pants and walk down the hall past everybody. Billy knows that he cannot back out of the bet, so he accepts; the next day, Billy is teamed up with Adam Simms. After eating the first worm, "Le Big Porker," the gang gets caught by a park ranger for using a grill in the park without adult supervision, but they outrun him. Billy becomes more confident with each worm. While cooking the second/third worm, "The Greasy Brown Toad Bloater Special," at Adam's uncle Ed's restaurant, the Brown Toad, Ed kicks them out for having the worms in his restaurant.
After Billy eats the fourth one, "The Burning Fireball," and burns his mouth and Techno-Mouth quit Joe's team and become his new best friends. Billy, Techno-Mouth and Adam go to a convenience store, but get kicked out for making a mess. At the playground, Billy eats the next three worms, "Magni-Fried," "Barfmallo," and "Peanut Butter and Worm Jam Sandwich." After dinner, the boys go to a bait shop, where Billy eats the next two worms, "The Green Slusher" and "Radioactive Slime Delight," while the owner is out, but her unexpected return leads to her chasing them for breaking into her bait shop. After Joe cheats in an attempt to keep Billy from eating the last worm, "Worm A La Mud," in time, all of his gang joins Billy's team. Billy eats the final worm before the deadline. Nigel Guire, Joe's brother, watching, tries to bully and humiliate him for losing. Billy and the rest of the gang stand up for him, telling Nigel to leave him alone, he leaves. After thinking it over that night, Billy returns to school.
He explains to Joe that the second worm was eaten by their principal, Burdock when Adam accidentally put it in his omelet at the Brown Toad. Since they both lost the bet, they both put worms in the other kids watch them, they are interrupted by Burdock, who nearly catches them when a worm falls out of Billy's pants, which Joe covers up. After Burdock returns to his office, the kids all run outside and celebrate as Billy and Joe both take the worms out of their pants and throw them into the air. Though the film and the book share the conceit about a bet between boys to eat earthworms, the nature of the situation differs significantly. In the book, the characters consist of four boys who are friends hanging around during the summertime. Billy has to eat fifteen worms in fifteen days, the terms of the bet are fifty dollars, which he intends to use to buy a dirt bike. Many of the film's subplots, that he is new in school, that Joe is a bully, that Billy has a weak stomach, that Joe threatens him with a Death Ring, do not appear in the book.
Unlike in the film, his parents find out about the bet, which he wins instead of tying. All the worms he eats in the book are Nightcrawlers, Erika, the girl who helps him in the film, is not introduced until the book's sequel, How to Fight a Girl; the film debuted with $4,003,537 in the United States and Canada. It closed seven weeks with a total of $13,040,527 domestically, $55,787 overseas, for a worldwide total of $13,096,314; the film received mixed reviews. Rotten Tomatoes shows the film as being rotten with a 59% rating; the site's consensus reads: "This Fear Factor for kids is good natured and tasty enough." Metacritic gave the film a metascore of 56. The Filthy Critic gave the film four out of five "fingers" for its realistic portrayal of how children act. ReelViews' James Berardinelli gave a mildly positive review but thought the potential audience too narrow: "It's