Life in Pieces: Season 1 (2015 - 2016)


Season 1
Life in Pieces

Critics Consensus

Life in Pieces' strong cast delivers funny, offbeat stories even if they're not always relatable.



Critic Ratings: 39


Audience Score

User Ratings: 164
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Air date: Sep 21, 2015
Air date: Sep 28, 2015
Air date: Oct 5, 2015
Air date: Oct 12, 2015
Air date: Oct 19, 2015
Air date: Nov 5, 2015
Air date: Nov 12, 2015
Air date: Nov 19, 2015
Air date: Nov 26, 2015
Air date: Dec 10, 2015
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A family's highs and lows are chronicled through the eyes of each of its members in this comedy, including patriarch John (James Brolin), who's about to turn 70, and his wife Joan (Dianne Wiest), who's almost always willing to lend a hand to those she loves. Among the first-season high jinks: Matt (Thomas Sadoski) and his girlfriend Colleen (Angelique Cabral) are caught in flagrante in his car due to their less-than-wonderful living arrangements; Greg (Colin Hanks) and Jen (Zoe Lister-Jones) discover the joys of parenthood; Tim (Dan Bakkedahl) gets a tattoo to impress Heather (Betsy Brandt) on Valentine's Day, but it's misspelled; John and Joan drop a bombshell about their marriage; and Tyler (Niall Cunningham) and Clementine (Hunter King) take their high-school relationship to the next level.


Dianne Wiest
as Joan Short
James Brolin
as John Short
Colin Hanks
as Greg Short
Thomas Sadoski
as Matt Short
Hunter King
as Clementine Hughes
Susan Park
as Dr. Sally Hong
Stephnie Weir
as Bernadette
Martin Mull
as Gary Timpkins
Jordan Black
as Hotel Manager
Alison Rich
as Kalliope
Oscar Nunez
as Dr. Escobar
Shaan Sharma
as Abraham
Exie Booker
as Policeman
Norma Micheals
as Mrs. Gurney
Amy Hill
as Principal Bundy
Alek C. Unszusz
as Irving Rosenblatt
Bokeem Woodbine
as Officer Wood
Stacie Greenwell
as Delivery Nurse
Mary Scheer
as Marta Pigeon
Omid Zader
as Roofer
Rawle Lewis
as Pharmacist
Beth Geiger
as Virginia
Richard Voigts
as Groaning Man
Darsan Solomon
as Jake Dawe
Kotaro Watanabe
as Asian Businessman
Zylan Brooks
as Alpha Mom
Kai Scott
as Mario
Lars Slind
as Ronald
Nanrisa Lee
as Valerie
Jon Daly
as Steffan
Elsa Ramon
as Reporter
Alejandro Patiño
as Store Owner
Mark Berry
as Funeral Home Director
Hawk Walts
as Rodney
Jean-Pierre Romano
as Healthy Man
Jill Johnson
as Keifer's Mom
Phillip Jarrell
as Mailroom Mark
Danielle Acoff
as Dancer #1
Lindsley Allen
as Dancer #2
Jason Heymann
as Prince Charming
Anthony Holiday
as Coach Murray
Paul Barris
as Dancer #3
Jordan Dodderer
as Dancer #4
Susan Giosa
as Dancer #5
Desi Jevon
as Dancer #7
Zuzana Humplova
as Dancer #9
Mariah Perkins
as Dancer #10
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Critic Reviews for Life in Pieces Season 1

All Critics (39) | Top Critics (21)

A sitcom doesn't have to spell everything out to be funny. But viewers have to believe that what is left unsaid or ambivalent has nonetheless been thought through. The creators of Life in Pieces don't seem to realize that it is missing parts.

Aug 3, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Life in Pieces, a wacky single-camera intergenerational family comedy, is the staid network's attempt to mimic critical darling and ratings bonanza Modern Family, with edgy (for CBS, mind you) laughs and a squishy heartwarming beat at the end.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The obvious irony of the series is that Life in Pieces purports to be about the small, seemingly innocuous moments that linger longest in one's memory, while offering audiences absolutely none of those moments itself.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

CBS' "Life in Pieces" puts a strong cast through an obvious variation on "Modern Family." Yet the cast is a draw, and James Brolin stands out as the loopy patriarch.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

It provided enough chuckles, and we like every one of these actors so much, it will get a second look.

Sep 21, 2015 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

The show has an exceptional ensemble cast and it's engagingly funny.

Sep 17, 2015 | Full Review…

There are some welcome faces in the family... and some amusing moments. But they can't get the tone right, moving for the vulgar almost reflexively.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

It's a finish more sitcommy than the show seems to call for, but one not weak enough to upset the balance of funny and heartfelt that made me want to see a bit more, even if it was just for the pleasure of this company.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Surprisingly unrelatable as a family sitcom.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

I'm still rather iffy on Life In Pieces, but I'm willing to give it a chance and see where the next few episodes take us.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Life in Pieces: Season 1

  • Sep 10, 2018
    This show is the funniest thing on TV right now. The only show that has me laughing so hard and smacking the bed while binge watching
  • Feb 23, 2018
    I get that not everything in a sitcom is supposed to be funny, but that being said, the conventions of the sitcom genre kind of necessitate that there be a joke at least once in the series.
  • Jan 25, 2018
    I just started watching this show and I love it. It’s so ridiculous but that’s what makes it great; it’s so funny.
  • Oct 30, 2017
    It Is The Worst Show Ever It Is The Spin-Off Parks And Recreation But They Are Demeocrats And Hillary Clinton Fans They Rip-Off Modern Family And The Brady Bunch F--- YOU!!!!!!!!!! It's Rotten
  • Jul 10, 2017
    Quirky funny multi family sit come..funny... tender moments...great cast
  • Jun 16, 2017
    Characters more endearing, lines funnier than Modern Family
  • Jun 09, 2017
    Super cute show! Very refreshing and smart.
  • Apr 18, 2017
    Awesome show!! So relatable being a new parent and the relationship issues they all have. Really is hilarious.
  • Apr 07, 2017
    The witty title is, of course, a play on the idiom "slice of life." The alteration to "life in pieces" cleverly emphasizes the chaos of family life while still portraying the idea of simple, beautiful moments in life. It's charming and funny and speaks to the eccentricities of every day life. Yes, there have been many family sitcoms. But this one is nice in its own right even if it isn't somehow edgy or mind blowingly original. It has its own blend of classic sitcom with an original slice of life spin. I liked it. My biggest criticism is that most of the adult female characters are nearly the same character--stereotypical nagging female who does not want to be told the dress makes her look fat. But still, it finds a way to speak of family life in an uplifting way that will make you chuckle with some scenes that are outright hilarious.
  • Apr 01, 2017
    It''s like modern family but not trying hard to be funny.

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