Theoretical and experimental methods dealing with the effect of a viscoelastic substrate on a cracked body under inplane load are presented in this article. A generalized trimaterial solution is solved as a convergent series in terms of complex potentials via the successive iterations of the alternating technique in order to satisfy the continuity condition along the interfaces between dissimilar media. This trimaterial solution is then applied to the problem of a finite thickness layer bonded to a half-plane substrate. Using a standard solid model to formulate the viscoelastic constitutive equation, the real time stress intensity factors can be directly obtained from the Laplace domain. In the experiment, an aluminum cracked plate bonded to a polymer substrate is tested in a tension machine, where the displacement of the specimen is recorded by a high precision digital camera. The time-dependent stress intensity factor is determined by an inverse calculation through the crack opening displacement. The comparisons between the theoretical and experimental results are discussed in the final.