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The Millers: Season 1 (2013-2014)

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Average Rating: 5.3/10
Reviews Counted: 35
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 19

Margo Martindale and the comically able ensemble help to elevate The Millers above its typical sitcom format, though the writing is still mostly generic.

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Average Rating: 6.4/10
Critic Reviews: 19
Fresh: 10 | Rotten: 9

Margo Martindale and the comically able ensemble help to elevate The Millers above its typical sitcom format, though the writing is still mostly generic.

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Average Rating: 3.2/5
User Ratings: 56

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Season Info

Recently divorced news reporter Nathan Miller (Will Arnett) plans to enjoy a carefree life as a bachelor as Series 1 of the sitcom about a dysfunctional family begins. But Nathan's dreams are thwarted when his parents' marriage starts to unravel and he's forced to let his overbearing mother Carol (Margo Martindale) move in with him, while his dad Tom (Beau Bridges) moves in with Nathan's sister (Jayma Mays). Nathan tries to get his parents back together, but the two refuse to reconcile. Nathan

Network: CBS

Premiere Date: Oct 3, 2013

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Episodes

1
Air date: Oct 3, 2013

Pilot

Nathan Miller, a recently divorced news reporter, looks forward to the single life until his parents' marital problems derail his plans. In the opener, Nathan's dad leaves his wife of 43 years, and she then decides to move in with Nathan, while his father moves in with Nathan's sister.

2
Air date: Oct 10, 2013

Plot Twists

HD. When Carol dictates that it's time to rearrange the family's position in the Millers cemetery plot because of the two divorces, Nathan needs to approach his ex-wife, Janice to ask her to sign back her space to the family.

3
Air date: Oct 17, 2013

The Phone Upgrade

Nathan and Debbie trade parents when they each think the other sibling has it easier.

4
Air date: Oct 24, 2013

The Mother Is In

When Carol finds out that Nathan is seeing a therapist, she secretly makes an appointment for herself in order to find out what's going on.

5
Air date: Oct 31, 2013

Giving the Bird

HD. It's Halloween, and Nathan, Debbie and Adam take Mikayla trick-or-treating to the house of an old woman who everyone in the neighborhood thinks is a witch.

6
Air date: Nov 7, 2013

Stuff

Nathan hatches a plan to get his parents back together by showing them all of their sentimental family possessions in the hopes it will make them remember the good times they've had.

7
Air date: Nov 14, 2013

The Talk

Ray finally convinces Nate to go to a club to pick up girls, but when Nate brings a girl home, Carol accidentally interrupts them as they are about to have sex. (C) CBS

8
Air date: Nov 21, 2013

Internet Dating

Things get a little out of control for The Millers when internet dating begins! (C) CBS

9
Air date: Dec 5, 2013

You're in Trouble

When Debbie?s dishwasher breaks down, Nathan generously offers to buy a new one for her. (C) CBS

10
Air date: Dec 12, 2013

Carol's Parents Are Coming to Town

HD. When Carol's overbearing mother and father announce they're coming to visit for Christmas, Carol recruits Nate and Tom to cover up their failed relationships and present a happy facade.

11
Air date: Jan 2, 2014

Dear Diary

Carol reveals to Nathan that she has been reading Debbie?s journal again and is worried because Debbie and Adam are facing some financial problems with the yoga café. (C) CBS

12
Air date: Jan 9, 2014

Miller's Mind

Nathan gets frustrated with Carol?s incessant ranting about things that annoy her, but quickly learns to appreciate it after he mimics one of her rants at work and gets his own segment to complain on the air. (C) CBS

13
Air date: Jan 30, 2014

Driving Miss Crazy

Nathan gets frustrated after he?s forced to drive Carol around town on her weekend errands yet again and demands that she learn to drive or find another chauffeur. (C) CBS

14
Air date: Feb 6, 2014

Carol's Surprise

It?s Carol?s birthday and the family has never been able to throw a successful surprise party for her, so they try very hard to finally do it. (C) CBS

15
Air date: Feb 27, 2014

You Betcha

After learning that Ray is spending precious one-on-one time with his father, Nathan vows to find something that will finally allow he and Tom to connect and bond. (C) CBS

16
Air date: Mar 6, 2014

Bahama Mama

Just as Nathan begins to unwind on his vacation in the Bahamas, Carol's surprise appearance gets him riled up all over again until they meet Ganja Pete.

17
Air date: Mar 13, 2014

Plus One

Nathan secures two tickets to a dinner with President Obama, but then agonizes over which family member to take with him.

18
Air date: Apr 3, 2014

Walk-n-Wave

Worried that his mother has made him feel like he?s better than other people, Nathan befriends a hopeless co-worker, Doug, who turns out to be a social outcast and more than Nathan knows how to handle. (C) CBS

19
Air date: Apr 10, 2014

Cancellation Fee

HD. When Nathan pitches a children's show to his boss, Ed Dolan, based on Tom's imaginary comic book, Tom has an adverse reaction to the tweaks made to his cherished world.

20
Air date: Apr 24, 2014

Tomlandia

HD. When Nathan pitches a children's show to his boss, Ed Dolan, based on Tom's imaginary comic book, Tom has an adverse reaction to the tweaks made to his cherished world.

21
Air date: May 1, 2014

0072

When Tom proudly tells the family he's dating a much younger woman, Nathan goes undercover to spy on him and make sure his father isn't being scammed by a gold digger.

22
Air date: May 8, 2014

Sex Ed Dolan

Nathan introduces his boss, Ed Dolan, to Tom in hopes they?ll hit it off and hang out together, but surprisingly, Dolan only has eyes for Carol. (C) CBS

23
Air date: May 15, 2014

Mother's Day

Carol has the worst Mother's Day ever when Nathan forgets to get her a present, on the first season finale of THE MILLERS.

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All Critics (35) | Top Critics (19) | Fresh (16) | Rotten (19)

Will! Margo! Beau! We wanted to love this show so much because of how much we love you guys, but...we just couldn't.

October 10, 2013 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

This Seinfeld episode invariably comes to mind whenever a new program leaves a viewer dumbstruck by the realization that network programmers actually saw this product and put it forward anyway, one of the network's proud entries in the fall comedy lineup.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

You might find yourself laughing in spite of yourself at The Millers. I know I did.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: TheWrap
TheWrap

With an incredibly talented cast and a creator who's excelled at family comedy recently, it's surprising that The Millers is such a misfire.

October 8, 2013 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

The Millers feels like a fake sitcom that characters on a superior, smarter show would be watching as a punch line. It has all the icky, shock value sex jokes that make the CBS sitcom world go 'round.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

The Millers is lowbrow and simpleminded, but it's not the farts' fault.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

Series creator Greg Garcia has been responsible for some truly special TV comedies, including My Name Is Earl and Raising Hope. This isn't one of them.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

The Millers won't be confused with highbrow entertainment but taken on its own terms and thanks to a talented trio of cast members, it's a welcome addition to CBS's Thursday night comedy block.

October 4, 2013 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

If I tuned into this show's 12th episode and discovered it had not only removed the fart jokes but found ways to make its core cast decently engaging, I wouldn't blink an eye.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com
Zap2it.com

Their [the cast] experience and timing makes the writing work better than it is written, but they are working overtime to get that to happen.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

The Millers' signal accomplishment is to take one of the medium's best actresses (Margo Martindale, who won an Emmy for her work on Justified) and turn her into one of prime time's most repulsively shrill characters.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

I won't oversell [it] beyond noting that this kind of outrageous comedy is well suited for the CBS brand, and well positioned between the brainy-goofy shenanigans of runaway hit The Big Bang Theory and the zany antics of Robin Williams on The Crazy Ones.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

The Millers is a pretty funny show that looks like a winner.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Salt Lake Tribune
Salt Lake Tribune

The Millers, easily the best of the three sitcoms premiering tonight, she gets to show her chops as a physical comic.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

It's wearying to watch actors of this caliber try to fluff laughs out of this dreariness.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

So much talent assembled in one place in the service of so little.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: HitFix

In The Millers, Mr. Arnett is even more buttoned down as a dutiful son to an impossible mother who has all the best lines.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

There's nothing about it that screams brilliant, but beneath the mediocre premise, it's oddly likable.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

The humor is driven mostly by a relentless slapstick vulgarity, particularly concerning the flatulence and sex habits of parents. If you've got a high tolerance for those sorts of jokes, it is funny indeed.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Miami Herald
Miami Herald

The Millers seems to hint that it will branch out beyond annoying-parent jokes, but if the lazy crudity of the jokes is any indication, we don't have all that much to look forward to.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

Apparently when CBS heard that ABC had an overly broad family comedy with a lot of yelling and old-folks sex jokes (The Goldbergs), CBS decided it would not be outdone.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

The Millers shows what a thing of glory hear-the-laughs sitcomedy can be in the hands of masters.

October 3, 2013 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

This show has the woeful distinction of being the biggest turd in the crap basket.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Arnett is a master of fluster, and Bridges is befuddled charm personified.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

There's plenty to sustain The Millers over what could be a pretty long haul. The show has both star quality and stars who know how to work the material.

October 2, 2013 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

The show has its moments, but almost all of them belong to Martindale.

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

The central disappointment of The Millers: How can such combined talents with track records that shout offbeat and original... yield such pedestrian results?

October 1, 2013 Full Review Source: Associated Press
Associated Press

With a generic title like The Millers, this show clearly isn't promising innovation. Viewers who enjoy familiarity will be satisfied and sometimes pleasantly surprised.

September 30, 2013 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

There's too much talent involved to write off The Millers completely, but it's one of those pilots only a mother - or at least, close friends and family - could genuinely love.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

The Millers is definitely shooting for the lowest common denominator. The jokes are crude and broad. The pilot includes a running gag about whether or not mom farted.

September 26, 2013 Full Review Source: PopMatters
PopMatters

It's goofy, but fun.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Is it good? Not yet. But the cast could make so.

September 25, 2013 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

I won't go out of my way to watch The Millers. But I also won't be surprised when there are suddenly a hundred episodes lingering out there for me to catch up on.

September 23, 2013 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Crass but sweet sitcom better suited to adults.

September 16, 2013 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

The show suffers from the same banal characteristics of most paint-by-numbers network sitcoms, right down to the predictable addition of Nathan's BBF (Black Best Friend).

September 13, 2013 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

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