Guys Like Us (found UPN sitcom; 1998-1999)
The logo for Guys Like Us.
Date found: 2 Oct 2021
Found by: Crackle
Guys Like Us was an American sitcom that aired on United Paramount Network (UPN) from October 5th, 1998, until January 18th, 1999. The show is most famous for being the first television project of Dan Schneider, and certain plot elements can be seen in some of his other works such as iCarly and What I Like About You. Guys Like Us ran for twelve episodes before being cancelled due to low ratings, with a thirteenth episode never airing.
In Guys Like Us two roommates living in Chicago, Sean Barker (Chris Hardwick) and Jared Harris (Bumper Robinson), find themselves taking in Jared's younger brother Maestro (Maestro Harris) as Jared's father takes an overseas freelancing job. This forces the two roommates to end their nights of partying and take care of and guide Maestro as they make ends meet and develop parenting skills.
Due to the show airing on a later time slot on UPN, it received low ratings and was cancelled early. For a while, the only piece of media that emerged was the show's intro. On May 2nd, 2020, YouTube user Panama Mike uploaded the first episode of the series (although part of the beginning is missing.) In October 2021, the streaming service Crackle announced in their lineup that they would be streaming all thirteen episodes of the show.
- Chris Hardwick as Sean Barker
- Bumper Robinson as Jared Harris
- Maestro Harrell as Maestro Harris
- Courtney Mun as Nikki
- Linda Cardellini as Jude
|Maestro's suave, career-minded older brother Jared must break the news of the "arrangement" to his carefree, aspiring musician roommate Sean.
|In & Out
|A young woman moves into the guys' apartment building, Sean is instantly smitten and offers a neighborly hand in getting her settled.
|Maestro's First Crush
|Maestro develops a big crush on his babysitter Katie, a precocious 13-year-old.
|It's the Great Pumpkin, Maestro Harris
|When Maestro lands the lead role of Peter Pumpkin in his school's annual "parents please participate" Halloween pageant, he assumes that his big brother Jared will play Papa Pumpkin to his Peter.
|Sean's Moving Out
|Sean announces he's moving out after his band loses a gig because having to babysit Maestro prevented them from recording an important demo tape.
|Maestro's Big Break
|When Jared agrees to let Maestro star in a new "Daka" national sportswear commercial, Sean volunteers to supervise Maestro on the job.
|The Lying Down Game
|When Maestro asks questions about "the birds and the bees," Jared and Sean pour through books on how to communicate with children.
|A Turkey Too Far
|Jared and Maestro plan to observe Thanksgiving by eating pizza and watching football until the kid learns that his teacher is spending the holiday alone, and invites her to join them.
|Truth or Consequences
|To prove to Jared that women love foreign men, Sean does his best Scottish impression for Audrey, a woman he notices at the bar.
|Maestro's Gold Card
|Maestro and Nikki get into all kinds of trouble when they go on an online shopping spree with a gold credit card that came in the mail.
|Sean and Jared both lose trust in each other when Jared's ex-girlfriend, Jennifer, shows up and begins dating Sean.
|Gold Old Days
|Jared and Sean are psyched to see their old college buddy, Steve "The Fig" Figgison.
|Friends and Lovers
|As Jared sets out to woo Bridgett, Sean cannot keep his feelings for Jude in check.
Post Cancellation Fame
Despite Guys Like Us receiving very low ratings, loyal fans point to the fact that the show was never put on prime time and instead was forced into a late-night slot. At the 2006 Young Artists Awards, Maestro Harrel and Courtney Mun were nominated for the Best Performance in a TV Comedy Series – Supporting Young Actor and Actress for their performances on Guys Like Us.
- IMDB page for Guys Like Us. Retrieved 30 Jan '19