Still Standing (TV series)

For the Canadian television series, see Still Standing (Canadian TV series).
Still Standing
Created by Diane Burroughs
Joey Gutierrez
Starring Mark Addy
Jami Gertz
Jennifer Irwin
Taylor Ball
Renee Olstead
Soleil Borda
Joel Murray (Seasons 3–4)
Opening theme "You Make Me Happy" written by Holly Knight (performed by Will Hoge)
Composer(s) Dennis C. Brown
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 88 (list of episodes)
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time 21 minutes
Production company(s) Tea Gal and Java Boy Productions
CBS Productions
20th Century Fox Television
Distributor 20th Television
Original network CBS
Picture format 16:9
Original release September 30, 2002 (2002-09-30) – March 8, 2006 (2006-03-08)
The cast of Still Standing

Still Standing is an American sitcom that ran on CBS from September 30, 2002 to March 8, 2006. It starred Mark Addy and Jami Gertz as Bill and Judy Miller, a working-class couple living in Chicago. Taylor Ball, Renee Olstead, and Soleil Borda portrayed their children and Jennifer Irwin portrayed Judy's sister Linda.


A working-class couple in Chicago try to instill good values in their three kids, Brian (Taylor Ball), Lauren (Renee Olstead), and Tina (Soleil Borda), but their own past experiences often conflict with the lessons they try to teach their children. Judy Miller (Jami Gertz) is the attractive wife who was wooed by Bill (Mark Addy) when he duplicitously dated Judy's less attractive friend. Judy started dating Bill when she noticed him to be sensitive. Bill noticed Judy in front of the lockers located by the principal's office, wearing a tight red Aerosmith Shirt and pants with her right pocket ripped.

Judy and Bill were both popular in high school and they never outgrew that teenage mentality. Neither one has the level of maturity to teach their kids right from wrong, often causing a role reversal between the parents and the children. Judy's sister Linda (Jennifer Irwin) continuously butts heads with Bill.

Main characters

Guest and recurring roles


Each of the episode titles begins with the word "Still", with the exception of the pilot.


The show entered off-network syndication in 2006, and in the fall of that year 20th Television put it into barter-syndication. It aired on many affiliates most notably MyNetworkTV and The CW affiliates. Lifetime Television acquired the cable rights to air it from 2006-2009. ABC Family acquired the rights to rerun it in the Fall of 2010, but due to very-low ratings it was taken off the line-up. Only to be put back on the schedule from December 2013 to June 2014, it was then replaced by The Middle.

Nielsen Ratings

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
1 Monday 9:30 P.M. September 30, 2002 May 12, 2003 2002–2003 #17 14.41[1]
2 Monday 8:30 P.M. September 22, 2003 May 24, 2004 2003–2004 #26 11.82
3 Monday 8:00 P.M. September 20, 2004 May 23, 2005 2004–2005 #48 9.95
4 Wednesday 8:00 P.M. September 21, 2005 March 8, 2006 2005–2006 #87 7.0

Critical reception

A 2002 Entertainment Weekly review gave Still Standing a "D" grade, calling it an "apathetic" show that "does zip to freshen the Fatty-Gets-a-Family formula."[2]



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