Time of Your Life (American TV series)

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Time of Your Life
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GenreTeen drama
Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes19
Executive producer(s)
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorSony Pictures Television
Original networkFox
Picture format480i (SDTV)
Original releaseOctober 25, 1999 (1999-10-25) –
June 21, 2000 (2000-06-21)
Related showsParty of Five

Time of Your Life is an American teen drama television series starring Jennifer Love Hewitt that aired for one season on Fox from October 25, 1999 to June 21, 2000. A spin-off of Party of Five, the series followed Sarah Reeves Merrin as she moved to New York City to learn more about her biological parents. Co-stars included Jennifer Garner, Pauley Perrette and Gina Ravera.

Time of Your Life debuted on Fox on October 25, 1999, but was later put on an indefinite hiatus that ended up lasting five months due to low ratings. The series returned to the network in June 2000 as a part of its summer schedule, but was soon officially cancelled. As a result, the series' final seven episodes remained unaired in the United States, but were later broadcast in several European countries.


The series centers on the new life of Hewitt's character Sarah Reeves Merrin as she moves to New York City to learn more about her biological mother's life there before she bore Sarah, while also searching for her biological father. Along the way, Sarah moves into her mother's old apartment and makes a new group of friends. Her first friend is her new roommate Romy Sullivan (Jennifer Garner), a struggling actress.


Debut and cancellation[edit]

Time of Your Life first aired on October 25, 1999; it was canceled in the middle of its first season (following a five-month hiatus), on June 21, 2000. Despite Hewitt's popularity at the time, the show was not well received and had poor ratings.[1] The original pilot for the show was completely re-shot and largely rewritten before Fox would air it.[2]

Fox tried to save the show by putting it on a hiatus that lasted five months.[3] Fox promoted the return of the show in June 2000 as part of its "Summer of Love," a reference to Hewitt's name.[4] However, despite the promotion, ratings for the series' return episode remained low, and it was immediately canceled, with seven episodes remaining unaired in the United States; they were later broadcast in several European countries.


All episode titles begin with the phrase "The Time..."

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"The Time She Came to New York"Michael EnglerAmy Lippman & Christopher KeyserOctober 25, 1999 (1999-10-25)
2"The Time Sarah Got Her Shih-Tzu Together"Ellen S. PressmanMark B. PerryNovember 1, 1999 (1999-11-01)
3"The Time They Threw That Party"Ellen S. PressmanMark B. PerryNovember 8, 1999 (1999-11-08)
4"The Time She Got Mobbed"Michael EnglerIvan MenchellNovember 15, 1999 (1999-11-15)
5"The Time They All Came Over for Thanksgiving"Ellen S. PressmanAmy Lippman & Christopher KeyserNovember 22, 1999 (1999-11-22)
6"The Time the Truth Was Told"Michael EnglerMark B. PerryNovember 29, 1999 (1999-11-29)
7"The Time They Had Not"Steven RobmanShelley Meals & Darin GoldbergDecember 13, 1999 (1999-12-13)
8"The Time the Millennium Approached"Robert BerlingerRichard GreenbergDecember 20, 1999 (1999-12-20)
9"The Time They Decide to Date"Ken TopolskyAmy Lippman & Christopher KeyserJanuary 10, 2000 (2000-01-10)
10"The Time She Turned 21"Daniel AttiasMark B. PerryJanuary 24, 2000 (2000-01-24)
11"The Time They Got E-Rotic"Michael EnglerKrista VernoffJune 14, 2000 (2000-06-14)
12"The Time Everything Changed"Ellen S. PressmanAmy Lippman & Christopher KeyserJune 21, 2000 (2000-06-21)
13"The Time They Were Scared of the City"Aaron LipstadtAllison RobinsonUnaired
14"The Time They Cheated"Michael EnglerMark B. PerryUnaired
15"The Time She Made a Temporary Decision"Miguel ArtetaAmy Lippman & Christopher KeyserUnaired
16"The Time They Found a Solution"Ellen S. PressmanIvan Menchell & Allison RobinsonUnaired
17"The Time They Got Busy"Daniel AttiasDarin Goldberg & Shelley Meals & Krista VernoffUnaired
18"The Time They Broke the Law"Michael EnglerMark B. PerryUnaired
19"The Time He Saved the Day"Ellen S. PressmanAmy Lippman & Christopher KeyserUnaired


On Rotten Tomatoes the series has an approval rating of 45% based on reviews from 11 critics.[5]


  1. ^ Poniewozik, James (October 24, 1999). "Time of Your Life". Time. New York City: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  2. ^ Barrett, Jesse (November 10, 1999). "Love Bites: The unstoppable Jennifer Love Hewitt has the time of her life; viewers don't". City Pages. Minneapolis, Minnesota: Star Tribune Company. Archived from the original on November 23, 2007. Retrieved June 19, 2007.CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  3. ^ Wolk, Josh (January 25, 2000). "Short 'Time'". Entertainment Weekly. New York City: Meredith Corporation. Retrieved November 19, 2009.
  4. ^ Reynolds, Mike (May 15, 2000). "Summer's Programming Gambits". Cable World. Chicago, Illinois: Tribune Media Services. Retrieved May 24, 2018.
  5. ^ "Time of Your Life: Season 1". Rotten Tomatoes.

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