Accidentally on Purpose

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  • TV-14
  • 2009
  • 1 Season
  • 6.4  (6,644)

Accidentally on Purpose premiered on CBS in 2009 and ran for one season. The sitcom starred Jenna Elfman as Billie, a San Francisco newspaper film critic who finds herself unexpectedly pregnant after a one-night stand with a younger man, Zach (Jon Foster). Despite their age difference and short-lived relationship, Zach decides to stay in Billie's life and help her raise their baby.

Billie, who is in her thirties, is a free-spirited and independent woman who finds herself facing a major life change after learning she is pregnant. While she grapples with the idea of motherhood, Zach offers to move in and act as a co-parent. The two have very different approaches to life, with Billie being more carefree and unconventional, while Zach is more structured and responsible.

Along with their conflicting personalities, Billie and Zach also have to navigate the challenges that come with their unique living arrangement. Their living situation raises eyebrows among their friends and family, and they also have to deal with the awkwardness that comes with co-parenting with an ex-lover.

Throughout the series, Billie and Zach's relationship evolves as they learn to coexist and parent their child together. They face challenges such as finding their own identity as parents, dealing with their feelings for each other, and finding a balance between their own lives and their responsibilities as parents.

In addition to the main storyline, Accidentally on Purpose also features a cast of quirky supporting characters who provide comedic relief and help flesh out the show's world. Billie's best friend Olivia (Ashley Jensen) is a neurotic and loyal confidante who helps Billie navigate her new life as a mom. Zach's friend Davis (Nicolas Wright) is a well-meaning but bumbling slacker who offers comedic relief and serves as a sounding board for Zach's relationship with Billie.

The show's writing is clever and witty, with plenty of quippy one-liners and humorous situations. The chemistry between Elfman and Foster is also a highlight, as their respective personalities play off each other in a way that is both entertaining and believable.

Despite its strong comedic elements, Accidentally on Purpose also touches on important themes such as single parenthood, relationships, and the challenges of growing up. The show explores the vulnerabilities that come with parenthood, and the ways in which it forces people to mature and develop a deeper sense of responsibility.

Overall, Accidentally on Purpose is a funny and heartwarming series that explores the complexities of modern relationships and the joys and challenges of parenthood. Its relatable characters, clever writing, and excellent performances make it a standout in the crowded landscape of sitcoms.

Accidentally on Purpose is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (18 episodes). The series first aired on September 21, 2009.

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Speed 2
18. Speed 2
April 21, 2010
After faking labor pains, Billie gets them for real. Unfurtunately, Zack gets busted by the first cop they lied to and he is sent to the police station.
17. Speed
April 14, 2010
In the first part of a two-parter, Billie acts as if she gets into labor in order to save Zack from a traffic ticket of speeding. Meanwhile, Olivia and Davis spend the day shopping for a baby gift.
Face Off
16. Face Off
April 7, 2010
Zack is upset when Billie hires a baby nurse without consulting him. Meanwhile, Davis and Ryan are faced with a difficult choice when they learn surprising news about the nurse.
Back to School
15. Back to School
February 8, 2010
Billie invites herself to Zack's high school reunion, but with regrets when she becomes unsure if she can't compete with Zack's hot ex-girlfriend in her pregnant state. Meanwhile, Abby makes a miracle youth juice that she tries to sell at a party that she and Olivia host.
Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
14. Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
February 1, 2010
Billie tries to manipulate Zack so he does more chores around the apartement, but her plan backfires when Zack ends up decorating the nursery instead. Menawhile, Davis gets a job at a gay bar to earn extra cash.
The Rock
13. The Rock
January 18, 2010
While working on an article with Sully, Billie comes across some shocking news about the newspaper. Meanwhile, Zack and Davis decide to go into the sandwich business.
The Odd Couples
12. The Odd Couples
January 11, 2010
As they prepare for a surprise shower, Nick and Abby set up their significant others to keep Billie and Zack occupied. The plan turns into a disaster when the arranged couples don't get along.
It Happened One Christmas
11. It Happened One Christmas
December 14, 2009
Hoping not to ruin their Christmas, Billie tries to keep the fact that Zack is living with her from her parents. Meanwhile, Nick makes an effort to impress his father-in-law.
10. Class
December 7, 2009
Billie and Zack begin taking instructional parenting classes, but separately due to their busy schedules. However, Billie decides to go with Olivia and Abby, but when Abby starts to outshine Billie at all the tasks, the course turns into a competition.
Working Girl
9. Working Girl
November 23, 2009
After James employs a new movie critic for the newspaper, Billie sees her job in peril and starts showing her value to her boss.
The Third Man
8. The Third Man
November 16, 2009
Zack becomes jealous when Billie starts dating a colleague from her work at the newspaper.
The Godfather
7. The Godfather
November 9, 2009
Without meaning to, Billie causes the breakup of Abby and her husband after she asks her and Davis to be the godparents of her child. Billie has to prevent her sister from making any more mistakes during a night out with Davis.
Fight Club
6. Fight Club
November 2, 2009
Zack's plan to surprise Billie with a newly-installed low flow toilet leads to an unpleasant outcome as he and Billie get into their first major squabble.
The Love Guru
5. The Love Guru
October 19, 2009
Billie tries to live vicariously through Zack and Davis by offering up dating advice to them. However, things take a turn, when the objects of the boys' affection reveal their true intentions.
The Date
4. The Date
October 12, 2009
Billie and Zack agree to see other people. However, this proves to be easier said than done when Billie's pregnancy gets in the way of both of their potential dates.
One Night Stand
3. One Night Stand
October 5, 2009
Billie's pregnancy makes her more attractive to members of the opposite sex, including Zack, who is turned on by her new curves.
2. Memento
September 28, 2009
As Billie looks through Zack's things, she finds an unfinished note intended for her. She attempts to discover what Zack is keeping from her.
1. Pilot
September 21, 2009
After breaking it off with her boyfriend, Billie has a one-night-stand with a younger guy. After ending up pregnant, Billie decides to keep the baby, as well as the father.
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Accidentally on Purpose is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Accidentally on Purpose on demand at Amazon, Vudu and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 21, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    6.4  (6,644)