Austin Stories
Created byJames Jones[1]
StarringLaura House
Howard Kremer
Brad "Chip" Pope[2]
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Executive producerJames Jones
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Original networkMTV
Original releaseSeptember 10, 1997 (1997-09-10) –
January 7, 1998 (1998-01-07)

Austin Stories is an American sitcom that aired on MTV from September 10, 1997[3] until January 7, 1998.[2] It aired Wednesday nights at 10:30 pm.[4] The show aired twelve episodes filmed on location in Austin, Texas.

An MTV search brought executives James Jones and Lisa Berger to Austin in 1994.[5] Jones had previously produced The Ben Stiller Show and Berger was vice-president and director of development at the network. MTV scouts were drawn to the city's emerging comedy scene and noticed Laura House, Howard Kremer and Brad "Chip" Pope. They were all discovered at a showcase for MTV at the Laff Stop for professional comics. All three had to pull strings to get on the showcase as none of them had been paid for their comedy. House was a junior high journalism teacher when she was cast on the show.[5] Both she and Brad "Chip" Pope were University of Texas graduates.[citation needed] Originally, the show was only guaranteed 13 episodes on the channel.[5] In March 1997, MTV flew House, Kremer and Pope to Los Angeles to write two scripts in three days.[6] Austin Stories was green-lighted on March 20, 1997, and they often spent 16-hour days working on the show with taping wrapping in November.[citation needed]

Their contract expired on May 8, 1998, and MTV extended it for three more weeks before permanently canceling the show on June 1, 1998.[6]



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Rambling Prague Vest"George VerschoorUnknownSeptember 10, 1997 (1997-09-10)
2"I Want Candy"UnknownUnknownSeptember 17, 1997 (1997-09-17)
3"Suspicion"UnknownUnknownSeptember 24, 1997 (1997-09-24)
4"Stalker of a Sales Band"UnknownUnknownOctober 1, 1997 (1997-10-01)
5"Cults"UnknownUnknownOctober 8, 1997 (1997-10-08)
6"Party"UnknownUnknownOctober 15, 1997 (1997-10-15)
7"Roots"UnknownUnknownOctober 22, 1997 (1997-10-22)
8"Road Trip"UnknownUnknownNovember 5, 1997 (1997-11-05)
9"Chicks with Discs"George VerschoorUnknownNovember 12, 1997 (1997-11-12)
10"Austin Sex Stories"Danny LeinerUnknownNovember 19, 1997 (1997-11-19)
11"The Story of Cereal"UnknownUnknownNovember 26, 1997 (1997-11-26)
12"My Brother's Creeper"UnknownUnknownJanuary 7, 1998 (1998-01-07)


USA Today gave the show three-and-a-half stars out of four and called it, "one of the season's coolest, funniest and most genuinely offbeat treats."[7] In her review for The New York Times, Caryn James wrote, "With its meandering style, and its sense of wry comic absurdities rather than yuck-it-up one-liners, the series owes almost everything to Richard Linklater's Slacker (including their shared Austin setting). What it hasn't got from that film it owes to Jim Jarmusch's work, especially Stranger Than Paradise. But instead of seeming derivative, Austin Stories comes across as a first-rate sequel, proof that this laid-back sensibility can thrive on television as well as in films."[8]

See also


  1. ^ Adalian, Josef (2002-08-22). "CBS hoping hicks click". Variety. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  2. ^ a b Elizondo, Juan B. Jr. (1997-09-16). "MTV rocks into sitcoms with 'Austin Stories'". Amarillo Globe-News. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  3. ^ "Cowboys Owner Assists Farm Aid". The Seattle Times. 1997-08-24. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  4. ^ "AUSTIN, TEXAS, SETS THE MOOD FOR MTV SITCOM". Seattle Post-Intelligencer. 1997-10-06. Archived from the original on 2012-11-03. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  5. ^ a b c Shakespeare, J. C. (1997-05-30). "Yo! MTV Laughs!: The Long, Strange Trip to TV for Three Austin Comics". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  6. ^ a b Moser, Margaret (1998-06-04). "TV Eye". The Austin Chronicle. Retrieved 2008-11-03.
  7. ^ Roush, Matt (1997-09-10). "MTV takes up the slackers Absurdist Austin charms". USA Today. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |url= (help)
  8. ^ James, Caryn (1997-09-12). "Very Laid Back in Texas". The New York Times. ((cite web)): Missing or empty |url= (help)