Council of Dads: Season 1 (2019 - 2020)

Season 1
Council of Dads

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Council of Dads's talented cast tries its best, but its first season is too superficial to make the emotional moves necessary to really connect.



Critic Ratings: 10


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User Ratings: 37

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Air date: Mar 10, 2020

The Perry family comes together to deal with dad Scott Perry's health crisis. Scott reveals he has a plan to create a "Council of Dads" that would be there for the family if anything should happen to him.

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Air date: Apr 30, 2020

Robin grapples with how a "Council of Dads" could really function in their day to day life as Larry takes on his responsibilities with passion. Luly has an unexpected meeting with her birth mom, Michelle, and learns about her early life with Scott, while she and Evan make plans for a move to New York. Charlotte explores her family tree.

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Air date: May 7, 2020

Larry presents an offer to Robin that will impact the future of the Crab Shack, catching Anthony and everyone else by surprise. Luly endeavors to make an impression in her writing group, digging deep into personal experiences for a piece. Evan contemplates a return to school. Oliver makes strides with Theo but finds himself torn from his own family duties. Hilarie Burton, Kevin Daniels and Sharon Leal guest star.

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Air date: May 14, 2020

Robin contemplates romantic life after Scott. Luly and Evan make a risky investment with their loan money. Anthony prepares for the transition of the Crab Shack and develops a surprising friendship with the new owner's representative Margot. Larry confronts his past failures and tries to make amends with his new family. Hilarie Burton and David Walton guest star.

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Air date: May 28, 2020

Robin tackles the fall holidays bravely but feels she can't compare to how well Scott handled everything. Oliver struggles with Peter's transgression. Theo makes new friends but finds they aren't necessarily the best influence. Luly gets some news about her adoptive family. Kevin Daniels and Becky Ann Baker guest star.

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Air date: Jun 4, 2020

The Perry family and the Council all come together when Charlotte needs emergency surgery. Luly has a powerful meeting with her original adoptive parents that will change her life. Tom Everett Scott guest stars.The Perry family and the Council all come together when Charlotte needs emergency surgery. Luly has a powerful meeting with her original adoptive parents that will change her life. Tom Everett Scott guest stars.

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Air date: Jun 11, 2020

Anthony contemplates an intriguing job offer that would mean a move to Las Vegas. Evan finds his loyalties tested between Luly and his strong-willed mother while Larry shares some sage advice. Oliver confronts Anthony about a deeply held personal secret that will rock the Perry family. Regina Taylor, Kevin Daniels, Hilarie Burton and David Walton guest star.Anthony contemplates an intriguing job offer that would mean a move to Las Vegas.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2020

Robin and the Council agree to tell Luly a shocking truth and she takes matters into her own hands. Oliver and Peter finally decide to adopt but learn some sobering news about the birth mother. Sam does his best to support Robin and she finds herself falling for him despite the chaos in her life.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2020

With a killer storm on the way, the Perry family heads for higher ground but not without complications. With Luly's help, Larry reaches out to assist his estranged daughter and granddaughter escape the storm. Luly pens a very personal essay that ends up in the wrong hands. Hilarie Burton guest stars.

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Air date: Jul 2, 2020

Anthony arrives at the storm-ravaged Perry home to find Robin and Theo in peril, and Oliver puts all his medical skills to work when Sage goes into early labor. Meanwhile, the future of the Crab Shack is left hanging in the balance from the storm damage and the Perry kids grapple with the stunning news about Luly.

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Cast & Crew

Michele Weaver
Luly Perry
Thalia Tran
Charlotte Perry
Emjay Anthony
Theo Perry
Blue Chapman
JJ Perry
Michael O'Neill
Larry Mills
Clive Standen
Anthony Lavelle
J. August Richards
Dr. Oliver Post
Steven Silver
Evan Norris
Lindsey Blackwell
Tess Post-Wilson
Kevin Daniels
Peter Wilson
Sharon Leal
Michelle Pruitt
Scarlett Blum
Tony Phelan
Executive Producer
Joan Rater
Executive Producer
Jerry Bruckheimer
Executive Producer
Jonathan Littman
Executive Producer
KristieAnne Reed
Executive Producer
Jonathan Brown
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Critic Reviews for Council of Dads Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

At once wholly predictable and oddly given over to needless twists, "Council of Dads" might not be breaking much new ground, but its built on a concept rife with possibilities.

Mar 25, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

At its core, the family story here works, and mysteries seeded through time are intriguing enough to make staying tuned seem like an appealing proposition.

Apr 29, 2020 | Full Review…

Council Of Dads is so eager to balance its inherently sad premise with some emotional catharsis that it rushes to an endpoint that's anything but earned.

Mar 25, 2020 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Council of Dads feels like a drama with a fair amount of potential. What it doesn't feel like, however much NBC would like it to be, is another This is Us.

Mar 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Where's the conflict?

Mar 24, 2020 | Full Review…

Council of Dads isn't as ridiculous as some of the other This Is Us rip-offs we've seen in the past few years, but its also not all that good of a show, either.

May 1, 2020 | Full Review…

Extended family drama about illness is weepy, sentimental.

Apr 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Council of Dads has it all: a talented and diverse cast, family values, and an intriguing premise bound to pull in viewers.

Mar 25, 2020 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

Council of Dads fails to connect with viewers on an emotional level because it summarizes what could have been an entire season of story in 42 minutes and then asks us to care about people we barely know.

Mar 23, 2020 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

If Council of Dads sounds more like a classroom exercise in social engineering than a television drama, that's because it absolutely is.

Mar 6, 2020 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Council of Dads: Season 1

  • Jul 04, 2020
    A "good show" that should trigger the minds of the viewers how "older males" can council children who are without "Dads." Reaching out to help your neighbors, what a marvelous change could be made in this world.
  • Jul 02, 2020
    I like this show. Hope it gets a chance to mature with future seasons. Agree will benefit from slowing into the storylines so viewers get to know the time, place and intimacy of characters. Would like to see less use of what feels like Reactions to events, which when repeated by several characters seems written in rather than character generated. Instead, bring us more Responses that give humanly nuanced expressions of anger, declarations of independence and joyful, celebratory moments. Again, slowing and deepening, rather than so much, so fast; like scenes are playing almost on fast forward. I love the marshy Savannah setting and the understated use of regional trills in certain actor's dialects. Like in its cousin adult soaps THIS IS US and A Million Little Things, the acting is solid and story has potential. I like the diversity of characters. Broadens and freshens reality, presented simply as backstory, no fanfare, just part life and the fabric of personal relationships.
  • Jun 20, 2020
    Great cast and interesting story line. Like the idea of a council of friends to help the family as they learn to live without their dad and husband. Will be interesting to see how the family and council continue to connect as the kids get older.
  • Jun 18, 2020
    I really wanted to like this show but the only authentic interesting storyline is Luly's and Theo's (not the Anthony twist just the fact that she was adopted). I hate how forced these LGBTQ storylines are they always make the minorities play the lesbian and gay roles. I had come to accept the only two black men in the show as a couple but to make the token Asian girl a lesbian come on. I also hate how underrepresented black women are in the arts. Maddie, Michelle, and Sharon are all mixed raced. Pros on having Lindsay and Luly's adopted mom representing the culture.
  • Jun 17, 2020
    it started off a bit predictable and superficial ... however, each episode gets better and better. The last 3 we watched in our home, we were in tears, sitting on the edge of our seats, praying for things to be ok for each of the family members and their "Council of Dad's." The show has now truly imbedded itself in our hearts and we hope it gets renewed and has the chance to gain more followers and truly flourish.
  • Jun 05, 2020
    I LOVE this show! It shares the lives of real people representing/addressing things like adoption, the trials and tribulations of relationships, being biracial, transgender, homosexuality, cancer, death, teenage rebellion, unconditional love - you name it! Are some things predictable - sure. But, I'll take those exceptions considering all I get in return!
  • Jun 05, 2020
    I have watched the first six episodes. The premise of the story is interesting and the actors are good. But for me this is trying too hard to be another 'This Is Us' show. The show is extremely heavy handed with the social issues and seems to be more about hitting all the check boxes than about real story. And frankly it's over dramatic and does not come off as real life much at all.
  • May 30, 2020
    The writers of this show need to relax, they don't really develop any of the characters and try to fit in ways too many story lines! They should consult with Dan Fogelberg who really knows how to develop a story
  • May 17, 2020
    They covered far too much ‘water under the bridge', turning the clock forward far too fast. I am barely getting acquainted with the characters. I've decided to not follow CODs anymore because of the lack of morality, the abject approval of homosexual lifestyle and their issues. It was an interesting concept and the three men could've helping the primary family navigate through disastrous waters without the two men in bed scene.
  • May 15, 2020
    Real, beautiful and emotional. Great show about family, tackling all talking points and doing so with grace.

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