Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 13
Original network Network Ten
Network Network Ten
No. of seasons 1
Running time 30 minutes
First episode date 16 February 2001
Genres Sitcom, Comedy
|Starring Marg Downey
Cast Marg Downey, Henry Winkler, Kristin Chenoweth, Jodie Dry, Jacqueline Brennan
Sit Down, Shut Up was a short-lived Australian sitcom broadcast by Network Ten. It ran from 16 February 2001 until 28 June 2001 for a total of 13 episodes.
The series followed the staff and students at a dysfunctional fictional high school called Carpen Heights Secondary College, and focused on the life of the teachers in and out of the staff room.
A writer for the series claimed that producer/comedian Chris Lilley had borrowed ideas for characters and plots from Sit Down, Shut Up for his 2007 series Summer Heights High. The ideas Lilley reportedly borrowed included the school's name and aspects of the Mr G character.
In 2009, an animated remake of the series titled Sit Down, Shut Up aired on Fox, premiering on 19 April 2009. This American version featured the voices of Henry Winkler, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Kenan Thompson, and Cheri Oteri, Nick Kroll, and Kristin Chenoweth. It was developed by Mitchell Hurwitz, the creator of Arrested Development. Former Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein acted as showrunner. The series received lackluster reviews and was pulled from FOX's Sunday night line-up after four episodes. The program aired all of its episodes when FOX put Sit Down Shut Up on late-night Saturday. Sit Down Shut Up then aired on Comedy Central (in reruns, initially a number of times throughout the day).