All Happy Families Are Alike
Gotham Season 1



Critic Ratings: 23
Critics Consensus

"All Happy Families are Alike" brings season one of Gotham to a somewhat confusing conclusion, but some exciting twists hint at a promising, and hopefully more consistent, season two.

Episode Info

In the Season 1 finale, the Gotham City gang war reaches its boiling point with Fish Mooney battling Maroni and Penguin. In other events, Barbara and Leslie Thompkins are brought together; and Bruce searches Wayne Manor for any clues as to what his father might have left behind.


Benjamin McKenzie
as James Gordon
Donal Logue
as Harvey Bullock
David Mazouz
as Bruce Wayne
Zabryna Guevara
as Capt. Sarah Essen
Sean Pertwee
as Alfred Pennyworth
Robin Lord Taylor
as Oswald Cobblepot/The Penguin
Erin Richards
as Barbara Kean
Victoria Cartagena
as Renee Montoya
John Doman
as Carmine Falcone
Morena Baccarin
as Dr. Leslie Thompkins
Drew Powell
as Butch Gilzean
David Zayas
as Don Maroni
Peter Scolari
as Commissioner Loeb
Chelsea Spack
as Kristin Kringle
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Critic Reviews for All Happy Families Are Alike

It legitimately pained me... to watch how hard Jada Pinkett-Smith was trying to make her grand entrance into that warehouse look cool. You know what's not cool? Taking a full two weeks for a trip to Hot Topic to plan your new wardrobe and hair style.

May 5, 2015 | Full Review…

There have been so many storylines that at times the narrative has been almost incoherent. Stories seem to start and stop almost at random, sometimes crowding each other out.The season finale shows signs of tacitly acknowledging that concern.

May 4, 2015 | Full Review…

Just in case there are any idiots watching this show, there is a flutter of bat wings coming from inside. You know, to just really drive the point home.

Aug 22, 2018 | Full Review…

Seriously, if anybody knows what the hell was up with the chicken, please let me know.

Jul 19, 2018 | Full Review…

"All Happy Families Are Alike" may have a lot going on, but it also feels like everyone involved was just making things up as they went along until they ran out of time.

Jul 18, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

An operatic symphony of comic book excess, an oversaturated mishmash of genre elements evincing more inspirations than I could possibly count.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

Despite a dodgy start to the season Gotham has developed into a show worth tuning back into week after week. It's far from perfect, but it gets a lot more right than wrong. Now, if they can just axe Barbara and recast Cat...

Jul 17, 2018 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A messy end to Gotham's disaster of a first season, but an admittedly entertaining one.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

There's a lot of bookkeeping this episode tries to take care of before sending the show off to season 2, and not all of it is performed as, er, elegantly at the Lee-Barbara battle.

Jul 17, 2018 | Full Review…

It's just truly frustrating to know that the series has such a solid cast, has such a fantastic mythology and story to pull from and expand/take in new directions, and yet it just feels like it's spinning its wheels.

May 5, 2015 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…