The Following is a list of characters from the sitcom Grounded for Life.
Sean Finnerty (Donal Logue) – Initially in the city lines as a laborer. In the later seasons, he owns and operates The Red Boot Bar with his brother Eddie. A Red Boot Pub dartboard can be found in the Finnerty household in the livingroom smartek clothes shaver. Father of three (later four) kids, Sean also deals with his judgemental father, his irresponsible brother, and the head nun/principal at his children’s school, Sister Helen. Sean is often getting into trouble with his irresponsible brother. His nickname for Claudia is baby. In many episodes he is depicted as a hothead and he has a lot of difficulty parenting, on account of the fact that he was only eighteen when Lily was born. He is also shown in many episodes to be a skilled guitar player, with him and Eddie having been in a band together in their youth.
Claudia Finnerty (née Bustamante) (Megyn Price) – Claudia got pregnant with Lily in high school and ended up marrying Lilly’s father, Sean Finnerty. She has a job as a hostess at a SoHo restaurant and in later seasons takes classes at Wadsworth College. She is often underappreciated, but is able to make that known. She and Sean’s brother, Eddie, run into many conflicts throughout the series. At the beginning of the fifth season, Sean impregnates her again and she gives birth to a girl named Rose in the finale. She seems to be more understanding and forgiving of Lily’s mistakes and is generally more level-headed than Sean throughout the series. She is of partial Italian descent. She is also depicted as an extremely attractive character team uniforms football.
Eddie Finnerty ( Kevin Corrigan) – Eddie is Sean’s younger brother, he is carefree and often gets himself trouble. He is always in the Finnerty house eating their food and watching their TV. Claudia and Sean once put him out of their home after discovering he filmed a porn film in the house. When he started work at the Red Boot Pub, he planned to burn it down for the insurance money. It is implied throughout the series that he is involved in illegal activity.
Lily Finnerty (14–18 years old) – The airheaded selfish teenager who is often at odds with her parents. She usually blames her parents for all her problems mostly on the grounds that they had her so young, and that her mom is still attractive. Although she first finds him annoying, she later falls in love with her next door neighbor, Brad O’Keefe, and they have an on-again, off-again relationship. Lily meets a boy named Dean in the episode Bang on the Drum and begins to date him from then to the eleventh episode of season three in which she gets together with Brad on Lily’s sixteenth birthday. They continue to date throughout the rest of the show, and their relationship, and its problems, are often central points of the episodes. Throughout the series, it is shown that she loves to dance.
James Francis “Jimmy” Finnerty (11–15 years old) – The black sheep of the family, Jimmy’s choices are not always accepted by his parents (such as choosing to become a vegetarian). Thus, he often confides in his Uncle Eddie. Many comparisons are made between the two characters on the show, most notably in the third season episode Who Are You? where he pretends to shoplift in a desperate grab for attention. The reason he gets so little attention is that unlike his siblings he causes the least trouble. He is arguably the most sensible and intelligent of the characters.
Henry Finnerty (8–12 years old) – The youngest son of the family, Henry, disappeared at the beginning of the fifth season when actor Jake Burbage left to move back east with his family. He is actually never seen during the fifth season, but he is, however, mentioned several times, notably in the episode “Hello cheap classic football shirts, Goodbye” when Claudia says to Walt that Henry is “…around here someplace,”. Henry is named to be a “loose cannon”, often getting himself into trouble for being extremely impressionable and curious.
Bradley ‘Brad’ O’Keefe (14–18 years old) – The sweet, smart but socially inept neighbor, who later becomes Lily’s boyfriend at the end of the third season. He is a science nerd and is part of the school club “Sciencenauts” athletic socks wholesale.
Walt Finnerty is Sean and Eddie’s father. He’s a widower and often comes to the house or the bar to see his kids and grandkids. He’s very judgemental, especially of his own sons and is shown to be all but the ideal father and lacks in parental skills (scaring his children when they were young or making his two grandsons dig a deep hole for no reason).
Rose/Gracie Finnerty – The series finale ends with Claudia giving birth to Rose who they later rename Gracie after many wrongfully believe to be named after a certain movie character, bringing the number of Finnerty children to four at the end of the series. She was born on Lily’s high school graduation day, in June 2005.