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Surviving Jack
General Information

Aliases I Suck at Girls
Creator(s) Justin Halpern, Patrick Schumacker
Principal Cast Christopher Meloni, Rachel Harris, Connor Buckley, Claudia Lee, Tyler Foden, Kevin Hernandez, Lili Reinhart, Mell Bowser, Kevin Rahm
Network Fox
Rating TV-14
Runtime 22 minutes
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 8
Start Date March 27, 2014
End Date May 8, 2014
Country United States
Language English


In the present day, Frankie Dunlevy is about to embark on his greatest milestone so far: becoming a parent. And as he struggles to get ready for this important task, he finds himself remembering his own trials and tribulations as a teenager growing up with his own father.

In 1991, Joanne Dunlevy has decided that after 18 years of raising her two children; she is ready to go back to college and gaining that long delayed law degree that she put off all those years ago. Her husband, Dr. Jack Dunlevy has declared that he is fully ready to back her; cutting back his hours at the hospital in order to assume her role as primary caregiver to their two children.

But are their children, Frankie and Rachel ready for their father's tyrannical and comedically unorthodox parenting methods? In other words: are they ready for Jack?

Surviving Jack was a short lived American sitcom TV series based and adapted from Justin Halpern's autobiography "I Suck at Girls". His father, Sam Halpern is the inspirational basis of Dr. Jack Dunlevy and also is the source material for another of Halpern's creations, Dr. Edison Goodson III of the 2010 TV series $#*! My Dad Says.

Notable Characters

  • Frankie Dunlevy
  • Dr. Jack Dunlevy
  • Joanne Dunlevy
  • Rachel Dunlevy
  • George
  • Mikey
  • Heather

Plot Summary

Season 1

Before Google was a thing, Frankie Dunlevy grew up in the dark days of the 1990's. However did he survive in that backwards turbulent era? It certainly wasn't easy. And things certainly weren't helped by the sarcastic wit and insane parenting style of his terrifying, eccentric, and obnoxious father, Dr. Jack Dunlevy.

With his mother Joanne going back to college; his irritating and overly distant authority figure of a dad has suddenly stepped up, assuming the role of primary caregiver of the household. As Frankie is struggling with learning on how to be a man ... Jack is a grown man who is going to have to learn how to be a father rather than just being a stern disciplinarian. In the end, they just might teach each other a few life lessons along the way. But it won't be easy. For either of them...

Episode Guide

Season 1

# Placeholder Episode Title Air Date
1.01 Surviving-jack season1-1 Surviving Jack Pilot

27 Mar 2014
1.02 Surviving-jack season1-2 Gonna Make You Sweat

3 Apr 2014
1.03 Surviving-jack season1-3 How Do You Talk To An Angel

10 Apr 2014
1.04 Surviving-jack season1-4 Rhythm is a Dancer

17 Apr 2014
1.05 Surviving-jack season1-5 Something to Talk About

24 Apr 2014
1.06 Surviving-jack season1-6 She Drives Me Crazy

1 May 2014
1.07 Surviving-jack season1-7 Parents Just Don't Understand

8 May 2014
1.08 Surviving-jack season1-8 Smells Like Teens Spirit

24 Sep 2014

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