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About SURVIVING JACK & Episode Guides

About SURVIVING JACK & Episode Guides

Surviving Jack Premiered on FOX on  March 27, 2014

About the Show:
SURVIVING JACK is a new single-camera comedy based on best-selling author Justin Halpern's autobiographical book, “I Suck at Girls.” Set in the 1990s, the ensemble series is about a man becoming a dad, as his son is becoming a man, in a time before “coming of age” was something you could Google.

JACK DUNLEVY (Emmy Award nominee Christopher Meloni, “True Blood,” “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit”), ex-military and an oncologist, is a no-bull kind of guy. He sees little, if any, need to sugar-coat the truth. Up to this point, Jack's been the parent who's left for work early, come home late, eaten the big piece of chicken, yelled at his kids and gone to bed. But after years of deftly raising and running the family, his wife, JOANNE (Rachael Harris, “Suits,” NEW GIRL, “The Hangover”), is starting law school, leaving Jack as a full-time parent for the very first time.

Jack's teenage son, FRANKIE (Connor Buckley, “Deception”), is just starting his freshman year in high school. Lanky, quick-witted, self-deprecating and not entirely sure of himself, all Frankie wants to do is fly under the radar. But over the summer, he grew 10 inches, threw a no-hitter against a rival team and started to attract girls – all of which put him in some awkward situations – especially when the only base he's ever gotten to is on the field.

No matter how embarrassing the situations Frankie gets himself into are, Jack is there to pick up the pieces and lead his son to manhood…with the least gentle hand possible. Although Jack may be unorthodox and unfiltered, his intentions are always good. For better or for worse, he's Frankie's only resource now.

Even more confusing to Jack than Frankie's growing pains are those of his daughter, RACHEL (Claudia Lee, “Kick-Ass 2,” “Hart of Dixie”), a gorgeous and super-smart 17-year-old high school junior. Up until now, Rachel's done everything right. But no longer under the watchful eye of her mother, she has become a handful. Jack considers the mind of the teenage girl beyond his (or anyone's) comprehension – which Rachel will take full advantage of.

In addition to disciplining his own children, Jack must look out for Frankie's best friends: GEORGE (Kevin Hernandez, “The Sitter”), an overly confident Mexican-American with a big vocabulary; and MIKEY (newcomer Tyler Foden), a tough kid from a broken home.

Only time will tell if Jack's blunt and unpredictable parenting style will keep his kids out of trouble, or if Joanne will have to put down the law books and step in to keep the family order. Until then, Jack's the dad the Dunlevy kids always wished they had – most of the time. For someone who is used to taking care of people with cancer, Jack's got this… right?

SURVIVING JACK is produced by Doozer in association with Warner Bros. Television. Based on best-selling author Justin Halpern's book, “I Suck at Girls,” the series is co-created and written by Halpern (“$#*! My Dad Says”) and Patrick Schumacker (“$#*! My Dad Says”). The series is executive-produced by Emmy Award nominee Bill Lawrence (“Spin City,” “Scrubs,” “Cougar Town”), Halpern, Schumacker and Jeff Ingold. Victor Nelli (“Scrubs,” “The Bernie Mac Show”) directed the pilot.


Actor’s name

Character’s name

Christopher MeloniDr. Jack Dunlevy
Rachael HarrisJoanne Dunlevy
Connor BuckleyFrankie Dunlevy
Claudia LeeRachel Dunlevy
Tyler FodenMikey
Kevin HernandezGeorge Estrada

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Season 1

Episode 1: Pilot (Mar/27/2014)
Jack Dunlevy, a strict ex-military man, takes over raising the children while his wife returns to school. First up, his son Frankie is having girl problems while his daughter Rachel gets caught with her boyfriend in her room.

Episode 2: Gonna Make You Sweat (Apr/03/2014)
Jack gives Frankie, George and Mikey some coaching help so they can all make the varsity baseball team. Joanne inadvertently meddles in Rachel's love life.

Episode 3: How Do You Talk To An Angel (Apr/10/2014)
Frankie tries to summon the courage to ask Heather to a dance while Jack searches for a way to effectively punish Rachel.

Episode 4: Rhythm is a Dancer (Apr/17/2014)
The homecoming dance arrives and Frankie must decide whether to stay home or go to the dance with a substitute, since the girl he has a crush on is going with someone else. Rachel is bummed that the school has banned grinding while Jack and Joanne are excited at the prospect of having the house to themselves.

Episode 5: Something to Talk About (Apr/24/2014)
Jack tries to create calm in the house after Joanne has surgery, but nothing goes as planned. Frankie struggles with having a simple conversation with Heather while George and Mikey try to retrieve an adult video that they have accidentally lost possession of in the Dunlevy home.

Episode 6: She Drives Me Crazy (May/01/2014)
Rachel decides to join the wrestling team to appease her parents who want her to have extracurricular activities on her resume. Frankie and Joanne's bonding activities start to affect Frankie's social life.

Episode 7: Parents Just Don't Understand (May/08/2014)
Jack and Joanne disagree over parenting styles when both Frankie and Rachel start spreading their wings, Frankie with alcohol and Rachel regarding birth control.