Sit Down, Shut Up (2001 TV series)

Sit Down, Shut Up is a short-lived Australian sitcom broadcast by Network Ten. It ran from 16 February 2001 until 28 June 2001 for a total of 13 episodes.

The series followed the staff and students at a dysfunctional fictional high school called Carpen Heights Secondary College, and focused on the life of the teachers in and out of the staff room.

A writer for the series claimed that producer/comedian Chris Lilley had borrowed ideas for characters and plots from Sit Down, Shut Up for his 2007 series Summer Heights High. The ideas Lilley reportedly borrowed included the school's name and aspects of the Mr G character.[1][2]

Sit Down, Shut Up
StarringMarg Downey
Stephen Curry
Jacqueline Brennan
Christopher Brown
Country of originAustralia
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Running time30 minutes
Original networkNetwork Ten
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release16 February –

28 June 2001
Related showsSit Down Shut Up
(American series)


  • Marg Downey as Sue Dirkin
  • Stephen Curry as Stuart Mill
  • Jacqueline Brennan as Helen Peters
  • Christopher Brown as Brent Townsend-Ross
  • Jodie Dry as Julia Denholm-Ponsford
  • Paul Gleeson as Felix Sedgely
  • Taylor Kane as Stefan Ravazzi
  • Tim Mcloughlan as Chaps
  • Brendan Reed as Dean Tate

American remake

In 2009, an animated remake of the series titled Sit Down, Shut Up aired on Fox, premiering on 19 April 2009.[3] This American version featured the voices of Henry Winkler, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman, Will Forte, Kenan Thompson, and Cheri Oteri, Nick Kroll, and Kristin Chenoweth. It was developed by Mitchell Hurwitz, the creator of Arrested Development. Former Simpsons writer Josh Weinstein acted as showrunner.[4] The series received lackluster reviews and was pulled from FOX's Sunday night line-up after four episodes. The program aired all of its episodes when FOX put Sit Down Shut Up on late-night Saturday. Sit Down Shut Up then aired on Comedy Central (in reruns, initially a number of times throughout the day).


  1. ^ Drill, Steve (14 October 2007). "Summer Heights High a rip-off, says writer". Retrieved 2 December 2013.
  2. ^ Drill, Steve. "Summer Heights High a rip-off". Herald Sun - 14 October 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2013.
  3. ^ Sit Down picked up by FOX
  4. ^ New Series From J.J. Abrams and Arrested Development Alums Go Forward

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Marc Gracie

Marc Gracie is an Australian writer, producer and director of films and television, best known for his work in the comedy field.In 2009 he won the 2009 Melbourne Underground Film Festival Best Director award for The Tumbler. He directed the original Wogs Out of Work stage production.

Blowing Hot and Cold (1988) - director

Jigsaw (1990) - director, writer

A Kink in the Picasso (1990) - director

A Slow Night at the Kuwaiti Cafe (1992) - director, writer

Crimetime (1993) - director

Full Frontal (1994) (TV series) - director, writer

Jimeoin (1994) (TV series) - associate producer, director

Eat My Shorts (1995) (TV series) - producer

The Adventures of Lano & Woodley (1997)(TV producer) - producer

Totally Full Frontal (1998-99) (TV series) - executive producer, director, writer

The Craic (1999) - producer

Sit Down, Shut Up (2001) (TV series) - producer, director

Jimeoin's Teatowel Tours: Northern Ireland (2001) (documentary) - producer, director

Shock Jock (2001-02) (TV series) - producer, director

Take Away (2003) - producer, director

You and Your Stupid Mate (2005) - producer, director

The Tumbler (2008) - producer, director, story

This is Your Laugh (2008) (TV series) - producer

With Tim Ferguson (2010) (TV series) - producer, director

Spin Out (2016) - producer, co-director

Sit Down, Shut Up

Sit Down, Shut Up may refer to:

Sit Down, Shut Up (2001 TV series), an Australian live-action sitcom

Sit Down, Shut Up (2009 TV series), an American animated series

Sit Down and Shut Up: Punk Rock Commentaries on Buddha, God, Truth, Sex, Death, & Dogen's Treasury of the Right Dharma Eye, a 2007 book by Brad Warner

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