Bless This Mess (2019– )
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A newlywed couple's plan to ditch big city living for a simpler life in Nebraska doesn't go as expected.


Lake Bell


Lake Bell (created by), Elizabeth Meriwether (created by) | 2 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Dax Shepard ... Mike
Lake Bell ... Rio
JT Neal ... Jacob
Pam Grier ... Constance
Ed Begley Jr. ... Rudy
Susie Essman ... Donna
David Koechner ... Beau Bowman
Lennon Parham ... Kay Bowman
Jen Tullock ... Monique
Eddie Pepitone ... Larry
Connie Shin Connie Shin ... Karen
Corey Allen Kotler ... Large Man


A newlywed couple's plan to ditch big city living for a simpler life in Nebraska doesn't go as expected.

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Release Date:

16 April 2019 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pilot See more »

Filming Locations:

Santa Clarita, California, USA

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16:9 HD
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Constance (Pam Grier) as the sheriff wears a six point star badge. By Nebraska state statute (Nebraska Revised Statute 23-1719) , all Nebraska sheriffs and deputies wear a seven point star badge. See more »


Mike and Rio, trapped on the roof of the house, are deluged with rain all night long. But, early the next morning, when they are rescued, there's not a hint of rain having fallen (no puddles on the ground, etc.). See more »

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Green Acres Well-Updated
2 May 2019 | by mike48128See all my reviews

Time calls it "A promising sit-com" and it may just be the first successful mid-season replacement of Spring 2019. Almost like "Green Acres," the wife gives up her NYC City Life to move to her husband's farm. It's in Nebraska. Many quirky neighbors. The only black cast member is the sheriff and general store owner, Connie (Pam Grier). Ed Begley Jr. plays their house-guest who lives in their barn with his two "pets", a screaming goat and a chicken he named after his ex-wife. Instead of Mr. Haney, their obnoxious neighbors want to buy the old farmhouse and land to turn it into a slaughter house. In the pilot, the old "gags" from the old 1930's movie "George Washington Slept Here" are used, as the floor and the roof both cave in. By the 3rd episode, everything happens to the Shepard's, including chickens that turn into "pets" so they can't kill them for personal use and the market. Extreme "friskiness" in the Bowman's barn, which gets the prize bull all riled up so he mates with all the cows. To compensate for this, they have to give their ancient tractor away. As we end episode 3, they just realize that eggs can be a source of income! Nice and cute (and I mean that in a good way). The major crime in town is a suspected theft of Rudy's red licorice! Only 7 episodes were made, and already renewed for season 2! The "burning" questions are this 1. What do you do with 400 eggs without refrigeration or pasteurization? plus a huge "gaggle" of "pet" chickens? 2. Is it a wonder they couldn't sell any eggs at the farmer's market? I would expect most of the townspeople "grow" their own eggs. and how can you sell eggs next to the the "Porta-Johns"?

Easter Egg: Rio takes a bath "a la Petticoat Junction" in an outdoor wooden tub? All too much fun!

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