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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. Season 2 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.
On Thursday, May 17, 2018 from 9-10pm ET/PT, CBS premiered the one-hour Season 3 finale of LIFE IN PIECES, debuting back-to-back new episodes:

"Video Piercing Model Hangover" (9pm): Jen and Greg learn a surprising piece of news. Also, Sophia wants a second piercing in her ear much to the dismay of Heather and Tim; Colleen and Matt send out a video thank you message for their wedding gifts, which irritates the family; and John takes a modeling job but is horrified when his image is used to endorse a product for the elderly.

"Sixteen Spanish Car Leak" (9:30pm): Tim and Heather plan a surprise birthday party for Samantha, but the night takes an unexpected turn when Samantha doesn't come home alone. Also, Matt and Colleen are in an awkward situation with their surrogate; John and Joan learn Spanish for their next adventure; and Jen and Greg have to find a way to keep their secret from the family.

One day earlier -- on Wednesday, May 16 -- CBS announced LIFE IN PIECES will return for its fourth season as a mid-season series during 2018-2019.


Production & Distribution

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