FAM: Season 1 (2018 - 2019)

Season 1

Critics Consensus

Despite an appealing cast, FAM flounders under the weight of its sitcom stylings, drowning much of its potential in a sea of familiar jokes that don't serve its progressive premise.



Critic Ratings: 10


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User Ratings: 60

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Air date: Jan 10, 2019

Nina Dobrev and Tone Bell star in a new comedy about Clem (Dobrev), a woman whose vision of a perfect life with her adoring fiancé, Nick (Bell), and his wonderful family is radically altered when her 16-year-old, out-of-control half-sister, Shannon (Odessa Adlon), unexpectedly comes to live with them.

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Air date: Jan 17, 2019

Nick's parents learn that Clem doesn't plan to invite her father to the wedding, so encourage her to ask him over to their home for dinner to help repair their relationship. Also, Nick tries to teach Shannon to be more responsible at home.

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Air date: Jan 24, 2019

When Clem and Nick find out that Shannon stole Walt's treasured watch, they enlist Freddy to help them get it back from a merciless pawn shop owner.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2019

Clem and Nick plan a much-needed afternoon rendezvous that's interrupted when Shannon is sent home from school for breaking the dress code.

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Air date: Jan 31, 2019

After Clem and Nick tell Shannon she can't go to a music festival on a school night, Shannon's long-absent mother, Jolene (Kate Walsh), comes back into her life and tries to undermine them. Also, Freddy attempts to help matters in an effort to get back in Clem's good graces before the wedding,

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Air date: Feb 14, 2019

Irritated that Clem has been invading her privacy, Shannon plays a prank on her that ends up having far-reaching ramifications.

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Air date: Feb 21, 2019

Clem and Nick are both shocked to learn that the other has been keeping an embarrassing secret about how they met.

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Air date: Feb 28, 2019

Shannon's bad-news ex-boyfriend, MC DJ JoJo, comes back into her life, so Clem and Nick try using reverse psychology to get them to break up.

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Air date: Mar 7, 2019

Clem and Nick run into Nick's ex-girlfriend at their hotel during a romantic weekend, and Clem is upset to learn that Nick and his ex once lived together-in the same apartment they live in now. Also, Shannon's friend tries to persuade her to throw a big party while Clem and Nick are away.

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Air date: Mar 14, 2019

Freddy begins seeing Rose for therapy after an incident at work, and he inadvertently finds himself trying to connect with Clem more. Also, Walt and Shannon try to help Nick get over his fear of his first wedding dance with Clem.

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Clem's upbringing and teen years left a lot to be desired, but she pulled herself up, and built a fantastic life -- great job, terrific apartment and an amazing fiancé, Nick, a college professor from a well-to-do "normal" family. Nick's warm and supportive parents, Rose and Walt, embrace Clem and complete the family she always wanted. But when Clem's wild-child half-sister, Shannon, appears on their doorstep to escape their train wreck of a dad, Nick agrees that Clem can help her avoid all the mistakes she made, and they invite her to move in. As the family Clem chose and the family she has blend, Clem realizes that this happy fam may be the perfection she's been seeking.

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Critic Reviews for FAM Season 1

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (5)

As with All in the Family, we've never seen anything quite like this on a Big Four broadcast network, let alone CBS.

Feb 14, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

The show feels like it cobbled together pieces of other shows - especially The WB's "What I Like About You" - to become its own perfectly pleasant sitcom Frankenstein. Even when it doesn't do much to distinguish itself, it's just fine.

Jan 11, 2019 | Full Review…

Fam boasts an almost outrageously good cast, one plugged into the most hollow and familiar of premises and then fed with a broad assortment of reheated multi-generational punchlines.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

It works often enough; a beachhead has been established.

Jan 9, 2019 | Full Review…

It's a widely held belief that networks premiere their B-list shows in midseason. If they were any good, they would premiere in the fall, right? Fam proves that across the board.

Jan 8, 2019 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Tired comedy full of drug references, teen stereotypes.

Jan 24, 2019 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

It's a technically proficient, otherwise promising sitcom that wastes these merits on the disastrous decision to let trauma become the driving force of its comedy.

Jan 16, 2019 | Rating: 4.1 | Full Review…

Fam is a potentially good sitcom loaded down by horrible, broad jokes. Perhaps the good sitcom will appear before viewers tune out.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

[A] bland new sitcom.

Jan 10, 2019 | Full Review…

"Fam" is exhausting.

Jan 9, 2019 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for FAM: Season 1

  • Apr 01, 2020
    Season 2 PLEEEEEASE!!!
  • May 28, 2019
    Oh my gaaaaaawd. Spent the whole show Googling to see if I'm the only 1 that thinks its crap. The comedy is exaggerated. Its sooòooooooo bad!
  • Apr 30, 2019
    I feel like the writers/producers of this show fail to understand that the "com" part of sitcom is supposed to mean comedy. Just truly unfunny writing and an entirely underwhelming show. I feel like CBS is the last network to realize that tired and cliched writing doesn't attract an audience under 65 years old.
  • Apr 15, 2019
    funny comedy. I wasn't sure at first but it continues to get better with each episode.
  • Apr 13, 2019
    My favorite CBS sitcom since 2 Broke Girls
  • Mar 16, 2019
    Fam is a cute show. Not sure why Dobrev publically said she had been skinny fat before, yet when i see her now, all her curvy sexyness has been sucked out of her, she kinda looks like a ghost of herself, which, at 30 is so strange. I miss the curves, i wont lie, but her comedic delivery is lacking also, due mostly to WAAAY over acting, and hitting her punch lines harshly. I think she may lack a natural easy going-ness, and so she seems out of place in a comedy. Ironically, i started watching the show because of her, but now its in spite of her, as I find the stoner sister hilarious, cop dad funny AF and Tone Bell is always entertaining. This week was the funniest episode yet, and Dobrev seemed more in her element, ironically playing immature, is the only thing that has come off natural, the role she so badly never wanted to step back into, so much so ....that she ruined an entire EPIC series to be selfish. and for what? LOL Bet, thats a huge regret now.. Considering shes not suited for this comedy at all. its funny in the stock photo they make it look like she still has a rack too lol lol
  • Mar 07, 2019
    One of the best new show there is. Is very funny and entertainment.
  • Mar 06, 2019
    the show is very nice.the story and comic time is very nice ..nina is doing very well
  • Feb 28, 2019
    AWFUL show. Please cancel this show so that the time slot can be used for something slightly interesting or funny. It was obvious from the endless promos that this was going to be a flop...I don not understand how TV executives can be so out of touch as to not spot this show as a loser.
  • Feb 18, 2019
    Nina Dobrev is not good at comedy

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