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Family Tools: Season 1 (2013)



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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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.


J.K. Simmons
as Tony Shea
Kyle Bornheimer
as Jack Shea
Edi Gathegi
as Darren Poynton
Danielle Nicolet
as Lisa 'Stitch' Poynton, Liz
Leah Remini
as Terry Baumgardner
Johnny Pemberton
as Mason Baumgardner
Jill Johnson
as Mrs. Dawson
Greg Collins
as Bug Guy
Jack Axelrod
as Mr. Kurtz
Allison Munn
as Clarissa
Paul Nobrega
as Dr. Lewis
Jo Farkas
as Mrs. Flozette Coleman
Tom Schanley
as Mr. Kester
Dominic Burgess
as Wheelchair Salesman
Jeremy Fitzgerald
as Angry Driver
Steve Hytner
as Principal Grieshaber
Trevor Larcom
as Little Kis
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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."

April 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.

April 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.

April 29, 2013 | Full Review…

Family Tools is a fixer-upper.

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

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