Accidentally on Purpose: Season 1 (2009 - 2010)


Season 1
Accidentally on Purpose

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Star Jenna Elfman has her moments, but Accidentally on Purpose is too safe and derivative to stand out among its sitcom kin.

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Critic Ratings: 20

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User Ratings: 5

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Air date: Sep 21, 2009

Jenna Elfman is Billie, a single woman who ends her romance with her boss (Grant Show) and, in the opener, has a fling with a younger guy (Jon Foster). Billie gets pregnant, then decides to keep her baby and invite the father to live with her as friends. Olivia: Ashley Jensen. Abby: Lennon Parham.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2009

Billie noses around Zack's room and finds a letter for her that he started writing, but never finished, and she thinks he's keeping something important from her.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2009

Billie is discovering that her pregnant figure is attracting men, especially Zack, but a mishap involving self-tanning lotion cools the fire of passion between them.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2009

Billie and Zack agree that it would be good if they dated other people, but Billie's pregnancy makes the task of finding romance difficult.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2009

Billie and Zack have their first big fight after Zack, hoping to surprise Billie, installs a low-flow toilet without consulting her first.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2009

Since Billie's out of the dating game, she lives through Zack and Davis by offering them relationship advice.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2009

Billie asks Abby and Nick to be godparents, and inadvertently splits them up; and Abby makes the most of being single, spending the evening out with Davis, but Billie fears she might do something she'll regret.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2009

Zack becomes jealous when Billie dates a coworker. Brian: David Sutcliffe.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2009

James hires another film critic, and Billie feels threatened when James raves about the man's work.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2009

Billie and Zack take parenting classes separately because of schedule conflicts and realize how little they know about being parents.

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When thirtysomething single woman Billie (Jenna Elfman) gets pregnant after a fling with a younger guy named Zack (Jon Foster), she decides to keep the baby and invites Zach to live with her as friends.

Critic Reviews for Accidentally on Purpose Season 1

All Critics (20) | Top Critics (13)

Sadly, Elfman's personal efforts go for naught, because there is no verisimilitude anyway in Accidentally on Purpose.

Sep 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Avoid if you can.

Sep 21, 2009 | Full Review…

Accidentally feels like a show that's nearly been focus-grouped into oblivion - with lines, beats and a cultural resonance that's so familiar you can almost see the baseball bat of predictability descending upon your head.

Sep 21, 2009 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Accidentally on Purpose is so contrived, you feel as though you've seen it already while you're watching it for the first time.

Sep 21, 2009 | Full Review…

The right star can turn a routine sitcom into a good sitcom. Jenna Elfman does that for Accidentally on Purpose.

Sep 21, 2009 | Full Review…

All in all, it's yet another excuse for Elfman to go in for a lot of mugging and overselling of jokes in an attempt to keep things afloat.

Sep 21, 2009 | Rating: D | Full Review…

Lame, unrelentingly predictable, hopelessly unfunny, flat, and contrived

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

I'm not sure if it has the formula, the chemistry or the supporting cast to stick around.

Sep 22, 2009 | Full Review…

Elfman actually seems to be draining the humor from her dialogue and situations.

Sep 20, 2009 | Full Review…

We didn't realize we how much we missed Jenna Elfman on the small screen until this hilarious rom-com lovefest came across our desks.

Sep 7, 2009 | Full Review…

It may find an audience, but it likely won't be any of us.

Sep 18, 2009 | Rating: 6.8/10 | Full Review…

I'm of the mind that it's a solid effort and fits well with the direction CBS' Monday night comedy line-up seems to be taking.

Sep 18, 2009 | Full Review…

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