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Life With Roger

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by Russell Wodell

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aired from: Sep 1996 to: Mar 1997 20 eps WB 30 min stereo closed captioned


  • Mike O'Malley (I) as Roger Hoyt
  • Maurice Godin as Jason Clark
  • Hallie Todd as Lanie Clark

    recurring characters:

  • Meredith Scott Lynn as Myra
  • Heather Paige Kent as Kate

    A wacky comedy about two men with nothing in common who become friends and roommates. It's Jason Fuller's wedding day, and he can't shake the feeling of impending doom. He's marrying his longtime girlfriend, Myra, a woman certain to make his life miserable.

    "Fortunately, fate intervenes in the form of a quirky stranger named Roger, drastically changing the lives of both men. The mismatched pair meet when Jason convinces Roger not to jump off the ledge of a bridge. Their chance encounter snowballs into a day of wild adventure: Jason's car is towed, he's robbed at gunpoint at the ATM and then has to rush Roger to the hospital for an injury he suffered trying to thwart the robbery attempt. And all this happens before the wedding. Despite knowing Jason for only a few hours, Roger is convinced his impending marriage is a big mistake. Seconding that opinion is Lanie, Jason's sister and across-the-hall neighbor, who is sure she knows what's best for her brother.

    "The two men couldn't be more different. While Jason worries about every detail of his life, Roger is a free spirit who doesn't sweat the "little" things, like having no permanent home and no job. The day begins with Jason thinking he has saved Roger's life, but ends with Roger throwing out a different kind of lifeline to save Jason. When Jason invites his new friend to stay at his apartment until he finds his own place, it's certain that life with Roger will be anything but dull.

    (Warner Bros.)

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      1st Season 1996

      Production credits:
      Warner Bros.
      Creators/Executive producers: Robert Griffard & Howard Alder
      Co-executive producers: Bob Keyes & Doug Keyes
      Produced by Deborah Oppenheimer & Tracey Ormandy
      Associate producer: Holly Sawyer
      Creative consultant: Rick Hawkins
      Story editors: Todd J. Greenwald & Rob Hammersley
      Associate producer: Frank Merwald

    1. "Pilot"
      gs: John Mariano [ John ], Benny S. Cannon [ Sam ], Bari K. Willerford [ Archie ], Christopher Carroll [ Minister ], Rob Elk [ Robber ], Mary-Pat Green [ Nurse ], Heather Lee [ Susan ], Howard S. Miller [ Cameraman ]

      rc: Myra

      A repressed doctor befriends a man he saved from jumping.

      b: 8 Sep 96 pc: 475107 w: Robert Griffard & Howard Adler d: Barnet Kellman
    2. "The Day After"

      Jason can't cancel his honeymoon trip, so Roger goes with him.

      b: 15 Sep 96 pc: ______ w: __________ d: Rod Daniel
    3. "The Stereo"

      Roger helps Jason buy a stereo at a bargain price.

      b: 22 Sep 96 pc: ______ w: Bob Keyes & Doug Keyes d: Rod Daniel
    4. "The Foosball Connection"

      Roger bonds with Jason's boss when he becomes their temporary secretary.

      b: 29 Sep 96 pc: 465653 w: Rob Hammersley & Todd J. Greenwall d: Rod Daniel
    5. "Breaking In Is Hard to Do"

      Jason wants his ex-girlfriend to return his leather jacket.

      b: 6 Oct 96 pc: ______ w: Kevin McMurtry d: Robby Benson
    6. "First Date"

      Unbeknownst to Jason, his first date in five years is actually a setup by a well-meaning Roger. And Jason's conduct shows he's sorely out of practice.

      b: 13 Oct 96 pc: ______ w: Bob Keyes & Doug Keyes d: Rich Correll
    7. "Love Thy Neighbor"
      gs: Alan Blumenfeld [ Paulie Costello ], Rhoda Gemignani [ Mrs. Costello ], Charlie Dell [ Mr. Tierney ], Monique Lanier [ Amy ], Buck Kartalian [ Dave ]

      rc: Kate

      Roger tries to help Jason make new friends in the building, so he declares the next person to leave the elevator will be their lunch guest -- but this turns out to be the building super who, after Roger spurns his boorish behavior, seeks revenge.

      b: 27 Oct 96 pc: ______ w: Rick Hawkins d: Rod Daniel
    8. "The Way We Was"
      gs: Jessica Collins [ Heather ], Marcy Goldman [ Daphne ], Bernie Engel [ Maitre D' ], Jackie Debatin [ Melanie ]

      rc: Kate

      Lanie's friend Heather has a romantic history with Roger but is looking for a secure financial future, so Roger returns to his former steady job in order to start the relationship anew.

      b: 3 Nov 96 pc: ______ w: Bob Keyes & Doug Keyes d: Rod Daniel
    9. "Is There A Doctor in the House?"

      Myra trips and hurts herself at Jason's office.

      b: 10 Nov 96 pc: ______ w: Robert Griffard & Howard Adler d: Jimmy Hampton
    10. "Working Girl"
      gs: Michelle Clunie [ Gina ]

      Roger goes undercover to get solid proof when evidence suggests that Jason's new girlfriend Gina is a hooker.

      b: 17 Nov 96 pc: ______ w: Robert Griffard & Howard Adler d: Jimmy Hampton
    11. "Last Tango"
      gs: Luigi Amodeo [ Ramon ], Hector Elias [ Senor de la Vega ], Sofia Milos [ Julie ], Sandra Purpuro [ Celia ]

      rc: Kate

      Taunted into a tango contest, Roger vows to teach Myra to dance.

      b: 15 Dec 96 pc: ______ w: ______ Adam Cohen d: Rich Correll
    12. "The Apartment"
      gs: John O'Hurley [ Dr. Noble ], Suanne Spoke [ Penelope ], George Wyner [ Murray ]

      rc: Myra

      Jason is determined to move out when Myra becomes his building's manager. But Roger's "psychic abilities" sense evil in the dream apartment they find.

      b: 5 Jan 97 pc: 465661 w: Bob Keyes & Doug Keyes d: Steve Zukerman
    13. "The Landlady"
      gs: Ron Karabatsos [ Doorman ], Michelle Clunie [ Gina ], Raf Mauro [ Bud ], Jonathan Fraser, Rick Ringer [ Movers ]

      rc: Myra

      Burglars hit Jason and Roger's apartment after Myra fires the building's longtime doorman (Ron Karabatsos) and installs an elaborate electronic security system.

      b: 12 Jan 97 pc: ______ w: Dan Cross & David Hoge d: Rich Correll
    14. "About Last Night"
      gs: Diana Bellamy [ Esta ], Ed Francis Martin [ David ], Marshall Hilliard [ Kevin ]

      rc: Kate, Myra

      A sexy dream about Roger prompts Lanie to explore the possibility of it coming true; Myra helps Jason shop for furniture to fill his apartment, which has been burglarized.

      b: 19 Jan 97 pc: ______ w: Rob Hammersley & Todd J. Greenwald d: Gerry Cohen
    15. "The New Boyfriend"
      gs: Robert Curtis-Brown [ Ron ], Fabiana Udenio [ Cindy ]

      rc: Kate

      Even Roger and Jason think Myra's new boyfriend Ron is perfect -- until he makes a pass at Lanie.

      b: 2 Mar 97 pc: ______ w: Adam Cohen s: Bob Keyes & Doug Keyes d: Steve Zuckerman
    16. "The Man with the Golden Charm"
      gs: Shannon Sturges [ Nicole ], Dylan Neal [ Exterminator ], Nicole Nagel [ Lissa ], John Miranda [ Hector ]

      Roger's lucky necklace gets thrown in with clothes destined for charity, which explains -- to Roger -- why he fails to attract a bid at a bachelor auction.

      b: 3 Mar 97 pc: 465667 w: Rick Hawkins & Nancylee Myatt d: Rod Daniel
    17. "A Fight to Remember"
      gs: Luigi Amodeo [ Ramon ], Hector Elias [ De La Vega ], Sanra Purpuro [ Celia ]

      Once a champion dancer, Roger accepts a grudge-match challenge to tango, then learns his former partner is unavailable. Can Myra step in and follow his lead?

      b: 9 Mar 97 pc: ______ w: David Hoge & Dan Cross d: Rod Daniel
    18. "Toy Story"
      gs: Shane Sweet [ Prince ], Sherman Howard [ Chamberlain ]

      A visiting preteen monarch abandons his duties and escapes in someone else's limousine -- which happens to be driven by Roger and Jason, who become kidnapping suspects.

      b: 16 Mar 97 pc: 465669 w: Barry Gold d: Steve Zuckerman
    19. "Dial M for Muffin"
      gs: Kathryn Joosten [ Mrs. Mitchell ], Len Lesser [ Mr. Mitchell ], Michael Buchman Silver [ Steve ], Megan Blake [ Sara ], Alli Spotts [ Amber ], Greg Wrangler [ Handsome Guy ]

      When the nice neighbor lady who's been supplying Roger with baked goods doesn't show up, Roger, Jason and Myra's investigation leads them into danger.

      b: 23 Mar 97 pc: 465668 w: Rob Hammersley & Todd J. Greenwald d: Shelley Jensen
    20. "The Boxer Rebellion"
      gs: Frances Bey [ Aunt Charlotte ], Oliver Muirhead [ Kristophe Kole ], Dominique Jennings [ Linda ], Robert Gant [ Rod Davis ], Bill Sehres [ Camera Assistant ], Matthew Cedeno [ Kyle ], Robin Nance [ Lisa ], Nancy Jeris [ Casting Director ]

      rc: Myra

      Roger is cast in an underwear commercial, but Lanie learns it's not the career maker that he's expecting. Meanwhile, Jason pretends he's Myra's husband when her aunt visits.

      b: 30 Mar 97 pc: 465666 w: Adam Cohen d: Rod Daniel

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