Mr. Sunshine

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  • TV-PG
  • 2011
  • 1 Season
  • 6.7  (6,925)

Mr. Sunshine stars Matthew Perry as Ben Donovan, manager of a sports and entertainment arena in San Diego. Ben, a boastful, self-centered, shallow womanizer who's just hit his 40th birthday, has the unenviable task of keeping the Sunshine Arena functioning despite a demented, capricious boss (Allison Janney), her dimwitted son who Ben has to find a job for (Nate Torrence), and a high-strung secretary with disturbingly psychotic tendencies (Portia Doubleday). Rounding out the cast are Andrea Anders as Ben's ex-girlfriend and the arena's marketing director. She happens to be dating a former pro basketball player who now works as the Sunshine Arena's public relations agent, played by James Lesure. The Sunshine Arena is also home to many unusual characters, including a sports announcer who shares far too much over the mike, a mascot who never removes his costume, and a maintenance man whose name Ben can never remember. The heart of the show are Ben's flailing attempts to finally grow up and become a better person after 40 years of being a jerk. There's very little sunshine in Mr. Sunshine; Ben can be a genuinely unpleasant person, but Perry's charm and his attempts at redemption make him bearable, and the supporting cast is strong and funny. With its occasionally dark and bitter humor and surprising moments of sincerity, Mr. Sunshine will appeal to fans of shows like Arrested Development and Better Off Ted. The show ran for 9 episodes on ABC. Four extra episodes were filmed but not aired in the US.

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The Best Man
13. The Best Man
January 1, 2012
Howard the organist and Maggie the kettle corn maker are getting married and the center prepares for the wedding. Ben comes to the realization that he wants to be with Alice after all.
Cohen and Donovan
12. Cohen and Donovan
 
Crystal wants to take on a bigger role in the center''s management. Ben is distracted as he tries to keep the egos of three speakers.
Family Business
11. Family Business
January 1, 2012
Ben's childhood hero is interested in coaching the centers hockey team. Ben scrambles to make Roman and Crystal seem like the perfect family.
Self Help
10. Self Help
January 1, 2012
Ben gets a new fedora and Roman is worried when Heather pays him more attention. Crystal has to help restore Alice's self confidence after a self help guru is arrested.
Ben and Vivian
9. Ben and Vivian
April 6, 2011
Ironically, Ben's one-night-stand turns out to be Crystal's new assistant.
The Assistant
8. The Assistant
March 30, 2011
When Alice asks Ben for an assistant, he offers Roman. And although Roman may not be what Alice had in mind, he somehow exceeds her expectations.
Celebrity Tennis
7. Celebrity Tennis
March 23, 2011
Ben is paired with Alonzo to play doubles against tennis legend Jimmy Connors and actor Fred Savage in a celebrity tennis tournament.
Lingerie Football
6. Lingerie Football
March 16, 2011
On Crystal's anniversary with Billy, one of her ex-husbands, Ben encourages her to find him to permanently end that chapter in her life.
Crystal On Ice
5. Crystal On Ice
March 9, 2011
Crystal resents a certain ice dancing group. Alice is unable to keep up with her "perfect man," Alonzo. With nowhere to sleep, Ben reluctantly offers Roman a place to stay.
Hostile Workplace
4. Hostile Workplace
March 2, 2011
Ben is faced with the reality that his employees have little respect for him. Crystal and her newest edition go on a double date with Alice and Alonzo. Meanwhile, Ben assigns Heather the task of finding a new halftime act when the Sunshine Center mascot quits.
Heather's Sister
3. Heather's Sister
February 23, 2011
Ben goes on a blind date with Heather's sister, Stephanie. Initially they hit things off.. until he realizes she is crazy. Crystal persuades Alonzo to compete with her dog in the San Diego Dog Show against her sworn enemy.
Employee of the Year
2. Employee of the Year
February 16, 2011
Instead of the recognition he was expecting for his 10 years at the Sunshine Center, Ben caters to a teen heart throb while Crystal holds an Employee of the Year contest.
Pilot
1. Pilot
February 9, 2011
Ben Donovan, the head of the San Diego sports arena the Sunshine Center, spends his 40th birthday at work, prepping the arena for that evening's circus, dealing with a lost elephant and planning a press conference. Meanwhile, he struggles with a relationship crisis when Alice leaves him for another man.
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Mr. Sunshine stars Matthew Perry as Ben Donovan, manager of a sports and entertainment arena in San Diego. Ben, a boastful, self-centered, shallow womanizer who's just hit his 40th birthday, has the unenviable task of keeping the Sunshine Arena functioning despite a demented, capricious boss (Allison Janney), her dimwitted son who Ben has to find a job for (Nate Torrence), and a high-strung secretary with disturbingly psychotic tendencies (Portia Doubleday).

Rounding out the cast are Andrea Anders as Ben's ex-girlfriend and the arena's marketing director. She happens to be dating a former pro basketball player who now works as the Sunshine Arena's public relations agent, played by James Lesure. The Sunshine Arena is also home to many unusual characters, including a sports announcer who shares far too much over the mike, a mascot who never removes his costume, and a maintenance man whose name Ben can never remember. The heart of the show are Ben's flailing attempts to finally grow up and become a better person after 40 years of being a jerk. There's very little sunshine in Mr. Sunshine; Ben can be a genuinely unpleasant person, but Perry's charm and his attempts at redemption make him bearable, and the supporting cast is strong and funny.

With its occasionally dark and bitter humor and surprising moments of sincerity, Mr. Sunshine will appeal to fans of shows like Arrested Development and Better Off Ted. The show ran for 9 episodes on ABC. Four extra episodes were filmed but not aired in the US.

Mr. Sunshine is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (13 episodes). The series first aired on February 9, 2011.

Where to Watch Mr. Sunshine

Mr. Sunshine is available for streaming on the ABC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Mr. Sunshine on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Google Play, Apple TV and Crackle.

  • Premiere Date
    February 9, 2011
  • IMDB Rating
    6.7  (6,925)