I Just Want My Pants Back

I Just Want My Pants Back
Genre Comedy
Developed by David J. Rosen
Written by David J. Rosen (book)
Starring Peter Vack
Elisabeth Hower
Jordan Carlos
Kim Shaw
Sunkrish Bala
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 12 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Dave Bartis
David J. Rosen
Doug Liman
Gene Klein (co-exec.)
Location(s) Brooklyn, New York
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Universal Cable Productions
Original network MTV
Original release August 28, 2011 (2011-08-28) – April 5, 2012 (2012-04-05)
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I Just Want My Pants Back is an American comedy-drama that premiered with a special sneak peek on August 28, 2011 on MTV, with the series airing the new episodes beginning on February 2, 2012.[1] The series is based on David J. Rosen's 2007 novel of the same name.

On May 16, 2012, MTV cancelled the series.[2]


The series follows the life of a group of twenty-somethings as they try to get through life as best they can in Brooklyn. It is based on David J. Rosen's novel of the same name.


Recurring cast

Other cast in the pilot episode


The series is based on David J. Rosen's 2007 novel I Just Want My Pants Back. The pilot was written by David J. Rosen and directed by Doug Liman. The series is executive produced by Rosen, Liman and Dave Bartis with Universal Cable Productions and Hypnotic. It is also co-executive produced by Gene Klein.[3]

Peter Vack, Elisabeth Hower, Jordan Carlos, Kim Shaw were cast as the four leads, Jason, Stacey, Eric and Tina. Production on the half-hour pilot began in New York City on September 3, 2010.[4]

On January 14, 2011, MTV ordered the pilot to series of 12 episodes, with production started on the rest of the season in June 2011.[5] A sneak peek of the pilot episode aired on August 28, 2011, following the 2011 MTV Video Music Awards and averaged 5.1 million viewers and a 4.9 P12-34 rating. The series began the rest of season one on February 2, 2012, following Jersey Shore.[6] The re-airing of the pilot on February 2, 2012, pulled in 1.81 million viewers and a 1.0 rating.[7]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1"Pilot"Doug LimanTeleplay by: David J. RosenAugust 28, 2011 (2011-08-28)5.1[6]
After a one night stand leaves him with a pair of his jeans stolen, Jason Strider begins his quest through New York City, to get his beloved jeans back, and hopefully the girl, whilst also dealing with his entry level job at a casting agency, and his friends, Tina, Eric and Stacey.
2"Baby Monkeys"Jace AlexanderDavid J. RosenFebruary 2, 2012 (2012-02-02)1.22[7]
Jason posts an ad looking for Jane on missed connections, Tina, while anxiously awaiting a text from Brett, de-virginizes an intern, and Stacey and Eric have new mattress sex on a mattress that turns out to be anything but new.
3"Never Trust a Moonblower"Jace AlexanderIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerFebruary 9, 2012 (2012-02-09)1.88[8]
Jason quits his job for a new job he's promised only to find out it's only an internship. Stacey and Eric kinda have a foursome. At another promising job interview Jason sees Jane and consequently blows the interview.
4"Pecker Necklace"Jace AlexanderJessi KleinFebruary 16, 2012 (2012-02-16)2.04[9]
Tina and Stacey are forced to join a bachelorette party, Jason ends up backrubbing his weed dealer and transporting a giant piñata penis through town. Eric has a less than enthusiastic first night at the hospital.
5"Something's Wrong Down There"Jace AlexanderDavid J. RosenFebruary 23, 2012 (2012-02-23)1.76[10]
Eric diagnoses Tina with Chlamydia, Jason is confused whether he's being paid for cleaning or sex. He solves the problem by being fired.
6"Safety Nets"Rosemary RodriguezAdam Stein & David J. RosenFebruary 23, 2012 (2012-02-23)1.31[10]
Tina gets evicted because she didn't pay rent for 4 months, spending the money on bags instead. Her plan to use Stacey as leverage falls short too. Jason meets a lovely french girl who teaches him about how the universe provides.
7"Piece of Cake"Rosemary RodriguezIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerMarch 1, 2012 (2012-03-01)1.64[11]
Tina learns that people one breaks up with (Brett) tend to see other people and gets drunk with Bobby. Jason - dressed as cake - finally meets Jane on the street and shares a suspicious joint with a co-worker. Events spiral downwards from there. Both show up to Stacie and Eric's party wasted and broken.
8"The Blackout"Doug LimanJessi KleinMarch 8, 2012 (2012-03-08)1.70[12]
The gang's invited by Ness to a party way out in Bushwick. On the way, a short citywide blackout brings hidden tensions to the surface: Stacey possibly is pregnant and Tina asks Jason not to flirt with Ness as he "keeps peeing in her pool", chasing away possible friends.
9"Love Equation"Rosemary RodriguezTeleplay by: Adam Stein
Story by: Isaac Aptaker & Elizabeth Berger
March 15, 2012 (2012-03-15)1.45[13]
Tina tries to "Yoko" her new man out of a cover band, and Jason puts his relationship with Ness in jeopardy after some poor birthday gift-giving.
10"Sextipated"Jace AlexanderJessi KleinMarch 22, 2012 (2012-03-22)1.09[14]
Jason meets Ness' ex, Tina is assigned to work with an LA photographer, and Eric and Stacey lock themselves down in a 72-hour study session.
11"Quid No Quo"Jace AlexanderIsaac Aptaker & Elizabeth BergerMarch 29, 2012 (2012-03-29)0.93[15]
Jason tries to impress his high-school crush; Tina goes on a romantic date with Paul; a tough semester has Eric questioning his future.
12"Jerk or Dork"Jace AlexanderDavid J. RosenApril 5, 2012 (2012-04-05)N/A
Tina and Jason's big night out doesn't go as planned. Jason has a run-in with Jane and tries to find out what happened between them, while Tina worries that things are moving too quickly with Paul.

International broadcast


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