Life in Pieces

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  • TV-14
  • 2015
  • 4 Seasons
  • 8.0  (16,572)

Life in Pieces is a long-running comedy series from CBS that chronicles the daily lives of the Shorts, a multigenerational family whose members are each dealing with their own unique set of challenges. The show is structured into four separate storylines that intersect at the end of each episode, allowing viewers to see how the different characters' lives intersect and overlap.

At the center of the show is the patriarch of the family, John Short (played by James Brolin), a retired airline pilot who still feels the need to be in control of everything in his life. His wife, Joan (played by Dianne Wiest), is a supportive wife and mother who tries to take it all in stride, even when her husband's need for control starts to become overwhelming.

The couple has three adult children, each of whom has their own family and set of issues to contend with. The oldest child, Heather (played by Betsy Brandt), is a busy mother of three who is balancing the demands of her job as a stay-at-home mom with the needs of her husband and children. She frequently turns to her siblings for support and advice, even as she tries to maintain her independence.

The middle child, Matt (played by Thomas Sadoski), is a struggling writer who is trying to find his place in the world. He is the most laid-back of the three siblings and often serves as a sounding board for his brother and sister when they need to talk things out.

The youngest child, Greg (played by Colin Hanks), is a successful real estate agent who is married to his high school sweetheart, Jen (played by Zoe Lister-Jones). The couple has a young son and is trying to balance the demands of parenthood with the challenges of their careers.

Rounding out the cast are Dan Bakkedahl and Angelique Cabral, who play Heather's husband and Matt's girlfriend, respectively. They both offer comedic support to the show and help to round out the family dynamic.

One of the strengths of Life in Pieces is its ability to blend humor with heart. The show is unafraid to tackle difficult topics, such as aging, illness, and death, but it does so in a way that is both sensitive and relatable. Each episode features a mix of laugh-out-loud moments and poignant scenes that will leave viewers feeling emotionally invested in the characters and their struggles.

Another highlight of the show is its impressive ensemble cast. Each actor brings their own unique talent and comedic timing to the table, resulting in a dynamic and engaging portrayal of family life. Whether they are bickering with one another or offering each other much-needed support, the Short family feels like a real family, with all the quirks and complexities that come with it.

Overall, Life in Pieces is a fantastic comedy series that is sure to delight viewers of all ages. With its strong cast, witty writing, and relatable storylines, it is a show that is well worth tuning in for.

Life in Pieces is a series that is currently running and has 4 seasons (79 episodes). The series first aired on September 21, 2015.

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Reverse Burden District Germany
13. Reverse Burden District Germany
June 27, 2019
When Tim and Heather realize that being grandparents is very far off in the future, they decide to have another baby. Also, Joan gets frustrated when she keeps getting tasked with watching the grandkids; Jen and Greg decide to look for a new house; and Matt gets a job offer in Germany, which is problematic for Colleen and Lucas.
Cabana Hero Action Son
12. Cabana Hero Action Son
June 27, 2019
When Matt helps Grandpa Mort efficiently book a family trip to the Bahamas, the family is super impressed, so Greg reserves a cabana at the pool to outdo Matt. Also, Tim saves the life of fellow hotel guest Stuart; Matt and Colleen take an excursion to a private island; and John learns some astonishing news about his father.
Clean Pens Grandma Guys
11. Clean Pens Grandma Guys
June 20, 2019
When Jen and Greg hire Edna, the cleaning lady who has worked for John and Joan for years, Jen is horrified at her strange habits. Also, Matt, Heather, and Greg race to find the valuable souvenir pens John brought them when they were kids; Lucas is terrified of Joan; and when Tim invites Matt over to watch a sporting event on television, it takes a weird turn.
Letter Promise Adult Seventy
10. Letter Promise Adult Seventy
June 20, 2019
When Matt and Colleen treat Jen and Greg to a fancy dinner as a "thank you" for writing a recommendation letter, Jen and Greg are mortified when they realize they never wrote it. Also, Sophia asks Tim and Heather to get her a pig; Clementine wants Tyler to stop going to his pediatrician for medical care now that he is an adult; and John's parents decide to get a divorce.
Four Short Fairy Tales
9. Four Short Fairy Tales
June 13, 2019
When Tim gets a toupee, the family tries their best to hide their horrified reactions. Also, Jen fights for face time with her boss when she returns to work after maternity leave; Joan decides to retire but gets cold feet; and Greg and Matt build a playhouse for the kids.
X Box Glimpse Spotlight
8. X Box Glimpse Spotlight
June 6, 2019
When Heather and Tim get an emergency text from Samantha to pick her up in the middle of the night, they try not to freak out so she'll still think they're the "cool" parents. Also, at the circus, Tim endures an embarrassing public situation; John accidentally walks in on Jen breastfeeding the baby; and Greg and Matt get competitive over their children's accomplishments.
Lost Math Art Glam
7. Lost Math Art Glam
May 30, 2019
Greg scrambles to find Lark when he loses her at the hospital while visiting Jen and the new baby. Also, Heather offers to help Sophia with her math homework but can't figure out the new teaching method; Matt enrolls his adopted son, Lucas, in a father/son art class; and Colleen organizes a family photo shoot and glams Joan up for the occasion.
Recovery Discipline Psycho Labor
6. Recovery Discipline Psycho Labor
May 16, 2019
After John befriends the janitor at Sophia’s school, Mr. Sissel (Biff Wiff), John learns that Sophia and her friends believe a childish rumor about him. Also, Heather pushes Tim and Joan to go for walks together while recovering from their health issues; Matt and Colleen try to tame Dougie’s (Fortune Feimster) bad habits; and Jen is desperate to not go into labor during Lark’s birthday party
Sonogram Frog Rub Family
5. Sonogram Frog Rub Family
May 9, 2019
After Tim has a heart attack, he becomes super clingy and annoys the entire family. Also, Greg and Jen make a pact to keep their baby's gender a secret; Sophia's new pet frog turns out to be a dangerous species; and Matt and Colleen receive news about their impending adoption.
Birth Meddling Jacket Denial
4. Birth Meddling Jacket Denial
May 2, 2019
When Colleen and Matt learn they may not be allowed into the delivery room for the birth of the baby they are planning to adopt, they try to convince Morgan to have the baby at home. Also, Heather is thrilled when Samantha has a falling-out with a friend who was a bad influence; Jen thinks Greg bought her a beautiful present only to discover it wasn't for her; and John encourages Tim to see a cardiologist.
Misery Turd Name Pills
3. Misery Turd Name Pills
April 25, 2019
While Joan is bedridden recovering from surgery, she persuades Sophia to spend time with her, which she quickly regrets. Also, Jen and Greg select a name for their new baby only to learn that Matt and Colleen chose the same one; Colleen and Matt invite the family over to get to know Morgan; and Heather has a new business idea.
Demo Nosebreath Surgery Match
2. Demo Nosebreath Surgery Match
April 18, 2019
When Colleen and Matt try to impress a potential birth mother, they have a hard time competing against another rich, swanky couple. Also, Jen's pregnancy takes a toll on Greg; Heather lets John take credit for her housekeeping while Joan recovers from knee surgery; and Tim arranges for Tyler to record a demo at a friend's studio.
Jungle Push Resort Anniversary
1. Jungle Push Resort Anniversary
April 18, 2019
When the Short family arrives at their vacation resort in the Yucatan, their accommodations aren't quite what they expected. Also, Heather is ridiculously overprotective of Sophia during the family activities; Jen and Greg discover that Matt and Colleen have been duping everyone; and John and Joan get separated from their tour group in the jungle.
Where to Watch Life in Pieces
Life in Pieces is available for streaming on the CBS website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Life in Pieces on demand at Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    September 21, 2015
  • IMDB Rating
    8.0  (16,572)