Life in Pieces

Life in Pieces is an American sitcom television series created by Justin Adler and which premiered on CBS on September 21, 2015 and concluded on June 27, 2019. The series was produced by 40 or 50 Years, Inc., Kapital Entertainment in association with 20th Century Fox Television, with Adler serving as showrunner. Life in Pieces was renewed for a fourth season on May 12, 2018, which premiered on April 18, 2019. Life in Pieces was canceled by CBS after four seasons on May 10, 2019.

Life in Pieces
Created byJustin Adler
Composer(s)Rob Simonsen
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes79 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time21 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Original networkCBS
Picture formatHDTV 1080i
Original releaseSeptember 21, 2015 (2015-09-21) 
June 27, 2019 (2019-06-27)
External links


The series chronicles the lives of three generations of the Short family as they go about their daily lives in Los Angeles County. Each episode is told as four short stories, typically one for each of the three Short family branches and one that ties the other three stories together.[1]


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankAvg. viewership (inc. DVR)
(in millions)
First airedLast aired
122September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21)March 31, 2016 (2016-03-31)3010.53[2]
222October 27, 2016 (2016-10-27)May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11)408.15[3]
322November 2, 2017 (2017-11-02)May 17, 2018 (2018-05-17)448.27[4]
413April 18, 2019 (2019-04-18)June 27, 2019 (2019-06-27)TBATBA


Family tree

John Bertram Short
(James Brolin)
Dr. Joan Pirkle Short
(Dianne Wiest)
Dr. Tim Hughes
(Dan Bakkedahl)
Heather Short Hughes
(Betsy Brandt)
Matthew Short
(Thomas Sadoski)
Colleen Brandon Ortega Short
(Angelique Cabral)
Gregory Short
(Colin Hanks)
Jennifer Collins Short
(Zoe Lister-Jones)
Tyler Hughes
(Niall Cunningham)
Clementine Hughes
(Hunter King)
Samantha Hughes
(Holly J. Barrett)
Sophia Hughes
(Giselle Eisenberg)
(adopted) Lucas Short
(Vivaan Bisoi)
Lark Short
(Ana Sophia Heger)
Talia Short



  • Ann Guilbert as Shirley "GiGi" Pirkle: Mother of Dr. Joan (Pirkle) Short; widow (husband was Winston); lived at Hidden Harbor (Retirement Community), then lived at Rocking Hill Nursing Home. Following Guilbert's death in June 2016, the GiGi character's death was written into "Eyebrow Anonymous Trapped Gem" as a tribute, and all four stories of the episode revolved around GiGi.
  • Jordan Peele as Chad: Ex-fiancé of Colleen. Chad had some legal troubles and hired Jen's law firm to represent him. He rented his share in Colleen's apartment to Dougie, who was part of his legal team (she's currently Colleen's roommate).
  • Fortune Feimster as Dougie: A coworker of Jen; daughter of Jen's boss; member of legal team hired by Chad; Colleen's roommate since the season 1 finale, "Crytunes Divorce Tablet Ring". Dougie is loud, boisterous, uncouth and abrasive physically and emotionally. Despite that, she showed a more vulnerable side when she came out of the closet to Colleen and Matt. She had her very first lesbian kiss with Heather, Tim's wife. When Matt moved in with Colleen and Dougie, it was discovered that Matt wrestled in high school and both he and Dougie went undefeated in their high school careers. In the season 2 premiere, "Annulled Roommate Pill Shower", Dougie challenged Matt to a wrestling match to determine whether or not she has to move out of the apartment. Dougie won the match using her patented "hook, line, and sinker" move to keep her spot in the apartment.
  • Martin Mull as Gary Timpkins: neighbor and patient of Joan; a recent widower
  • Susan Park as Dr. Sally Hong: Jen's OB/GYN
  • Tonita Castro as Tonita: Colleen's grandmother. Tonita was very close to Colleen's ex-fiancée, Chad.
  • Mercedes Ruehl as Mia: Colleen's mother. Married four times. Colleen fears she is turning into her mother.
  • Bella Shepard as Lexie: one of Samantha's friends
  • Ashley Wolff as Jenna: one of Samantha's friends
  • Andrew McKeough as Jayden
  • Martin Starr as Oscar: an exterminator; a field worker for "Scram! Trappers" animal control & pest removal
  • Stephnie Weir as Bernadette
  • Rhys Darby as Teddy
  • Megan Mullally as Mary-Lynn: mother of Clementine; sister and partner of Spencer
  • Nick Offerman as Spencer: brother and partner of Mary-Lynn; parent ("uncle-dad") of Clementine
  • Josh Groban as Ian: an Irish salesman of guitars at a music store who often flirts with his female customers
  • Russell Peters as Dr. Tak Oh, M.D.: coworker of Tim; widower (wife was Jackie)
  • Wayne Federman as Dr. Saul Antro
  • Angela Malhotra as Nurse Silvie: coworker of Tim
  • Cary Elwes as Professor Sinclair Wilde: Joan's creative writing teacher since "Dinner Professor Steps Lesbian"
  • Anne Stedman as Sangria: Colleen's stepmom
  • Matt Cornett as Ryan: Samantha's boyfriend
  • Joey King as Morgan: a pregnant 17-year-old from Modesto that (during the early part of season 4) intended to have her infant adopted, possibly by Matt and Colleen
  • Vivaan Bisoi as Lucas Short: An orphan boy who Matt and Colleen Short adopted before season 4 episode 6.


On January 22, 2015, CBS placed a pilot order, under the title Life in Pieces.[7] The pilot was written by Justin Adler and directed by Jason Winer. On May 8, 2015, CBS placed a series order.[8] The first season was picked up for a full 22-episode order on October 27, 2015.[9] On May 11, 2016, CBS renewed the show for a second season,[10] which premiered on October 27, 2016.[11] Life in Pieces was renewed for a third season on March 23, 2017,[12] which premiered on November 2, 2017.[13] Life in Pieces was renewed for a fourth season on May 12, 2018,[14] which premiered on April 18, 2019.[15]

On May 10, 2019, it was announced that CBS cancelled Life in Pieces. A combination of factors, including declining ratings, CBS's desire to have an ownership stake, and the network needing to clear space in getting four new sitcoms in the fall 2019 and mid-season schedule, led to the show's demise.[16]


The show debuted on September 21, 2015 on CBS.[17] The first five episodes aired on Mondays, before it was moved on November 5, 2015, to a new time slot of 8:30 p.m. ET/PT (7:30 p.m. CT) on Thursdays, directly after CBS finished its NFL broadcasts.[18] In the United States, the first season airs on Netflix, with the second season also being available in Canada.[19]

In the UK all seasons are available on Amazon Prime and is shown season by season on Comedy Central.

Home media

20th Century Fox Home Entertainment released region-free, MOD versions of the first two seasons on Amazon on May 22, 2018.[20][21] This was followed by the third season on June 12, 2018[22] and the fourth on July 9, 2019.[23]


The first season on review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes reports a 62% approval rating with an average rating of 6.58/10 based on 39 reviews. The website's consensus reads "Life in Pieces strong cast delivers funny, offbeat stories even if they're not always relatable".[24] On Metacritic, the series holds a score of 64 out of 100 based on 24 reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews."[25]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended TV season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere
(in millions)
Date Finale
(in millions)
1 Monday 8:30 p.m. (1–5)
Thursday 8:30 p.m. (6–22)
22 September 21, 2015 (2015-09-21) 11.28[26] March 31, 2016 (2016-03-31) 7.23[27] 2015–16 30 10.53[2]
2 Thursday 9:30 p.m. 22 October 27, 2016 (2016-10-27) 5.96[28] May 11, 2017 (2017-05-11) 5.97[29] 2016–17 40 8.15[3]
3 22 November 2, 2017 (2017-11-02) 6.67[30] May 17, 2018 (2018-05-17) 4.95[31] 2017–18 44 8.27[4]
4 13 April 18, 2019 (2019-04-18) 6.73[32] June 27, 2019 (2019-06-27) 3.38[33] 2018–19


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