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Complete Savages is an American sitcom that aired on ABC from September 2004 to June 2005. The show was created by Mike Scully and Julie Thacker and executive produced by Mel Gibson.


The series focuses on single dad Nick Savage struggling to raise his unruly sons, Jack, Chris, Sam, Kyle, and T.J. alone, following the abandonment of their mother ten years previously, while working on call day and night as a firefighter with his brother Jimmy. His five sons are constantly stirring up trouble and creating unpredictable circumstances for the entire family to resolve in one way or another.

The theme song was composed and performed by Joseph Interlande, and appears at the beginning of each episode as a jam session amongst the whole Savage family.

Family members

Main Characters

Nick Savage (played by Keith Carradine) - The irritable patriarch of the Savage family. His wife left him ten years previous to the pilot. He also got mad very easily. Although some of the stuff he did to the boys was regarded as unfair, he always shows that he has his sons' best interests at heart and is very concerned for their education and well being, despite his short temper and tendency to lash out at his boys. However, his solution to most problems is to get angry, a solution which seems to have been picked up by his sons Chris and Kyle (and occasionally Jack.) He works as a firefighter along with his younger brother Jimmy.

Jack Savage (played by Shaun Sipos) - The eldest son. He was considered the "cool" brother and had many girlfriends. He also can sing and play the guitar. He drove a red motorcycle, until he destroyed the front porch with it. Jack often takes on the role of leader for the boys and always organises stages (mainly against their father), and tries to hold the boys together. Jack is often envied tremendously by Sam mainly due to the reason that Jack is popular in school and has lots of girlfriends while Sam is nerdy and finds it hard to get girls. However there are surprising changes through the series as Sam receives a hot girlfriends while Jack is single and when Sam gets promoted above Jack in a bra and panty store. Although Jack tries to seem independent, he often shows a lot of caring for his brothers, especially T.J.

Chris Savage (played by Erik von Detten) - Considered a dumb jock, as he failed five different school subjects. He did so bad in school, he had to pretend his last name was Rodriguez just to stay on the football team (and surprisingly learned to speak Spanish). Chris seems to have a very strong conscience (as opposed to Kyle), which is shown when he butchers his old class frog under peer pressure and then imagines the spirit of the frog coming back to haunt him. Chris often agrees with Jack due to Jack's great persuasion skills, combined with the fact that Chris is easily swayed. He also shows violence as a way of solving his problems as he's not good with words.

Sam Savage (played by Andrew Eiden) - The middle son considered "black sheep" of the group, as he was responsible and did his school work. He enjoyed studying and being with his girlfriend. Sam was always considered by the boys' father as the easiest one to break when the boys were staging a front. He would often use Sam and put him under pressure to make him crack, this is shown in the pilot episode when the boys refuse to clean until their dad re-hires a maid. Nick tells Angela (Sam's dream girl) to come over to meet Sam, the boys then take pity on Sam and clean the house so Angela can come over. Another instance is when Jack buys a motor cycle (which Nick banned them to drive) which Sam falls off the back off and sprains his arm. When Nick finds out, he wants to arm wrestle Sam to try to get him to admit that they rode the bike. The majority of the plots surrounding Sam play him as the "straight" man in the comedy routine.

Kyle Savage (played by Evan Ellingson) - Kyle is unruly and constantly causing chaos. He has little regard for the safety of himself or others, which is shown on most occasions. Unlike his brother Chris, Kyle shows a lack of conscience. He rarely feels bad or guilty about anything he does. When his dad catches him smoking and expresses that he is disappointed in Kyle, Kyle merely shrugs and goes back to eating dinner. Also, as an April Fool's joke he pushes a postman down the stairs, and laughs as he tells his brothers about it. He was most frequently hanging around with his younger brother T.J., whom he often convinces to do stupid things. He also shows signs of selfishness, for example, the time when he and T.J. stole a game from a Christmas charity for kids and decided they want it for themselves, after a touching appeal on TV for presents, T.J. is convinced to give it back while Kyle simply states "wow...they almost had me". Also, when he gets his first girlfriend, he decides to take her out instead of going out with T.J. like he promised. Despite his misbehavior, he appears to be more miscievous rather than malicious. He does have a softer side, as seen by his willingness to quit smoking to help his dad quit, and also his baking of cookies for a girl he is smitten with. His favorite phrase is "Kyle Rules". This is known because he spray painted it on an elephant as a Halloween prank. He also spray painted it on a highway.

T.J. Savage (played by Jason Dolley) - The youngest son who basically did everything Kyle told him to do. One instance where he didn't was the episode where Kyle took up smoking. He constantly shows his obsession of "farts". In one instance at Thanksgiving, all the other boys claim to be thankful for girls while T.J. claims to be fond of farts. In another instance he asks his dads' girlfriend, who is a radio host, if she had ever said fart on the radio, to which she replies "no but when I do I will dedicate it to you". Another time is when Sam rings the White Housemarker in regards to a birthday card, before he can ring, T.J. asks if Sam will ask if the president has ever said fart in the Oval Office. T.J. was a typical little brother and was very much protected by his older brothers.

Jimmy Savage (played by Vincent Ventresca) - Nick's brother who is also a firefighter along with Nick. His personality was quite the opposite of his brother's, and he seemed to lead a careless life.

Minor characters

  • Brittany Curran as Josie, Kyle's girlfriend.
  • Autumn Reeser as Angela Anderson, Sam's girlfriend. She was very much like Sam, in that she was very studious.
  • Kylie Sparks as Brenda, the neighborhood bully. She was in the glee club, and was not very liked by the Savage family, even Nick pranked her house on Halloween.
  • Mel Gibson (who also was an executive producer to the series) as Officer Steve Cox, a cop in a series of cheesy safety videos. His videos normally had a good looking woman, Misty (Candace Kita), in them, that would die at the end of it.
  • Betty White as Mrs. Riley, the crotchety old neighbor. She had a heart attack in one episode, and was saved by the boys unconventional ways of CPR. In the same episode, it was revealed that she had a prosthetic leg.
  • Kelly as the Savages' nameless pet dog, who was not very fond of Sam.

Episode list

# Title Director(s) Writer(s) Original Airdate

Awards and nominations

Year Award Result Category Recipient
2005 ADG Excellence in Production Design Awards Nominated Television - Multi-Camera Television Series Sharon Busse and Gary Smoot
(For episode "Carnival Knowledge")
People's Choice Awards Nominated Favorite New Television Comedy
Young Artist Award Nominated Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actor Evan Ellingson
Best Family Television Series (Comedy)
Won Best Performance in a TV Series (Comedy or Drama) - Supporting Young Actor Jason Dolley


The series began screening on Nickelodeon UK in September 2005.

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