Grounded for Life

Grounded for Life

2001 - 2006, Comedy
A young father meets his commitments while yearning for a carefree life.

Episode Guide

  • Grounded for Life - Hello, Goodbye (Season 5 Episode 13)
    Season 5 Episode 13:

    Hello, Goodbye

    Lily's elaborate graduation prank is spoiled when Claudia goes into labor, forcing her and Sean to leave the ceremony early.

  • Grounded for Life - Crazy (Season 5 Episode 12)
    Season 5 Episode 12:


    Eddie's crazy ex-girlfriend makes money selling nude photos of Eddie.

  • Grounded for Life - The Letter(s) (Season 5 Episode 11)
    Season 5 Episode 11:

    The Letter(s)

    Sean is furious after getting letters from the Home Owner's Association telling him to clean up his house, but Claudia is thrilled with the positive changes to the neighborhood.

  • Grounded for Life - Tom Sawyer (Season 5 Episode 10)
    Season 5 Episode 10:

    Tom Sawyer

    Sean takes a second job to avoid having to help around the house; Claudia tries to convince Arianna (Dana Wheeler-Nicholson) that they are not low-class.

  • Grounded for Life - Do Ya Think I'm Sexy? (Season 5 Episode 9)
    Season 5 Episode 9:

    Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?

    Claudia is thrilled when her cute study buddy (Trent Ford) flirts with her, but her bubble bursts when she finds out that Steve paid him to do it.

  • Grounded for Life - Mystery Dance (Season 5 Episode 8)
    Season 5 Episode 8:

    Mystery Dance

    With the bar experiencing financial trouble, Sean and Claudia take on additional work in order to make ends meet.

  • Grounded for Life - I'm Looking Through You (Season 5 Episode 7)
    Season 5 Episode 7:

    I'm Looking Through You

    Sean promises to get his famous friend, J.J. Bodybuddy, to perform at the school health fair; Lily auditions to join the Asian tour of "Up With People."

  • Grounded for Life - Psycho Therapy (Season 5 Episode 6)
    Season 5 Episode 6:

    Psycho Therapy

    Lily's plan to run against Brad for school president turns ugly when she bribes Jimmy to smear him; Sean learns the sex of the baby, but Claudia thinks she wants to be surprised; Eddie's doctor blames Sean for Eddie's instability.

  • Grounded for Life - You Better You Bet (Season 5 Episode 5)
    Season 5 Episode 5:

    You Better You Bet

    Claudia is upset when she learns Sean gambled the money for the baby's crib and used his winnings to buy a new TV.

  • Grounded for Life - Day Tripper (Season 5 Episode 4)
    Season 5 Episode 4:

    Day Tripper

    Lily, jealous of Brad's new girlfriend, sees to it that she does not become the first girl on the high-school football team.

  • Grounded for Life - One Is the Loneliest Number (Season 5 Episode 3)
    Season 5 Episode 3:

    One Is the Loneliest Number

    Sean finds fault with Faye; Lily's attempt to make Brad jealous backfires; Claudia is upset that Sean told everyone she is pregnant.

  • Grounded for Life - Man, I Feel Like a Woman (Season 5 Episode 2)
    Season 5 Episode 2:

    Man, I Feel Like a Woman

    Lily and Brad try to remain friends, until Lily accepts a date with another boy and Brad hits on his new neighbor.

  • Grounded for Life - The Policy of Truth (Season 5 Episode 1)
    Season 5 Episode 1:

    The Policy of Truth

    After admitting he hooked up with his space-camp buddy, Lana (Mila Kunis), Brad begs for forgiveness from Lily until he learns of her infidelity.

  • Grounded for Life - The Space Camp Oddity (Season 4 Episode 28)
    Season 4 Episode 28:

    The Space Camp Oddity

    Brad leaves Lily behind and boards a bus to space camp with his girlfriend Lana (Mila Kunis); Eddie's girlfriend Hope (Kristin Dattilo) tells Claudia a secret about Eddie.

  • Grounded for Life - Get a Job (Season 4 Episode 27)
    Season 4 Episode 27:

    Get a Job

    Lily is thrilled about Brad's new job until she discovers the way his manager (Adam Brody) treats him.

  • Grounded for Life - Pressure Drop (Season 4 Episode 26)
    Season 4 Episode 26:

    Pressure Drop

    Claudia tries to alleviate Sean's hypertension by running the household all by herself, but everything goes awry when Jimmy gets suspended from school and Lily's bed breaks.

  • Grounded for Life - You're So Vain (Season 4 Episode 25)
    Season 4 Episode 25:

    You're So Vain

    Claudia's father (Stephen Root) comes to visit; Sean can finally pay off his debt to Tony.

  • Grounded for Life - The Cheat Is On (Season 4 Episode 24)
    Season 4 Episode 24:

    The Cheat Is On

    Claudia copies Lily's school paper for a college class, only to learn Lily plagiarized the essay; Eddie teaches Jimmy how to unhook a bra.

  • Grounded for Life - Beat on the Brat (Season 4 Episode 23)
    Season 4 Episode 23:

    Beat on the Brat

    Sean disciplines one of Henry's bratty friends; Lily asks Brad to choose between her and his geeky friends; Eddie uses a Jewish online dating service.

  • Grounded for Life - It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City (Season 4 Episode 22)
    Season 4 Episode 22:

    It's Hard to Be a Saint in the City

    Sean and Eddie plan a St. Patrick's Day celebration at the bar but forget the beer; Brad and Lily help build a float for the parade.

  • Grounded for Life - Pictures of Willy (Season 4 Episode 21)
    Season 4 Episode 21:

    Pictures of Willy

    Eddie persuades Sean to help him break into his ex-girlfriend's apartment to steal embarrassing photographs.

  • Grounded for Life - Tombstone Blues (Season 4 Episode 20)
    Season 4 Episode 20:

    Tombstone Blues

    Claudia refuses to include Brad in the family portrait; Claudia's father-in-law (Richard Riehle) gives her plot to his dead cat.

  • Grounded for Life - Me & Mrs. O (Season 4 Episode 19)
    Season 4 Episode 19:

    Me & Mrs. O

    At Brad's birthday party, Sean attempts to reunite Brad's parents.

  • Grounded for Life - Racketman (Season 4 Episode 18)
    Season 4 Episode 18:


    Brad learns his dad has been having an affair instead of taking tennis lessons.

  • Grounded for Life - Can't Get Next to You (Season 4 Episode 17)
    Season 4 Episode 17:

    Can't Get Next to You

    Lily, Brad and Jimmy sign abstinence pledges at school; Brad asks Lily to marry him; Jimmy throws out everything that reminds him of sex.

  • Grounded for Life - I Think We're Alone Now (Season 4 Episode 16)
    Season 4 Episode 16:

    I Think We're Alone Now

    Sean and Claudia try to take advantage of an empty house and spend some alone time together; Lily realizes that Brad is not a very good dancer.

  • Grounded for Life - All Apologies (Season 4 Episode 15)
    Season 4 Episode 15:

    All Apologies

    Claudia and Sean watch an adult film and realize it was made in their home; Jimmy's bully may actually like him.

  • Grounded for Life - Communication Breakdown (Season 4 Episode 14)
    Season 4 Episode 14:

    Communication Breakdown

    Sean forgets to give Claudia an important message from her professor; Jimmy hides the telephone bill to conceal his calls to a 976 number; Lily freaks out when Brad does not call her for three hours.

  • Grounded for Life - My Ex-Boyfriend's Back (Season 4 Episode 13)
    Season 4 Episode 13:

    My Ex-Boyfriend's Back

    Lily resents her ex-boyfriend's ability to move on so quickly after she dumped him; Eddie's stand-up routine flops until he incorporates material from Claudia and Sean's personal life.

  • Grounded for Life - (She's Got) Kegs (Season 4 Episode 12)
    Season 4 Episode 12:

    (She's Got) Kegs

    Sean finds out Claudia has been out all night partying; Claudia finds out Sean left Jimmy and Henry with Eddie.

  • Grounded for Life - Been Caught Stealing (Season 4 Episode 11)
    Season 4 Episode 11:

    Been Caught Stealing

    After Sean accuses Eddie of stealing from the bar, their father (Richard Riehle) admits his date handcuffed him to the bar and took the money, along with his pants.

  • Grounded for Life - Baby Come Back (Season 4 Episode 10)
    Season 4 Episode 10:

    Baby Come Back

    Sean and Eddie insult Claudia by suggesting that the professional photographer who wanted to take her picture was actually trying to pick her up.

  • Grounded for Life - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Season 4 Episode 9)
    Season 4 Episode 9:

    Smells Like Teen Spirit

    Sean talks to Jimmy about the birds and the bees; Brad accidentally sees Claudia naked.

  • Grounded for Life - Ticket to Ride (Season 4 Episode 8)
    Season 4 Episode 8:

    Ticket to Ride

    Lily wakes up with a hangover to find her vehicle parked on the porch; Eddie sells Lily's car at a huge profit.

  • Grounded for Life - Pay You Back With Interest (Season 4 Episode 7)
    Season 4 Episode 7:

    Pay You Back With Interest

    Eddie's intentions are unclear when he appears with a new electric car; Lily's plea for her parents to pay for her tattoo removal goes ignored.

  • Grounded for Life - S.A.T. and Sympathy (Season 4 Episode 6)
    Season 4 Episode 6:

    S.A.T. and Sympathy

    Claudia helps Lily prepare for the SATs, but the study sessions turn into a competition over who is smarter; Henry forces Sean to invite a homeless man (Dave Sheridan) into their home.

  • Grounded for Life - I Just Paid to Say I Love You (Season 4 Episode 5)
    Season 4 Episode 5:

    I Just Paid to Say I Love You

    Lily accidentally swallows a fly while dining with Brad; a stray cat wreaks havoc inside the house.

  • Grounded for Life - I Right the Wrongs (Season 4 Episode 4)
    Season 4 Episode 4:

    I Right the Wrongs

    Sean and Eddie try to help Brad deal with a bully, but their efforts backfire and force Lily to defend him.

  • Grounded for Life - All the Young Nudes (Season 4 Episode 3)
    Season 4 Episode 3:

    All the Young Nudes

    Sean and Eddie hire strippers to work at the bar; when Lily breaks up with Dean, his reaction surprises her.

  • Grounded for Life - Your Father Should Know (Season 4 Episode 1)
    Season 4 Episode 1:

    Your Father Should Know

    Sean finds out Lily and Brad slept together, then Brad suffers an injury under mysterious circumstances; Brad's mother accuses Lily of stealing her son's innocence; Jimmy and Henry blow Eddie's coin collection at the arcade.

  • Grounded for Life - Oh, What a Knight (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    Oh, What a Knight

    Sean joins the Knights of Hibernia so that Lily can take part in their beauty pageant.

  • Grounded for Life - Part Time Lover (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:

    Part Time Lover

    Eddie discovers his new girlfriend's infidelity; Lily and Jimmy find a love interest for their grandfather on the Internet.

  • Grounded for Life - Tonight's the Night (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Tonight's the Night

    Lily decides to go all the way with Dean (Mike Vogel) on her 16th birthday.

  • Grounded for Life - Claudia in Disguise (With Glasses) (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Claudia in Disguise (With Glasses)

    Claudia decides to wear glasses after losing her contacts, but Donal thinks they're so ugly he hides them.

  • Grounded for Life - Welcome to the Working Week (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Welcome to the Working Week

    Lily enters the working world after her credit card debt gets out of control; Eddie plots revenge after the Red Boot gets a bad review in a local paper.

  • Grounded for Life - Who Are You? (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    Who Are You?

    Sean and Claudia discover Jimmy has been shoplifting; Lily cannot decide what to wear to meet Dean's parents.

  • Grounded for Life - Cuts Like a Knife (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Cuts Like a Knife

    Sean promises to get a vasectomy but cannot bring himself to go through with it.

  • Grounded for Life - Henry's Been Working for the Drug Squad (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Henry's Been Working for the Drug Squad

    Henry is aghast to find a tiny marijuana plant in the backyard; Brad sells his urine to members of the basketball team.

  • Grounded for Life - Just Like a Woman (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:

    Just Like a Woman

    Sean feels emasculated when he is unable to change a tire; Eddie sells one of Lily's brassieres to Brad.

  • Grounded for Life - Drive Me Crazy (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Drive Me Crazy

    Sean ensures Lily will fail her drivers' test by teaching her several wrongheaded notions; Claudia discovers Jimmy's video game is extremely violent.

  • Grounded for Life - Cat Scratch Fever (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:

    Cat Scratch Fever

    Claudia freaks out when she finds out Sean and Eddie have hired her high-school rival as a bartender.

  • Grounded for Life - Mustang Lily (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:

    Mustang Lily

    Sean takes Lily's Mustang out for a joyride and loses it in a drag race to a delinquent (Wilmer Valderrama).

  • Grounded for Life - We Didn't Start the Fire (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    We Didn't Start the Fire

    Claudia is incredulous when Sean quits his union job to go into business with Eddie, buying an Irish pub on Staten Island.

  • Grounded for Life - Oops! ... I Did It Again (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Oops! ... I Did It Again

    Sean panics when he finds a home pregnancy test in Lily's trash can, but she denies it's hers; Dean convinces Lily to get a tattoo with him. Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons of Run-DMC guest stars.

  • Grounded for Life - Dust in the Wind (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    Dust in the Wind

    Sean and Eddie steal their cousin's ashes from the funeral parlor intending to honor his wishes and scatter his remains over the old water tower.

  • Grounded for Life - I Fought the In-Laws (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    I Fought the In-Laws

    Sparks fly between Sean and Claudia's father when her parents stop in for what turns out to be an extended visit.

  • Grounded for Life - Eddie and This Guy With Diamonds (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Eddie and This Guy With Diamonds

    When Claudia sees Sean working with a correctional cleanup crew, he confesses he was arrested for buying stolen jewelry; Lily and Brad join together to rectify the poor treatment donkeys receive at the school's annual, charity event.

  • Grounded for Life - Swearin' to God (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    Swearin' to God

    After Sister Helen uses some unholy language, Sean blackmails her into doing some favors for him and his family.

  • Grounded for Life - The Kids Are Alright (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:

    The Kids Are Alright

    Eddie offers to baby-sit the boys after Claudia and Sean win a free weekend in Atlantic City, but when they get home they find them locked in the basement.

  • Grounded for Life - Relax (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:


    Sean accidentally outs a gay co-worker (guest star Sean O'Bryan) after seeing him at Action Mountain's "gay day"; Eddie brings a date (guest star Natasha Lyonne) to dinner at Sean and Claudia's place.

  • Grounded for Life - Safety Dance (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Safety Dance

    Lily is accused of smuggling booze into a school dance; Eddie uses Walt as a goon to shake down his shady business associates.

  • Grounded for Life - Eddie Said Knock You Out (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    Eddie Said Knock You Out

    Sean and his neighbor, Mr. O'Keefe, decide to have a fight when their anger boils over; Eddie tries to fix the fight by bribing Mr. O'Keefe.

  • Grounded for Life - Take It to the Limit (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Take It to the Limit

    A trip to a water park ends in disaster when a declined credit card prevents the family from entering.

  • Grounded for Life - Don't Fear the Reefer (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    Don't Fear the Reefer

    While cutting a tree on Super Bowl Sunday, Sean sees Lily with a bag of marijuana and accidentally causes a neighborhood blackout.

  • Grounded for Life - Mr. Roboto (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    Mr. Roboto

    Sean becomes obsessed with helping Jimmy build a robot for a science project; Lily starts to suspect Eddie might have played a role in her making the school dance squad.

  • Grounded for Life - We Are Family (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:

    We Are Family

    After a plumbing problem erupts, suspicions arise that Claudia's Uncle Sal is connected to the mob; Lily makes the dance squad at school. Vincent Pastore guest stars.

  • Grounded for Life - Is She Really Going Out With Walt? (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    Is She Really Going Out With Walt?

    Walt strikes up a friendship with a woman at a bowling alley, alarming Sean who tries to scare her away without telling anyone.

  • Grounded for Life - Let's Talk About Sex, Henry (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    Let's Talk About Sex, Henry

    Henry walks in on his parents having sex and tells his entire class about it; Sean tells his son about the birds and the bees.

  • Grounded for Life - I Saw Daddy Hitting Santa Claus (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:

    I Saw Daddy Hitting Santa Claus

    Playing Santa at the Christmas fair, Walt promises Henry an expensive toy, infuriating Sean and Claudia.

  • Grounded for Life - Smoke on the Daughter (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Smoke on the Daughter

    Claudia becomes addicted to cigarettes following a stressful day at work.

  • Grounded for Life - Bang on the Drum (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    Bang on the Drum

    Claudia volunteers Sean and Eddie's so-called band to play at her friend's wedding; Henry is convinced he's adopted.

  • Grounded for Life - Rubber Sold (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Rubber Sold

    Sean grows alarmed about Lily's welfare when he spots neighbor Brad O'Keefe nervously buying condoms.

  • Grounded for Life - Don't Let Me Download (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    Don't Let Me Download

    Claudia decides to confront Jimmy about the racy pictures found on his computer, but Sean wants to ignore the situation and later confesses to Walt that he downloaded the pictures.

  • Grounded for Life - Dream On (Season 2 Episode 2)
    Season 2 Episode 2:

    Dream On

    Claudia confesses to Sean that she had a steamy dream about having sex in alley with Eddie; Lily and her friends get drunk after drinking fermented cider.

  • Grounded for Life - Baby You Can't Drive My Car (Season 2 Episode 1)
    Season 2 Episode 1:

    Baby You Can't Drive My Car

    While Sean and Claudia are shocked about the theft of their car, they gleefully plan on buying a new one.

  • Grounded for Life - Love Child (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Love Child

    Lily is mortified to find out that she was born out of wedlock and was lugged to her parents' topsy-turvy wedding.

  • Grounded for Life - Mrs. Finnerty, You've Got a Lovely Daughter (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    Mrs. Finnerty, You've Got a Lovely Daughter

    Much to her father's chagrin, Lily and her friends decide to do a bawdy dance number at the school talent show.

  • Grounded for Life - Loser (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:


    An exasperated Sean (Donal Logue) cheats to help his son's (Jake Burbage) pathetic soccer team win a game.

  • Grounded for Life - Jimmy Was Kung-Fu Fighting (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    Jimmy Was Kung-Fu Fighting

    Jimmy fantasizes about blowing away a bully with his new kung fu moves, a la "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon.".

  • Grounded for Life - Jimmy's Got a Gun (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    Jimmy's Got a Gun

    Sean and Claudia (Donal Logue, Megyn Price) are dismayed when Walt (Richard Riehle) gives Jimmy (Griffin Frazen) a BB gun for his birthday.

  • Grounded for Life - Catch Us if You Can (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Catch Us if You Can

    Sean (Donal Logue) and the boys are chased by angry sports fans after he causes the Yankees to lose a game.

  • Grounded for Life - Eddie's Dead (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    Eddie's Dead

    Sean (Donal Logue) tries to keep Eddie (Kevin Corrigan) from hitting on a woman (guest star Julie Claire) Claudia (Megyn Price) is consoling after a break-up.

  • Grounded for Life - Devil's Haircut (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Devil's Haircut

    Sean tries to disguise the fact that he cut Henry's hair himself instead of taking him to a barber shop.

  • Grounded for Life - Like a Virgin (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Like a Virgin

    Lily confides in Claudia that she is still a virgin, then Claudia reveals the news to Lily's friends.

  • Grounded for Life - You Can't Always Get What You Want (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    You Can't Always Get What You Want

    When Sean receives a small inheritance, he must choose between spending the money on a guitar or a water heater.

  • Grounded for Life - Action Mountain High (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Action Mountain High

    Lily is caught in a lie when she's forced to call her father to come pick her up at an amusement park.

  • Grounded for Life - Devil With a Plaid Skirt (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Devil With a Plaid Skirt

    Sean and Eddie (Donal Logue, Kevin Corrigan) stake out Lily's (Lynsey Bartilson) school after Sister Helen (guest star Miriam Flynn) complains that her uniform is too short.

  • Grounded for Life - I Wanna Be Suspended (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    I Wanna Be Suspended

    Jimmy gets suspended after his father writes a note explaining that he missed school to see a Ramones concert.

  • Grounded for Life - In My Room (Season 1 Episode 2)
    Season 1 Episode 2:

    In My Room

    After Sean finds Lily's fake ID, he breaks into her e-mail account to unmask her mischief-making friends.

  • Grounded for Life - Lily B. Goode (Season 1 Episode 1)
    Season 1 Episode 1:

    Lily B. Goode

    Sean (Donal Logue) catches Lily (Lynsey Bartilson) making out with the neighbor boy (guest star Bret Harrison) and throws a bucket of chicken at him. With Megyn Price.