Four jobless, thirty-something house husbands, who are married to successful weomen, struggle to find their way through life, but only find trouble.

Housebands is about four guys and their complacent attitudes towards life.

These stay-at-home husbands attempt to live up to what most millennial men would consider to be the best living situation ever: being married to a “sugar mama.” Even though each tries to work towards their own ideas of self-fulfillment with infinite time sprawled out before them, they end up lost and directionless. When their delicate balance is upset, they work diligently (and comically) to maintain their comfortable status quo.

Each of the guys spends a considerable amount of time defending themselves and their personal lives from each other to hide their own insecurities. Steve defends his poorly written screenplays, Tom defends his obsession with video games, Fred struggles with low confidence, and Bob covers up his fear of appearing weak by being overly critical of the others. However, in reality, Bob is a good husband and father.

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The first season would start innocently enough, but elements would be introduced that bring in mystery, horror, suspense, and even the paranormal. The goal was to create something that could unfold like Twin Peaks, but also be funny.

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By the end of the series the plot would be globe spanning and have touched on just about every conspiracy theory ever written.

Project Materials

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Screenplay

Housebands “Pilot”
39 Pages, PDF

Pitch Bible

Pitch Bible
26 Pages, PDF

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Writer’s Bible

Writer’s Bible,
30 Pages, PDF

Writer’s Statement

Housebands is my life hit with a hammer, and each piece stands up as its own plot device. The characters are my fractured self splayed out for all the world to see. The series puts all of my hopes, dreams, and interests into a wood chipper. Then, the embarrassing results are shot across the audience.

The original premise for the series was a straight comedy, very matter-of-factly taking stylistic notes from single-camera comedy series around the mid to late 2000s. No laugh track with a handful of thoughtful and dramatic moments, all anchored with situational comedy. I just wanted four goofy guys simply emasculated by their wives, with the comedy coming from their responses and actions to that situation.

But I wanted to be more creative. Inspired by the rash of mystery box entertainment, I built a complex web of intrigue around some of the characters and plots. As I wrote, the plots became more ridiculous, culminating in something between Hellraiser and James Bond. It’s hilarious. I only planned out a basic plot for three seasons. If the show had a reasonable budget and a staff of talented writers, we could hammer out a solid five-season run that not only goes overboard on the funny but also weaves in genuine mystery and intrigue to create something unique and fun.

Copyright Information

Written By Paul Pratt

Based on a story by Paul Pratt and Jeff Roszkowski

Header Image and Logo Created by Paul Pratt

Image Credits: Hanes (Yep, that Hanes. Vintage Outer/ Underwear Ads)