1 9 9 1 – 1 9 9 2 (USA)
35 x 30 minute episodes
30-year-old Chris Peterson (David Letterman‘s former office boy Chris Elliott) still lived with his long-suffering parents – cantankerous Fred (Elliott’s real-life father, Bob) and clueless Gladys (Elinor Donahue) – and worked as a paperboy.
The surreal comedy series had Chris finding work as a male model, fighting a robot paperboy, marrying (and divorcing) a supermodel, being taken hostage by his old pen pal, and befriending a mucus-drooling, puking alien called “Spewey”.
Chris possessed the obsessive, relentless positivism of the seriously deluded, although he took sadistic enjoyment in making people uncomfortable and had an ever-decreasing grasp on reality.
Many episodes ended with him dying (he died 10 times in the series) only to have him reappear the following week.
The second series saw Chris leave his parents’ house and move into a garage which he rented from surly ex-cop Gus Borden (Brian Doyle-Murray).