Life in Pieces: Season 1 (2015 - 2016)


Season 1
Life in Pieces

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



Critic Ratings: 40


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User Ratings: 169

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Air date: Sep 21, 2015

The premiere of the sitcom about a family's ups and downs as seen through the eyes of each of its members. First up: Matt may have found his true love; new parents Greg and Jen are overwhelmed; and Heather and Tim contemplate having another baby.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2015

Joan organizes a family meeting after Matt walks in on her and John being intimate; Jen hires breast-feeding consultants; Matt and Colleen have a bad date; and Heather and Tim move with the help of ex-cons.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2015

Matt coaches Colleen on how to connect with the family when he invites her to brunch; John, Matt and Greg try to cut down a tree in Greg's backyard; Tim has a bad reaction to espresso; and a sleep-deprived Greg has a run-in with the police.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2015

The siblings praise Greg for standing up to Joan over her questioning of Jen's parenting skills; Chad wants one last meal with Colleen's grandmother before heading to jail; Matt and Greg try to dissuade Tim from beating John at a round of golf; and Sophia gets a peanut stuck in her nose.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2015

Tyler introduces his new girlfriend to the family; Matt and Colleen are caught making out at the office by an obnoxious co-worker; Jen and Greg vow not to become germophobes; and John buys Sophia a cell phone behind the backs of her parents.

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Air date: Nov 5, 2015

Matt and Colleen catch Chad in the act of dognapping Princess; Jen and Greg try to be intimate for the first time since having a baby; Heather leaves her longtime hairstylist; and Tim ruins Samantha's birthday party.

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Air date: Nov 12, 2015

Jen and Greg interview potential nannies for Lark; Tim, Matt and Greg go camping; Heather suspects that Matt bought Colleen earrings with money she loaned him; and John makes a wooden puppet for Lark.

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Air date: Nov 19, 2015

Joan invites a recently widowed neighbor to Thanksgiving; and Colleen's cauliflower dish doesn't go over so well with the family. In other events, Tim and Sophia search for a last-minute replacement for Heather's spoiled turkey; Jen and Greg contemplate who should be Lark's godparent; and John takes Samantha to the Harvest Festival.

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Air date: Nov 26, 2015

Greg takes Jen to the hospital after she cuts her finger; John takes Samantha and Sophia to a unique restaurant; Heather gives Tim a sexy anniversary gift; and Sophia is punished after Heather hears her swearing.

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Air date: Dec 10, 2015

Greg and Matt play table tennis; Heather has second thoughts after suggesting Tim should get a vasectomy; Jen is stressed about returning to work; and Joan learns that her credit card has been stolen when she begins to receive strange packages.

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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.

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Critic Reviews for Life in Pieces Season 1

All Critics (40) | 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…

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…

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…

Its attempts to distinguish itself only make it feel more typical.

Mar 10, 2020 | 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…

Like with any series, some pieces work better than others. But as a whole, Life in Pieces just doesn't add up to anything new or terribly special.

Sep 21, 2015 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Life in Pieces: Season 1

  • Sep 30, 2020
    This is one of the best comedies in a long time. I have shown clips to people and now they are watching it. It is one of the few comedies I lol at which don't happen anymore. Sad it is gone.
  • 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.

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