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The Best Episodes of Get a Life

Every episode of Get a Life ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Get a Life!

Get a Life is a television sitcom that was broadcast in the United States on the Fox Network from September 23, 1990, to March 8, 1992. The show stars Chris Elliott as a 30-year-old paperboy named Chris Peterson. Peterson lived in an apartment above his parents' garage. The opening credits depict Chris Peterson delivering newspapers on his bike to the show's theme song, "Stand" by R.E.M. The show was a creation of Elliott, Adam Resnick and writer/director David Mirkin. Mirkin was executive producer/showrunner of the series and also directed most of the episodes. Notable writers of the series included Charlie Kaufman, screenwriter of Being John Malkovich; and Bob Odenkirk, co-creator of Mr. Show with Bob and David and Tenacious D. The show was unconventional for a prime time sitcom, and many times the storylines of the episodes were surreal. For example, Elliott's character actually dies in twelve episodes. The causes of death included being crushed by a giant boulder, old age, tonsillitis, stab wounds, gunshot wounds, falling from an airplane, strangulation, getting run over by cars, choking on cereal, and simply exploding. For this reason, it was a struggle for Elliott and Mirkin to get the show on the air. Many of the executives at the Fox Network hated the show and thought it was too disturbing and that Elliott's character was too insane.

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Top Episode Highlight

The best episode of "Get a Life" is "Neptune 2000", rated 9.1/10 from 240 user votes. It was directed by David Mirkin and written by Steve Pepoon. "Neptune 2000" aired on 4/28/1991 and is rated 0.0 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "The One Where Chris and Larry Switch Lives".

  • Neptune 2000
    9.1/10 240 votes

    #1 - Neptune 2000

    Season 1 Episode 20 - Aired 1991-04-28

    When Chris was 12 he got a job as a paperboy so he could buy a submarine from the back of a comic book. Four to six hundred weeks later when the kit arrives, Chris and his father put it together; however when they embark on the sub's maiden voyage (in Chris's bathtub) they become trapped.

    Director: David Mirkin

    Writer: Steve Pepoon

  • The One Where Chris and Larry Switch Lives
    9.1/10 233 votes

    #2 - The One Where Chris and Larry Switch Lives

    Season 1 Episode 21 - Aired 1991-05-12

    Chris and Larry ignore an Indian curse and wind up switching places.

    Director: David Mirkin

    Writer: Edd Hall

  • SPEWEY and Me
    9.1/10 256 votes

    #3 - SPEWEY and Me

    Season 2 Episode 11 - Aired 1992-02-09

    When an alien crashes in Gus' front yard, Chris tries to keep it from the government, but this alien is nothing like E.T. or ALF.

    Director: David Mirkin

    Writer: Jace Richdale

  • Married
    9.0/10 242 votes

    #4 - Married

    Season 1 Episode 16 - Aired 1991-03-24

    During one day, Chris meets his soulmate, marries her and goes through an entire relationship with her.

    Director: David Mirkin

    Writer: David Mirkin

  • Psychic 2000
    9.0/10 237 votes

    #5 - Psychic 2000

    Season 1 Episode 22 - Aired 1991-05-19

    Chris has a near death experience and is endowed with prescience and he sees a vision of Sharon being murdered.

    Director: David Mirkin

    Writer: David Mirkin

  • Chris vs. Donald
    8.9/10 245 votes

    #6 - Chris vs. Donald

    Season 1 Episode 13 - Aired 1991-02-10

    At the family reunion Chris is still struggling to get out from under the shadow of his cousin.

    Director: Dwayne Hickman

    Writer: Adam Resnick

  • Chris Wins a Celebrity
    8.9/10 240 votes

    #7 - Chris Wins a Celebrity

    Season 1 Episode 14 - Aired 1991-02-24

    Chris wins a weekend with his favorite talk show host, a contest the host first regrets he agreed to, but later Chris regrets he entered, when the host decides to stay.

    Director: Dean Parisot

    Writer: Adam Resnick

  • Houseboy 2000
    8.9/10 236 votes

    #8 - Houseboy 2000

    Season 1 Episode 15 - Aired 1991-03-10

    After destroying her kitchen, Chris becomes Sharon's slave to work off the $2000 in damage and she also breaks his will.

    Director: Peter Baldwin

    Writer: Marjorie Gross

  • Camping 2000
    8.9/10 230 votes

    #9 - Camping 2000

    Season 1 Episode 17 - Aired 1991-03-31

    Chris and Larry join Mr. Peterson on a camping trip, when Mr. Peterson manages to lose them, the hungry boys eat some berries that cause them to hallucinate.

    Director: Dean Parisot

    Writer: Steve Pepoon

  • The Big City
    8.9/10 233 votes

    #10 - The Big City

    Season 1 Episode 19 - Aired 1991-04-21

    Chris loses his wallet in the big city, and the big city give him the key to the city and other perks to make him feel better.

    Director: Peter Baldwin

    Writer: Marjorie Gross

  • Chris Moves Out
    8.9/10 217 votes

    #11 - Chris Moves Out

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 1991-11-09

    Chris turns 31 and decides it's time to move out, so he goes in search of a new place to live and he moves into Gus' garage.

    Director: N/A

    Writer: Adam Resnick, David Mirkin

  • Chris Becomes a Male Escort
    8.9/10 223 votes

    #12 - Chris Becomes a Male Escort

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 1991-12-21

    Chris decides on a whim to become a male escort, hoping for free plays and dates with young women. What he gets is a elderly woman who is hard up.

    Director: John Fortenberry

    Writer: Adam Resnick

  • Zoo Animals on Wheels
    8.8/10 249 votes

    #13 - Zoo Animals on Wheels

    Season 1 Episode 10 - Aired 1990-12-16

    Much to Sharon's dismay, Chris auditions for and gets the lead part in a local community theatre production of Andrew Todd Keller's musical Zoo Animals on Wheels.

    Director: Peter Baldwin

    Writer: Adam Resnick

  • The Counterfeit Watch Story
    8.8/10 240 votes

    #14 - The Counterfeit Watch Story

    Season 1 Episode 12 - Aired 1991-02-03

    Chris goes to work for the police in a sting operation after he buys a counterfeit watch, the Chrono-Sync 2000.

    Director: David Mirkin

    Writer: Adam Resnick

  • The Construction Worker Show
    8.8/10 242 votes

    #15 - The Construction Worker Show

    Season 1 Episode 18 - Aired 1991-04-07

    Chris becomes a construction worker with the men who are renovating his parents kitchen. When they tell him one of their trade secrets, Chris has a problem with their dishonesty.

    Director: David Mirkin

    Writer: Adam Resnick

  • Chris Gets His Tonsils Out
    8.8/10 215 votes

    #16 - Chris Gets His Tonsils Out

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 1991-12-07

    Chris must deal with the fact he is ready to undergo ""major"" surgery and he begins by trying to make peace with Sharon.

    Director: David Mirkin

    Writer: N/A

  • Chris' Brain Starts Working
    8.8/10 218 votes

    #17 - Chris' Brain Starts Working

    Season 2 Episode 9 - Aired 1992-01-19

    Exposure to toxic waste, found under Gus' house, turns Chris into a genius and with Gus he proceeds to enter and win spelling bees.

    Director: John Fortenberry

    Writer: Steve Pepoon

  • Paperboy 2000
    8.7/10 241 votes

    #18 - Paperboy 2000

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 1990-11-04

    The newspaper fires all the paper boys and replaces them with the Paperboy 2000, a paper delivering robotic vehicle, so Chris challenges it in a paper delivering contest.

    Director: Peter Baldwin

    Writer: Bill Freiberger, Adam Markowitz

  • Drivers License
    8.7/10 243 votes

    #19 - Drivers License

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 1990-11-11

    There's a new waitress at the local diner, and Chris wants to take her out, but he needs to drive a car for the date. His problem is he never got a license.

    Director: David Mirkin

    Writer: David Mirkin

  • Bored Straight
    8.7/10 248 votes

    #20 - Bored Straight

    Season 1 Episode 9 - Aired 1990-12-02

    While delivering papers in the bad side of town, Chris meets a group of young hoodlums and he decides to ""take back the streets"" by helping the kids.

    Director: David Mirkin

    Writer: Marjorie Gross

  • Health Inspector 2000
    8.7/10 223 votes

    #21 - Health Inspector 2000

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 1991-11-30

    After finding a dead rat in his carton of milk, Chris decides to become a food inspector.

    Director: Dean Parisot

    Writer: Steve Pepoon

  • Bad Fish
    8.7/10 220 votes

    #22 - Bad Fish

    Season 2 Episode 10 - Aired 1992-02-02

    After eating bad shellfish, Sharon and Gus get amnesia, and Chris seizes the opportunity to convince them that they are his best friends.

    Director: David Mirkin

    Writer: Bob Odenkirk

  • The Prettiest Week of My Life
    8.6/10 270 votes

    #23 - The Prettiest Week of My Life

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 1990-09-30

    Chris decides to enter the exciting world of male modeling when he joins the Handsome Boy School of Modeling.

    Director: David Mirkin

    Writer: Adam Resnick

  • Pile of Death
    8.6/10 245 votes

    #24 - Pile of Death

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 1990-10-21

    Chris tries to raise money to help save a playground, so he tries to set a world record by having the most things piled on top of him.

    Director: Peter Baldwin

    Writer: Adam Resnick

  • Roots
    8.6/10 238 votes

    #25 - Roots

    Season 1 Episode 11 - Aired 1991-01-06

    Chris finds proof that makes him think he is adopted, so he sets off to find his natural parents, an Amish couple.

    Director: Dwayne Hickman

    Writer: Bill Freiberger, Adam Markowitz