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Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place

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Two Guys, a Girl and a Pizza Place (retitled Two Guys and a Girl in its third season) was a sitcom created by Kenny Schwartz and Danny Jacobson that ran on ABC for four seasons from 1998-2001.

The series starred Ryan Reynolds as Michael "Berg" Leslie Bergen, and Richard Ruccolo as Peter "Pete" Dunville. The titular Two Guys were joined by Traylor Howard, who played Sharon Carter (later Carter-Donnelly). For the first two seasons, the series centered around the lives of Berg, an aimless graduate student, who was working at a Boston pizza parlor, Beacon St. Pizza, with Pete. They both attended graduate school together, unlike their College-roommate, Sharon, who worked as the spokesperson (née apologist) for Global Chemicals.

The format of the initial season varied considerably from that of subsequent seasons. The first season featured Jennifer Westfeldt and David Ogden Stiers respectively appeared as Pete's girlfriend, and Mr Bauer, an insane old man who frequented the diner, pretending that his experiences from films were his own. The second season abandoned these two characters, and focussed more on the interplay between Pete and Berg, and their relationship with Sharon, who lived in the apartment above them. Berg eventually decided to join medical school and become a doctor, while Pete dropped out of architecture classes to become a firefighter.

From season two, Nathan Fillion would recur as Johnny Donelly, the jukebox repairman who would eventually marry Sharon (much to Pete's upset) and Suzanne Cryer as Ashley Walker, a nemesis-cum-love interest for Berg, who he would chase to England and back in order to try to win. He eventually left her.

The series had an annual Halloween special begiinig with the second season. In the second season's episode, ''The Drew Carey Show's Mimi killed everyone in order to have her own sitcom; in the third, everyone's brains are switched; and in the fourth, the cast were cursed by the insane roommate across the hall, Irene.

By season three, the pizza place had been abandoned entirely, and Berg became a full-time doctor. Pete became a firefighter and Johnny and Sharon married and became the superintendants of the apartment building they lived in. Berg would go on to date Irene, the insane roommate across the hall.

ABC decided to bounce the sitcom from midweek to Friday night, leading to a steep drop in ratings. After the show moved back to Wednesday to try to revive the show's flagging support for a two week trial, the plug was pulled. The fourth season ended with "The Internet Show", an hour-long episode in which the fans of the show voted on the outcome online. In the end, they chose to have Ashley fall pregnant with Pete's child, as opposed to either of the other two female characters, or nobody, falling pregnant.

The title sequence for the first two years consisted of a short collection of images of the three, a few cartoon images of them drinking and then the title. The music is often mistaken to be a sample from the Violent Femmes' "Blister in the Sun", but it is an original composition. For the third season, the music and titles were changed to a more refined opening of the three in suits and dresses, dancing around a more-generic piece of theme music.