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Life's Work

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Genre  Sitcom
Country of origin  United States
Created by  Warren Bell
Starring  Lisa Ann Walter Michael O'Keefe Lainie Kazan Jenny O'Hara Alexa Vega
Opening theme  "Life's Work" (instrumental)
Composer(s)  Mark Mothersbaugh Bob Mothersbaugh

Life's Work is an American sitcom series that aired from September 1996 to June 1997 on ABC; the show stars Lisa Ann Walter as Lisa Ann Minardi Hunter, an assistant district attorney in Baltimore.

Lisa Ann always wanted to practice law since she was young because she always argued with her parents. She also had a basketball coach husband named Kevin Hunter (Michael O'Keefe) who served as the patriarch of the family. Together, they raised a seven-year-old daughter Tess (Alexa Vega) and a toddler son named Griffin (Cameron and Luca Weibel). During the entire run of the series, a simple electric guitar instrumental solo was used as the show's opening theme. Laugh tracks were used in all episodes in the sitcom as it was filmed "live before a studio audience."

During the 1990s, it was common to give stand-up comedians their own TV sitcom, even if their first one had flopped. Lisa Ann Walter was a stand-up comedian who played a mouthy feminist who could stand up to her mother in addition to her superiors at work. While Lisa Ann's character had plenty of zingers to her, there was still a sense of "been-there-done-that" with her character.

In one of the episodes, Lisa Ann claimed to have a sexual affair with then-current American President Bill Clinton.

Cancellation

The show was put on hiatus after the episode "Neighbors" aired on January 27, 1997. Months later, the show was officially cancelled even though it earned higher ratings than The Drew Carey Show and held on to 90% of the viewers who watched the final season of Roseanne.

References

Life's Work Wikipedia


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