According to Jim is an American situation comedy television series broadcast by ABC. The show premiered with little publicity in October, 2001, following the surprise hit comedy My Wife and Kids. The show quickly developed an audience of its own and for its second season ABC placed it on its revitalized Tuesday line-up, which also included John Ritter's 8 Simple Rules For Dating My Teenage Daughter, Bonnie Hunt's Life with Bonnie and Less Than Perfect. Week by week, the show attracted more and more viewers, becoming ABC's second most watched sitcom. The show performed so well that the network made a risky move: putting Jim opposite the NBC juggernaut Frasier. Although Jim did not beat the competition, it performed well enough to secure itself that spot on the 2003 fall schedule. Despite its success and keeping a steady core audience, the show was universally panned by critics as an example of a tired sitcom. Ratings have fallen, however ABC has renewed According to Jim for its sixth season on its midseason line-up for 2006-2007 season.
Jim is a regular suburban father. He's married to a gorgeous woman, Cheryl, and raises his three kids – Gracie, Ruby and the newborn Kyle – in a big house. Everything is perfect for Jim, if it wasn't for the messy situations he gets himself into and his laziness, which often makes him search for alternative ways of doing things with less effort. Of course, having his wife's siblings hanging out at his house all the time is no help. While Andy might be one of his best friends, Dana often teams up with Cheryl against Jim.
The 2006 episode "The Grumpy Guy" poked fun at the real-life feud that erupted between Belushi and his neighbor, actress Julie Newmar. Newmar even guest-starred in the episode.
According to Jim has returned on January 3, 2007 with back to back new episodes every Wednesday until January 24 where it will start in its regular 8:30 timeslot.