According to Jim
The cast of According to Jim
Created byTracy Newman
Jonathan Stark
StarringJim Belushi
Courtney Thorne-Smith
Kimberly Williams-Paisley (2001-2008)
Larry Joe Campbell
Taylor Atelian
Billi Bruno
Conner Rayburn
Country of originUSA
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes182 (List of episodes)
Camera setupMulti-camera setup
Running time30 minutes w commercials
22 minutes w/o commercials
Original channelABC
Picture format480i (SDTV),
720p (HDTV)
Original runOctober 3, 2001 – June 2, 2009
External links
Official website

According to Jim is an American situation comedy television series, starring actor and comedian Jim Belushi in the title role as a suburban father of five children. It originally ran on ABC from October 3, 2001 to June 2, 2009.


Jim is an abrasive but lovable suburban father. Much like his real life counterpart, Jim's character is noted as a fan of blues music, as well as the Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs, Chicago Bulls, and the Chicago Blackhawks. Jim & Cheryl, also raise Three children – Ruby, Gracie and Kyle

Jim often finds himself in messy situations and his laziness inclines him to search for alternative ways of doing things with less effort. While Andy might be his best friend, Dana frequently teams up with Cheryl against Jim.

Interestingly, the family's surname has never been revealed throughout its 8 seasons.


The show first aired following the surprise hit comedy My Wife and Kids and quickly developed an audience of its own. For its second season ABC placed it on its revitalized Tuesday line-up, which also included John Ritter's 8 Simple Rules, Bonnie Hunt's Life with Bonnie and Less Than Perfect. Week by week, the show attracted more and more viewers, becoming ABC's second most watched sitcom. The show performed so well that the network made a risky move: putting Jim opposite the NBC juggernaut Frasier. Although Jim did not beat the competition, it performed well enough to secure itself that spot on the 2003 fall schedule.

On May 15, 2007, it was announced that According to Jim would not be renewed for another season. ABC Entertainment President Stephen McPherson said, "We are talking to the studio to see if there’s something financially, a deal that would make sense for us".[1] On June 27, 2007, ABC renewed the show for a seventh season with 18 episodes.[2][3]

According to Jim returned to ABC's schedule on Tuesday January 1, 2008 with two episodes at 9 PM and 9:30 PM. After that, the series moved to its regular time slot at 8 PM. Despite the writer's strike, ABC announced that the show will produce all 18 episodes ordered for this season.[4]

On February 27, 2008, it was reported that ABC was close to renewing According to Jim for an eighth season.[5] On May 13, 2008, ABC officially renewed the series and season eight began airing on December 2, 2008.[6] Kimberly Williams-Paisley left the show at the beginning of season eight. [7]

In December 2008, co-star Larry Joe Campbell said that the sets had been destroyed, indicating that the series was cancelled, but they did tape a series finale set to air June 2, 2009 on ABC.[8] According to Jim returned to ABC's schedule on April 14, 2009 for the final 12 episodes.[9] The series finale of According to Jim aired on June 2, 2009 on ABC, and was titled "Heaven Opposed to Hell".




Main article: List of According to Jim episodes

U.S. television ratingsEdit

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of According to Jim on ABC.

Note: Each U.S. network television season starts in late September and ends in late May, which coincides with the completion of May sweeps.

Season Season premiere Season finale TV season Ranking Viewers (in millions)
1st October 3, 2001 May 15, 2002 2001-2002 #55 10.00
2nd October 1, 2002 May 20, 2003 2002-2003 #49 10.60
3rd September 23, 2003 May 25, 2004 2003-2004 #51 9.93
4th September 21, 2004 May 17, 2005 2004-2005 #46 10.07
5th September 20, 2005 May 2, 2006 2005-2006 #90 6.70
6th January 3, 2007 May 16, 2007 2006-2007 #121 6.65
7th January 1, 2008 May 27, 2008 2007-2008 #171[10] 4.58[11]
8th December 2, 2008 June 2, 2009 2008-2009 #141[12] 4.49[13]

Weekly rankings of According to Jim, Season 8 on ABC.

Episode # Title Air Date Timeslot Viewers (m)
1 "The Blankie" December 2, 2008 Tuesday 9:00 6.15[14]
2 "The New Best Friend" December 2, 2008 Tuesday 9:30 5.51[15]
3 "Jamie McFame" December 9, 2008 Tuesday 9:00 5.05[16]
4 "Andy's Proposal" December 9, 2008 Tuesday 9:30 5.34[17]
5 "Two for the Money" December 16, 2008 Tuesday 9:00 5.13[18]
6 "Cabin Boys" December 30, 2008 Tuesday 9:30 3.77[19]
7 "The Ego Boost" April 14, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 4.70[20]
8 "The Yoga Bear" April 14, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 4.25[21]
9 "Kyle's Crush" April 21, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 3.73[22]
10 "The Meaningful Gift" April 21, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 3.71[23]
11 "The Daddy Way" April 28, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 3.43[24]
12 "Physical Therapy" April 28, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 3.71[25]
13 "The Cooler One" May 12, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 3.94[26]
14 "Happy Jim" May 12, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 3.90[27]
15 "King of the Nerds" May 26, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 3.87[28]
16 "I Hate the High Road" May 26, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 3.87[29]
17 "Diamonds are a Ghoul's Best Friend" June 2, 2009 Tuesday 8:00 4.10[30]
18 "Heaven Opposed to Hell" June 2, 2009 Tuesday 8:30 4.10[31]

DVD releaseEdit

Lionsgate Home Entertainment (under license from ABC Studios) released Season 1 of According to Jim on DVD in Region 1 on October 21, 2008.



External linksEdit

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