Family Tools: Season 1 (2013)

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Critic Consensus: An impressive cast can't save Family Tools from its fate as an uninspired sitcom with broad jokes and little personality of its own.

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Episodes

1
Air date: May 1, 2013
2
Air date: May 8, 2013
3
Air date: May 15, 2013
4
Air date: May 29, 2013
5
Air date: Jun 5, 2013
6
Air date: Jun 12, 2013
7
Air date: Jun 19, 2013
8
Air date: Jun 26, 2013
9
Air date: Jul 3, 2013
10
Air date: Jul 10, 2013

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In this enjoyable sitcom, which was based on the British-TV comedy "White Van Man," middle-aged Tony Shea (J.K. Simmons), who runs a fix-it business, develops heart problems, which necessitate having his luckless, prodigal screw-up son Jack (Kyle Bornheimer) return home to take over the family operation. As the new Mr. Jiffy-Fix, Jack inherits slacker co-worker Darren (Edi Gathegi) and sets out to make a go of the biz. Jack's vocational track record, however, isn't good, having been tossed out of the military, the police academy and the seminary (three times). And having a buttinsky father constantly looking over his shoulder and throwing a monkey wrench into things isn't exactly a blueprint for success either. On the plus side, Jack gets encouragement and help from his sassy and opinionated Aunt Terry (Leah Remini) and square-peg cousin Mason (Johnny Pemberton), to whom he becomes a big-brother figure. Also in Jack's corner is Darren's saucy, sexy and flirtacious sister Stitch (Danielle Nicolet), who runs the local hardware store where Jack does plenty of business and Stitch isn't shy about giving him the business.

Critic Reviews for Family Tools Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (8)

Why, on so many levels; why? It seems tragic that, given the number of comedy writers out there, ABC didn't come up with a stronger vehicle than "Family Tools."

Apr 30, 2013 | Full Review…

With Tools, there is no discernible style, or point of view, or voice, or humor that ever rises to the level of originality.

May 1, 2013 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

Instead of trusting this foundation and these actors, though, Family Tools seems to feel it must make every situation and interaction so outrageous it turns the characters into cartoons.

May 1, 2013 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Family Tools is to comedy what a chainsaw is to birthday cake cutting. It doesn't work well and makes a mess.

Apr 30, 2013 | Rating: D | Full Review…
Top Critic

Packed with jokes both subtle and broad as if quantity would make up for quality, it soon goes from unimpressive to annoying.

Apr 29, 2013 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Family Tools is a fixer-upper.

May 1, 2013 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

This show is so terribly written and not funny that it doesn't warrant a real review.

May 2, 2013 | Full Review…

It's one of the best new comedy ensembles of the entire season. Maybe THE best.

May 1, 2013 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Are you laughing yet? No wonder ABC saved this show to burn off over early summer.

Apr 30, 2013 | Rating: 1/4 | Full Review…

The show takes an almost Frankenstein approach to its individual pieces, snipping off aspects of more successful, funnier shows already in ABC's lineup.

May 1, 2013 | Rating: D | Full Review…
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