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  • Series Premiere Date: Oct 8, 2000
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
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  • Summary: Ed Stevens is a contracts lawyer at a high-profile New York City firm. Around the same time he splits with his wife (who slept with a mailman), he makes a single error in punctuation when going over a contract. Because of the resulting financial loss to the firm, he's fired. Despondent, heEd Stevens is a contracts lawyer at a high-profile New York City firm. Around the same time he splits with his wife (who slept with a mailman), he makes a single error in punctuation when going over a contract. Because of the resulting financial loss to the firm, he's fired. Despondent, he heads back to his (small) hometown of Stuckeyville -- 'Anytown', USA. There he realizes he's been missed by a lot of friends whom he's missed and he sees Carol, the girl he'd adored in high school. Swept up in roiling emotions, Ed buys the local bowling alley on a whim, moves to Stuckeyville, and determines to win Carol's heart. His horizons broaden as he settles once more in Stuckeyville, and the series itself settles into a charming, funny, often serious slice-of-life series focused not solely on Ed but on the lovable ensemble cast of people who live and work with him in Stuckeyville.
    THEME SONG
    The first season's theme song was Foo Fighters' "Next Year" from their There Is Nothing Left To Lose CD. The second season's theme song was Clem Snide's "Moment In The Sun" from their The Ghost of Fashion CD. "Next Year" was welcomed back as the theme song at the beginning of the third season.
    SYNDICATION
    As of 2007, the show is not in syndication, but CMT Canada has announced they started airing the show September 8, 2006 at 8pm. It's not believed to be aired in the USA.
    DVDs
    As of 2008, there are no official DVDs available for the show. Judging from what we've heard, the reason for the delay in getting DVDs to the market is the music rights are expensive. The show used a lot of tracks from a large number of artists, and it would be very expensive for NBC to acquire the rights to use the music on the DVDs.
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  • Genre(s): Comedy, Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 30 out of 32
  2. Negative: 1 out of 32
  1. Reviewed by: Bill Goodykoontz
    Jun 12, 2013
    100
    It's far and away the best new show on television this fall. [7 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  2. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jun 12, 2013
    100
    This sweet comic drama is the best new show of the fall. "Ed" is not only cleverly scripted but also marvelously cast and filled with little touches that make it absolutely endearing. [7 Oct 2000, p.E1]
  3. Reviewed by: Joanne Ostrow
    Jun 13, 2013
    100
    Like the best TV shows, Ed has a profound point beneath its silliness. It seems it's always possible to return to Stuckeyville, the hometown we carry around inside, and see new possibilities. If we let go and embrace a magical dramedy that dares to dream, we may feel somehow ennobled. [5 Oct 2000, p.E-03]
  4. Reviewed by: Julie Salamon
    Jun 12, 2013
    90
    Ed is a throwback, a hopeful, pixilated Capra character who wants to believe that things will work out as they should and is genuinely baffled and disappointed when they don't. Yet "Ed" the show doesn't seem creaky because Ed the character has also been endowed with ironic self-awareness, as might be expected on a series created by the men behind "The Late Show With David Letterman." He does wonders for both lawyers and bowling.
  5. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 13, 2013
    88
    What the cuts can't remove is the chemistry between Cavanagh and Bowen. They're a lovably winning couple in a completely winning new show. [6 Oct 2000, p.1E]
  6. Reviewed by: Jonathan Storm
    Jun 12, 2013
    80
    Touching and original. [8 Oct 2000]
  7. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    Jun 12, 2013
    0
    Sheesh! This show's about as real as Pamela Anderson's second set of breasts. [8 Oct 2000, p.107]

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Score distribution:
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  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
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  1. Feb 10, 2012
    10
    One of the best TV series of all time! Tom Cavanaugh is brilliant and Julie Bowen shines in a role that far proceeded her wider recognition onOne of the best TV series of all time! Tom Cavanaugh is brilliant and Julie Bowen shines in a role that far proceeded her wider recognition on MODERN FAMILY. The writing, acting and directing are are fantastic! Don't miss it! Expand