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Reverse Burden District Germany
When Tim and Heather realize that being grandparents is very far off in the future, they decide to have another baby. Also, Joan gets frustrated when she keeps getting tasked with watching the grandkids; Jen and Greg decide to look for a new house; and Matt gets a job offer in Germany, which is problematic for Colleen and Lucas.

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Cabana Hero Action Son
When Matt helps Grandpa Mort efficiently book a family trip to the Bahamas, the family is super impressed, so Greg reserves a cabana at the pool to outdo Matt. Also, Tim saves the life of fellow hotel guest Stuart; Matt and Colleen take an excursion to a private island; and John learns some astonishing news about his father.

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Clean Pens Grandma Guys
When Jen and Greg hire Edna, the cleaning lady who has worked for John and Joan for years, Jen is horrified at her strange habits. Also, Matt, Heather, and Greg race to find the valuable souvenir pens John brought them when they were kids; Lucas is terrified of Joan; and when Tim invites Matt over to watch a sporting event on television, it takes a weird turn.

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Letter Promise Adult Seventy
When Matt and Colleen treat Jen and Greg to a fancy dinner as a "thank you" for writing a recommendation letter, Jen and Greg are mortified when they realize they never wrote it. Also, Sophia asks Tim and Heather to get her a pig; Clementine wants Tyler to stop going to his pediatrician for medical care now that he is an adult; and John's parents decide to get a divorce.

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Four Short Fairy Tales
When Tim gets a toupee, the family tries their best to hide their horrified reactions. Also, Jen fights for face time with her boss when she returns to work after maternity leave; Joan decides to retire but gets cold feet; and Greg and Matt build a playhouse for the kids.

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X Box Glimpse Spotlight
When Heather and Tim get an emergency text from Samantha to pick her up in the middle of the night, they try not to freak out so she'll still think they're the "cool" parents. Also, at the circus, Tim endures an embarrassing public situation; John accidentally walks in on Jen breastfeeding the baby; and Greg and Matt get competitive over their children's accomplishments.

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Lost Math Art Glam
Greg scrambles to find Lark when he loses her at the hospital while visiting Jen and the new baby. Also, Heather offers to help Sophia with her math homework but can't figure out the new teaching method; Matt enrolls his adopted son, Lucas, in a father/son art class; and Colleen organizes a family photo shoot and glams Joan up for the occasion.

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Recovery Discipline Psycho Labor
After John befriends the janitor at Sophia’s school, Mr. Sissel (Biff Wiff), John learns that Sophia and her friends believe a childish rumor about him.

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Sonogram Frog Rub Family
After Tim has a heart attack, he becomes super clingy and annoys the entire family. Also, Greg and Jen make a pact to keep their baby's gender a secret; Sophia's new pet frog turns out to be a dangerous species; and Matt and Colleen receive news about their impending adoption.

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Birth Meddling Jacket Denial
When Colleen and Matt learn they may not be allowed into the delivery room for the birth of the baby they are planning to adopt, they try to convince Morgan to have the baby at home. Also, Heather is thrilled when Samantha has a falling-out with a friend who was a bad influence; Jen thinks Greg bought her a beautiful present only to discover it wasn't for her; and John encourages Tim to see a cardiologist.

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Misery Turd Name Pills
While Joan is bedridden recovering from surgery, she persuades Sophia to spend time with her, which she quickly regrets. Also, Jen and Greg select a name for their new baby only to learn that Matt and Colleen chose the same one; Colleen and Matt invite the family over to get to know Morgan; and Heather has a new business idea.

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Demo Nosebreath Surgery Match
When Colleen and Matt try to impress a potential birth mother, they have a hard time competing against another rich, swanky couple. Also, Jen's pregnancy takes a toll on Greg; Heather lets John take credit for her housekeeping while Joan recovers from knee surgery; and Tim arranges for Tyler to record a demo at a friend's studio.

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Jungle Push Resort Anniversary
When the Short family arrives at their vacation resort in the Yucatan, their accommodations aren't quite what they expected. Also, Heather is ridiculously overprotective of Sophia during the family activities; Jen and Greg discover that Matt and Colleen have been duping everyone; and John and Joan get separated from their tour group in the jungle.

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Life in Pieces is a captivating comedy-drama series that first aired on CBS from 2015 to 2019. The show provides a uniquely humorous exploration of family dynamics, interwoven with heart-warming anecdotes, and life’s delightful absurdities. Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, Thomas Sadoski, Zoe Lister-Jones, Dan Bakkedahl, and Angelique Cabral are the main ensemble case bringing this multi-generational portrait of family life to the screen. In Life in Pieces, viewers witness the interaction between the three generations of the Short family, each with its own unique quirks and eccentricities. The matriarch and patriarch are played by Dianne Wiest and James Brolin, who bring a depth of wisdom, humour and unabashedly peculiar behaviour to the dinner table. Then, there are their grown-up children played by Colin Hanks, Betsy Brandt, and Thomas Sadoski, who are trying to navigate their own families, relationships, and the everyday challenges of adulthood. Each episode consists of four self-contained stories, or 'pieces', hence the show’s apt title. These pieces cleverly intersect and overlap, presenting the viewers with a four-dimensional view of the Short family's life. This unique formatting allows the storyline to move at a rapid pace, keeping its audiences entertained with constant new slices of life scenarios. Colin Hanks, son of Hollywood legend Tom Hanks, shines as Greg Short, a doting yet awkward new father constantly figuring out ways to be a good dad. His on-screen wife Jen, played by Zoe Lister-Jones, portrays a new mother dealing expertly with the daily joys and trails of motherhood. Betsy Brandt, known for her notable role in Breaking Bad, brilliantly captures the very essence of parenting teenagers, as Heather. She's married to Tim, the character played by Dan Bakkedahl, whose quirks and unparalleled zest for life mostly land him in hilariously embarrassing situations. Thomas Sadoski plays Matt, a romantic at heart struggling with his long-term on-and-off relationship with his co-worker Colleen, played by Angelique Cabral. Their shared journey of love, loss, surprises, and spontaneous decisions make their storyline engaging. Each character is lovingly fleshed out with their own characteristics, relationship dynamics, idiosyncrasies, and situations, yet they come together as a harmonious whole, reflecting the vibrant diversity and enduring unity of a large family. The viewers get to journey alongside them through the ups and downs of life - from experiencing the joy of a new life to the pain of loss, from the mundanity of an average day to the excitement of milestones and celebrations. What sets Life in Pieces apart from other sitcoms is its innovative storytelling structure along with a clever mix of humour. The four individual stories presented within each episode provide differing perspectives on the same event or different events happening simultaneously, mixing up the conventional linear narrative that's common on TV. This structure also allows each actor to truly shine as each segment gives them the opportunity to take the lead. The writing in Life in Pieces is smart, witty, and full of observant social commentary, serving up comedy in the most unexpected moments. The humor ranges from slapstick and physical comedy, to more nuanced, dry wit and sarcasm. This range of comedic styles ensures that there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Beyond its comedy, Life in Pieces also excels in portraying raw, real emotions. The show doesn't shy away from addressing serious life topics, such as facing one’s mortality, dealing with aging parents, and navigating life post-divorce. This blend of comedy and drama presents life in all its messy, complex, and beautiful reality. In conclusion, Life in Pieces offers a slice of life comedy that is irresistibly charming and relatable, making audiences feel like a part of the Short family. Its innovative storytelling, paired with a brilliant ensemble cast, brings together humour and heart in a seamless interaction of funny, poignant and sweetly awkward family moments that viewers could find in their own life, exploring the theme that in the grand comedy of life, the most cherished and hilarious moments are often the smallest pieces. It is a testament to the charm of seemingly mundane everyday life, the unity in diversity of extended families and the highs and lows we all experience as a part of our journey through life.

Life in Pieces is a series categorized as a currently airing. Spanning 4 seasons with a total of 79 episodes, the show debuted on 2015. The series has earned a mostly positive reviews from both critics and viewers. The IMDb score stands at 8.0.

Dianne Wiest, Colin Hanks, Dan Bakkedahl, Justin Adler
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