My Big Fat Greek Life
My Big Fat Greek Life is an American sitcom that ran on CBS in 2003. The series is a continuation of the 2002 movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding and was produced by Sony Pictures Television and Tom Hanks's Playtone Productions for CBS. The two lead characters' names are changed, from Toula and Ian, to Nia and Thomas.
|My Big Fat Greek Life|
|Based on||My Big Fat Greek Wedding|
|Developed by||Nia Vardalos|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||7|
|Executive producer(s)||Marsh McCall|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Brad Grey Television|
Marsh McCall Productions
Sony Pictures Television
|Distributor||Sony Pictures Television|
|Original release||February 24 –|
April 13, 2003
The series, which is set in Chicago, follows the main character, Nia Portokalos, a middle class Greek-American woman, as she deals with her family and her new upper middle class WASP husband Thomas Miller, an English teacher who still does not seem to fit in with her family's Greek traditions. Despite the help and interference from her family and her husband, Nia tries her best to stay grounded in various situations.
Besides her husband, the family members in her "life" include her parents Maria and Gus, who own the Greek restaurant where she works; her brother Nick, who is not very bright and feels ambivalent toward Thomas; her wise Aunt Voula; and her gossipy cousin Nikki.
While the series follows on from the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding, the first names of the leading couple have been changed. In the film, Nia Vardolos' character was Fotoula "Toula" Portokalos; her husband (played in the film by John Corbett) was named Ian Miller.
The sitcom premiered with high ratings, averaging 22.9 million viewers. Its debut was the highest-rated premiere of any network sitcom since NBC's Jesse. The following week ratings dropped 28%, averaging 16.5 million viewers, but surpassing FOX's The Simpsons which finished second place. However, the decline in ratings led to the sitcom's eventual cancellation by CBS.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|1||"The House Gift"||Pamela Fryman||Nia Vardalos & Marsh McCall||February 24, 2003|
|2||"The Empire Strikes Back"||Peter Bonerz||Marsh McCall & Tom Maxwell & Don Woodard||March 2, 2003|
|3||"Ariana"||Peter Bonerz||Tom Saunders||March 9, 2003|
|4||"The Free Lunch"||Peter Bonerz||Aaron Peters & Ross McCall||March 16, 2003|
|5||"Big Night"||Gail Mancuso||Larry Reitzer||March 30, 2003|
|6||"Nick Moves Out"||Gail Mancuso||Miriam Trogdon||April 6, 2003|
|7||"Greek Easter"||Gail Mancuso||Jeff Rosenthal||April 13, 2003|
- "'Greek Life' premiere a hit for CBS". Los Angeles Times. February 26, 2003. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
- "'Fat Greek Life' pulls its weight". Los Angeles Times. March 4, 2003. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
- Buckman, Adam (May 29, 2003). "Fast Lane To A Big, Fat Fizzler". New York Post. Retrieved December 12, 2013.