|Created by||Lew Morton|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||10|
|Running time||21 minutes|
|Production company||Gary Sanchez Productions|
|Original network||Comedy Central|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV)|
|Original release||August 17 –|
September 14, 2010
Big Lake is an American comedy television series on Comedy Central that debuted on August 17, 2010, and ran for one season. The series was originally designed as a vehicle for Jon Heder, but Heder left the project shortly before production started and was replaced with Chris Gethard. The series was picked up using a similar model as Tyler Perry's House of Payne and Meet The Browns with an initial 10 episode order by Comedy Central, with an option to pick up the series for an additional 90 episodes, to have 100 episodes available for syndication. The deal was not picked up after Comedy Central passed on a second season.
After losing his lucrative banking job, Josh is forced to move back to his hometown of Big Lake, Pennsylvania. Now living with his parents on their couch, Josh swears to earn back all the money he lost and repay his parents. There he reunites with his childhood pal Glenn and his favorite high school teacher Mr. Henkel. Each week the three come up with new money making schemes, although due to the ridiculous nature of them, they tend to fail and go horribly wrong every time.
- Chris Gethard as Josh Franklin — A disgraced Wall Street hotshot who lost his job and all his money. He now has to move back in with his parents.
- Horatio Sanz as Glenn Cordoba — Josh's childhood best friend who was recently released from prison.
- Chris Parnell as Chris Henkel — Josh's favorite teacher from high school, although he has no memory of Josh being one of his former students. Despite being a history teacher, he hates history and despises teaching. He is also the "Deputy Mayor" of Big Lake.
- Deborah Rush as Linda Franklin — Josh's overly cheerful mother who is often oblivious to everything going on around her, likely caused by her addiction to diet pills.
- Dylan Blue as Jeremy Franklin — Josh's little brother who isn't as innocent as he pretends to be. Appears to be involved in many criminal activities.
- James Rebhorn as Carl Franklin — Josh's father. He despises Josh for losing his entire life savings.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Prod.|
|1||"Josh Comes Home"||Don Scardino||Lew Morton||August 17, 2010||101|
|Josh tries to make Big Lake the goth Field Of Dreams by selling the mayor a baseball signed by Barry Bonds and Marilyn Manson.|
|2||"Lee Harvey Osworld"||Don Scardino||Hayes Davenport||August 17, 2010||108|
|Glenn wants the mayor to help him open a Lee Harvey Oswald museum and make Big Lake synonymous with the man who killed John F. Kennedy.|
|3||"Fad Diet"||Don Scardino||Alan J. Higgins||August 24, 2010||105|
|Glenn has been losing weight eating only French dip sandwiches so Josh tries to have his dad sell it as a diet.|
|4||"Chris Moves In"||Don Scardino||Teleplay by : Lew Morton & T. Sean Shannon|
Story by : Max Ricci
|August 24, 2010||109|
|Chris makes Josh feel bad so he asks his parents if Chris can stay with them.The family quickly likes Chris more and Josh moves into the school. Meanwhile, Glenn has a relationship with his unstable parole officer.|
|5||"Josh Goes to Work"||Don Scardino||Chris Henchy||August 31, 2010||110|
|Josh starts working at Cheddar Creek and tries to change everything while Jeremy has turned the restaurant into a gay disco at night.|
|6||"Jeremy Gets Caught"||Don Scardino||Mike Schwartz||August 31, 2010||102|
|Josh locks the door and gets Jeremy grounded, then finds new friends for him.|
|7||"Therapy"||Don Scardino||Alan J. Higgins||September 7, 2010||104|
|Josh brings home an alcoholic to counsel his family while Chris must tutor a dummy.|
|8||"Chris is Mayor for 24 Minutes"||Don Scardino||T. Sean Shannon||September 7, 2010||103|
|Chris and Josh make big plans for when Chris is mayor while Jeremy gets his mom arrested muling illegal cigarettes.|
|9||"Chris Falls in Love"||Don Scardino||Berkley Johnson||September 14, 2010||106|
|Chris falls in love with Josh's mom and Josh teaches Chris' class.|
|10||"The Interview"||Don Scardino||T. Sean Shannon||September 14, 2010||107|
|Josh is offered a job by an old banking buddy but he doesn't want to take it for the wrong reasons.|
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