According To Jim

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  • TV-PG
  • 2001
  • 8 Seasons
  • 6.5  (37,949)

According to Jim is a comedy series that aired on ABC from 2001 to 2009. It stars Jim Belushi as Jim, a lovable yet often immature father who tends to find himself in humorous situations. Courtney Thorne-Smith plays Cheryl, Jim's wife, who acts as the level-headed voice of reason in their family.

The show centers around the lives of the James "Jim" and Cheryl, who live in Chicago with their children. Together they navigate the ups and downs of marriage, parenting, and trying to balance work and family life.

Jim is known for his love of sports, particularly the Chicago Bears, and often finds himself in silly situations related to his fandom. He's also a bit of a slacker, frequently neglecting his responsibilities in favor of watching TV or hanging out with his friends. Despite his flaws, Jim loves his family fiercely and will do anything to protect them.

Cheryl, on the other hand, is the responsible one in the relationship. She works as a freelance writer and tries to keep the household running smoothly. She often finds herself frustrated with Jim's immaturity, but usually manages to talk him down from his more outrageous ideas.

The couple has three children: Ruby (played by Billi Bruno) is their smart and sassy pre-teen daughter; Gracie (Taylor Atelian) is their sweet and naive middle child; and Kyle (Conner Rayburn) is their youngest son, who is often caught up in his father's wild schemes.

Jim's best friend is Andy, played by Larry Joe Campbell. Andy is a lovable goofball who frequently gets roped into Jim's shenanigans. He's also the owner of the local pizza joint, which becomes a second home to Jim and his friends.

Another important character is Dana (Kimberly Williams-Paisley), Cheryl's sister. She's a neurotic single mother who often clashes with Jim's more laid-back parenting style. Despite their differences, Jim and Dana share a close friendship and mutual respect.

Throughout the show's eight seasons, the James family navigates a variety of challenges, from Jim's mid-life crisis to Cheryl's struggles to balance work and family. Despite their differences, the family always manages to come together in the end.

According to Jim is a light-hearted sitcom that's perfect for a family night in. It's filled with humor, heart, and relatable situations that many families will recognize. Although it went off the air over a decade ago, the show remains a favorite for many fans who enjoy its charming blend of comedy and family values.

According To Jim is a series that is currently running and has 8 seasons (182 episodes). The series first aired on October 3, 2001.

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Heaven Opposed to Hell
18. Heaven Opposed to Hell
June 2, 2009
When Jim chokes on a shrimp puff, he dies and arrives at Heaven's gate. With Jim on trial to prove his selfless acts on earth, best friend Andy is summoned to heaven to defend him. As Jim attempts to prove his good works to God, his sister-in-law, Dana, represents the Devil, arguing that Jim's selfishness should mean a certain trip to hell.
Diamonds Are a Ghoul's Best Friend
17. Diamonds Are a Ghoul's Best Friend
June 2, 2009
It's Cheryl's birthday and Jim decides to buy her a diamond necklace. But in an attempt to save money, he buys the necklace from Andy's unreliable source and soon learns that it was taken off of a dead woman whose ghost now begins to haunt him.
I Hate the High Road
16. I Hate the High Road
May 26, 2009
Cheryl forces Jim to donate time to charity. His reluctance turns to elation when he's rewarded with a thousand-dollar check for his efforts. Cheryl insists he return the check, but Jim is itching to buy himself somthing frivolous with the money. And to really test Cheryl's integrity, he spends the money on a pricey designer handbag for her.
King of the Nerds
15. King of the Nerds
May 26, 2009
Jim uses his passion for sports to connect with son Kyle. But sports-challenged Kyle identifies more with fellow sci-fi nerd Andy, forcing a reluctant Jim to dress up as a Cyclops at a sci-fi convention in order to win his son back.
Happy Jim
14. Happy Jim
May 12, 2009
Jim's bad back has him on prescription pain pills which has him in an altered state and opens up an opportunity for the family to share information which usually would upset him.
The Cooler One
13. The Cooler One
May 12, 2009
Jim attempts to look cool in the eyes of Ruby and her friends, until he realizes that he may be undermining Cheryl's authority due to his behavior.
Physical Therapy
12. Physical Therapy
April 28, 2009
Andy ends up injured after playing snow football with Jim, so Jim helps Andy make it seem like he had a freak accident because Andy was previously warned by his girlfriend not to play the game.
The Daddy Way
11. The Daddy Way
August 28, 2009
Cheryl and her friends make up a group for fathers to spend more times with their sons so they could have some time for themselves, but Jim manages to turn even that situation into a fun time for himself.
The Meaningful Gift
10. The Meaningful Gift
April 21, 2009
Andy, desperate to impress Mandy with the perfect birthday gift, turns to Jim for advice. Jim counsels against givivng fancy jewelry, urging Andy instead to give a sentimental gift to win her over. But Andy's recollection of what has meaning to Mandy is way off base, and instead of being pleased with the gift, she thinks he's cheating on her.
Kyle's Crush
9. Kyle's Crush
April 21, 2009
Jim prepares Kyle for his first "date" with Ruby's slightly older piano teacher, Mandy, whom Andy has fallen for and is secretly dating behind Kyle's back.
The Yoga Bear
8. The Yoga Bear
April 14, 2009
Jim becomes intrigued by Cheryl's raving about a yoga teacher so he decides to try out the class, only to end up impressed by the teacher. Both Jim and Cheryl end up taking separate private classes to relax from their busy family life.
The Ego Boost
7. The Ego Boost
April 14, 2009
Jim is convinced that an old flame wants to get back with him until he realizes that she wants to hook up with Andy, leaving Jim with a bruised ego.
Cabin Boys
6. Cabin Boys
December 30, 2008
Jim looks forward to a "guys only" weekend with Andy, but when Andy ends up dumped by Emily over a text message and when the guys stumble upon Emily's depressed ex husband, Jim decides to do his best to cheer up the guys and save what's left of their weekend.
Two for the Money
5. Two for the Money
December 16, 2008
Christmas Shopping with Jim
Andy's Proposal
4. Andy's Proposal
December 9, 2008
Jim convinces Andy to propose to his girlfriend, Emily, before he loses her.
Jim McFame
3. Jim McFame
December 9, 2008
Jim and his band win a contest
The New Best Friend
2. The New Best Friend
December 2, 2008
Dana, Cheryl's sister and best friend, moves away, leading Cheryl to overload Jim with holiday shopping and decorating ideas. Completely bored with her one-sided conversations, Jim realizes he must find Cheryl a replacement best friend ASAP.
The Blankie
1. The Blankie
December 2, 2008
When the girls lose a blanket belonging to one of the twins during care of them, Jim gives them extra chores and housework to punish them for it.
Where to Watch According To Jim
According To Jim is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch According To Jim on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    October 3, 2001
  • IMDB Rating
    6.5  (37,949)