Cracking Up (TV series)

Cracking Up is an American television sitcom created by School of Rock writer Mike White, who also served as the series' head writer. It aired on the Fox Network on Monday nights from March 9 to April 5, 2004.

Cracking Up
Created byMike White
Written byDana Baratta
Mike White
Directed byJay Chandrasekhar
Jim Ellis
Jake Kasdan
Michael Spiller
Lev L. Spiro
StarringJason Schwartzman
Jake Sandvig
Molly Shannon
Christopher McDonald
Caitlin Wachs
David Walton
Theme music composerJason Schwartzman
Composer(s)Rob Cairns
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12 (6 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Brad Grey
Peter Traugott
Chris Weitz
Paul Weitz
Mike White
Producer(s)James C. Hart
Denis Biggs
CinematographyJoe Pennella
Editor(s)David Helfand
Jan Northrop
Mark Scheib
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22–24 minutes
Production company(s)Brad Grey Television
Go Mike Go Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Original networkFox
Original releaseMarch 9 –
April 5, 2004 (2004-04-05)


In the pilot episode, a psychiatrist (Henry Gibson) is sent to examine Tanner Shackleton (Bret Loehr), a child of a Beverly Hills family, only to discover that Tanner doesn't have any problems — his family does. After the pilot episode, the story was about Ben Baxter (Jason Schwartzman), a student who moves into the Shackletons' guest house, interacting with Tanner (Bret Loehr) and his crazy family.



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Pilot"TBATBAMarch 9, 2004 (2004-03-09)
2"Birds Do It"TBATBAMarch 10, 2004 (2004-03-10)
3"Scared Straight"TBATBAMarch 15, 2004 (2004-03-15)
4"Panic House"TBATBAMarch 22, 2004 (2004-03-22)
5"Grudge Match"TBATBAMarch 29, 2004 (2004-03-29)
6"Prom Night"TBATBAApril 5, 2004 (2004-04-05)
7"Daddy's Home"TBATBAUnaired
8"Learning Disability"TBATBAUnaired
9"The Fixer"TBATBAUnaired
10"The Pool Man"TBATBAUnaired
11"The Bully"TBATBAUnaired
12"Come Home Lassie"TBATBAUnaired

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