Jim Belushi has always proven to be talented and brings success wherever he goes, so it isn’t surprising that he also found success on a sitcom. According to Jim first aired on October 3, 2001 and went on for eight seasons before coming to an end on June 2, 2009. The hilarious show hit home with many average American families, and sported some serious comedic talent with an excellent cast. Take a look back on the popular series with 7 things you probably didn’t know about According to Jim:
7. Surprise Success
Family based American sitcoms are nothing new, and while most perform well, few are the network’s biggest hit. At first, According to Jim was slotted behind another hit ABC family comedy, My Wife and Kids. After a hit first season, ABC used the series as part of revamped Tuesday lineup which featured yet another hit family series 8 Simple Rules. Eventually According to Jim did so well that it became the network’s second most-watched sitcom and ABC had so much faith it in they slotted opposite NBC’s huge hit Frasier. Although it did not beat out Frasier‘s ratings, it did surprisingly well even against such a popular show, and was kept in the primetime slot for its 2003 season.
6. Almost Cancellation
Despite seasons of being one of the network’s biggest hits, it almost came to an abrupt end in 2007. In may of that year ABC announced that According to Jim would not be renewed, but fans held out hope as ABC also stated, “We are talking to the studio to see if there’s something financially, a deal that would make sense for us.” Luckily, one month later a deal was resolved and the network renewed the series for a seventh season consisting of eighteen episodes.
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