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Jake in Progress is an American comedy series broadcast on ABC from 2005 to 2006. Created by Austin Winsberg, the show was originally conceived as a real-time comedy; the first season was to show the first date of Jake and a woman. This was dropped during development, and the show became more conventional and episodic. The first aired episode reflected the original plan, and covering the first half-hour of a date.

Jake in Progress
Created byAustin Winsberg
StarringJohn Stamos
Wendie Malick
Theme music composerMark Kilian
Daniel Licht
Composer(s)Mark Kilian
David Kitay
William Levine
Daniel Licht
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes21 (7 unaired)
Executive producer(s)Brad Grey
Jeffrey Richman
Peter Traugott
Austin Winsberg
Producer(s)Andrew Green
Jeffrey Morton
Ari Posner
John Stamos
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Brad Grey Television
20th Century Fox Television
Original networkABC
Original releaseMarch 13, 2005 (2005-03-13) –
January 9, 2006 (2006-01-09)


The main character is Jake (John Stamos), a New York City publicist-to-the-stars who tries to change his womanizing ways as he tries to find the woman of his dreams. Stamos' co-stars in the show are Naomi (Wendie Malick), Jake's boss at the Magnum PR Agency; Adrian (Ian Gomez), Jake's best friend; and Patrick (Rick Hoffman), the performance artist who always appears at the most inopportune times.



The show averaged 5.5 million viewers in its first season and was initially canceled. However, the network reversed course and announced the show would return as the lead-out from a highly anticipated series, Emily's Reasons Why Not. The Jake character was softened somewhat in the second series in an effort to make him more relatable. The first night of the sitcom pairing fared poorly in the ratings;[1] after one week, ABC immediately scheduled a rerun of The Bachelor during the one-hour block for the following week, putting both shows on indefinite hiatus.[2] ABC confirmed on May 13 that Jake had been canceled.


Season 1 (2005)Edit

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
11"Pilot"Michael SpillerAustin WinsbergMarch 13, 2005 (2005-03-13)1AKC79
22"Stand By Your Man"Michael SpillerLinda WallemMarch 13, 2005 (2005-03-13)1AKC05
33"Rivals and Departures"Michael SpillerStephen LloydMarch 17, 2005 (2005-03-17)1AKC03
44"Ubusy?"Michael SpillerJeffrey RichmanMarch 17, 2005 (2005-03-17)1AKC07
55"Sign Language"Lev L. SpiroChris MarcilMarch 24, 2005 (2005-03-24)1AKC02
66"Loose Thread"Peter LauerSam Johnson, Chris Marcil & Austin WinsbergMarch 24, 2005 (2005-03-24)1AKC09
77"Take a Number"Lev L. SpiroSam JohnsonMarch 31, 2005 (2005-03-31)1AKC04
88"Desperate Houseguy"Jeffrey MelmanChris HarrisMarch 31, 2005 (2005-03-31)1AKC06
99"Harpy Birthday"Jeffrey MelmanStephen LloydApril 7, 2005 (2005-04-07)1AKC08
1010"Boys' Night Out"Joe PennellaLinda WallemApril 7, 2005 (2005-04-07)1AKC10
1111"Check, Please"Michael SpillerAustin WinsbergApril 14, 2005 (2005-04-14)1AKC01
1212"Jake or the Fat Man"Michael SpillerChris HarrisApril 21, 2005 (2005-04-21)1AKC11
1313"Henry Porter and the Coitus Interruptus"Michael SpillerAustin WinsbergApril 21, 2005 (2005-04-21)1AKC12

Season 2 (2006)Edit

No. # Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
141"The Lying, The Watch and Jake's Wardrobe"Michael SpillerBob Kushell & Austin WinsbergJanuary 9, 2006 (2006-01-09)2AKC01
152"The Annie-dote"Michael SpillerBob Kushell & Austin Winsberg ()Unaired2AKC02
163"Eyebrow Girl vs. Smirk Face"Paul LazarusKerry Ehrin ()Unaired2AKC03
174"The Hot One"
185"PB & J"Ken WhittinghamAndrew Green ()Unaired2AKC05
196"The Elaine-Elaine"Michael SpillerJeff Greenstein ()Unaired2AKC06
207"Notting Hell"
218"The Two Jakes"Victor Nelli, Jr.Jane Espenson ()Unaired2AKC08


  1. ^ Muir, John Kenneth (2007). TV Year, Volume 1: The Prime Time 2005-2006 Season. Hal Leonard Corporation. p. 228. ISBN 1-55783-684-1.
  2. ^ Susman, Gary (2006-01-18). "RIP: TV's midseason casualties". Retrieved 2009-05-31.

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