Almost Family: Season 1 (2019)

Season 1
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An appealing cast can't make up for Almost Family's appalling premise.



Critic Ratings: 17


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User Ratings: 97

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Air date: Oct 2, 2019

In the series premiere, only child Julia Bechley's life is turned upside down when her father reveals that, over the course of his prize-winning career as a pioneering fertility doctor, he used his own genetic material to conceive dozens of children. Reeling from this explosive revelation, Julia discovers two new sisters—former best friend Edie Palmer and ex-Olympic athlete Roxy Doyle.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2019

Julia is haunted by her new reality, while Roxy embraces it by spending quality time with Leon. As Edie and Tim prepare for their trial, Tim notices interactions between Edie and the prosecutor, Amanda, that make him uneasy. Meanwhile, Dr. Isaac Abadi steps up to the plate at the clinic.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2019

Julia's dirty laundry is aired for the world to see when a video goes viral and she is forced to team with Isaac to combat the situation. As Roxy forms a bond with 11-year old Izzy, who has some serious gymnastics potential, Edie meets with Dr. Bechley regarding his case. Meanwhile, just as the relationship between the sisters begins to grow stronger, a shocking new witness comes forward to testify in the trial.

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Air date: Nov 13, 2019

The sisters meet a new sibling, restaurant owner Nate, who helps them secure one of the most exclusive reservations in New York. Unfortunately, the dinner doesn't go as planned and Julia is forced to apologize to Roxy and Edie for her missteps. Meanwhile, Edie and Tim discuss starting a family, but Edie is conflicted on where she stands, Dr. Bechley begins his volunteer work at a hospital, where he uncovers another Bechley baby and Roxy invests her time in training her gymnastics protégé, Izzy.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2019

Julia makes a drastic decision when she finds out that Isaac has been secretly working with Leon for advice on his current patients. Meanwhile, Roxy takes her new protégé back to her old gym, where she runs into old enemies from her gymnastics days, Tim is on high alert when Edie misses a family event to "work" all weekend and Julia steps back into the dating scene.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2019

Another Bechley baby comes to the clinic looking for information about Leon and then invites her new family over for Shabbat to get to know them. Meanwhile, Julia is developing feelings for Donovan, but as the topic of children arises, they seem to disagree. Amanda suggests that she and Edie go on a weekend getaway. In court, Edie catches Amanda off-guard getting a key piece of evidence dismissed. Dr. Isaac develops suspicions regarding Roxy's past and current drug usage.

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Air date: Nov 28, 2019

In an attempt to start a new tradition, Julia hosts Thanksgiving dinner for her ever-growing family, but things go awry when she invites both Leon and the new guy she's been seeing, and Roxy let's a new half-sibling tag along. Meanwhile, with Tim's parents in attendance, relentlessly homing in on the idea of children, Edie finds herself at a crossroads.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2019

Julia enquires about her own fertility options and entrusts Dr. Isaac to help her explore possibilities. Meanwhile, Edie struggles to tell Tim the truth and Roxy deals with concerns from her family, old and new, regarding her drug usage.

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Air date: Jan 1, 2020

Roxy is released from rehab and begins to make amends with those she hurt. In apologizing to Natalie, she finds out that Izzy is now coached by Nick. Donovan decides it's time for Julia to meet his kids; and Edie and Amanda's relationship blossoms.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2020

Roxy takes her first steps in speaking out against Nick, but quickly realizes the hardships that come with going public, especially when her rival attempts to discredit her story. Julia, frustrated with the lack of knowledge about her family history, meets up with her mom's cousin who explains a whole other side to her mom she never knew. Worried she might get cold feet later down the line, Amanda challenges Edie to explore her sexuality.

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Critic Reviews for Almost Family Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (9)

Almost Family has a lot of blind spots, but believability shouldn't be one of them.

Oct 3, 2019 | Rating: D+ | Full Review…

Standout performances and what looks to be a sure-fire, durable premise give Fox's Almost Family the key ingredients of a potentially long-running, soapy serial drama.

Oct 2, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

So "Almost Family" made Hutton's Bechley an almost-loveable rogue, and his offspring almost-unbothered by the almost crime he perpetrated against them and countless others. No "almost" about that. It's flat-out creepy.

Oct 1, 2019 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…

I would be all for a show about three adult women learning they're sisters, but Almost Family leans heavily on a gimmicky premise it doesn't need, one that ultimately tanks it.

Oct 7, 2019 | Full Review…

The problem with "Almost" isn't that it's about a serious crime - there is plenty of good and great television made about criminal activity - but that its world is wildly out of balance.

Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

It's impossible to watch this drama about a fertility doctor... without being reminded of real-life cases, and the impact of such fraudulent, unethical conduct.

Nov 7, 2019 | Full Review…

Eh...the story isn't done well overall.

Oct 3, 2019 | Rating: 2.1/5 | Full Review…

Unsettling family drama is profoundly ill-conceived.

Oct 22, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

The series format suggests they might find a whole lot more sibs along the way.

Oct 8, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a very weird hodgepodge of characters and motivations, made doubly awkward for being set against the backdrop of an investigation into Leon for fraud and sexual assault... Yet, despite all the weirdness, [it] is strangely not that interesting.

Oct 4, 2019 | Full Review…

The story and the characters are interesting enough, but whether or not it can sustain its momentum for an entire season is unclear. And I hate to say it, but where the story might be going is entirely predictable.

Oct 3, 2019 | Rating: 3.5/5.0 | Full Review…

Almost Family has some good moments, but isn't good enough to overcome its dumbest plot devices.

Oct 3, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Almost Family: Season 1

  • Feb 28, 2020
    Desperately hoping it will be renewed for season two!! Cannot wait to see what happens with Julia, Edie, and Roxy! Love it.
  • Feb 27, 2020
    Honestly one of my favorite shows! It is so funny and approaches things with a refreshing perspective.
  • Feb 26, 2020
    I really have enjoyed the 13 episodes that have been released so far. The ethical and psychological issues raised are challenging and very interesting, and I've very much enjoyed watching the different protagonists' perspectives on them. The acting is uniformly fine, sensitive without becoming melodramatic, and the moments of vulnerability and humor are a nice contrast to the more weighty elements. Please, please bring the show back for a 2nd season!
  • Feb 25, 2020
    Please renew for a second season!
  • Feb 24, 2020
    Loving the series, cast and performances are top notch. Favorite Brittany Snow performance since Pitch Perfect series.
  • Feb 24, 2020
    I liked how the beginning started. Everything was a surprise from the start. The sisters are different from eachother witch makes the show more interesting. I'm rooting for there to be a season 2! I wanna know it E tells tim about the baby Ect . I think a season 2 would be a good season so much can come from it.
  • Feb 23, 2020
    I love this show! This is such a great cast and storyline, please don't cancel it! I would love to see what happens in Season 2!
  • Feb 23, 2020
    Love this show and I hope it's not cancelled. Many more stories to tell.
  • Feb 20, 2020
    Love this show! No one really reviews on here anymore. Clearly people love it by its google thumbs up. Hope to see more seasons because it's touching on so many levels of interests and never a dull moment.
  • Feb 19, 2020
    Super cute, funny, endearing, well-acted show. Really hope it sees a season 2, 3 and 4. And, that critics find their chill pills and realize it's just a fictional tv series.

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