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Accidentally On Purpose 2009
Accidentally On Purpose 2009
Accidentally On Purpose 2009


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A San Francisco newspaper film critic becomes pregnant after a hookup with a much younger man and together they raise a nontraditional family. Golden Globe Award winner, Jenna Elfman plays Billie, who after a hard breakup with her boss, James, played by Private Practice's Grant Show, then gets knocked up by Zack, Windfall's Jon Foster. They make a nontraditional arrangement to live together platonically and raise the child. But when Zack friends turn her place into a frat house, Billie isn't sure that the plan can work out.

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Accidentally on Purpose is an American sitcom that ran on CBS from September 21, 2009 to April 21, 2010 during the 2009–10 season.[1] The series stars Jenna Elfman and was produced by BermanBraun and CBS Television Studios. The show is based on the book of the same name by Mary F. Pols.[2]

On May 18, 2010, CBS cancelled the series after one season.


Accidentally on Purpose follows Billie (Jenna Elfman), a San Francisco movie critic in her 30s. Billie meets Zack (Jon Foster), an aspiring chef in his 20s, at a local bar and they have a one-night stand. She soon finds out that she is pregnant, and decides to keep the baby. She must simultaneously deal with her boss and ex-boyfriend, James (Grant Show), who finds himself jealous of Zack. Before the story began, she had hoped that James would ask her to marry him, but he told her that he was not ready because he was married once before.

Thanks to this unexpected arrival, Billie and Zack have agreed to live together platonically, since the only place that Zack has called home is his van. While Billie receives encouragement and advice from her alcoholic best friend Olivia (Ashley Jensen) and her conventional, younger, married sister Abby (Lennon Parham), she also has to deal with Zack's freeloading friend Davis (Nicolas Wright), among others, when they start turning her place into a frat house, leaving Billie to question whether she is living with a boyfriend, a roommate, or a second child to raise.[3]

Theme song

The theme song for the show is "Birds of a Feather", written by David Fagin of the indie-rock band The Rosenbergs.[4] The song is on their album Department Store Girl.[5]


On November 3, 2009, CBS ordered an additional five episodes of the series, bringing the total to 18.[6] In early 2010 CBS moved Accidentally on Purpose to Wednesday nights from Mondays, to accommodate the midseason return of Rules of Engagement and the cancellation of Gary Unmarried. However, after the ratings slipped CBS elected not to renew the series and on May 18, 2010, made the cancellation official; the cancellation was part of CBS' decision to eliminate all of its Wednesday night comedies in favor of trying a Thursday-night block.

Critical reception

Accidentally on Purpose received mixed reviews, scoring a 50/100 on Metacritic, while scoring a 6.2/10 with viewers.[7] The New York Times, in a review of the show's first episode, called Grant Show's performance "graceful" and said Elfman is as "funny as the script allows, in that broad, robo-comic way you may remember from Dharma & Greg."[8]

The series had an average of eight million viewers per episode while airing on Mondays after How I Met Your Mother, but fell to an average of 5.5 million of viewers per episode while airing on Wednesdays after The New Adventures of Old Christine,[original research?] which was also canceled in 2010.[9]



aired from: Sep 2009 to: Apr 2010

18 eps

CBS (US) 30 min comedy

Jenna Elfman as Billie
Jon Foster as Zack
Grant Show as James
Ashley Jensen as Olivia
Lennon Parham as Abby
Nicolas Wright as Davis

A San Francisco newspaper film critic becomes pregnant after a hookup with a much younger man and together they raise a nontraditional family.

Episode # Prod # Air Date Titles

Season 1

1. 1-1 21 Sep 09 Pilot
2. 1-2 28 Sep 09 Memento
3. 1-3 05 Oct 09 One Night Stand
4. 1-4 12 Oct 09 The Date
5. 1-5 19 Oct 09 The Love Guru
6. 1-6 02 Nov 09 Fight Club
7. 1-7 09 Nov 09 The Godfather
8. 1-8 16 Nov 09 The Third Man
9. 1-9 23 Nov 09 Working Girl
10. 1-10 07 Dec 09 Class
11. 1-11 14 Dec 09 It Happened One Christmas
12. 1-12 11 Jan 10 The Odd Couples
13. 1-13 18 Jan 10 The Rock
14. 1-14 01 Feb 10 Attack of the 50 Foot Woman
15. 1-15 08 Feb 10 Back to School
16. 1-16 07 Apr 10 Face Off
17. 1-17 14 Apr 10 Speed
18. 1-18 21 Apr 10 Speed 2