Clementine's parents are played by real-life married couple Megan Mullally and Nick Offerman. They played another married couple, Ron and Tammy Swanson, on Parks and Recreation (2009).
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Cast members James Brolin and Dianne Wiest also worked together as parents in the theatrical film Sisters (2015).
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In the third episode of season one, during the scene where Colin Hanks, James Brolin and Thomas Sadoski's characters are trying to chop down the palm tree in the front yard, the song playing is Bonnie Tyler's "Holding out for a Hero" from the movie Footloose (1984). Dianne Wiest, the matriarch on this show, was also Ariel's mom and the town pastor's wife in "Footloose".
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On May 10, 2019, after only five episodes into season four, it was announced that the show would not have a season five. CBS cancelled it but would run the final nine episodes. The series was highly rated in its second season, right behind The Big Band Theory, but ratings dropped in season three and didn't recover in early season four. Many felt it was because of the way CBS scheduled it. The show first aired in September it's first season and then kept getting pushed back later in the year the following seasons. It didn't premier until April, almost a year after season three ended, in season four.
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In season three Matt and Colleen try to have a baby and are not successful. The actress who plays Colleen however was actually pregnant with her daughter when filming.
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This is the third time that a member of the Brolin and Hanks families have worked together. James Brolin and Tom Hanks appeared in Catch Me If You Can (2002). Josh Brolin and Colin Hanks appeared in W. (2008).
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Every episode starts with "four short stories" and the family's last name is Short. It's a pun.
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Episodes 21 and 22 of season 1 are combined into one extended episode. Instead of four stories in a 20-minute episode, the season's finale consists of eight stories in a 40-minute episode.
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Heavily inspired by the sitcom Modern Family (2009), one of the most successful shows in history. Both feature multi-generational families at varying stages of life.
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In S01E08 Tim is watching football on (American) Thanksgiving. The teams playing are the Toronto Argonauts and Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. The CFL is in the playoffs this time of year, during which it has games only on Sunday's, there should be snow on the field, and the last time Toronto and Montreal met in the post-season was the East Division Final on November 18th, 2012.
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Maggie Mull who is one of the writers of the show is the daughter of actor Martin Mull who plays Gary Timkins the neighbor of John and Joan on the show.
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