Mr. Sunshine (2011–2012)
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On what would have been just a typical day at work -- trying to get rid of a hockey rink that won't melt so the circus can go on that night, looking for an elephant lost in the building and... See full summary »


Thomas Schlamme


Matthew Perry (creator), Alex Barnow (creator) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Perry ... Ben Donovan
Andrea Anders ... Alice
James Lesure ... Alonzo
Nate Torrence ... Roman Cohen
Allison Janney ... Crystal Cohen
Jorge Garcia ... Bobert
Portia Doubleday ... Heather
David Pressman ... Mascot
Christopher Shea ... Dan
Declan Beaty Declan Beaty ... Kid
Jesse Bean ... Guy
Eric Winzenried ... Photographer
Harvey Ruffin Harvey Ruffin ... Executive (as Harvey Ruffin III)
Rico Bueno ... Worker #1
Sam Brown Sam Brown ... Worker #3


On what would have been just a typical day at work -- trying to get rid of a hockey rink that won't melt so the circus can go on that night, looking for an elephant lost in the building and arranging an impromptu press conference to repair one of his boss's PR nightmares -- Alice ends her casual relationship with Ben to commit to another man. This happens on Ben's 40th birthday, just as he's realizing he doesn't want to be alone. Written by ABC Publicity

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Release Date:

9 February 2011 (USA) See more »

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Alice: So what are you going to do for your fortieth birthday?
Ben Donovan: Pretty exciting little plan actually. I'm ordering in some Chinese food and watching Bridge Over The River Kwai. Kwai? Because it is a 3 hour epic adventure.
Alice: That's kind of depressing.
Ben Donovan: Along the way maybe. But ultimately it's a story about the triumph of the human spirit.
Alice: I'm talking about your birthday plan.
Ben Donovan: So am I.
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References The Muppet Movie (1979) See more »

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2 December 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

This new Matthew Perry vehicle sees him play Ben, the manager of the Sunshine Center Arena in San Diego.

It is Ben's 40th birthday. He is committed to his job, selfish and alone. He has a casual relationship with Alice, who is about to dump him.

His boss, the owner of the arena, Crystal (Allison Janney) is rather odd and maybe even crazy. She wants Ben to employ her son who she knows little about.

Ben has to fix everything and on his birthday he needs to melt the ice hockey rink so the circus can perform. There is also an elephant on the loose.

Perry became famous and rich on Friends. He also had lots of issues, you can see his body going up and down in weight as Friends went on.

In Mr Sunshine, Perry is back doing comedy. Perry co-created the show and co-wrote the first episode. I suspect he did not write any of the jokes, as it not got any. I really did not find the pilot funny.

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